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OUR TEAM

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Dr. Damian Gunaratne

Medical Director

“I am incredibly proud to work as the Medical Director of Huron Shores Hospice. I became involved with the steering committee in 2017 shortly after I moved to Kincardine to work as a family physician. I always knew I wanted to incorporate palliative care into my practice so it was serendipitous that the opportunity arose so close to home. Working in palliative care is challenging yet extremely rewarding; I consider it to be a great honour to walk alongside patients and their loved ones as they navigate the dying process. Huron Shores Hospice allows our community members the option to die in a comfortable, homelike setting and I am happy to be part of such a great team.”

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Lori Fredericks, RN

Co-Owner, Registered Nurse, and Director of Care at Tiverton Park Manor

It is truly a privilege to host Huron Shores Hospice in our building. Palliative care is a nursing specialty that is one of my passions; the opportunity to provide an end of life that is comfortable and dignified is extremely rewarding. As a born-and-raised Tiverton native, to be given the opportunity to care for our local community members in their final stages is truly an honour. I have completed my Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE.) I am proud to be a member of our excellent Huron Shores Hospice team.

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Tara Mainland Tudor, RN

Registered Nurse, Assistant Director of Care of Tiverton Park Manor

"My passion for palliative care lead me to the doorsteps of Huron Shores Hospice and Tiverton Park Manor in 2019 as a volunteer. This quickly escalated into my position with both organizations today.  I have completed my Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE.) I am extremely proud to be a part of the Huron Shores Hospice team. Honouring an individual’s end of life wishes, beliefs, values and goals is incredibly rewarding.  Planning and implementing compassionate care to promote comfort, alleviate pain and support loved ones is very fulfilling.  I consider myself privileged to part of the innovative multidisciplinary team at Huron Shores Hospice."

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Cathy Herbert

Hospice Coordinator

I was born and grew up in Kincardine and I'm proud to be able to work within and give back to such a generous and caring community years later.  My undergraduate degree in Gerontology lends itself well to supporting, understanding and caring for individuals in their later years. Throughout my career, my passion in this field has focused on promoting self-worth, autonomy, and dignity in later life. My personal experience of being present during my father's death has allowed me to realize the importance and lasting impact of those final days and hours on family.  My personal and professional experience lends itself to a compassionate approach in my support of residents, families and volunteers alike.  I was drawn to HSH’s emphasis on making moments matter, and strive to ensure our Hospice is a homelike setting where residents can live fully and comfortably, focusing on what is important to them.   I am honoured to support residents in their final days and to work with a driven and compassionate team.

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Cheryl Cottrill

End of Life Doula

As a comfort care volunteer in the hospice I experienced the death of our residents and was present with their family members. I really wanted to learn more so I could better help people deal with the emotional part of dying and be able to bring meaning and legacy to the lives of our residents. I took the INELDA End-of-Life Doula course to gain more skills. Helping those facing end-of-life prepare legacy projects to keep their family connected to them after they are gone and helping plan what is important to them in their final days is such a privilege and honour.

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Maria Riggin

End of Life Doula in Training

As a volunteer for the hospice, I have gone to visit people who will be entering the hospice to create their one page profiles.  Without exception the potential guests and their families have been happy to meet with me and share who and what is important to them.  I am interested in expanding my role to assist dying individuals and their network of family and friends find peace, a level of contentment and to help them continue building positive memories.

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Cheryl Rogers

End of Life Doula in Training

I have been a Comfort Care Volunteer since 2018.  I have enjoyed working with the residents and their families in Huron Shores Hospice. The opportunity to learn more about the End-of-Life Doula position intrigued me.  I applied and I feel honoured to be selected to take the INELDA End-of-Life training sponsored by Huron Shores Hospice. I will be able to support those facing end-of-life and their families plan what is important to them in their final days.

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Luz María Wilson

End of Life Doula

I strongly believe that as we often need to help newborns to exhale their first breath, we also need to help people take their last breath in a peaceful, loving and dignified manner.  Having the privilege of helping people accept death without fear or resentment, but simply as a mere passage of life, it is perhaps, the most gratifying action an End of Life Doula does and that’s why I wanted to become one.

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Maryellen Pollard

Grief Recovery Specialist®

I have been a funeral director for 25 years in Bruce County. I saw grievers with nowhere to turn to heal their hearts after loss. The GRM has given me tools to help people heal by completing small, meaningful steps. The Grief Recovery Method helped me heal and I have seen first hand how it has helped participants who have completed the program. I’m thankful that Huron Shores Hospice is providing this service to the grievers in our communities.

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Liz Dillman

Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist®

I have always been involved with volunteer work in the Kincardine community and when I was offered the opportunity to be involved with the Hospice I was thrilled.  As an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist I am able to walk with people suffering from loss through their grief and find some peace.  I am so pleased that the Huron Shores Hospice sees grief recovery for the residents of our area as an important part of its work and I am honoured to be able to do this work.  It is a privilege to walk with people on their grief recovery journey.

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Sher Brown

Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist®

I am an associate with Helen Sanderson Associates, an international training, development and consultancy team that works with people, teams, organizations and communities to adopt person-centred practices.  This work allowed me to cross paths with Huron Shores Hospice and the incredible volunteers who are the part of the heart and soul of the hospice.  I am honoured to be a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, walking alongside grievers to move beyond the pain of emotional loss.  Our community is so fortunate that Huron Shores Hospice values giving grievers tools to deal with their grief and provides this service in our communities.