In July 2016, my grandma went to Hospice in her final hours because Hospice was just like home, and she wanted to relax before she passed on.
I started volunteering at Hospice Georgian Triangle in 2017. My career was in the healthcare field and I found it especially rewarding to care for palliative clients.
I am a retired nurse who spent many years as a Manager on the Medical Unit of our local hospital. This gave me first-hand experience observing families struggle with the dying process and resultant grief.
My parents (Barnstaple, North Devon, UK) always supported their local hospice. They were on a monthly plan where the equivalent of $14 per month went directly from their bank account to the hospice coffers.
I originally volunteered to be on the Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation Board because of my personal experience; respect, dignity and professional care during my husband’s end of life journey. I wanted to give back.
Today is April 1st, and that is an important date. Not because it is April Fools! But because Volunteer Appreciation Week falls in April. Here at Hospice Georgian Triangle, 80% of our workforce is made up of volunteers. So we are celebrating Volunteer Appreciation MONTH! And what better way to start out this important month, than to put a call out there for more volunteers!
The Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation has wrapped up their third successful online 50/50 with the generous support of Royal LePage Locations North, our Title Sponsor.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has given Hospice Georgian Triangle a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant to help face the challenges brought on by COVID-19 by re-imagining how to best support its community in this unprecedented time of need.
These funds from the CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund will be used to help establish our new community support programs for both grief and bereavement support specifically for children and youth as well as a new, Palliative Pain & Symptom Management Clinic at 186 Hurontario Street, unit 103 in Collingwood.