The Dollard-des-Ormeaux council recently unanimously voted in favour of a resolution to change the name of Park Alouette, located on Durham street, to Teresa-Dellar-Alouette Park, in honour of the late Teresa Dellar, a long-standing resident of Dollard-des-Ormeaux and pioneer in the field of Palliative Care. Teresa Dellar passed away on August 19, 2019.
Teresa Dellar was the Executive Director and co-founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence which opened its doors in 2002 with 9 beds and now has 23 beds, making it the largest palliative care residence in all of Canada.
She was recognized for her many achievements locally and nationally over the last two decades. She received the ‘Personality of the Year Award’ from the local journal, Cités Nouvelles in 1999 and ‘The West Islander of the year Award’, from the local journal The Chronicle in 2002. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubillee Medal and in November 2016, she was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by then Governor General David Johnston.
During his speech at the council meeting, Mayor Alex Bottausci expressed with pride and emotion: “She was a remarkable woman, a true leader in our community, and we must do everything not to forget this unique jewel that we were so fortunate to have in our community.”