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OutCare Foundation Leadership

Holly Ovington


Holly joined the Board of Directors in 2017, excited and looking forward to a new adventure. Registered nurse, mother, wife, friend and advocate.

"Passionate about my job and the support I give to the most vulnerable in our society, I take on this new adventure to help give a voice to the people I see every day who are making choices on palliative care and making end-of-life decisions. Working with the OutCare Foundation I hope to continue my devotion to this important cause, leading and encouraging our community to learn, and act in the best interests of our communities.

"I have spent most of my adult life living in the Ottawa area.  However, at age five I moved to London, England with my family, spending five years there attending school as well as traveling to countries such as Germany, Ireland, France, Scotland and Wales.  After moving back to Ottawa and continuing school, I became a competitive swimmer which lead to swimming instruction, coaching and life guarding. In 1999 I applied to the Registered Nursing program with Algonquin College and graduated in 2003.

"Professional Nursing roles included the maternity unit in both postpartum and birth unit as well as the surgical floor at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. In addition, I became a clinical instructor with Algonquin College, spending 10 years leading year three students through some of the most challenging clinical aspects of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The last seven years of my career have been the most rewarding, working for Bayshore Home Health Care caring for a range of client needs with palliative and end of life individuals.

"I am a mother to two teenage boys who keep me busy with sports, musical and academic events. Enjoying family time with my spouse and children is important and includes camping trips, time at our family cottage and downhill skiing in the winter.

I have also enjoyed volunteering in a trainer position for football and hockey teams and numerous school field trips and sporting events."

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Did You Know?

An estimated 90% of us will need palliative care.

Only an estimated 30% of those who need palliative care can access it.

Most of us wish to die in home yet at least 50% of deaths still occur in hospitals.

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