March 11

Acute care settings can expose staff to job-related stressors, which has been especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic response. As an innovative approach to support critical care staff, Pups Assisting Wellness for Staff (P.A.W.S.) was launched in 2018 at BC’s Level 1 Trauma Centre - Vancouver General Hospital.

Initially implemented as a Comfort Dog Pilot, the project then expanded into a Therapy Dog Model. Using Deming’s Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) methodology, the team was able to gain valuable learnings and knowledge that helped inform improvements as the project evolved.

Over the course of two years, the project demonstrated a positive impact on staff morale, staff stress, overall and staff satisfaction, and a strong desire for the project to continue. As a result and with a collaborative effort between a multidisciplinary team, P.A.W.S. has now been operationalized as a permanent program to support staff in acute care.

Join members of the clinical and project team as they share their learnings with the aim to inspire others to launch their own canine-assisted programs!


This webinar is free of charge for CCHL members - but registration is still required.
Limited capacity - please register early.

Non-Members: $25.00

*Webinar details will be provided following registration

Featured speakers:

Kerry Campbell
Kerry Campbell 

Regional Project Manager, Infection Prevention & Control 

Kerry Campbell, MHA, PMP is the Regional Project Manager for Infection Prevention & Control at Vancouver Coastal Health. Kerry is passionate about improving the safety and quality of care provided to our clients. Over the years, she has partnered with a variety of BC's local health authorities to support countless health projects across the continuum from pre-hospital through to community – including the P.A.W.S. project! She is also an active volunteer and is currently a Big Sister with the Big Sisters of Lower Mainland mentoring young women to realize their full potential.

When time permits, you will find Kerry, her partner, and their pup Moose exploring their local North Shore mountains.

The P.A.W.S. project directly aligned with Kerry’s passions and she is looking forward to sharing the project learnings with the session attendees!

Natasha Caton
Natasha Caton

Medical Student 

Natasha Caton is a Medical Student at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she completed a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Population Health at Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Victoria. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to marry her passions for animal therapy and public health supporting the Pups Assisting Wellness for Staff (P.A.W.S) project over the past few years.

Tammy Brumwell
Tammy Brumwell
Clinical Coordinator, Indigenous Mental Wellness & Substance Use Virtual Team, VCH Aboriginal Health 

Tammy is of mixed white European settler heritage and was born in raised in the unceded Lheidli T'Enneh First Nations Territory, also known as Prince George. She is a daughter, a mother, and a guardian to several animals and creatures that share her garden, a partner to a loving, patient, and kind individual & a friend. Tammy considers it a gift to be a visitor to the unceded homeland of Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations where she now lives and works. Tammy has worked as a Social Worker at Vancouver Coastal for over 23, prior to moving into her role at Aboriginal Health; Tammy worked in the Emergency Department at Vancouver General Hospital for several years. In her commitment to being a life-long learner and pursuit of reciprocal accountability to the Indigenous people of Canada, Tammy feels it is important as a white settler to acknowledge and be accountable for the seen and unseen privileges that have been provided for her throughout her life.

Maintenance of Certification

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.00 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

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