30th Annual Royal LePage Ski and Snowshoe Day a huge success!

Hospice Georgian Triangle has a great friend in Royal LePage Locations North.  Desmond von Teichman, his team of Realtors and the Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) volunteer committee has put on another incredible Ski and Snowshoe Day in support of Hospice.

The 30th annual event on March 30, 2015, raised $25,635.50 for HGT this year.  These funds will go towards the in-home visiting program, bereavement services and operation of Campbell House, the six-bed Palliative Care Residence in Collingwood.

Since opening the doors to Campbell House on August 5, 2014, Executive Director Debbie Kesheshian reports that 88 patients and their families have been cared for by Hospice.

“With the help of our generous community, and companies like Royal LePage Locations North, we are able to provide the comforts of home for these families when it is most needed,” said Kesheshian.

Pictured at the cheque presentation on March 30, 2015 at Campbell House are, from left:
Janet Fairbridge, Development Coordinator, HGT; Debbie Bullock, Assistant to Desmond von Teichman; Desmond von Teichman, Broker of Record, Royal LePage Locations North; Michelle Henderson RN, HGT – Campbell House; Sarah Spencer, PSW, HGT – Campbell House; Allison McHaig Lead RN, HGT – Campbell House; Barbara Hockley, Administrative Services Coordinator, HGT; Maureen Coburn RN Student, HGT – Campbell House; Tanya Mac Neil, Executive Assistant, HGT. (Photo Credit: Bryan Davies Photo)

Wasaga Beach Trianglers help create a beautiful home!

Wasaga Beach Trianglers help create a beautiful home!

Petals in Thyme Abigail Hitchens Weekly Flower Arrangements

Petals in Thyme Abigail Hitchens Weekly Flower Arrangements

Shortbread Maker Extrodinaire Isabel Vincent

Shortbread Maker Extrodinaire Isabel Vincent

Campbell House Staff Training with Rev. Judy Walton

Campbell House Staff Training with Rev. Judy Walton

Job Opportunity – Executive Director, Hospice Georgian Triangle

Through its volunteer visiting and bereavement programs, Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) has provided non-medical support to those with life-threatening illness, or at the end of life, for 28 years. In August 2014, HGT opened Campbell House Palliative Care Residence, a six-bed end-of-life hospice home.

To read more, please click here.

First Bereavement Group Session is underway!

August 14th, 2014

Hospice Georgian Triangle is pleased to offer our first Bereavement Group to be held at the new Campbell House Residential Hospice.

“Hospice Georgian Triangle is known as a safe place to grieve for those in our community who have suffered a recent loss,” said Debbie Kesheshian, Executive Director. “A large part of Hospice Palliative Care is providing support to family members after the death of a loved one. It is a very challenging time and our trained volunteers understand the grief process and help people sort out their feelings and enable them to move on through their own personal physical, spiritual and emotional grief. “

Registrations are now being accepted for this series of free sessions that will last for approximately eight weeks beginning Thursday, October 2, 2014. The sessions run from 5:00 – 7:00 pm and will be held at the new Campbell House, 240 Erie Street, Collingwood.

Please call the Hospice Georgian Triangle office at 705-444-2555 for more information or to register.


Hospice Georgian Triangle
Debbie Kesheshian, Executive Director
240 Erie Street,
Collingwood, ON L9Y O8X

2014 Hike or Bike for Hospice – $100,000 Raised!

At the wrap up of Sunday’s Hike or Bike for Hospice event, Georgian Triangle’s Executive Director, Debbie Kesheshian, announced Hospice reached their fundraising goal of $100,000.

Kesheshian said, “The volunteer team organizing this event are to be congratulated.  This is a demonstration of what a group of dedicated people working towards a common goal can achieve.  The money raised will go towards caring for those in our community requiring hospice and palliative care.  We are so grateful to each participant and all the people who sponsored them to hike or bike today.”

Hospice Georgian Triangle has held the Hike for Hospice event for several years and this was the first year incorporating a bike event as well. It proved to be extremely successful as many new participants joined in for the first time.

“The weather was ideal and each of the three venues, Collingwood, Scenic Caves and Wasaga Beach reported an enthusiastic turnout.  Photos of the event are available on our website”, added Kesheshian.

“The Collingwood participants stopped in front of our newly-built hospice palliative care residence, Campbell House, scheduled to open at the end of the summer.  That allowed them to see first hand how their support is going to have an impact in our community through compassionate end-of-life care”, Kesheshian said.

Call to Artists

Hospice Georgian Triangle’s Executive Director, Debbie Kesheshian, announced a Call to Artists for Campbell House’s Art Project.  This call is directed to all area artists interested in submitting their work to be hung in the community’s new Campbell House Hospice Palliative Care Residence.  To read more, please click  here.

To download the Technical Requirements, please click here.

Campbell House Lead RN Hired

Debbie Kesheshian is very pleased to announce that Allison McHaig has accepted the position of Lead RN for our new hospice palliative care facility, Campbell House.  Allison comes to Hospice Georgian Triangle from Princess Margaret Hospital’s Palliative Care Team and also performs casual RN shifts at Ian Anderson House in Oakville.  Her vast clinical expertise will ensure our families have the highest level of palliative care for their loved ones and she will lead the rest of the clinical team in creating a true centre of excellence.  Allison also demonstrates a true passion for end of life care and she will be a great asset to our cause.

Debbie would like to thank Kate McLachlin, Linda MacLeod, Rebecca Wall and Barb Gotuaco for their support as we interviewed five top candidates.

Development Coordinator Job Posting

Position Summary -

The Development Coordinator shall work directly with the Executive Director and the Fund Raising Committee of the Board of Directors to develop and implement fundraising strategies as set forth in the overall plan.

To download the PDF job description, please click here.

North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Invests in Local Hospice Service – April 1, 2014

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is pleased to announce an investment of $540,000 in the new 6-bed Campbell House Palliative Care Residence operated by Hospice Georgian Triangle. Hospice Georgian Triangle currently receives funding from the NSM LHIN to support their palliative outreach. This new annual operating funding will be used to cover related nursing and personal support services at Campbell House.

The new hospice beds will provide palliative care services in a community-based setting, as an alternative when care at home is not an option. Care at Campbell House will be provided by an inter-professional team that has expertise in palliative care in accordance with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Model of Care.
Patient placements and referrals for Campbell House will be managed through the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre (NSM CCAC) in consultation with Campbell House staff, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital palliative care rounds, and the Georgian Bay Family Health Team.

Bruce West, Chair, Hospice Georgian Triangle said, “The opening of our Palliative Care Residence will bring the much needed support many families require when they are faced with caring for a loved one at end of life. Hospice Georgian Triangle is very pleased with the support it has received from the NSM LHIN through the process of building this home and appreciates the LHIN’s commitment to palliative care in South Georgian Bay.”

New Executive Director


Bruce West, Chairman of the Board for Hospice Georgian Triangle is very pleased to announce that Debbie Kesheshian has accepted the position of the Executive Director, Hospice Georgian Triangle.

Debbie brings with her years of executive and fund raising experience in the not for profit sector. She was instrumental in the merger of Big Brothers with Big Sisters to form Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle and was recognized for her efforts by the national organization in 2007. As Executive Director of the United Way of South Georgian Bay, Debbie assisted with the beginning of that agency’s revitalization. Since 2009, Debbie worked at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation as the Personal Giving Officer where she specialized in Planned Giving and Major Gifts to the Foundation.

Debbie has earned the Certified Fundraising Executive designation and also holds the Certified Professional Consultant on Aging designation.

Debbie and her family were introduced to Hospice Georgian Triangle in 2000 when her father required end-of-life care and support. The Hospice volunteers and staff offered compassionate care and guidance during this very difficult time for Debbie, her mother and sister.

Debbie moved to Wasaga Beach in 1995 with her husband Armenak and three sons Alex, Eric and Thomas. She considers her long term marriage and success of her sons as her greatest accomplishment.

Please join the Board of Directors of Hospice Georgian Triangle, the Volunteers and employees in welcoming Debbie to Hospice Georgian Triangle/Campbell House.

Gauci Donation

gauciVictor 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 programs: volunteer visits for palliative patients; bereavement support and counseling; 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.

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

New Hospice ResidenceMay 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 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.

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