Jenny’s clinical background is in social work (MSW) and she worked for many years at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre – as a clinician, practice lead, manager of the Spinal Cord Program, and Assistant Director. She then worked as a Practice Consultant at South Community Health Center, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) regarding clients with complex situations such as abuse and neglect, living at risk, and challenging behaviors. She worked part time for several years as an ethicist for Vancouver Coastal Health, doing case consultations, education, presentations, and policy review. She just retired (June 2019) as Director of Ethics Services at Providence Health Care where she worked for the past five years.
Jenny obtained her Masters in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin (primarily on-line) in 2004. Her thesis was about choosing death in rehabilitation, inspired by two individuals at GF Strong who made this choice. She chaired or co-chaired the GF Strong/George Pearson Centers Ethics Committee for many years and has been a co-chair and member of several other Ethics Committees. Jenny was a sessional instructor in UBC’s Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics (IHHS 401) 2008-2010, and has been a tutor in UBC Medical School’s Doctor, Patient, and Society course for several years.
Jenny has been the principal investigator in research about living with paraplegia in the community, positive life experiences of persons living with ALS, and decision-making by persons with ALS about mechanical ventilation. She has published about these topics as well as about using a harm reduction approach with clients who have alcohol/drug dependencies in a spinal cord program. She has co-authored guidelines, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Health, about supporting sexual health and intimacy for adults living in long-term care facilities and group homes. Recent publication topics include living at risk, covert administration of medication, disclosing genetic risk, and managing health care decision-making for persons with serious mental disorders.
Ethics related to rehabilitation and disability is a passion of Jenny’s and the on-line environment a familiar one.