Nadia Hillier lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband and their two Yorkies. She became deeply involved in the health care system when she was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer at the age of 33. Her involvement began close to home at Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Cancer Care program, where she has been the patient advisor on the Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement and Safety Council for the last 2.5yrs. She has advocated tirelessly at any opportunity presented to her to tell her story. Nadia has spoken with over 30 local researchers in Halifax at the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Institute, at public events such as the Ovarian Cancer Canada’s walk of hope and Young Adult Cancer Canada’s fundraising shave events, with healthcare staff and patients, Dalhousie University classes of students in nursing, pharmacy, and ultrasound, several tv interviews, radio show segments and newspaper stories as well as taking part in two local Ovarian cancer studies.
More recently, she was selected to serve as the patient advisor on the Early Integration of Palliative Care Project Advisory Group at NSHA. Nadia is passionate about preventative health, early integration of Palliative Care, Advanced Care Planning, Goals of Care, and Dying with Dignity.
She is a graduate of the Mount Saint Vincent University. She studied IT and business. She worked for the provincial Government for several years in the income assistance office (dept. of community services), children’s mental health, (dept. of health), corrections and public safety (dept of Justice). Nadia brings a wealth of knowledge as a patient and as a patient advocate and is excited about many of the changes coming in our healthcare system.