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Born in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil, Anna Maria de Souza passed away at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in September 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer. For over 42 years she worked selflessly in various fund-raising activities to benefit a number of charitable institutions across Canada. Her dedication and contribution to philanthropy and the people of Ontario was further recognized in May 2008 when the Government of Ontario announced a $15 million grant to establish the de Souza Institute.

Anna Maria de SouzaThe de Souza Institute, part of the University Health Network, has formed multiple partnerships, including with Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and Canadian Nurses Association. The institute relies on the guidance and support of its partners to deliver innovative continuing education, mentorship and fellowship programs to health care professionals across Canada.

The de Souza Institute continues to receive partial funding from Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to provide ongoing educational support, professional development and career counseling to health care professionals caring for cancer patients and families. The de Souza Institute is providing cancer care excellence by delivering innovative continuing education, supporting graduate education and offering career mentorship to all the professions, including those who work in specialized cancer centres, general hospitals or community care.  

Achievements to Date

•    Delivered evidence‐based, cost‐effective, timely and clinically relevant oncology and palliative care education to more than 9,000 healthcare professionals. An example of this is the standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course. We estimate it would have cost the hospitals three times more to deliver the course on their own.
•    Developed a state‐of‐the‐art, innovative infrastructure to deliver 36 on‐site and on‐line courses.
•    Expanded to provide continuing education to all health professionals, including social work, psychology, pharmacy, rehab medicine and spiritual care
•    Reached not only specialized oncology nurses in cancer centres but also general nurses and other healthcare professionals in community hospitals, primary care, home care and long term care across all 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs).
•    Partnered with Alberta Health Services to standardize cancer care training and deliver training programs
•    Formed new partnerships with additional provinces outside of Ontario