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THUNDER BAY – Those who meet Scott Sellick immediately see his warm humour and his thoughtful and compassionate nature, but don’t see all that goes on behind the scenes in the life of a busy practitioner and a leader in Canada’s psychosocial community.
After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, Scott returned home to Thunder Bay in 1988 to take up the challenge of creating a supportive care program for the Northwest Regional Cancer Program. Dr. Scott Sellick has worked with cancer patients and their families for twenty-five years and been a practicing clinician for over three decades.
“I was simply in a very exciting place at a very opportune time,” says Scott. “And, I feel lucky to have been able to work with an array of key people whose enthusiasm and skills were indispensable in the creation of a program to begin meeting the needs of cancer patients and their families in the Northwest.”
[sws_pullquote_right]“I feel lucky to have been able to work with an array of key people whose enthusiasm and skills were indispensable in the creation of a program to begin meeting the needs of cancer patients and their families in the Northwest” [/sws_pullquote_right] His credentials and titles are many. Scott is an Associate Research Scientist in Behavioural Medicine & Health Psychology and the Director of Supportive and Palliative Care and Telemedicine services at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. He is the Cancer Care Ontario Psychosocial Lead for Northwestern Ontario and serves on a number of provincial and national advisory boards, working groups, and committees. It is very clear that Dr. Sellick is committed to improving the patient experience through evidence and best practice – every day.
Decades of Hard Work Noticed
His long decades of hard work have not gone unnoticed. This year, Dr. Barry Bultz, Director of Psychosocial Oncology at Alberta’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Professor and Head of Psychosocial Oncology at University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine, nominated Scott for the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award that honours a member who has made exceptional and enduring career contributions to psychosocial oncology.
“It’s been challenging, rewarding, and fun,” said Dr. Sellick when he received the CAPO Lifetime Achievement Award this spring in Ottawa. Northwestern Ontarians can rest assured that Dr. Sellick will continue on his journey, not alone, but with an ever-changing – and growing – group of colleagues, students, mentors, and friends.
Upon accepting the award and with grace and gratitude, Dr. Sellick simply said “Thank you, my friends.”