HHA's Changemaker of the Month
Kayla Moryoussef (April 2018)
How do you feel your work in what you are doing with HHA is having an impact in your community or all the communities HHA serves?
I am a passionate advocate for the possibility and power of a ‘good death’ and the importance of access to palliative/end-of-life rights and choices, especially the choice/right to die at home. I feel so hopeful about the work I do with HHA, as I believe it is impacting all of the communities Home Hospice Association serves. I am so grateful to contribute in this way, and to see the effects of my contributions in action.
What fills you with joy and how do you feel you bring joy to HHA?
Everything. Everything fills me with joy. I feel like a little kid sometimes, still in awe of the world. People fill me with the greatest joy; I love making five-minute friends. I have always said that as soon as you converse or engage with a ‘stranger,’ they are no longer a stranger to you anymore – I find that experience transformative. I find joy in working with people, and seeing people work together. I have been told that this joy and awe is contagious, and I can only hope that I have spread it to, and throughout, HHA and its communities.
What hopes does your work with HHA give you for the future care of the dying?
I have such great hope in the work I am doing with HHA, and all of the work the
organization does. I truly believe in a ‘good death,’ and have learned in great detail
about the positive effects a ‘good death’ has on relationships, families, and
communities at-large, long after the person has passed. I want to proliferate the
movement of the ‘good death,’ which gives me great hope for the future care of the
dying, and their loved ones.
Kayla has many favourite quotes, but the one she finds simple and perfect is:
“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
- Fred Rogers
Kayla is a passionate Community Worker who has been engaged with home hospice agencies since 2012. Being a believer in the power of people, and people working together, she graduated with a dual designation degree in Community Worker/Social Service Worker (CW/SSW) at George Brown College. She is continuing her studies in Nonprofit Management through Simon Fraser University.
The most important things in Kayla’s life are her family and the community; which is why she chose her career. Already involved with the home hospice community, her HHA journey began when she was introduced to Tracey Robertson, the co-founder of HHA, and they exchanged ideas about their love for dogs, The Bello Project, and their passion for palliative care.