CARMEN POLLARD - WRITER / DIRECTOR

Carmen Pollard brings a combined fifteen years’ experience as a picture and story editor, director, and visual effects artist to her feature documentary directorial debut For Dear Life. Her long list of credits includes work for the National Film Board, CBC, Knowledge Network, Disney, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony and Fox, among others. Carmen has been nominated for a primetime Emmy, a Gemini, and five Leo awards, including her 2008 win for Best Picture Editing on the NFB feature documentary Dirt.

PAUL SUGAR - PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIAN-LGH

Dr. Paul Sugar has served the North Shore community as a family physician for over 35 years. He is currently a palliative care physician working within Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) at Lions Gate Hospital and at the North Shore Hospice, as well as in the community. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, Department of Family Practice. Dr. Sugar has been recognized with numerous provincial and federal awards– these include two HEABC Excellence in BC health care awards (the VCH Health Care Hero Award and the Provincial Health Care Superhero  Award) He was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal  for his outstanding medical service in the field of palliative care and dedication to the community for the past 35 years and the BCHPCA Award of Excellence for outstanding personal and professional achievement in the field of hospice palliative care.

MARYLENE KYRIAZIS - CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PAUL SUGAR PALLIATIVE SUPPORT FOUNDATION

Dr. Marylene Kyriazis is Co-Founder and CEO of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation, which provides supportive care to patients living with an advanced illness as well as to their families, through the Palliative Support Centre 

Dr. Kyriazis is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has served as a community and consulting clinical pharmacist for more than twenty years. Since 2010, she has focused on palliative care and pain management. She has been involved in numerous capacities as an educator, committee and board member for professional pharmacists organizations and also as a community educator on death and dying, and palliative care and support. She was the former Vice-President of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association.