Our Mission is to achieve comfort and peace for persons living and dying with a life threatening illness throughout Nova Scotia. The Association exists to promote the philosophy and principles of palliative care through networking, public and professional education, advocacy and research.

Honorary Patron for NSHPCA

In the winter of 1995, the NSHPCA announced that Dr. Kenneth J. MacKinnon was to be the first honorary Patron for the Association. Dr. MacKinnon was the founder of the Palliative Care Service at the Halifax Infirmary and served as its Medical Director from its inception in 1986 until 1991, at which time he semi-retired to Antigonish and served as consultant in Palliative Care from 1991-1994.

Dr. MacKinnon was internationally recognized both as an educator and medical practitioner. He brought hope and healing to others; and personified the pursuit of personal growth, and with dedication, understanding and compassion, work for the “wellness” of the whole person – physical, psychosocial and spiritual. He was a mentor and a role model to so many in Nova Scotia in the development of Palliative Care. On October 8, 2007, he peacefully passed away. It was indeed an honour for the Association to have him as our patron.

History of the Association

1985
Halifax hosted the first provincial conference on palliative care.
1986
An informal group known as the NSHPC Network was established as a means of sharing, providing education, and for individuals doing like work to support each other.
1989
NSHPCA was incorporated under the Society’s Act.
1998
The group became a registered charitable organization.

The NSHPCA thanks the many individuals who laid the early ground work in palliative care when there was little or no funding and limited awareness surrounding end of life care. These individuals were visionary leaders in moving the palliative care agenda forward.