Marianne currently works at Cancer Care Nova Scotia, the provincial cancer agency in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the Manager of Supportive Care and Psychosocial Oncology. Her career experience includes working as an inpatient clinical social work in the areas of Family Medicine, Oncology and Palliative Care. She established the Grief and Bereavement Program for the Capital Health Palliative Care Program, and was the Bereavement Coordinator for the Program for four years. She was also involved in the development and training of bereavement volunteers throughout the province.
Marianne has been a strong advocate and champion for persons with cancer and hospice palliative care in her province, serving on the Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association Board for many years and co-chairing numerous initiatives to improve oncology and palliative care services. She is co-lead of a federally funded initiative training paramedics to provide palliative care at home for patients in crises requiring palliative support who do not wish to be transported to their local emergency department. As well she has been instrumental in the adoption of screening for and management of distress in oncology clinics across Nova Scotia. She has been an on-line facilitator for the IPODE continuing education course since 2009 and was a field placement supervisor and seminar facilitator for MSW and BSW on campus and distance education social work students at the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University.
Marianne has played a key role in the development of the Palliative Care Strategy in Nova Scotia and continues to act as a consultant to various working groups involved in moving the Strategy forward and improving access and quality of palliative care for all Nova Scotians.
Marianne has her Bachelor of Social Work from McGill University and her Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie University.