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Community Care Northumberland introduces early volunteer leadership for Hospice Care Centre project

Project volunteers set to work to secure a site for the Care Centre

June 21st, 2017 (Northumberland County)

Little more than one month following the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care’s announcement of annual operating funding for three hospice care beds, Community Care Northumberland (CCN) is pleased to introduce its early volunteer leadership for the Hospice Care Centre project.

On May 25, 2017, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, visited Northumberland County to announce the funding, which positioned CCN to proceed with the planning and fundraising for a three-bed Hospice Care Centre.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have some strong community leadership on the project and already, these volunteers have started their work,” says CCN Executive Director Trish Baird. “This dedicated group is at work on behalf of the individuals and families in the communities we serve to further shape and support the Hospice Care Centre. They are working toward ensuring that together, we can offer a much more comprehensive suite of hospice care services and additional options at the end of life.”

Pre-Campaign Team & Building Committee

Comprised of community volunteers and staff, a Pre-Campaign Team has been struck. The role of this team is to put in place the foundation for the capital campaign, including the identification and recruitment of the Campaign Cabinet. Both the capital costs (the building and its equipment) and the additional ongoing operating costs of the Hospice Care Centre will require financial support.

Pre-campaign team members include Stewart Richardson, Selena Forsyth, Jessica Holt, Sherry Gibson, Trish Baird, Alicia Vandine, and representatives from The Dennis Group, fundraising consulting specialists.

Meanwhile, a Building Committee has also been struck. Initially, this committee’s role will be to secure an appropriate site and work toward a conceptual design for the building.  Building Committee members include Stewart Richardson (Chair), Art Seymour, Leslie Benson, Ian Lancaster, Ross Quigley, Trish Baird, Cheryl McFarlane and Phil Carter.

“While the project timelines will depend on how quickly site selection takes place, we are experiencing a very strong start thanks to the volunteers who have stepped forward,” says Baird. “Having said that, this project is a significant undertaking and will require the support of many more volunteers in the weeks and months to come.”

Site selection a priority

The Building Committee members are currently touring hospice care centres across the province and learning from those who have recently completed similar projects. In addition, the committee is in search of a 1 to 2-acre parcel of land, with municipal water services, in West Northumberland as a site for the Hospice Care Centre.

Community members with information about potential site locations, or who wish to volunteer as part of the project, are encouraged to contact Trish Baird, Executive Director, CCN, at 1-866-514-5774, or via e-mail through this link here.  

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