The passing of Kappy Flanders

Flanders dedicated decades of her life to raise awareness about and improve palliative care in Canada
Kappy Flanders, advocate, educator, philanthropist and social activist Owen Egan / Joni Dufour

It is with great sadness that McGill has learned of the passing of philanthropist, educator and social activist Kappy Flanders on June 27.

Flanders dedicated decades of her life to raise awareness about and improve palliative care in Canada. Her tremendous efforts and generous donations led to the creation of the Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine at McGill University in 1994 and the foundation of the Council on Palliative Care, for which she received the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal in 2003. Kappy Flanders sat on McGill’s Board of Governors from 1998 to 2007.

In 2009, the University recognized her tremendous contributions by awarding her with an honorary doctorate of Laws, the institution’s highest honours. In 2015, she was named a member of the Order of Canada.

The Reporter will be posting a more in-depth obituary of Kappy Flanders in the coming days.

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