Ethics & Discernment
About the Ethics Centre
About the Ethics Centre

About the Ethics Centre

The Covenant Health Ethics & Discernment Centre consists of three full time staff and dozens of supporters in the form of ethics committee members, representatives, associates and 'champions' for ethics in all Covenant Health sites across the province. 

The vision for the Ethics & Discernment Centre arose out of a passion to ensure that our clinical and administrative colleagues were empowered to face the ever increasingly complex challenges of the health care world and to support them as they seek to honour the dignity of their patients and residents by serving with compassion and understanding. 

Please take a minute to scroll though our site and learn a little more about us, our passion for the integration of ethical reflection in all aspects of health care, and our hopeful vision for care at Covenant Health. 

Executive Leadership

 Gordon SelfGordon Self - Chief Mission & Ethics Officer

Dr. Self provides executive leadership for clinical and organizational ethics, mission integration, diversity and spiritual care for Covenant Health. He is co-facilitator of the Covenant Health Leadership Program, helping develop leaders in values-based decision-making and moral reflection. Gordon was a member of the Core Team commissioned by the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada to develop the new edition of the Health Ethics Guide, the foundational ethics resource used by Catholic healthcare organizations in Canada, including Covenant Health. A former chaplain at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Gordon pursued a fellowship in mission and ethics with Trinity Health in Michigan. He holds a doctorate in organizational ethics with a focus on discernment and decision-making. His column, Ethics Made Real, was featured in the Western Catholic Reporter and is now available on the Covenant Health website.

Ethics & Discernment Centre Staff

 Jon GilchristJon Gilchrist, MCS, CEC - Clinical Ethicist

In his role as an ethicist, Jon supports clinical and organizational ethics consultation, education and policy development across the organization. Jon also serves the organization as a coach, providing professional and leadership coaching to ethics committee members, staff and clinicians. Jon has a passion for deepening the organization’s capacity for ethical reflection, for helping health care professionals to cultivate reflective space in their practices, and to support individuals as they strive to align their actions with core values and beliefs. When he’s not at work, Jon spends his time learning about wilderness guiding, planning and leading backcountry retreats and simply enjoying the Edmonton river valley with his family. 

Eleanor Eleanor Stewart - Clinical Ethicist

Eleanor holds a Doctorate in Rehabilitation Medicine with a focus on health care ethics. She was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship for her research on ethical practice. In 2019, she was also awarded the Covenant Health's Mission Awards for Social Justice.  

Eleanor’s interest in ethics grew from her experiences working with children and their families living with complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. She became involved in the ethics community as a member of the Ethics Committee at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and member of her professional association and college. Later, as Eleanor’s interest grew, she returned to university to complete a PhD in health care ethics. As a voracious reader, Eleanor is always ready to recommend a book or two (or three) that she read on the weekend. Eleanor has two daughters, a cat, a dog, and a beautiful garden. 

Ogechukwu (Oge) Ezeh, BSc, MSc - Ethics Centre Coordinator

Oge Ezeh provides direction and coordination of Covenant Health's Ethics Centre resources and services.  She is responsible for developing virtual resources, coordination and execution of special projects and events, assisting the Clinical Ethicists in conducting research, and enhancing quality improvement/assurance measures for Clinical Ethics Services. 

Associates

Bonnie Tejada

Bonnie Tejada is Covenant Health’s Corporate Director for Mission and Spirituality. She leads Spiritual Care, Mission Integration, Interpretive Services and Critical Incident Stress Management. Bonnie has a Masters in Christian Studies and is a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner. Bonnie started her journey with Covenant as a chaplain in Acute and Palliative Care 15 years ago and is passionate about providing whole person care to those we serve, along with helping build Covenant’s unique mission inspired culture. Bonnie enjoys being a connector of people and ideas, finding the synergies that propel deeper reflection on ideas and our lived experiences. Bonnie is active on Ethics and Diversity committees and enjoys the constant opportunities to learn and be challenged in her work. Outside of work, Bonnie loves to spend time with her young family in nature, including lots of playing in the mud and gardening.

Meaghan Ellis

 Meaghan Ellis is the Corporate Lead for Mission and Ethics at Covenant Health. Meaghan started her career at the bedside as an RN, and developed an interest in teaching, engaging and inspiring her colleagues. She went on to education, risk management, legal nurse consulting, and quality and safety in health care organizations both in Canada and the U.S. She eventually obtained her MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Currently, Meaghan leads the Diversity and Inclusion Council, and the annual Ethisphere® process for Covenant Health. Meaghan is passionate about advocating for minority groups, collaborating with teams and communities, and promoting inclusive processes and environments.