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Life Happens...
Be Prepared

Collaborative Care Algoma is a team of Registered Nurses who offer support and education at no cost to our community members, healthcare partners, patients, and their families. 



How We Can Support You

  • Facilitate Advance Care Planning conversations to help you explore what is important to you - sharing your values, beliefs, and discussing what brings meaning to your life.

  • Provide education and presentations on advance care planning, goals of care discussions, the palliative approach to care, and end-of-life planning

  • Assist you with navigating the healthcare system

  • Explore end-of-life planning



What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning (ACP) involves identifying your substitute decision maker(s) (SDM), reflecting on your health and personal care wishes, and sharing what is important to you to prepare the SDM(s) to make future health and personal care decisions that align with your values and beliefs.

Who is My Substitute Decision Maker (SDM)?

Everyone in Ontario has an SDM. This is the person or people who are legally allowed to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not mentally capable of making the decision yourself.

How to Start Talking About Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is about sharing what’s important to you. Oftentimes ACP is not explored early enough in life, leading to anxiety or regret in the event of a sudden health incident. Tara Shannon's 'SAY' video speaks to the importance of Advance Care Planning in Canada.

The lyrics encourage people to have important conversations with their Substitute Decision Maker(s). 


Advance Care Planning Conversation Guide

This document serves to guide you in exploring your wishes for health and personal care to support you and your Substitute Decision Maker(s) for future decision-making when you are no longer mentally capable.

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Information for Healthcare Providers

It is important to recognize the growing need for Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GoC), and Person Centered Decision Making (PCDM). Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) has developed tools and resources to help Health Care Providers initiate and build on these conversations.


If you wish to refer to one of our Early Resource Nurses, please fill out this form. It is never too early to start these conversations.


Our Team

Erica Wright

Early Resource Nurse

Erica is a compassionate Registered Nurse with 17 years of invaluable experience in the healthcare field. She started her journey with ARCH 7 years ago, joining as a casual RN in 2017 & swiftly transitioned into a full-time role the following January. Erica’s dedication to her profession is matched by her passion for the outdoors, where she finds solace in activities such as hiking, camping, & fishing. She is deeply committed to her family & community, embodying caring, nurturing, & passionate qualities in all areas of her life. Known for her friendly demeanor & genuine warmth. 

Taryn Gazankas

Early Resource Nurse

Taryn is a dedicated member of our Collaborative Care Algoma team, serving as one of our Early Resource Nurses. With a profound commitment to her community and a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others, Taryn brings invaluable passion and devotion to her role. Having graduated from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program from Laurentian University in 2022, Taryn brings a wealth of fresh knowledge and expertise to ARCH. Her nursing experience in acute care and public health makes for an exceptionally empathetic approach to her care. She is passionate about sharing resources and promoting health and wellness within the community. Beyond her professional endeavors, Taryn finds joy in playing sports, with soccer holding a special place in her heart from her upbringing on various different competitive teams. She also enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family and has a passion for travelling.

Our Team
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