Monday, October 2, 2017

KINCARDINE, ON  —    On September 28th,  at Kincardine’s Pavilion,  one hundred and seventy supporters enjoyed a dazzling evening of canapes and cocktails, fun and fundraising that netted the nascent Huron Shores Hospice $136,000 for its plan to operate a one-suite residential hospice at Tiverton Park Manor.  The money was raised through a silent and live auction of over ninety handbags from well-known designers as well as several experiences involving area restaurants.   MC Mike Brough managed the evening, and Layne the Auctionista wowed the crowd with her auctioneering skills and humour, while Duncan Hawthorne, former CEO of Bruce Power, who attended with his wife Lesley as the title sponsors, spoke passionately about the need in the community for the service. “People have the right to die with dignity and this community needs this.” 

 The $136,000 total included a very generous personal donation from the Hawthornes of $30,000 on the night of the event, bringing the couple’s total contribution to the project to $90,000.  Chair Cheryl Cottrill stated, “We would not be looking at opening the doors for the residential hospice without their commitment to the project. We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of the whole community in support of this event and our larger goal to bring residential hospice to our community. On top of the $136,000, we had $18,000 donated through in-kind support. Just an amazing response from our caring and supportive community.”

The added fundraised dollars put the organization in a position to open the doors of its initial one-bed suite as soon as the policies, volunteers and furnishings are in place, potentially by the end of 2017.  The group plans to continue to raise funds for Phase II of the plan, which will add a second suite.  Cottrill shared, “We are very aware that one bed will never be adequate to look after the end-of-life needs of our community. The additional suite will require an extra $175,000 for two years of operating, plus capital costs for furnishing the space.”

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Click here for the August 2017 newsletter.


Grey Bruce Fall 2017 Core Fundamentals Program


There a new course being offered by the LHIN in our area to prepare volunteers for hospice work.  See the flyer below for the Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care:




May 24, 2017

A $75,000 donation from Bruce Power will help the Huron Shores Hospice committee open a one-bed residential hospice in 2017.

Huron Shores Hospice, which aims to open a centre for excellence in hospice palliative care in southern Bruce County, will open its first bed in Tiverton Park Manor this year, said Cheryl Cottrill, chair of the committee.

“The core values that will guide our decisions and actions while providing hospice palliative care are compassion, dignity, collaboration, accountability, excellence, and respect for diversity,” Cottrill said.

The second phase of the project will be to operate a stand-alone, three-bed residential hospice in 2019-20, depending on funding from the Southwest Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and fundraising. Phase III, in 2021, will incorporate a day-wellness, respite care, and online networks that allow patients and caregivers to ask for help from the community and acute illness care planning, dependent on community and LHIN funding, she added.

Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power’s President and CEO, said residential hospice care is becoming more important with the area’s aging population.

“By matching a 2016 donation to the Owen Sound hospice project, Bruce Power is extending its commitment to the people of Grey and Bruce counties, whose families may be impacted by these compassionate organizations during a difficult time in their life,” Rencheck said.

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Huron Shores Hospice was recently the beneficiary of a very generous donation from local realty broker, Linda Bowers of Royal LePage Exchange Realty in Kincardine.  Seen here receiving the cheque from Linda (ctr) is Joan Eaglesham (l) and Peggy Zeppieri(r), members of the Huron Shores Hospice Board of Directors.   The funds will help the organization toward its goal of improving hospice services in the community. 



December Newsletter


Dear Friends,

Hello!  You are receiving this newsletter because you expressed interest in the work being undertaken by the Huron Shores Hospice Steering Committee to bring residential hospice services to our communities.  It’s been some time since we communicated with you and a lot has been happening!


On September 20th, we held a public information meeting in Kincardine that was attended by over 100 people!  We were delighted by the turnout and by the number of you who committed to working with us as volunteers. Quite a few of you also pledged financial support, for which we are very grateful!
Since then, we have visited the municipal councils of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss, distributed sponsorship packages to large local employers of the area, and scheduled visits with local service clubs.   (If you have a group that would like to hear what we are doing, please be sure to contact us.)
Community response has been gratifying.  Community Foundation of Grey Bruce has provided a substantial grant and the Municipality of Kincardine has pledged $5000 for 2016 and again for 2017.  We have commitments from Bruce Power, Bruce Municipal Telecom Services, and Superheat FGH. So the campaign is off to a great start!



We have so much good news that we are all positively  glowing.

First, we are very excited to share our good fortune with you!  Santa came early to HSH!   You may remember that Duncan Hawthorne (former CEO of Bruce Power) and his wife Lesley,  generously kicked off our fundraising with a personal pledge of $20,000 earlier this year. Well, they surprised us this past weekend by adding $30,000 to that pledge!!  That’s $50,000 to help the hospice fundraising get off the ground.  Our heroes!

And we are so pleased to announce that, while we are waiting for our CRA charitable number to come through, United Way of Bruce Grey has agreed to accept donations on our behalf!  There is a small administrative fee for the service, which is explained at the Canada Helps site.   So, if you are thinking of making a donation to our hospice initiative before the end of the year, or have already pledged your support and would like a tax receipt for this year, you can do so by sending a cheque to United Way of Bruce Grey, noting Huron Shores Hospice, or by going on-line to Canada Helps at:

And finally, our fundraising steering group is excited to welcome Carol Rencheck to help us with initial planning, and to tell you that we have nailed down three dates for our events.  Please put these in your calendars.  We’ll be calling for volunteers shortly to work with us on these events.

     HIKE FOR HOSPICE                   May 13, 2017
HANDBAGS FOR HOSPICE            July 20, 2017
        GOLF TOURNAMENT              August 18, 2017
We are working to get our website into a more user-friendly format and, after the holidays, we will have a spot there for volunteers to sign up at: .



We were told by operating hospice representatives that this initiative involves a long process. And they weren’t wrong!   Our application for CRA designation as a charity has been with the government since September 9th.  We are expecting a response very soon; in the meantime, we are delighted that United Way of Bruce Grey will accept our donations. 
The process for obtaining approval from the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is quite extensive as well. On October 7th, we received the following announcement:

The South West LHIN goal for Grey Bruce is to support establishing two additional beds to increase their capacity to eight beds at Chapman House, Owen Sound to be operational by March 2017 and then expanding from centralized care at a single location toward more equitable access using a decentralized or satellite model as part of a single, unified residential hospice solution.
Funding for four additional beds will be available to support the satellite site(s) which must be feasible, sustainable and operated in compliance with all quality and care standards. Kincardine, Hanover,  and Brockton have expressed interest in participating in planning. The satellite site(s) have not yet been identified.  

We will continue to work with all stakeholders to present the best business case for residential hospice beds in our community. The deadline for our Expression of Interest is set for January 16, 2017.

In a separate communique, we were informed of the five-tier decision-making process that will unfold after the January 16th deadline:

1. The Residential Hospice Sub-Committee introduces a proposal for the sub-region. The sub-committee is made up of health service providers, clinicians, community group members, patients and families.

2. Local Hospice Palliative Care Collaborative reviews the proposal and ensures guiding principles have been followed. They apply a decision-making framework to consider the proposal and determine if it should be endorsed and forwarded to the Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee. Collaborative members are selected locally, approved regionally and include health service providers, patients, families and community members.

3. The Hospice Palliative Care Leadership Committee reviews the submission, confirms due diligence has been followed, and ensures the approach aligns to the overall vision for hospice palliative care. If the proposal is supported, the Committee will recommend that LHIN staff move the proposal forward to the South West LHIN Board of Directors. Committee members are LHIN-appointed and include Collaborative Leads, as well as regional program and key sector representation.  

4. LHIN Staff introduce the proposal and draft motion to the LHIN Board.  

5. The LHIN Board reviews the proposal and recommendation from the Leadership Committee. Approval may be given in principle and indicate that implementation planning should continue pending confirmation of funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

Can I just say “phew!”?   

That’s a lot of information, and so if you want more clarity or have questions, please contact us at                      


Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa Greetings, and Happy Holidays to you all and thank you so much for your support.  We are looking forward to a great New Year!       
~  Your Huron Shores Hospice Steering Committee 
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Residential hospice coming to Kincardine


Duncan Hawthorne honorary chair of fundraising campaign

By Barb McKay

Planning is underway to open a residential hospice in Kincardine.

Huron Shores Hospice will offer compassionate, dignified and holistic end-of-life care in a home-like setting. Efforts began three years ago by a volunteer steering committee made up of local residents Peggy Zeppieri, Cheryl Cottrill and Joan Eaglesham, and after a great deal of research and site visits to several hospices across southwestern Ontario, a business plan is complete and will be submitted to the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) this month.

“This is about enhancing what services are already here in the community,” Cottrill said.

There are currently well-run services available, including a volunteer hospice visiting program, but what is lacking is a physical setting to provide end-of-life care for individuals who are terminally ill.

“We saw it as a real gap in service for the community,” Cottrill said.

Individuals in this area requiring palliative care are limited in their choices. They can remain at home and receive care, which can be limited or costly or require a family member to act as caregiver. They may have the option to stay with a family member or be placed in long-term care facility, which may be in another community. The closest hospice to Kincardine is Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce in Owen Sound, which has six beds and is often at capacity.

Huron Shores Hospice will be developed in two phases, beginning with a one-bed suite in an existing facility in the municipality of Kincardine with a goal of building a stand-alone residential hospice. The suite will provide a separate room for family members, and will be designed to be as home-like as possible.

“It is really about living well until you die,” Cottrill said.

Residential hospices allow individuals to live out their remaining days in comfort by incorporating as many elements of their home life as possible.  They can have their pets visit them, even bring in their own furniture, all while receiving 24-hour care from qualified health care providers at no cost. It also offers respite for family members who have taken on the role of caregiver.

“It is hard to be a caregiver and still be a daughter or friend,” Eaglesham said. “It changes the relationship.”

Removing family members from the caregiver role allows them to enjoy the time they have left with their loved one.

The steering committee sees the hospice as a community project that will allow organizations providing palliative care services to work in co-ordination. In addition to the nursing staff, the hospice will require the efforts of volunteers to carry out non-medical tasks, such as driving, family support or even dog walking.

A hospice in the community will also help to reduce emergency room visits for individuals who require end-of-life care and use of acute care beds.

“We’re really pleased that this initiative is finally moving forward, and we’re heartened to see that it’s a grass roots effort addressing locally identified needs,” Kincardine hospital chief of staff Dr. Lisa Roth said. “It’s an important service — an important part of an integrated system of care for our patients at end-of-life.”

The committee is relying on the community for fundraising to support the first phase of the project, prior to SW LHIN approval. Zeppieri said it could be several years before the hospice receives provincial funding allowing the second phase to proceed. Provincial funding when in place covers the cost of staffing only.

The committee got a healthy kick start to its fundraising campaign last week when former Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne and his wife Lesley pledged $20,000 to the effort. Hawthorne has also taken on the role of honorary chair of the fundraising campaign.

Prior to leaving for the U.K. last week, Hawthorne was presented with a sketch of Kincardine and Southampton lighthouses by artist Scott Duncan, commissioned by members of the health community to commemorate Hawthorne’s personal contribution to health care within the local communities. The Hawthornes have offered the profits from the sale of 100 limited edition prints of the sketch to go to the operating costs of Huron Shores Hospice. The prints will be available for purchase for $199.

“People have the right to die with dignity and this community needs this,” Hawthorne said. “I’d like to give it a chance.”

He gave credit to the steering committee for taking on the initiative.

“It takes champions to start it off. I like to help people who help themselves.”

The committee is grateful for the high profile support and the vote of confidence.

“We are thrilled with Duncan’s commitment to Huron Shores Hospice, and look forward to working with him to realize our vision of a new compassionate and holistic service for our local families who need end-of-life support,” Zeppieri said.

They are also thankful for the support they have received from other hospices across the region, including Residential Hospice of Grey-Bruce for assisting them in developing the business plan.

The Huron Shores Hospice steering committee plans to hold a public information session in the fall. For further information or to pre-order a limited edition print, email