Rochelle Smith

Sunflower Treasures 2

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The terrific selection of pre-loved items at great prices created a wonderful weekend of sales for the Hospice Residence project. Hundreds of shoppers stopped by to purchase donor contributions of vintage jewellery, purses and accessories, china, pottery, decor and entertainment items, table linens, fabrics, yarn, quilting and sewing supplies, collectibles, art work, wall hangings, mirrors, books, games, dvds and special interest magazines.
The three day shop, organized for the second time by a group of hard working, good humored, dedicated volunteers involved sorting, cleaning, polishing, organizing, displaying and selling reaped $20,000 in sales! The team of 65 volunteers under the leadership of Cheryl Read and her  dedicated “department managers”, welcomed our shoppers and did their very best to provide a pleasant shopping experience for everyone. On behalf of the Hospice Palliative Care Society Board, great thanks is extended to Cheryl, her team, our wonderful volunteers and all those who made purchases.  We are incredibly grateful for the support and most importantly, all contributions from donors to shoppers will be felt by the patients and families of those in the Palliative Care Service.
                   
                   
                                  

5th Annual Shake, Rattle and Roll for Hospice

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The 5th Annual Shake, Rattle & Roll for Hospice is taking place on Saturday, April 29 at Centre 200, and this year’s theme is “Going to the Prom!”

And since “Going to the Prom!” can mean different looks for different people, we figured we’d help out by sharing a list of possible outfits to sport:

-The classic mullet and tuxedo combo (feel free to add a ruffled dress shirt or a colored tux if you really want to jazz things up)
-Feathered bangs, teased hair and a puffy-sleeved dress (note: you can use the leftover material from your mother’s living room drapes to achieve this look)
-A more modern prom look (this is also a great reason to dress-up and feel snazzy)
-Or simply wear your favourite shirt and a comfy part of kicks

As you can see, these are just a few of our suggestions, but please feel free to wear whatever you feel festive in (casual, semi-formal, or formal).

*All proceeds go towards the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Ticket price is $50/person and tickets are on sale now.

You can purchase your ticket by phoning 902-567-8584, by emailing hospicesociety@nshealth.ca or by visiting the Hospice Cape Breton Office located on the 4th floor of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital.

Happy Holidays

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Another Christmas Holiday season is upon us and as we reflect over the past year, the Board of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County has so many reasons to be grateful. Grateful for the exceptional Palliative Care team, the doctors, the nurses, all the staff on An Cala and the home consult nurses, who deliver such professional, compassionate care to patients and their families. We are grateful for the energy and the goodwill of the many volunteers who help in so many different ways; grateful for the generosity of our community donors.

2016 has been a year of many successes including the expanding community interest and support in the quest to establish a hospice residence. Events and projects, both established and new, are highlighted in this newsletter and demonstrate the mission and work of the society in hospital and in home. We are grateful to Membertou Band Council and BCA Group for their unique collaborative model that is an exceptional community partnership and driving the hospice residence dream forward to reality.

 

Every New Year brings new opportunities. The Society is committed to the construction of the hospice residence in 2017. As a board, we will vigorously lobby the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Government for a formal announcement to provide operational costs. We will be launching a fund raising campaign “Strengthening Circles of Care” to meet financial goals that will furnish and equip the hospice residence, create a courtyard garden and establish an endowment fund to address future needs.

On behalf of the Society’s board we wish you and yours a Happy Holiday season and a
New Year of Peace and Happiness.

Patricia Jackson & Nancy Dingwall

Burger Week 2016

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Burger Week 2016 was held from October 29 to November 5 this year, attracting more than 20 participating restaurants, who each generously donated all or a portion of the proceeds of each Burger Week burger sold to the Hospice Palliative Care Society.

“Burger Week is a great event that raises funds for and awareness of the Hospice Society, while at the same time supports small businesses in our community,” says Burger Week Chair, Becky Chisholm. “Burger Week gives people the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while supporting a good cause and is de nitely an event that people look forward to each year. I’m happy to say that Burger Week 2016 was a huge success, raising nearly $10,000 in support of Hospice Cape Breton.

A big thank you to all who support this event!”

Spreading the Christmas Spirit

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The Christmas spirit is alive and well on the An Cala Unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Volunteers Deana Pruski and Margie Kennedy, who volunteer weekly, spent an extra day this week baking additional tasty holiday treats for patients and families so that there would be extra goodies to last throughout the holiday season. Thanks to both of them for sharing their time and talent this holiday season.

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Fortress Feast

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Finding an opportunity to connect the past to the present is something Lester Marchand, Visitor Experience Manager at the Fortress of Louisbourg looks for in working with partners, to further enhance visitors’ experience. So in partnership with the Hospice Palliative Care Society, they hosted the first-ever Fortress Feast in September 2015. It was an interpretive and educational experience with a period meal and music, to raise funds for the Society. “Hospice Palliative Care was as important in the 18th century as it is today,” said Marchand. “Perhaps the means were different, but the process was the same.”

The 2nd annual Fortress Feast recently transpired on September 17, 2016. This year, there were 108 attendees that enjoyed the one-of-a-kind occassion in support of the Hospice Palliative Care Society. The Society would like to thank all who attended this memorable evening. A special thanks is also extended to this year’s event partners Parks Canada and the Fortress of Louisbourg Association. This event would not be possible without you!

The Women of Peace and Hope for Hospice

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In 2009 founder Margaret Cusack began working with a small but incredibly dedicated group of women, known as The Women of Peace and Hope for Hospice. That year, the group organized its first Christmas Craft Fair in support of Hospice Palliative Care. They have faithfully continued hosting this special event in addition to holding craft-related fundraisers throughout the year. Their most recent donation of $6,000 brings the total of their generous contributions to $35,000 to support the work of the Hospice Palliative Care Society. The Society is indebted to them for their outstanding commitment to the patients and families of those in need of comfort, care and compassion at end-of-life.