Sandy Andreychuk, BScN, MSc, MHSc.
Sandy has been in the health care industry for over 30 years; practicing as a Nurse Practitioner, a Health Care Ethicist, a Health Educator and an Advance Health Care Consultant. Sandy holds a degree in Nursing, a Masters of Sciences in Nursing, and a Masters of Health Science in Bioethics. Sandy’s career has centred on supporting patients, families and the community with end of life care planning and educating health care professionals on caring with compassion for the dying patient.
Sandy is a Master Trainer in Serious Illness Conversations, an international program focusing on value based discussions that assist in understanding patient wishes, values, and goals of care at a critical time in their lives. Sandy has had a passion for health education both for health professionals as well as the public. In 2001 Sandy co-founded Ontario STABLE program, a medical education program for health professionals caring for critically ill newborns.
In recent years Sandy has partnered with the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice to offer community education on Advance Care Planning with a specific focus on planning for the last portion of life. Sandy co-produced a mini series titled “When there is no Cure, Living Well” in collaboration with Bob Kemp Hospice that was nominated in 2020 for the Community High Impact Awards. Sandy is a dynamic speaker who has the ability to simplify complex issues and challenging conversations through the use of humor, honesty, personal experience and analogies of common everyday life experiences.
Sandy's efforts to bring awareness to the challenges around preparing for our final journey began shortly after the loss of her brother-in-law Ray Maxwell. Ray's zest for life and untimely death inspired Sandy to help others face their fear and sadness of death, and make things a bit less painful, by planning well and finding ways to make the absolute best of each day.