Victor and Jennifer Gauci from Collingwood, came in to donate their “work from the heart” in support of Hospice’s respite suites here in Sunset Manor. Victor, formerly with the RAF, developed prostate cancer in 1999 and lived with chemo and radiation effects for a long time. Life-long sewing skills allowed him a choice of sitting idle or making quilts, which Victor now does with his small dog at his feet. Jennifer, an artist who enjoys working with pastels, donated a hummingbird painting so that others could be inspired to reflect, heal spiritually and give to others when you can. HGT thanks the Gaucis for their involvement with HGT and their donation.
Campbell House Construction Begins – August 23, 2013!
Sod Turning Ceremony for new Campbell House Hospice/Palliative Care Residence
Front row standing LtoR: Dr. McLachlin, Mayor of Collingwood Sandra Cooper, Grey County Warden & Deputy Mayor of Blue Mountains Duncan McKinlay, MP Kellie Leitch, Bruce West, MPP Jim Wilson, Simcoe County Warden & Mayor of Wasaga Beach Cal Patterson, Ken Ferguson Mayor of Clearview, Doug Measures.
Second row LtoR: Kelly Robertson, Ron Emo, Marjori Medley (trying to hide), Merle Gottlieb, Rob Fleming, Glenn Grosset, Ian Watson, Rebecca Wall, Dunc Hawkins Chair Hospice Foundation, Sandy Cunningham, Mike Edwards, Morley Bercovitch .
Kneeling at Front: Linda MacLeod & Patrice McCammon
View the YouTube sod turning video here
Enterprise-Bulletin Report – Campbell House Sod Turning Ceremony
COLLINGWOOD — The official part is over; now the real work begins.
Local politicians chipped in Saturday morning to help members of Hospice Georgian Triangle turn the sod to officially mark the start of construction on a $3.6-million, six-bed hospice.
Hospice officials also unveiled the name: Campbell House, in recognition of the contributions of the family of Donald Campbell, who have spent more than 50 years in the area as seasonal and full-time residents.
Donald Campbell, a former chairman of Maclean Hunter, died in 2009. Hospice Georgian Triangle representatives have been working with the four sons of Donald and Audrey Campbell to provide a legacy gift to cover the actual cost of construction.
“Building this hospice is a community project,” said Hospice Georgian Triangle chair and CEO Bruce West. “People got behind it, and said they were willing to pay for it.”
The hospice will be located behind Sunset Manor, on a piece of property that was essentially landlocked and tied up between three owners — Simcoe County, the Town of Collingwood, and the province.
“This project has taken longer than we would have liked, but you have to appreciate the complex ownership of the property,” said West. “It was the complexity of the ownership, and that it was landlocked, and it took a partnership between the town, county and the province to unlock it for this purpose.
“It shows the validity to the project, because they all came to an agreement.”
Hospice Georgian Triangle has been operating since 1987, and runs four programs: Rainbows for grieving children; volunteer visits for palliative patients; bereavement support and counselling; and the Susie Newton suite for respite care.
The goal of a permanent hospice has always been a dream of the organization, noted past-chair Rebecca Wall, who was on the inaugural board of the Collingwood Community Hospice.
“There have been a lot of stops to this day,” she said to a crowd of more than 200 who gathered on a patch of lawn behind Sunset Manor for the occasion. “There have been lots of obstacles, and just as many achievements.
“But there has always been a believe that all of us deserve compassion and respect as we take that final journey in our lives… in a place that is safe, caring, and comfortable.”
The location of the hospice also creates a ‘centre of excellence’ for palliative care, said Wall, located as it will be between Sunset Manor, Raglan Village, and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital.
Those connections, said Wall, show off a level of health care that is “caring and comprehensive.”
She also spoke highly of West, who joined hospice six years ago, and has been working consistently on getting a building constructed for the last three.
“He has taken all the threads of our dream, and woven them into a wonderful tapestry of reality,” said Wall.
Ron Emo, whose late wife Gloria also helped co-found Hospice Georgian Triangle, volunteered for the organization for 17 years and served as an executive director, said he was grateful so many people came out to support the groundbreaking of the facility.
Emo, who has also volunteered with hospice, joked he would be able to “tick this off my bucket list” with the start of construction.
He noted many people with a terminal illness don’t have the support of family and friends — as his wife did when she died in 2011 after a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma — and the hospice will fill that gap.
“Gloria was able to die at home, but so many people can’t,” he said. “This is the right site, in the right place, at the right time.”
The hospice should be complete by next spring; actual construction begins in two weeks, said West. The capital campaign also continues, with $2.8 million raised thus far.
Major-General Richard Romer donates proceeds from book sale to Hospice Georgian Triangle. Please click Pilot to Pilot to read the Enterprise-Bulletin story.
Hospice Georgian Triangle News Release
May 26, 2013 — Collingwood, ON — Today Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) released the long awaited news that by July of this year it would be starting construction of a 6 room Palliative Care Residence to serve the Georgian Triangle. This facility will have the option of easily being expanded to 10 rooms as the need grows. The facility is being built on land located behind Sunset Manor just north of the G&M hospital, the perfect site for such a facility.
HGT has been providing end of live support to families and individuals in the Georgian Triangle since 1987. Currently over 100 specially trained volunteers visit individuals in their homes to assist the caregivers with the very demanding task of providing for loved ones who are facing a life threatening illness.
Ontario currently has 30 Palliative Care Residences in operation with two in our region being Barrie & Huntsville. With the fact that our area has double the provincial average of population over age 65, the need is self explanatory.
Construction of the facility will take approximately nine months to complete, with a total cost 3.6 million dollars, that number includes the start up cost. The capital fundraising campaign has quietly been underway for some months now and 2.6 million has been raised to date, but as we all know the last mile (or million) is always the most difficult.
This is a community project. To make it a reality, we will need the support of many more individuals and families. Should you feel you wish to help please contact our office at 705-445 2555 or go to our website to make a donation at www.hospicegeorgiantriangle.com.
Hospice Georgian Triangle is a nonprofit registered charity.
Offices are located at 49 Raglan Street, Collingwood ON, L9Y 4X1
Hike for Hospice News Release
On Sunday May 26, Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) held three Hikes in the area to help raise funds for Hospice’s New Palliative Care Residence for which construction is scheduled to start this summer on property located between the G&M Hospital and Sunset Manor.
The hikes were held at Scenic Caves with 150+, Collingwood Curling Club with 250+ and the RecPlex in Wasaga Beach where there were 150+ participating. The hike was followed by a BBQ lunch and recognition of the top teams and individuals. Hospice wishes to recognize the Rotary Club of Wasaga for their partnership in organizing the Hike in their community.
This was the third year for the event in the Georgian Triangle and with the solid support of corporate sponsors and the community’s generous donations, over $80,000 was raised. 100% of the money raised stays in our community and will go to the building fund.