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25th Annual Care Gala

October, 2019

On September 27th at Alpine Ski Club the Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation set records for attendance and donations, all while raising awareness of Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT). With 315 guests in attendance and the contributions of many who logged on from home to the online Silent Auction system utilized at the event this year, the HGT Foundation has raised over $130,000 to support the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care in our community.

The 25th annual Care Gala also celebrated the 5th anniversary of Campbell House, HGT’s palliative care residence where over 800 patients and their families have been cared for since opening the doors to our community in August 2014. HGT supports an additional 350+ patients in their own homes and in our community every year.

Rick Thompson, Bruce West and Barbara Hockley were also honoured at the Care Gala.

Barbara was recognized for 25 years of diligent service to Hospice Georgian Triangle. Bruce was recognized for his considerable volunteer contributions to the build and operations of Hospice Georgian Triangle and Campbell House with a new award that was unveiled. The Bruce West Culture of Philanthropy Award will be given by the HGT Foundation on an annual basis to an individual, family, group or organization who best exemplifies this spirit of giving in our South Georgian Bay community. This year, the award was presented to Ricki Thompson in recognition of her ongoing and generous support of HGT.

HGT Foundation President Paul Williams noted “special thanks goes to our many, generous sponsors included Title Sponsor Blue Mountain Resort, to our Care Gala Committee, our Auctioneer the Honourable Bill Walker, the incredible design team lead by Ellen Oelbaum and Abigail Hitchens and all the HGT Foundation staff and volunteers who made the night possible.

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Hike or Bike for Hospice Georgian Triangle was a huge success!

May 2019

Our largest event of the year, the Hike or Bike for Hospice was held on Sunday May 26th, and it was a huge success!  In the past we have held separate Hike or Bike Events in our surrounding communities. But this year, for the first time, we brought everyone in South Georgian Bay together for one massive event. Thank you to everyone who came out. We had so much fun, and the weather was perfect!

Our fundraising goal was $75,000 and as of the day of the event, we had raised $90,000! Since then, donations have still been rolling in, and as of June 4, we have hit $95,000! We are so grateful for the generosity of our friends, neighbours and sponsors. Without your support, we could not provide the highest level of palliative care our community has come to know from our team.

Hospice Georgian Triangle receives funding from the government to cover approximately 50% of our operating costs, so the other 50% must be raised each year. For our 2019-20 fiscal year that amounts to just over $1,000,000 that needs to be raised through fundraising efforts like the Hike or Bike for Hospice Event.

We want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all the many people who participated and donated to the event, as well as the approximately 100 volunteers, many of whom worked behind the scenes.

We had many sponsors and community supporters that, without their support, this event would not have been possible. We would sincerely like to thank the following partners:

o              Title Sponsor: Century 21 Millenium Inc.

o              Platinum Sponsor: Lexus of Barrie

o              Gold Sponsor: Sobeys

o              Silver Sponsors: Boston Pizza, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63 and
Fawcett Funeral Homes

o              Bronze Sponsors: Collingwood Nissan and Collingwood Toyota

o              Friends of Hospice: Canadian Tire, Happenings Party Rentals, Kamikaze Bikes,
Squire John’s, Town of Collingwood, The Peak FM, MAX FM, Classical 102.9 FM,,, On The Bay

o              Community Supporters: Andrew’s Copy & Print, Bein Gorm Highlanders,
Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club, Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood Fuels,
Collingwood Professional Fire Fighters, Dave West Photography, Five Star
Audio Visual, Georgian Life Media Inc., Jan Trude & your local Tim Hortons,
John Sandham from The Peak FM, Stuart Snelgrove, Town Crier Ken Templeman, 
Roxann from U-Pick Parties and volunteers from the National Ski Academy

What an incredibly fun, and by any measure, a successful event! All the funds raised will be used to serve our South Georgian Bay community. We always hold our Hike or Bike for Hospice event the LAST SUNDAY IN MAY, so the date for next year is May 31, 2020 … so mark your calendars now!

If you want to help support our community with free access to palliative care,  we are still accepting donations. You can either donate online here: or just give us a call at the HGT Foundation office at 705-444-2555 extension 7523 to donate to a particular participant or team, or to make a general donation to the event.

Thank you again to our incredible community.

Your continued generosity fills our hearts!


The entire Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation Team!

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‘Be true to yourself and your values’: former Governor General

David Johnston spoke at New Life Church on Wednesday night to promote his new book Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country

March 6, 2019 | Jessica Owen |

When former Governor General of Canada and author David Johnston spoke about why he choose to write his latest book Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country, his lighthearted talk turned serious.

“I wrote it because I was worried,” said Johnston at his speaking engagement Wednesday night in Collingwood at New Life Church.

“I was worried about the erosion of trust in our societies,” he said. “This is a good country. I love this country. I always thought it was good. But our greatest danger is complacency and taking for granted the good things that we have.”

Johnston came to Collingwood this week to promote his new book, discuss the state of trust in public institutions and media and share anecdotes from his life.

The talk was moderated by Janet Fairbridge, foundation director with Hospice Georgian Triangle, who started by asking Johnston questions before turning the floor over to audience questions.

“How do we establish trustworthy persons, and how to we establish trustworthy relationships?” mused Johnston.

Johnston, the 28th Governor General of Canada, has written more than 25 books and served as the Governor General of Canada from 2010 to 2017.

Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country interweaves personal stories from Johnston’s life into morals and lessons, some of which he shared during the talk.

Johnston relayed a story about resigning from a Final Club at Harvard University (similar to a fraternity) when he was a student due to the club not allowing a Nigerian student to join.

“This was in 1959. There were only six black people in that class,” he said. “In my values, from Sault Ste. Marie, I just wasn’t comfortable. I didn’t want to offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. I just didn’t want any part of it.”

“Be true to yourself and your values,” said Johnston.

The proceeds from Johnston’s book are going toward the Rideau Hall Foundation, a charity he helped co-found. He talked at length about the importance of volunteers.

“If you ever want to measure the health of a community, just look at the number of volunteers in that community,” said Johnston.

The former Governor General also talked about the most influential figures in the average person’s life.

“Cherish our teachers,” said Johnston. “It’s our coaches, teachers, veterans, advisors who have the most influence on us in terms of a value system.”

The talk was put on by Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation, with presenting sponsor Wayne Noble of Noble Insurance.

Johnston’s book is available now on Amazon and through Indigo.

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January 2019

As part of a process to streamline the operating structure of the Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation (HGTF) I am pleased to announce Janet Fairbridge has accepted a new position as Foundation Director effective January 31, 2019.

This new leadership role reflects the need for the Foundation to improve its focus on the critical task of building community awareness for sustainable Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) funding.

With responsibility for overseeing HGTF administration and programs, Janet will lead the fundraising team and report directly to the HGTF President. Key duties include fundraising, marketing, communication and community outreach.

This appointment reflects the confidence the Foundation has in Janet. Since 2014, Janet has been a key HGT ambassador in the community, helping HGT to achieve its critically important fundraising goals.  It’s important to remember that funding for more than half of HGT’s operating costs is made possible through community giving.

I’d like to thank our colleagues on the Hospice Georgian Triangle board for their assistance with this reorganization.

Please join me in welcoming Janet to her new position.

Paul Williams, President

Hospice Georgian Triangle Foundation

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500 Reasons to Attend the annual Care Gala!

August 2018

1. Bid on an all-expenses paid trip for two to London, England.
2. Win tickets to see John Tavares and Auston Matthews power the Maple Leafs to victory.
3. Dance to the music of the Black Pearls and their great renditions of Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison classics. 
4. Watch the sunset over Georgian Bay from the beautiful new Alpine Ski Club.
5. Score a berth on a luxury yacht and spend seven nights sailing from Panama City.
6. Celebrate with your neighbours and friends!
7. Enjoy complimentary wine with your gourmet dinner.
8. Whet your appetite with the delicious dinner choices, prepared by Collingwood’s own Men with Knives.
9. Climb the Rocky Mountains by winning a heli-hiking package for two. 
10. Use the Gala as an excuse to buy a new outfit. It’s a worthy cause after all!
11. Surprise your partner with a romantic all-expenses paid train trip and weekend accommodation in Quebec City -- up for bid at the Gala!
12. Score big with four tickets to see the reigning Grey Cup champions. Go Argosssss!
13. Prepare to be amazed by winning two VIP tickets to Cirque du Soleil's production of Corteo this Fall in Toronto.
14. Live on the edge. Play the Care Gala’s exciting 50:50 Draw.
15. Impress the grandchildren by winning your own exclusive skating party for 10 at Blue Mountain’s Woodview Mountaintop skating facility.
16. You’re in town on Friday, September 21st and love cocktails at 5:30pm.
17. Satisfy your inner Film Critic. Win two season tickets to the Collingwood Cinema Club.
18. Carve the ultimate line down Blue Mountain by scoring unlimited demo skiing from Squire John’s.
19. Earn the opportunity to test your taste buds as guests of the Italian Trade Commission at their annual wine schmooze.
20. Hit pay dirt by winning dinner for you and your friends at Brunello’s and other fine Collingwood eateries.
21. Work on your tan. Cop tickets to the Rogers Cup.
22. Display your online dexterity by buying your tickets at
23. Score the opportunity to secure Burger Bob to cater dinner for you and 49 family and friends.
24. Be able to boast to your friends you were at the best Gala of the year. 
25. Show off your cool. Or hot. Dress is elegant but casual.

Plus the 475 reasons more...

475. That’s the estimated number of families Hospice Georgian Triangle will support through a variety of programs offered in patient’s homes in our community and at Campbell House. The Hospice team of professionals and volunteers helps support quality of life through management of physical, emotional and spiritual needs. HGT’s services are made possible through generous donations at fundraisers such as the Care Gala and offered at no cost to individuals and their families.

The annual Care Gala, an exquisite evening in support of Care at Hospice Georgian Triangle, will be held on Friday, September. 21, 2018.

This year we’re at the beautiful new Alpine Ski Club. It’s a bit bigger than last year’s venue but remember tickets sold out in 2017.

For more on the event or to book your tickets online, click here:…/HospiceGeorgi…/CareGala2018.html

Or, contact Rebecca Gee at or at 705-444-2555, extension 7523.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Supporters:

Wheel and Anchor
Lexus of Barrie
Jane Moysey and Lorraine McDonald of Royal Lepage Trinity Realty
Victor and Yvette Saccucci
Canadian Mountain Holidays
Via Rail
Men With Knives
Burger Bob
Stone Project Management
Italian Trade Commission
Peebles Martin Wealth Management
Sun Life Global Investments
Cobble Beach
State Farm Insurance
Right At Home Canada
Collingwood Toyota
Collingwood Nissan
Assante Capital Management
Fawcett Funeral Homes
Comfort Keepers
Major’s Guardian Pharmacy, Wasaga Beach
Wayne & Maureen Pitman

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The Black Pearls to headline annual Care Gala festivities!

July 2018

One of Toronto’s most popular bands, The Black Pearls, will have dinner goers stompin’ in their chairs at the Care Gala on Friday September 21 2018.

The Black Pearls are celebrated for covering the music of the Traveling Wilburys plus hit songs of all the members: Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and George Harrison, Jeff Lynne (ELO) and Bob Dylan.

This year we’re at the beautiful new Alpine Ski Club. It’s a bit bigger than last year’s venue but remember tickets sold out in 2017. Don’t be disappointed. Book your tickets today to support this critical part of the annual fund-raising activities for HGT. The goal is to raise $100,000.

Cocktails are at 5:30pm. Dinner is by Men With Knives.

Lots of great auction items. WestJet flights. Via Rail trips. Leaf tickets and more.

For more details on The Black Pearls check them out on their Facebook page.

To purchase your Care Gala tickets, click on:…/HospiceGeorgi…/CareGala2018.html

Or call Rebecca Gee at 705-444-2555, extension 7523.


Gorgeous Yacht cruise heads Gala live auction prizes!

July 2018

Gorgeous yacht cruise heads Gala live auction prizes!

In 2017, Hospice Georgian Triangle raised $100,000 at the fabulous Care Gala, thanks partially to some terrific auction items.

This year we are continuing with the theme of offering Dinner participants “experiences” to bid on.

Thanks to Gordon Dreger, who grew up skiing the hills of Blue Mountain, we have a mega-yacht cruise for two as a grand prize.

The winning bidder has the option of a cruise between Havana and Cienfuegos on the M/Y Variety Voyager, or a cruise between Panama City, Panama and Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica on the M/S Panorama.

Each cruise is for seven nights in an outside cabin and includes all accommodation and meals. These are luxury yachts with a limited amount of cabins. For example, the Variety Voyager holds only 72 passengers.

We’d like to thank Gordon and his new travel company Wheel & Anchor for this wonderful prize that’s valued at up to $15,000, depending on the time of sailing.

The annual Care Gala, an exquisite evening in support of Care at Hospice Georgian Triangle and Campbell House will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.

This year we’re at the beautiful new Alpine Ski Club. It’s a bit bigger than last year’s venue but remember tickets sold out in 2017.

For more on Wheel & Anchor, see Gordon’s short video message here:
or check out:

For more on The Care Gala and to book your tickets online, click here:…/HospiceGeorgi…/CareGala2018.html

Or, you may contact Rebecca Gee via email at or, call 705-444-2555, extension 7523.


Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood achieves HPCO     Accreditation

June 2018

HPCO Accreditation is an independent certification program dedicated to improving the quality of care for palliative individuals, their caregivers and the bereaved. Any hospice organization achieving this accreditation has undergone a detailed assessment, including multiday on-site audits to ensure their organization has strong governance, operational, service delivery, fundraising and quality improvementprocesses in place. HPCO Accreditation gives assurance to individuals and families receiving care, partners, donors, funders and volunteers that HGT is in compliance with industry standards and has been accredited based on a rigorous review of operations and performance by industry peers.

Kelly Borg, Executive Director and accreditation lead, explains "this has been a significant undertaking for our organization, more so because we voluntarily undertook accreditation for our residential hospice, Campbell House, and our community program, Lighthouse Integrated Care, simultaneously. We wanted to reinforce the highest quality of care, compassion and innovation that our organization is known for with hard evidence that we work to recognized standards and best practices for hospice palliative care. In this
respect, it was important for us to receive professional peer validation. We want our patients and their families to have peace of mind about their care, before they even walk through our doors.”

“It is because of the dedication and sheer hard work of our highly skilled and compassionate staff and volunteers that this achievement has been possible. I would like to thank HGT’s Accreditation Team who worked tirelessly over a two year period to pull together the policies, supporting documentation and descriptions of our processes in order to submit over 300 pieces of evidence for review by the accreditors. I would also like to thank our volunteers who have stayed the course through considerable change, and who have undertaken extensive training to ensure that, like our staff, they fully understand their scope of practice and the legislative and legal requirements that bind us. I am extremely proud of our entire team and I look forward to taking the next steps with them on our continuous quality improvement journey.”

On behalf of HPCO, Annalise Stenekes, Manager of Hospice Services shares “the HPCO accreditation process allows a hospice to be recognized for its compliance to provincial standards governing how the organization should operate. Hospice Georgian Triangle has been awarded HPCO accreditation in recognition of its high-quality hospice services.Congratulations on this major accomplishment!”

For more information regarding HGT’s accreditation, please contact Kelly Borg, Executive Director of Hospice Georgian Triangle at 705-444-2555, extension 7520.

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Collingwood Cinema Club Gives Back

March 2018

The Collingwood Cinema Club has done it again! Not only do they bring the best of Canadian and International Films to our community, but they also take care of our community by giving very generously to HGT. This year’s donation from the Collingwood Cinema Club and their dedicated subscribers was over $41,000! Amazing!!!

HGT is so honoured to be the charity of choice of this incredible group. On behalf of the 570 patients and families that you have supported at Campbell House since our opening in August of 2014, and the many, many more supported by HGT’s Lighthouse Integrated Care programs in our community, thank you to all of the Cinema Club members and volunteers for your continued support.

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Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay

February 2018

HGT is feeling the love today, especially from the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay! Donor Relations Coordinator Janet was honoured to receive the cheque from this hard-working group of Rotarians outside of The Peak 95.1 FM studios, during the second annual Give your Heart to Rotary Radiothon. This grant will go towards our new Lighthouse Integrated Care program, enabling HGT to better support individuals in our community when they need us in early stages of a diagnosis with personalized, and free, assistance in navigating the healthcare system.
If you haven't done so yet, tune in to 95.1The Peak today, give them a call or go online and make a donation to hear your favourite tune (or dedicate it to your Valentine!) and help the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay continue with their amazing work in supporting our community. Thank you so much Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay!!!!

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Stayner Lions Club

January 2018

Stayner Lions Club presented a donation to Hospice Georgian Triangle.

We are so grateful for your continued support and following within the Lion Clubs Mission of making life better in our community.

Front - Bruce West (HGT Foundation Chair), Deb McCannell, (HGT Event Coordinator), Sandra Squire (President)
Middle - Doug Inkster, Bob Johnson, Robert Walker, Heather Walker, Len Menecola
Back - Bob Ahrens, Leo, Peverill, Linda Ahrens, John Squire, Bill Swanton, Don Coutts
Photographer - Bob Charlton