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Sheila Toews, MEd

Prior to her retirement in 2012, Sheila Toews was Regional Director, Ethics Services with the Winnipeg Health Region and Chair of the Manitoba Provincial Health Ethics Network (MB-HEN). For a decade her work in collaboration with many others focused on the integration of ethics resources and strategies in both clinical and non-clinical health care contexts. She chaired or served on a range of committees and working groups, including eight years as a member of Winnipeg Health Region’s Research Review Committee. Previously Sheila coordinated staff education in the Community Cancer Programs Network (CCPN) at CancerCare Manitoba for over five years, with deep respect for the CCPN’s longstanding role in providing cancer care closer to home for Manitobans living in rural and northern communities.
Earlier in her career, Sheila taught in the K-12 school system and in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. She also worked for intercultural agencies where her particular interest was English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for professions such as healthcare and justice. Sheila has a B.Ed. Honours (University of Warwick, England), a pre-masters year in Adult English as an Additional Language (EAL), and a M.Ed. (University of Manitoba). Her thesis focused on concepts in democracy and democratic curriculum. Sheila values SU2C’s commitment to collaborative translational research. In common with many Canadians, she has had personal experience with cancer, both through her own breast cancer diagnosis in 1995 as well as through the various cancer journeys of her own family and friends. She therefore finds it meaningful on many levels to represent the perspectives of cancer patients and their families in the role of Advocate on this Committee.

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