Hospice News

COVID 19 Updates
A Message from Bev Lashbrook, Executive Director
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New Executive Director Announcement

Hospice Huntsville is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Ellerson as its new Executive Director.
Bev Lashbrook; Executive Director has given her notice of resignation to the Hospice Huntsville Board of Directors.
Her last day of employment at Hospice Huntsville will be Friday September 25th, 2020.
“It has been a sincere pleasure working with the Board of Directors; staff team and all of the Hospice Volunteers over the last ten years. One of the highlights of my career was working with the entire Hospice team to plan, implement and complete the Residential building project of Algonquin Grace and the oversight of its operations since opening the doors in January 2012. It truly represents a legacy of care that will support members of Huntsville and surrounding communities for generations to come. Hospice Huntsville is poised for continued growth and I am confident in the leadership within the staff team. I wish the Board of Directors; staff and all of the volunteers’ tremendous success in achieving the vision and goals of the organization.”
The Board of Directors and the Selection Committee are pleased to announce the recruitment of Rebecca Ellerson as Executive Director for Hospice Huntsville.
Rebecca’s professional strengths, leadership skills and her passion to advocate for quality end of life care make her an excellent fit to lead Hospice Huntsville.
Rebecca will assume her new responsibilities effective September 26, 2020.
Please join us in welcoming Rebecca to her new position!

Hospice Huntsville’s Create A Swim looks to raise needed funds

Hospice gets a facelift thanks to local Rotarians

Huntsville Doppler:  July 26, 2020

“To assist Hospice Huntsville during the financially stressful times brought on by COVOD-19, the Rotary Club of Huntsville Evening Satellite Club organized a facelift for the organization’s residential hospice, Algonquin Grace.”
Read the entire article:  https://doppleronline.ca/huntsville/hospice-gets-a-facelift-thanks-to-local-rotarians/

Cogeco:  Your TV Muskoka July 24, 2020
“Members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville rolled up their sleeves to give Algonquin Grace a fresh paint job.”

Click here to watch the video:  https://www.yourtv.tv/node/272656?c=muskoka&fbclid=IwAR2hx5on7HW999YORmpnp8T6IyCq1ItSxdjeVNxZHRlIz-S6r7TjKbCDKaU

Nine-year-old forgoes birthday presents and instead raises much-needed funds for Hospice Huntsville

Huntsville Doppler:  June 16, 2020

“There’s a saying that with age comes wisdom. For nine-year-old Brynn Tofflemire, wisdom’s come early.  Tofflemire celebrated her ninth birthday in May and instead of receiving presents she asked people to help her raise funds for Hospice Huntsville.”
Read the entire article:  https://doppleronline.ca/huntsville/nine-year-old-forgoes-birthday-presents-and-instead-raises-much-needed-funds-for-hospice-huntsville/

Hospice Huntsville talks about volunteering and the Why I Volunteer Campaign
Hunters Bay Radio, Studio K:  June 14, 2020


Studio K welcomes Melissa, and volunteers Martha Briggs Watson and Dale M. Peacock from Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville. They share their volunteer experiences and talk about the need for ongoing support for Hospice Huntsville during theses difficult times.”
Listen to the full podcasthttps://soundcloud.com/hunters-bay-radio/studio-k-huntsville-hospice-melissa-polischuck-jun-14-2020

Huntsville charities feel pinch as COVID-19 hinders fundraisers in 2020
Huntsville Forester: June 3, 2020.
Read the article:  https://www.muskokaregion.com/community-story/10001352-huntsville-charities-feel-pinch-as-covid-19-hinders-fundraisers-in-2020/

Mountain of masks raises funds for Hospice Huntsville in COVID-19 crunch

“Nancy Watts has sewn a mountain of masks as a labour of love for Hospice Huntsville.  “I never thought I would make so many,” said the Huntsville resident.  Watts, described by a friend as an incredible collector of fabric with a lifelong collection reminiscent of a fabric shop, decided in response to the COVID-19 crisis to sew non-medical face masks for family and friends in exchanged for a donation to the not-for-profit end-of-life care organization.”

Huntsville Forester:  June 2, 2020.  Read the article:  https://www.muskokaregion.com/community-story/10001343-mountain-of-masks-raises-funds-for-hospice-huntsville-in-covid-19-crunch/?fbclid=iwar0nutde_6_ntvbbwqlwcxykev-x8spp_p-r4czzhuj7fzqu8njv-u4pjlw#.XtqU8leoiA0.facebook

Leaving with Love auction on Facebook raising money for Hospice Huntsville
“For Allison Alldred it was the death of her stepfather Jamie, and Nana Flo shortly thereafter, which opened her eyes to the valuable service provided by the staff and volunteers at Algonquin Grace, the residential hospice operated by Hospice Huntsville.
Huntsville Doppler: June 2, 2020
Read the article:  https://doppleronline.ca/huntsville/leaving-with-love-auction-on-facebook-raising-money-for-hospice-huntsville/

Nutty Chocolatier kicks off Hospice Huntsville’s purple boot campaign with $1,500 donation
Huntsville Doppler March 14, 2020

The Nutty Chocolatier helped Hospice Huntsville kick off its annual purple boot campaign—which is part of the organization’s Hike for Hospice fundraiser—in style on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Read the entire article:  https://tinyurl.com/trnog7x

A huge thank you to the Rotary Club of Huntsville for their generous gift to Hospice Huntsville!

At a recent meeting, the members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville unanimously approved a contribution of $2,000 to Hospice Huntsville. Many of the Rotarians are also individual donors and continue to look for ways to support local organizations that fall in line with their six areas of focus. President Drew Markham commented, “Hospice Huntsville has done an incredible job of not only changing the discussion about compassionate end of life care, but providing that care in a thoughtful and professional manner. We are proud to continue supporting this first class organization.”  Pictured: (L-R) Tim Lutton- Rotary Club Director of Membership, Bev Lashbrook, Executive Director Hospice Huntsville, Drew Markham- Rotary Club President

A special thank you to Huntsville Oldtimers Hockey for the recent support of Hospice Huntsville!

A heartfelt thank you to the Rotary Club of North Muskoka for their generous donation to Hospice Huntsville!

The club will be supporting our Grief and Bereavement programs with a gift of $2,000. This will help us alleviate the costs of materials, supplies and resources for these programs and will allow us to continue this service to Huntsville and surrounding communities.
“When Hospice Huntsville presented the Grief and Bereavement program to the Rotary Club of North Muskoka we were immediately interested. This is a program, free of charge, that will support children process grief due to loss of loved ones. We are a small club, and unfortunately we cannot support all causes. We have focused our mandate to support children and youth in need, making this program a perfect fit. In September 2019 The Rotary Club of North Muskoka undertook a new fundraiser, PerogyFest, which allowed us to support more programs in Huntsville. Thank you to the staff and volunteers for the wonderful work they do at Algonquin Grace Hospice Huntsville!” Cara Schiedel- Rotary Club of North Muskoka President.
Pictured left to right: Sarah (Hospice Huntsville PSW), Cheryl Kinghan- Rotary Member, Cara Schiedel- Rotary President, Jim Schiedel- Rotary Member, Diane (Hospice Huntsville- RN)

The houses that sugar and love built!

3rd Huntsville Brownies joined together to create some lovely Gingerbread Houses one of which was delivered to Hospice Huntsville/Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice
Their work on these houses will go towards their Local Communities Challenge and just sharing the spirit of the holiday season
Thank you Brownies for your kindness!

How gingerbread outhouses sparked Christmas joy at Hospice Huntsville

December 12, 2019.  Muskokaregion.com

Resident at Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice in Huntsville shares family tradition to spread holiday cheer at Christmas.
Read the entire article:  https://tinyurl.com/r55rms4

Thrilled and surprised’: Lake of Bays’ Cathy Nystrom earns June Callwood Award

November 25, 2019:  MuskokaRegion.com
Cathy Nystrom is now a Hospice Huntsville volunteer of provincial proportions.
“I was quite thrilled — and quite surprised,” the Lake of Bays resident told this newspaper. “I’m still flabbergasted. I really am.”
Read the entire article from :  https://tinyurl.com/w5n9ots