Volunteer Hospice News - 2023/2024 Winter Edition

This is our first edition of this seasonal newsletter. Please let us know if you have liked this edition and what other items you may like to see in these quarterly newsletters.

Who We Are

Meet Nancy Bruce,

Volunteer Coordinator

Prior to accepting this position, I was a volunteer with CCN/Ed’s House for some time. I was the owner and operator of a nursery school program called Junior Set Nursery School. The skills that I developed as a business owner have been very useful during my time as Volunteer Coordinator.

I live with my husband Brian in Cobourg. We have 30-year-old daughter, wonderful son-in-law and a 4-month-old granddaughter.

I have enjoyed getting to know each of you in the past year and look forward to learning more.

Please reach out at any time and we can discuss your volunteer experience so we can ensure your needs are being met.

Meet Katie Stevenson,

Hospice Services Coordinator

Prior to coming on with CCN Hospice Services. I have worked in a variety of Long-Term Care, Retirement and Hospital settings providing, Volunteer Management, coordinating, facilitating and implementing a wide variety of Recreation Therapy Programs and Services.

I live with my husband and two boys (7 and 10 years old) on Alderville First Nation.

I loved getting to know our volunteers this past year, since joining the team. You are all wonderful, and without you our programs and services wouldn’t be possible. Your dedication to serving your community is truly admirable and greatly appreciated.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Training, orientation and ongoing support to hospice volunteers
  • Working to promote volunteerism
  • Music Moments

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Community Visiting Volunteers
  • Bereavement Supports Volunteers
  • Caregiver Support Groups
  • Facilitating HPCO training 

Message from our Director, Hospice Services – Sherry Gibson

This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Community Care Northumberland as a charitable not-for-profit organization.  What began as a humble grass roots movement in various communities across Northumberland County some 35 years ago has evolved into the thriving organization you give your time and expertise to, in one or more key service areas – transportation, nutrition, in-home services, wellness and hospice. With a staff of 70 full and part time employees alongside 575 volunteers, we are proud to act as a resource to both clients and their caregivers. 


While hospice services is housed within Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre, it is a program that is owned and operated by Community Care Northumberland, whose  Board of Directors  oversees the strategic direction of the agency. In addition, a Foundation has been established to raise funds specifically for hospice services, both in the residence and in the community. The Foundation has received charitable status, with its own registered charitable number (751801531RR0001), under the name of Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre Foundation.


On November 24th a public funding announcement was made by M.P.P. Piccini, to expand from 6 to 10 beds at Ed’s House, plus an increase in operational funding for our existing 6 beds. We are thrilled to realize our vision for a 10 bed hospice and hope to  begin construction in February.

I am thrilled to be a part of this newsletter and commend Nancy and Katie on the first edition! It will include hospice specific news and events, with a regular staff and/or volunteer highlight. We hope you enjoy reading it.

As always, we are most grateful for your contributions, and appreciate every hour of time you are able to share with us.

Sending warm wishes and safe travels throughout the busy month of December. 

Hospice Growth

Ontario Government Funds New Hospice Beds for Community Care Northumberland

On November 24th members of our team gathered at the Columbus Community Centre for an important announcement. MPP Hon. David Piccini announced that our Hospice was receiving additional funding to be able to turn our 6 bed into a 10 bed hospice. Speakers on hand to mark the occasion included CEO of Community Care Northumberland – Trish Baird, Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Care Northumberland – Dr. Jacqueline Gardner-Nix, Client experience shared by Karen and Trenholm Parker as well as Ed’s House Foundation member – Elaine Azzopardi. We are excited to see this new commitment from our Provincial Government to provide better access to care and services at the end of life.

Read More HERE.

We are overflowing with gratitude as we share a video recap of this incredible moment, showcasing heartfelt messages from all the amazing speakers who joined us. You can also link to the video on YouTube HERE.

Music Moments Musicians Needed

We are looking for musicians who would like to perform during our music moments program. 

Music moments is a 1-hour entertainment session offered to our residents and their loved ones. 

Direct Support Workers

Direct Support Workers assist the residents at Ed’s House. Providing company to the residents and relief/support to the family members. 

Reception Volunteers 

Reception Volunteers are the faces that are seen first when the visitors enter Ed’s House for the first time and every time after that. The value of this volunteer position is unmeasurable. 

Garden Volunteers

A big thank you goes out to our garden volunteers for doing such a wonderful job caring for our gardens.

Please keep this volunteers experience in mind for the summer. 

Kitchen Volunteers

It is often said the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is true at Ed’s House. We are always looking for volunteers to add to Ed’s House Kitchen Team.

If you want to expand your volunteer experience or have a friend who is looking to become a volunteer, please email Nancy Bruce at n.bruce@commcare.ca for more information. 

Bereavement/Palliative Telephone Support Volunteers

Telephone Support Volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers that provide telephone check-in calls to our bereaved and palliative clients. Your weekly calls mean the world to those feeling alone and uncertain.

We are always looking for more volunteers to provide check-in calls to our bereaved clients. 

Bereavement Group Facilitators

In conjunction with our Bereavement Counsellor,

we are always needing volunteers to assist in

facilitating our Bereavement support groups.

Community Visiting Hospice Volunteers

Thank you to our community volunteers for driving to various homes throughout our county providing much needed respite for caregivers and a friendly face for the clients we serve.

If you have time once a week to sit with a client for 1-3 hours, get to know them and their families, it is a truly rewarding experience. 

Email Katie at kstevenson@commcare.ca for more information on these opportunities

Hospice Happenings!

Bereavement Lunch Social Celebrating National Grief and Bereavement Day on November 21st was a great success!

I was a special opportunity for our bereavement group clients, and the volunteers that assist in facilitating those groups, to gather and reflect on their journeys together. Celebrating their growth around their grief.

Dates to Remember!

December 13th New Volunteer HPCO Training start date

December 25 & 26 – Christmas Day and Boxing Day -Offices closed- Ed’s House open to families and loved ones.

January 1st – New Years Day – Offices closed – Ed’s House open to families and loved ones.

February 15th Winter Warm up Tea -Volunteer drop in social 1-3 p.m.

3rd Wednesday of every month from 12-1 Virtual Meeting –Regional Ethical Rounds for staff and volunteers - attendance optional (see below)

Handbags for Hospice - Join us on April 4, 2024, at Best Western as we raise funds for hospice service programs. Your generosity helps the Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre Foundation provide essential services to families in need. Ticket will go on sale February 4th. Watch for more information to be posted on our social media.

Order your Christmas Cupcakes by December 10th!

Spread holiday cheer with Ed's House Christmas Cupcakes!  

Each box supports the Ed's House Foundation.  

Hurry, order by Dec 10th and pick up at Frosted Flour Co. on Dec 15th or 16th. 

Spread the sweetness and CLICK HERE TO ORDER NOW!

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