The Huron Shores Hospice Steering Committee has been meeting for several years to bring a residential hospice to the residents of south Bruce County. A residential hospice will provide a home-like setting where adults and children with life-limiting illnesses receive end-of-life care. Huron Shores Hospice will empower individuals to live well to the end of life by providing compassionate, dignified and holistic care, while supporting their family members and friends.
We have the support of our local physicians, elected representatives, service providers, and many of our large employers, as well as many residents who have pledged donations and offered their assistance. The committee has incorporated as a not-for-profit, submitted its application to the Canada Revenue Agency for a charitable number, selected Tiverton Park Manor as its location partner, kicked-off its fundraising campaign, Hearts for Hospice, with Duncan Hawthorne as our honorary chair, and begun plans for three events in 2017 – Hike for Hospice, Handbags for Hospice and an annual golf tournament.
We are currently finalizing an application for a four-bed satellite of the Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce. Community support is essential to the plan because funding from the government will only provide, under the current process, about one-third of the cost to run the hospice. The remaining two-thirds must be raised through fundraising and memorial donations. We realize this is a big ask of our community. But we truly believe that everyone has the right to die with dignity, in a home-like setting, surrounded by compassion: we see residential hospice as the best way to deliver this service.
We will be including testimonials from families who have accessed the services of Huron Shores Hospice, once we are up and running. If you would like to say a few words here about the value of hospice or you would like to share your own experiences, please send us a message at email@example.com.