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Mrs. Chantal LeBlanc

Mrs. Chantal LeBlanc has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Social Sciences from Concordia University as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from McGill University in 2009. Mrs. LeBlanc has been a professional social worker for 22 years, including 3 years in a clinical supervisory role. Her clinical practice has encompassed the areas of home care for elderly people as well as adults with physical and intellectual impairments. For the past 6 years, she has practiced in the field of oncology at the McGill University Health Centre, Montreal.

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Ms. Bonnie Tompkins

Ms. Bonnie Tompkins was the sole caregiver to her late partner, who passed away from cancer in May 2014. She recently graduated in public health from Brock University and now works with her local hospice to help increase access to needed assistance for patient and their caregivers. She is especially interested in caregivers, as she suffered caregiver burnout. Her passion is to use her late partner’s and her own experiences to help people in similar situations, hopefully lessening their stress.

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A Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations (PDF – Canadian Human Rights Commission) is a great resource that clearly defines the role of the employer and employee in the eye of the law.

The Survivor area of our website contains a number of articles for cancer caregivers who are employed. You may want to read the articles yourself so you can help your patient’s caregivers balance their caregiving and their employment:

Human rights laws in Canada has laws in place for caregivers to receive accommodations. You can remind your the caregivers that they can explore with their employers accommodations such as flexible work schedule to allow them to stay working. To assist, you can refer your patients to legal resources to find out more about their rights.