Jane Hunter

Jane Hunter

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Jane was President and Board Chair of Canada’s first Ronald McDonald House in Toronto in the 80’s, when the house only offered accommodation and solace to children with terminal cancer, and their families. This sparked her passion to work to better the experiences of the dying through decades of palliative care, hospice work, and palliative counselling.

Her MA in Counselling Psychology paper addressed her internship in the palliative care unit of a downtown Toronto hospital, counselling, psycho-socially and spiritually, individuals in the EOL (end-of-life) stage of dying. She saw and felt great burdens lifted from individuals on their verge of death, by their choosing to share with an educated stranger what cannot often be shared with family and friends. Jane has practiced as a Psychotherapist for individuals, couples and families since 2000, and in recent years, has focused on psychotherapy for individuals in their EOL stage of dying and their families and friends.

Jane started her career as a businesswoman at IBM, moving from branch management there to personnel management at Molson’s. In 1990 she started university and acquired Honours BA and Honours BEd by 1993. She taught teens who could not attend or succeed in mass education classrooms (Tourette’s, congenital birth defects, tutoring). In 1998, she obtained her Honours MA, Counselling Psychology. During these years, she counselled at hospices and palliative care hospital units; in the Vanier Prison for Woman at Maplehurst Correctional Institution in Milton; at Ontario Provincial Courts, counselling inmates awaiting remand in cell blocks at the court houses; at the Newmarket Provincial Court, volunteering for the Salvation Army to help teens apply for the court diversion program; and at CAMH, counselling female inmates with mental illnesses and housed in CAMH’s prison facility.

As a result of a personal experience with a PAP test returned ‘false positive’, thank goodness!, Jane learned about HPV, called HPV Awareness to find out about HPV, met Teresa and Amelie, and is now our National School Liaison helping to arrange Teresa’s presentations across Canada to raise awareness about HPV and deliver sexual health education to teens.
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