2019 Human Touch Awards Recipient – Barb Lather

his award is presented posthumously, as Barb Lather passed away in 2018.

As program manager at the Thamesview Family Health Team, Barb Lather was passionate about improving the health of everyone she met.

She led several initiatives to improve the lives of people with cancer. She was the co-creator of a unique Sharing & Caring support group for people living with cancer. She also volunteered as co-facilitator of a group called Master Your Health, which supports people with chronic diseases.

Barb’s dedication to helping others continued even during her own bouts with cancer. During her ongoing battle with cancer, she decided to make a video about her experience to help others as they go through their treatments. Barb’s spirit and commitment to making a difference were strong even as her health worsened.

Her truly inspirational legacy lives on through the Chatham Kent Health Alliance Oncology Gift Basket program, which she co-created with her friend Karen Brodie (who also passed away from cancer). Upon learning of the program, the community began to donate to the initiative and gift baskets are still being delivered to the oncology department today

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