May has been full of thankfulness and inspiration. We welcomed May by celebrating our fourth anniversary of our grand opening. During Hospice Palliative Care week we welcomed Hikers in person for an amazingly successful Hike for Hospice. We celebrated our staff through Doctors Day, Nurse's Week, PSW Day and thanked our awesome Dietary, Maintenance, Housekeeping and Activation Staff for all of they do.
Read on to learn more about these highlights and what's yet to come at Huron Shores Hospice!
May Was Full of Celebration
We kicked off May and Hospice Palliative Care week by celebrating four years of delivering quality end-of-life care in our community. We took time to reflect on the dedication of so many over the years and were humbled by the outpour of support from our volunteers, sponsors and donors over the years. Co-chair Cheryl Cottrill wrote a lovely congratulatory post you can read here. Also on May 1st, we celebrated our wonderful, compassionate Medical Director, Dr. Gunaratne during Doctor's Day. We cannot say enough good things about Dr. Gunaratne; we are so fortunate and thankful to have him on our team.
May saw recognition of our team of nurses, Lori, Joy and Tara during National Nursing week and our awesome Personal Support Workers for PSW Day. This amazing support team is always there when they are needed, providing maximum support and comfort to our residents. And last but certainly not least, we recognized the outstanding job our Dietary, Maintenance, Housekeeping and Activation staff do every single day to support our hospice.
We are deeply grateful for every one of our staff members. Thank you all so very much for your great work!
Hike for Hospice Exceeds Fundraising Goal!
This year's 6th annual Hike for Hospice presented by Bruce Power exceeded all expectations. Our fundraising committee was unsure what this year would look like as we dusted off our traditional in-person event that had been shelved for two years and worked hard to plan a great return.
The weather was lovely and our 169 registered hikers did an outstanding job blowing our goal out of the water. This year we hoped to raise $60,000 in support of Huron Shores Hospice and exceeded that goal by over $20,000, raising a whopping $80,562.33 to support quality end-of-life care and and our community programs such as Grief Recovery.
Our Team Challenge:
1st team – Nuclear Powered Design Team $19,214.24
2nd Team – BP Operational & Project Services $10,322.91
3rd Team – HSH board of directors & staff $6,000
Top individual fundraisers:
1st Place - Shelly Parker $6,822.68.
2nd place - David Kennedy $5,760.50
We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the significant contribution Shelly has made to Huron Shores Hospice through her hikes. Shelly has been hiking for hospice since the event began and has raised over $19,000 throughout her journey. Wow!
The annual Hike for Hospice is one of two major fundraising events Huron Shores Hospice relies on to continue offering our services.
Thank you to everyone who hiked, followed, shared our event, donated and supported this event.
A special thanks to our Title Sponsor: Bruce Power, Media Sponsor: Keith Battler, Food Sponsors: Sobeys, No Frills and The Beef Way. Thank you to the Kincardine Lions Club for BBQ'ing at the event and to the Cotton Candy providers: Katie and Aaron Edey.
Grief Recovery Program
If you are dealing with grief related to the loss of a family member or friend, Huron Shores Hospice offers an 8-session educational program that provides a safe environment for you to explore your beliefs about dealing with loss. The program offers actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain.
Grief delayed is not grief denied. Whether you have recently experienced a loss or have suffered a loss in the past, the Grief Recovery Program can provide support. Our trained and certified grief recovery specialists® will facilitate your journey with compassion, confidentiality, and dignity.
The Grief Recovery Program is currently being offered in-person at the following location:
Every Monday for 8 weeks starting June 13th at 10:15 am in Port Elgin
COVID 19 precautions will be required including masking and proof of COVID 19 vaccination.
Space is limited, please register online or by calling: 519-385-5683.
Please note: Complete details will be emailed upon registration. The Grief Recovery Group is not a ‘drop-in’ support group. Every session builds upon the previous one so attendance and commitment to all 8 sessions is essential.
Catch the Ace - Jackpot Approaching $7,000!
Tickets are available for the electronic Catch the Ace lottery from Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. until the next Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. The draw is made on Tuesdays between 4:45 and 5:00 p.m. with the winner announced on Facebook at 6:00 p.m.
When you buy tickets, you will also pick an envelope that might contain the Ace of Spades. If your ticket number comes up, you will win 20% of that week’s ticket sales. If your card in the envelope is the Ace of Spades, you will win the Catch the Ace Progressive Jackpot. The weekly draws continue until someone catches the Ace of Spades!
Jackpot is over $6,700! Things are getting very interesting with only 18 envelopes left to open. One of which houses the Ace of Spades.
Catch the Ace is a fun way to support our cause. Join in on all the Catch the Ace fun each Tuesday! Thank you for your awesome support.
Great Canadian Giving Challenge - Help us WIN $20,000 for Huron Shores Hospice!
In the month of June, every donation to Huron Shores Hospice enters us for a chance to win $20,000 through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge.
On June 1st we will be announcing our matching sponsor. This sponsor has graciously committed to match every dollar you donate in June. Double your donation and give Huron Shores Hospice a chance to win $20,000 throughout the month of June only.