Halloween Treats at Northside General

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On Monday, October 26,  Northside Volunteers treated palliative care patients to a Halloween treat, but no tricks!

Although the patients are going through a very difficult time in their life’s journey, we try to bring some normality to what is at its best a very difficult time for most of them. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers we were able to treat quite a few patients who share 4 West ( Northside General Hospital)  with our palliative care patients. We had three kinds of tea buns; raisin, cheddar and plain. Lots of cheese , jams and cookies. And of course, tea and other refreshments – all made by our volunteers. It’s such a joy to see the smiles on the patients’ faces. We give them a small  Halloween pumpkin as well.

I think there is a little child in all of us who remembers Halloweens past. Along with a few hugs and laughs we made a difference, for now.  From all the gang on the Northside Hospice team, It was our pleasure.

-Bruce Tizzard
Northside Volunteer


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In June of this year the Canadian Girls In Training (CGIT) celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Following the celebration, the organizing committee made a donation to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County to go toward the Society’s Hospice Residence Project.



Burger Week is Back

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Burger Week is back again this year with a total of 18 restaurants participating from Sydney, Glace Bay, New Waterford and North Sydney. From October 31 to November 7, each participating restaurant will offer a special Burger Week burger with a portion of each Burger Week burger sold going to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, to help support palliative care patients and their families.

New this year, burger lovers will have an opportunity to vote online for their favourite burger creation.

Check out the complete Burger Week listing and start planning your Burger Week adventure now.

Burger Week Being Served up in the CBRM

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The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County is teaming up with local restaurants to bring Burger Week to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. From October 31 to November 7, participating restaurants will feature a special Burger Week burger, with a portion of the sales from each burger sold during the week going toward the Hospice Palliative Care Society. 

A total of 16 restaurants are participating, with many creating special burgers for the fundraiser while others have chosen delicious burgers that are already on their menus.  The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County provides comfort and compassionate care to individuals and their loved ones living with life-threatening illnesses.  This includes everything from music therapy to home support items and meeting many special personal needs that enhance patients' quality of life.

“We are so very pleased with the level of support we've received from local restaurants for our Burger Week fundraiser,” says Patricia Jackson, Co-chair, Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. “We are grateful for the involvement of participating returns and hope that the community will take advantage of a wide range of burger choices knowing that they are contributing to the needs of patients who face highly challenging health and family situations.”

Jackson adds that, “The participating restaurants have brought great imagination to their Burger Week creations. I think people are going to have a hard time choosing which burger to eat – luckily Burger Week is seven days so they can sample more than one throughout the week. I encourage everyone to get out and get eating in support of an important community organization.”

For more than 25 years, the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County has been assisting the Cape Breton District Health Authority Palliative Care Service meet the needs of palliative care patients and their families through the provision of volunteer support, staff education, comfort and care support items, the Music Therapy program, the Family Assistance Fund and bereavement support. Currently, the Society is focusing its efforts on plans for a much need stand along Residential Hospice for the Cape Breton community.

This is the first year for the Society's Burger Week fundraiser and it is expected that it will be an annual event, with plans for it to grow each year.  The following restaurants are participating in the 2014 Burger Week.

Kiju's Restaurant
All Star Grille, Casino Nova Scotia
Saltspray Holiday Inn Sydney Waterfront
Ziggy's Pub
The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
Flavor Restaurants
Island Greek Donair
The Olive Tree Bistro
Governor's Pub and Eatery
Reilly's Lounge Hearthstone Inn
The Steel City Sports Bar
Trio Cambridge Suites
Mickey D's Subs & Stuff
Rack and Roll
Bette's Kitchen
Jane's Restaurant & Pizzeria

A full list of the burger creations is available at People can share their Burger Week adventure online by using #burgerweekcb.

Winter 2014 Newsletter

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Please take the time to read our annual newsletter. The Winter 2014 edition is available here. In it you'll find inspiring stories about volunteers and staff and the generosity of the Cape Breton community as well as stories of past and upcoming events and initiatives.

Birthday benefits Hospice Society

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This year for her birthday, Danielle Power wanted to remember her grandfather in a meaningful way. Her birthday had always been extra special because it was the day her grandfather also celebrated his birthday. Sadly, Powers' grandfather passed away in the palliative care service. To remember him, she asked that her family and friends give her money instead of birthday gifts,which she in turn donated to the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. In this photo Power is shown with her mom and grandmother, presenting a cheque to Dr. Anne Frances D'Intino. From left, Dr. D'Intino, palliative care physician, Danielle Power, her grandmother Brenda Power and mother Donna Power. 

RBC Donates to Hospice Palliative Care Society

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Royal Bank of Canada employees from the Charlotte St. Branch present a cheque for $1,000 to The Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.  The funds are made available through RBC's Day of Service Grant Program.  (L to R)  Shannon Kerr with the Hospice Society accepting the cheque from RBC representatives Judy O’Connell, Bonnie MacNeil,  and Jeanette MacIntyre.  

Hospice Brochure

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If you would like to read more about how Cape Breton District Health Authority Palliative Care Service and Hospice  Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County are working together to ensure the growth of palliative care services meet the varied and wide-ranging needs of palliative care patients and families, take a moment to read our Hospice brochure .  

Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice

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The 1st Annual Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice 50’s and 60’s dance was held at Centre 200 on April 20, 2013.  This new event was a huge success; and, with a great deal of excitement, we have already started our planning for next year.

We would like to thank our presenting sponsors- Seaside Communications and Max FM 98.3, and our event sponsors- Steel Centre Credit Union, Remax Park Place Inc., Shannex Habourstone Enhanced Care, Shannex Parkland Cape Breton, and Shannex Celtic Court. We also want to extend a special thank you to our business community for donating prizes, all those who attended the event and our dedicated volunteers, all without whom this event would not have been possible.

Keep watch for next year’s Shake Rattle n’ Roll for Hospice event. We hope you are able to join us as we are sure it will knock your bobby socks off once again.

We want to thank you for your continued and generous support.  Palliative Care patients and families in our community will truly benefit from over $10,000 raised.