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angle-left New gift promotes respect for children’s voices

$1.1 million donation supports an interdisciplinary project spearheaded by researcher Franco Carnevale

Feb. 18, 2020

From left to right: Anita Gagnon, Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Director, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University; Richard Ingram; Franco Carnevale, Principal Investigator, VOICE; Satoko Ingram; and Jean-Guy Gourdeau, President & CEO of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour
From left to right: Anita Gagnon, Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Director, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University; Richard Ingram; Franco Carnevale, Principal Investigator, VOICE; Satoko Ingram; and Jean-Guy Gourdeau, President & CEO of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation. Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour

Source: Medicine Focus. Richard and Satoko Ingram of the Newton Foundation have announced a $1.1 million donation to the Montreal General Hospital Foundation in support of VOICE: Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics, a cross-institutional initiative based at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing. VOICE brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers, students and community partners, which has been working for over a decade to promote respect for children’s rights and to address ethical concerns in children’s lives.

The program’s principal investigator, the nurse, psychologist and clinical ethicist Franco Carnevale, is a professor at the ISoN and senior scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. “Children are highly vulnerable,” says Franco Carnevale. “Some are especially vulnerable, such as children with disabilities, mental health problems or children with a terminal illness, as well as Indigenous children, migrant newcomers or children living in poverty. Many children experience humiliation, distress and trauma in their daily lives as their voices and experiences are discounted in decisions that affect them. VOICE helps ensure all children’s voices are heard and that their rights are respected in health care, social services and public policy.”

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