Jennifer A. Jilks

B.A.(ECE), B.Ed, M. Ed.

B. A. (ECE), B. Ed., M. Ed. (OISE - Curriculum & Technology)

Special Education Specialist

retired elementary teacher, writer

Hospice Volunteer with CHSLC

Jennifer A. Jilks  

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My book is available: Living and Dying with Dignity: A daughter's journey. - providing palliative care at home for my late mother: Joan Jilks, and in LTC for my late father: Ray Jilks. My father succumbed to a brain tumour after exibiting signs of dementia for 9 months. Having dealt with depression, as a result of my caregiving duties, I decided to share my story with others. Adult daughters bear the brunt of this responsibility, suffer emotionally, physicially and financially from providing care for both family and friends.

The book contains valuable information about caregiving while working full-time, and includes acronyms and a glossary related to aging, LTC and dying. I am available to speak on death and dying, bereavement, grief, andmourning, as well as advocating for loved ones in the Ontario Health Care system. Visit Ontario Seniors for more health care information for those over age 50. As a Hospice Volunteer I have enjoyed working with others in two LHINs.

See my other blogs: Cottage Country Reflections blog, and Thank Your Teachers. My research has resulted in a number of publications: I have written about health, education, internet safety, curriculum and technology. I am available for workshops, conferences and lectures in the areas of senior health care, advocacy by family members, and advocating for yourself in the Ontario Health Care System. Formerly employed by as a Peer Health Educator,and Blood Pressure clinic co-ordinator, I have continued to research and write about health care in Ontario.

My YouTubepageCreating videos on Youtube, as well as Vimeo, gives me great pleasure. Being featured on radio: White Coat Black Art , and TVO's Why Poverty? series was very rewarding. I have long been advocating for my hospice clients on an individual basis.

I have learned much about teaching by being a parent. My adult children are 28, 30and 34 years old this year. Our granddaughters are now 3 and 4.

  • My daughter, Caitlin, is a hydrogeologist with Golder!
  • My eldest son, Jesse Martyn, is an actor.
  • My youngest son is graduated and employed with the federal government.


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Jennifer A. Jilks   Last update: April 8, 2013.