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Anna is an engaging and experienced speaker, presenter, and adult educator who offers audiences the wisdom and compassion of her deep life experiences,
with humility, authenticity and grace. 

Sandra L. McCartie, MSW, BCATR

Speaking & Facilitating

These author talks, workshops, and presentations use my own story as a cancer survivor, as well as my experiences working and volunteering with hospice, to both inform and inspire about aspects of end-of-life care. I work with individual groups and organizations to create unique talks tailored to each audience. A deep appreciation for, and engagement with, life, is at the heart of these sharings.


Some topics I speak about: 

  • The Alchemy of Illness: Changing Darkness to Light

  • The emotional and practical tasks of accompanying someone who is dying

  • The difference between 'curing' and 'healing'

  • The use of war metaphors in cancer care

  • Building resilience in the face of serious illness

  • Why community matters at the end of life

  • Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID): History, key data, rituals, considerations for support

  • Authorship: Writing, publishing, and staying inspired

Previous speaking engagements include:

  • Author's Talk, Sea to Sky Hospice, Squamish, BC 

  • Interview, End-of-Life University Podcast

  • Facilitator and Presenter, Community-Supported Dying, qathet Art Centre

  • Facilitator, Book Circles and Book Clubs

  • Keynote Speaker, Canadian Cancer Society, "Relay For Life"   

  • Presenter, Patient Safety and Quality Council, Vancouver

  • Panelist, Screening of film "For Dear Life," qathet

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