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Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Fall 2019


NPX Donates $4500 to Huron Shores Hospice


We just can't thank NPX enough for their tremendous support of our community hospice. We call them the "little startup with a big heart." They have been big supporters of Huron Shores Hospice since they came to Kincardine and last night presented us with a cheque for $4,500. They provided a $4,000 matching donation during our Great Canadian Giving Challenge, which will go towards the purchase of a new hospital bed for the suite and $500 for our Handbags for Hospice event. They are a great team and very supportive of the work we do to provide quality end-of-life care to residents of south Bruce County.

RWTO/OERO South Bruce Branch Donates $500 to Huron Shores Hospice


A great big thank you to RWTO/OERO South Bruce Branch (Retired Women Teachers of Ontario) for their generous donation today to our community hospice. We thoroughly enjoyed touring them through the suite and answering their questions about what hospice care means to our families. Picture below - Cheryl Cottrill and Carol Rencheck, Co-Chairs of Huron Shores Hospice accept a cheque from Carole Machan from RWTO/OERO South Bruce.

King's Pearl Donates $500 from Tiverton Reunion Breakfast to Huron Shores Hospice


A very big thank you The King's Pearl Pub & Eatery for the very generous donation from the Saturday morning breakfast at the Tiverton Reunion. Nancy Alexander owner of The King's Pearl Pub & Eatery presented Cheryl Cottrill, Huron Shores Hospice with a $500 donation. Many thanks for your continued support of our community hospice Nancy!

Port Elgin Rotray Club Donates $50,000 Over 5 Years to Huron Shores Hospice


We have big news to share! The Port Elgin Rotary Club has very generously donated $50,000 over 5 years to our community hospice. This is a significant donation and we are so thankful to the good people in Port Elgin Rotary for their generosity and show of support for the work we do at Huron Shores Hospice. This donation will help ensure quality end-of-life care is available to residents of south Bruce and contributes to our Hearts for Hospice campaign to bring a second bed to the hospice in 2020. The first instalment of $10,000 was given to Huron Shores Hospice on July 4.

St. Anthony's School Donates $480 for Missions Day


A big thank you to the students and staff at St Anthony's School Kincardine for their generous donation of $480.00 from their St. Anthony's Missions Day. We very much appreciate your support of our community hospice. #greatcommunitysupport
Pictured below: L to R: Janey Campbell, Principal, St. Anthony's; Cheryl Cottrill, Huron Shores Hospice and Kandice Werden, Office Manager, St. Anthony's

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Kincardine Lions Club Donate Money for a Blanket Warming Cabinet


A big thank you to the Kincardine & District Lions Club for their generous donation of a blanket warmer for our community hospice. Our residents are greeted on admission with a warm blanket, which is like a big hug to welcome them into our care and symbolizes the comfort they will experience during their time with us. Warm blankets are offered throughout their stay. We could not do what we do without the support of organizations like the Kincardine & District Lions Club. We thank them very much for their generosity and compassion in serving our community. Pictured here L to R - Lions John M,, Linda P., Cheryl Cottrill of the Hospice, Lions President Helen, Jim P. and Dennis make the presentation.

NPX to Match All On-line Donations to Huron Shores Hospice for the Month of June


It's double your donation month at Huron Shores Hospice, as we participate in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Thanks to NPX, who we call the small start up with the big heart, every donation made between June 1 and June 30 through CanadaHelps - will be generously matched dollar for dollar, up to a maximum of $4,000. So $1 becomes $2 and $20 becomes $40!

Also, every $1 donated through Canada Helps in the month of June will enter Huron Shores Hospice into a draw to win the $10,000 grand prize!

So it's $1 becomes $2 and a chance to win $10,000!

All money from this campaign will go towards the purchase of a new hospital bed for the hospice suite, that is fully adjustable and will increase the comfort of our residents.

It's triple the impact with every donation! Can you help?

Tiverton Lions Donates $500 to Huron Shores Hospice


A very big thank you to the Tiverton & District Lions Club for making a $500 donation to Huron Shores Hospice. We very much appreciate their continued support of our community hospice.

Huron Shores Hospice Summer Student Employment Opportunity


Hike for Hospice 2019


Hike for Hospice Corporate Challenge Update


The teams are registering for our 3rd Annual Hike for Hospice on May 11. There is a little friendly competition going on to see who gets the bragging rights for the most pledges this year. In the on-line pledges it looks like Bruce Power’s Design Engineering Team holds top spot at the moment. Lots can happen in four weeks. Have fun getting your pledges and watching your team move to the top.

There is lots of time to register your team. Just go to where you can create your own team profile or an individual profile.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the walk. Only four weeks away!

Core Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Spring 2019


HDTV and Electronics Donates to Music Package for Hospice Suite


Once again we have to thank Randy Saunders from HDTV and Electronics in Walkerton for his very caring and thoughtful support of our community hospice. Randy donated and installed the TVs and DVD player and all the cables, etc. in the suite before we opened the door in May and we wanted to pay him back by purchasing a media player for our new music therapy program. It is difficult to get one step ahead of this man, or even on equal footing, as he once again, stepped up and donated this great player. We just can’t thank him enough for his big heart for our little hospice. Please think of Randy at HDTV and Electronics when you need to replace your TVs, etc. He is such a great guy to deal with. We know you will not be disappointed.

Huron Shores Hospice Christmas 2018 Campaign


Looking for something for that person who has everything. Give the gift of care and compassion this year. Support our Christmas Campaign and we’ll send a lovely Christmas card to the person you are gifting with a beautiful message about how special they are. Either print off the attached form and mail it to Box 242, or donate on line at and provide your instructions in the comments box. Tax receipts provided for all donations $20 or more.

Thank you to all those who have already donated to our Christmas Campaign. You have provided the gift of holistic and dignified care for those in our community needing end-of-life support.

Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season.

Lake Huron Learning Collaborative Inc Donates $5000 to Huron Shores Hospice


A very big thank you goes out to the Lake Huron Learning Collaborative Inc. (LHLCI) for their $5,000 donation this morning to Huron Shores Hospice (HSH). Pictured L to R - Moniek Geene HSH, Rosemary Rognvaldson, LHICI, Cheryl Cottrill, HSH, Larry Kraemer LHICI, Sarah Pollock LHICI, Elizabeth Kruspe LHICI and Sandy Thomson LHICI.

We very much appreciate this very generous donation to help secure quality end-of-life care for our community.

Kincardine Friday Bridge Club Makes Generous Donation to the Hospice


On November 30, Chery Cottrill, Co-Chair of Huron Shores Hospice, spoke about our community's residential hospice to the Friday Bridge Club.  The club presented Cheryl with a generous donation following her presentation.   A great big thank you to all members for their generousity and for supporting Huron Shores Hospice. We are very thankful for your donation for care and comfort for those needing end-of-life support in our community!

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Huron Shores Hospice Lighthouse Print Sales


Cheryl Cottrill and Peggy Zeppieri were at Bruce Power selling Lighthouse Prints in support of the Hospice.   For more information about purchasing on of these gorgeous prints, email or

OPG Donation to Huron Shores Hospice


We were very pleased today to have a visit from Ontario Power Generation and have the opportunity to show them our residential hospice suite. They presented a $460 donation from their Western Waste Management Facility employees and a $500 donation from their Corporate Citizenship Program towards our Phase II fundraising efforts for a second bed. We are so thankful for their support of our communit...y hospice. Thank you to all OPG’s employees who contributed to the donation and to OPG for their continued support in providing quality end-of-life care to south Bruce County.

Pictured above - OPG employees, Kathy Rivett, Jenn House, Huron Shores Hospice Co-Chair, Cheryl Cottrill, Senior Communications Officer, OPG Lynda Cain, and OPG employees, Jessica Jones and Terry-Ann Smith.

Kincardine United Church Lighthouse UCW Donate Books and Handmade Bookmarks


A very big thank you to the Kincardine United Church Lighthouse UCW for their donation of bereavement books and beautiful homemade bookmarks to give to the families of our residents. We can’t thank them enough for their generosity and thoughtfulness. We are so truly blessed to operate our one-bed residential suite in such a caring and giving community.

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Almost $25,000 in proceeds to Huron Shores Hospice from Catch the Ace Lottery in Kincardine


A big thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion MacDonald Br. 183 Kincardine for partnering with us on the last Catch the Ace lottery. Today they presented us with a cheque for $24,652.25, which will go towards Phase II to bring a second bed to our community. We also want to thank the Tiverton & District Lions Club for also partnering with us and helping out with ticket distribution and draws. Thank you also to Tiverton General Store for agreeing to help with tickets sales. We appreciate everyone who purchased tickets to support the hospice. We are very fortunate to operate in a community so willing to help us provide high quality end-of-life care to our community

EMC Raises $775 for Huron Shores Hospice with Dunk Tank Proceeds


A huge thank you to EMC and their continued support of Huron Shores Hospice!  EMC donated $775 from the dunk tank proceeds at their staff appreciation BBQ in August!  How generous!

The donation was presented by Shannon Coutts(L), Manager of Health, Safety & Human Performance at EMC to Cathy Sprague, HSH Board Director and Cathy Herbert(R), Hospice Coordinator.


EMC also provided several pictures of the dunk tank.  Thank you to those who braved the cold water and were dunked and to those who took their shot at dunking their colleagues and donating to Huron Shores Hospice!

Quilt and Bed Runner Draw in Support of Huron Shores Hospice


Thanks to the beautiful work of the Kincardine Sunset Quilters’ Guild - Huron Shores Hospice is selling tickets on this lovely quilt and bed runner. Tickets are $20.00 each and are available at Sleepers Bed Gallery, where the quilt and runner are on display. The draw will take place on the Monday of the Reunion Weekend, August 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. There are limited tickets available so get yours quickly so you don’t miss out on a chance to win this beautiful quilt or bed runner. A big thank you to Sleepers Bed Gallery for selling tickets for us and the Kincardine Sunset Quilters’ Guild for their generous donation and continued support of our community hospice.

Lighthouse Print Fundraiser


Power Workers’ Union donates $15,000 to community hospice


Tiverton Park Manor, Tiverton, ON –

The Power Workers’ Union (PWU) has donated $15,000 to Huron Shores Hospice, supporting the Hearts for Hospice, Phase II fundraising efforts to bring a second residential hospice bed to south Bruce County.

Nestor Koturbash, PWU Equity Distribution Rep, stated “We are pleased to support Huron Shores Hospice and the good work being done to support residents of south Bruce County in their end-of-life care. This is a valuable service for our local community and we are proud to contribute to bring a second bed into service.”

Huron Shores Hospice is a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-led, community-funded residential hospice, providing quality end-of-life care, at no cost, to residents of Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss, Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas. The expansion to a second bed will help extend quality end-of-life services to neighbouring communities.

“We are very pleased to be working on Phase II of our fundraising efforts and would like to express our thanks to the Power Workers’ Union for this generous donation and for showing great community support,” said Carol Rencheck, Co-Chair of the Huron Shores Hospice Board of Directors.

Pictured here Teri Leslie, Director, Huron Shores Hospice (l) and Nestor Koturbash, (r) PWU Equity Distribution Rep, presenting the cheque.

Duncan and Lesley Hawthorne donate $20 000 to Huron Shores Hospice


Huron Shores Hospice board members were on hand this evening to accept a $20,000 donation from Duncan and Lesley Hawthorne. Thank you Duncan and Lesley for all that you do to ensure our hospice is a success! We appreciate your support more than you know.
Picture - L to R - Cathy Sprague, Maryellen Pollard, Cheryl Cottrill, Lesley and Duncan Hawthorne, Peggy Zeppieri and Dr. Damian Gunaratne.

Huron Shores Hospice receives Community Foundation Grant for Volunteer Training


Seven groups in Kincardine, Huron-Kinloss receive grants from Community Foundation Grey Bruce

By: Community Foundation Grey Bruce
June 18, 2018


Seven groups in Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss have received funding from Community Foundation Grey Bruce when the organization announced its spring grants, Monday.

Priorities for community grants are based on the foundation’s Vital Signs® report which gathers statistics on community vitality in the areas of health and wellness, arts and culture, education and lifelong learning, living standards, the environment, and community connections. Applicants are required to describe how their project addresses one of the indicators of community wellness as outlined in the Vital Signs® report.

This spring, a total of $188,276 was granted to support projects by 65 charities across Grey and Bruce counties. An additional $176,378 in grants goes to charities as directed by individuals and organizations who hold endowment funds at the foundation.

Locally, the following groups received grants:

  • Bruce Botanical Food Gardens in Ripley, $1,500 for the 2018 Garden Harvest Dinner

  • Kincardine Pride Inc., $1,500 for the Kincardine Pride Parade

  • Ripley Agricultural Society, $1,500 for the Ripley-Huron Fall Fair – Brent and Sarah Comedy Magic Show for children

  • Kinhuron Integrated Day-Nursery School Co-operative Inc. (KIDS Co-op) in Kincardine, $1,710 for “More Child Care, More Choice” project – expansion of the daycare program to full days from half days

  • Community Living of Kincardine and District, $3,000 for public speaking and storytelling training for Community Living clients

  • Huron Shores Hospice in Kincardine, $3,000 for specialized training for Huron Shores Hospice volunteers

  • 2018 Lucknow Reunion committee, $3,000 for the “Be Seen in 2018” Lucknow Reunion in 2018

To view all the organizations that received funding, click here.

Community Foundation Grey Bruce will be travelling across the region in the coming weeks to bring grants and celebration to the awarded recipients in their respective communities.

The next deadline for community grants is Sept. 15. The application process can be access through the foundation’s website at: For questions about community grant eligibility, contact Wendy Bachiu, grants co-ordinator at 519-371-7203.

Tiverton Park Manor Donates $1000 to Huron Shores Hospice


A great big thank you to Tiverton Park Manor who donated $1000 to our hospice today. We really appreciate their continued support of our hospice. HSH coordinator, Cathy Herbert accepts the cheque from Duncan Hamann, from Tiverton Park Manor.






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No Drama Fitness staff and members played Santa to Huron Shores Hospice, by rowing hundreds of thousands of metres in their ‘Row for Hospice’ fundraising event in December, and raising over $1,100 for our local hospice project. What lovely people!!  Happy New Year to you all!




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THE POWER OF THE PURSE! There was definitely power in the purse at our first annual Handbags for Hospice event on September 28, 2017. The sold-out crowd of 170 people came ready to raise much needed money for the hospice project and by the end of the evening we had a net profit of $137,000.00. Thanks to everyone who attended and showed such tremendous generosity to the hospice. A special thank you to Duncan and Lesley Hawthorne, who not only provided our title sponsorship for the night’s event, but donated an additional $30,000.00 to ensure we reached our goal to open our first bed. Their total contribution to the hospice is $90,000.00 and we simply could not have done this without their support and generous donations. They are our heroes!

Next year’s Handbags for Hospice event will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Look for another dazzling evening of canapes and cocktails, fun and fund-raising featuring a live and silent auction of well-known designer handbags and experiences.

Special thanks to MC Mike Brough, Layne the Auctionista who wowed the crowd with her auctioneering skills and humour, Karen McLelland-Seal and Pastries by Viera for a delicious sweets table and Gavin Fick and his kitchen crew for the delicious mouth-watering appetizers.

We had more than 145 local businesses, corporations and individuals sponsor the event. We thanked many of major sponsors in our August newsletter. Here is the remaining list of our major sponsors to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to our fundraising event.

SNC Lavalin
Carol and Mike Recheck
BWX Technologies, Inc.
E.S. Fox Ltd. Constructors
Claymore Solutions Inc.
Beth & Kelly Trice
Cathy Sprague and Gavin Fick
Union Gas
Diane White
NA Engineering Associates 
Tim & Alexandra MacDonald






Tiverton Park Manor, Tiverton, ON 

On Giving Tuesday, Nicol Insurance Inc. has donated $10,000 to Huron Shores Hospice, making it the Family Support sponsor to kick off Phase II on the fundraising efforts to bring a second residential hospice bed to south Bruce County.

Tim Nicol, CEO of Nicol Insurance Inc. stated, “When we heard that help was required to support such a great initiative, we felt it was extremely important we step forward to support our community. Being the family support sponsor is not only a great honour but also fits with  our desire to give back to families that support us and allow us to be in a position to give back. There is no more important time to support family than when they are going through hard times and we hope that this makes life a little easier in a very difficult time.  Our company philosophy is to be a great corporate citizen and recognize that we would not exist if not for those in our communities that put their trust in us every day.

This donation is from Nicol Insurance, all its employees and also from those who choose us as their insurance provider. I certainly hope that everyone involved is as proud as I am to be a part of supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

Huron Shores Hospice is a non-profit organization working to bring a centre for excellence in hospice palliative care to the Kincardine area. The volunteer group plans to provide holistic care to meet the physical, psychological, social, cultural, emotional, and spiritual need for people facing the end of life, as well as offering support for their loved ones.  The board of directors is moving towards opening the first residential hospice bed at Tiverton Park Manor in the first quarter of 2018.

“We are very pleased to be moving into our Phase II fundraising efforts and to have Nicol Insurance make our first donation showing such generous support,” said Cheryl Cottrill, Chair of the Huron Shores Hospice Board of Directors.


Pictured here are representatives from Huron Shores Hospice gratefully receiving this substantial contribution from Nicol Insurance Inc. to kick off Phase II fundraising efforts for a second residential hospice bed in south Bruce County.  From left to right, Peggy Zeppieri and Cheryl Cottrill from Huron Shores Hospice and Tim Nicol, Krista Holtby and Alyssa Beattie from Nicol Insurance Inc.

Sleepers Bed Gallery in Kincardine donates over $1,250 in comfort bedding to Huron Shores Hospice



Tiverton Park Manor, Tiverton, ON   

Sleepers Bed Gallery in Kincardine has donated $1,250.00 in quality bedding and accessories to Huron Shores Hospice to outfit the beds for the resident room and family room in the one-bed residential hospice suite.

Heather Shewfelt, owner of Sleepers Bed Gallery approached board members to ask how she could help with the hospice project. She generously donated a pillow and cover, duvet and duvet cover for the resident hospital bed and a headboard, mattress cover, pillows and covers, duvet and duvet cover for the family bed. Shewfelt said, "We are very proud to be able to offer these quality items to help make the resident and family stay in hospice as comfortable as possible. On a personal note, my Mom was in hospice and we couldn't be more grateful for the love, support and care for her and our family."

Huron Shores Hospice is a non-profit organization working to bring a centre for excellence in hospice palliative care to the Kincardine area. The volunteer group plans to provide holistic care to meet the physical, psychological, social, cultural, emotional, and spiritual need for people facing the end of life, as well as offering support for their loved ones. The board of directors is working towards opening the first bed, co-located with Tiverton Park Manor in the first quarter of 2018.

"This donation from Sleepers Bed Gallery, frees up budget money to provide direct care to our future residents and creates that home-like setting so important for the comfort of those dying and their families while staying in hospice. We can't thank Heather and her staff enough for this generous support to help bring residential hospice care to our community," said Cheryl Cottrill, Chair of Huron Shores Hospice.

Pictured here: Cheryl Cottrill, Chair of Huron Shores Hospice and Heather Shewfelt, owner of Sleepers Bed Gallery in Kincardine. 




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.”

 Anyone interested in the organization can locate more information at





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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