On February 26, the Board and Staff of Beth Donovan Hospice made an exciting announcement about the purchase of our “forever home” on French Settlement Road. This 3100 square foot building is situated on 5 acres of land. The home was built in 2006 and the structure is zoned and ready for modification to include our current and future programs. Once retrofits have been completed to accommodate Building Code and Universal Accessibility requirements, all Hospice services will move permanently to the new location in Autumn 2016.
This announcement comes on the heels of a feasibility study to determine the need for residential beds, organizational capacity and the level of community support. The study found strong consensus among the groups and individuals consulted that residential beds are lacking for the rural clients we service.
The purchase of this home was made possible by generous donors who have contributed to our building fund over the past 20 years. In 2015 we also received a bequest from a long-time friend of the hospice who shared our vision for rural residential hospice services. Audrey McClenaghan always felt strong ties to the Beth Donovan Hospice and her generosity made our new “forever home” possible.
The dream of owning our own facility is now a reality and we are continuing to pursue ongoing funding to operate beds for our catchment area.
Special thanks to MPP Steve Clark for his unwavering commitment to the Beth Donovan Hospice and continuing to keep our message in the forefront of the provincial legislature.
We are tremendously grateful for the solid support we have received from the communities we serve. What we have been able to achieve would not have been possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff, volunteers, donors and our many community champions. We look forward to welcoming everyone at an Open House in our new home in September.
If you would like more information, have questions or would like to get involved, please contact Dawn Rodger, Executive Director 613-258-9611 ext. 1
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Advance Care Planning day is April 16, 2016 – please start the conversation with your loved ones about your end-of life wishes!