Pause 4 Providers

October 19, 2020

The current pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety in our workplace. Drop in to learn short mindfulness practices to help find calm in the midst of challenge. Relax, recharge, and learn how to incorporate moments of mindfulness in your day. Optional discussion to follow.

These 30 minute mindfulness sessions are Open to all healthcare providers.

Drop in to the weekly virtual sessions via Zoom:


Meeting ID: 302 330 041

Every Tuesday 8:30 pm EST

Host: Dr. Diane Meschino or Dr. Jennifer Hirsch

Every Thursday 8:30 pm EST

Host: Dr. Mary Elliott or Dr. Orit Zamir


For more program details please visit:

For general inquiries and weekly reminders, please send an email to:

We Are Moving!

September 22, 2020

We are pleased to announce that beginning September 21st, 2020, de Souza Institute will be located at the following address:

de Souza Institute
c/o The Michener Institute of Education
222 St Patrick Street, Office 503
Toronto, Ontario   M5T 1V4

All other contact information including phones and e-mail addresses remain unchanged. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (416) 581-7887 or

Kind regards,

de Souza Institute Team

Continued support as we adjust to the new normal

June 15, 2020

Dear colleagues,

The covid pandemic has changed the landscape of health care delivery as we continued to help with health care needs while keeping our team members and patients safe. We have been inspired by the efforts of those at the front line.

We were grateful for the opportunity to provide virtual support groups to facilitate peer sharing and building resilience among health care providers and to continue to provide virtual groups to patients through CancerChat Canada.

We also have provided three modules to facilitate communication and support for palliative care at no cost.

We are encouraged that in many jurisdictions, hospitals and community agencies are moving towards offering broader clinical services, albeit at times in a different way. We too have prepared our curriculum. We have always welcomed technology in supporting busy front line clinicians. Our online platform is here to continue to support your educational needs. All programs will be proceeding and open for registration.  To support oncology orientation in the virtual environment, our Cancer Care Basics (accredited, all professions), and Foundations in Oncology Nursing Practice courses are available for any individual health care provider, can be started at any time and they can also be offered in customized formats in response to the need of an organization. We also continue to bring online a palliative care curriculum to address all competencies in palliative and end of life care.

We look forward to continuing to support you during this new normal. If you want to discuss a tailored education program or are interested in partnering with us to adapt patient education to an online format, please contact us.


Mary Jane Esplen's Signature
Mary Jane Esplen, PhD, RN
Executive Director, de Souza Institute

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Free eLearning on Communication in Palliative Care

May 8, 2020

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Oncology Nursing Day 2020 Message

April 7, 2020 |

Every year on the first Tuesday in April, we celebrate the work of oncology nurses across the country. Oncology nurses play a pivotal role in the care of individuals and their families living with cancer and have an immense impact on their quality of life throughout the cancer journey. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19 … Read more