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Moments That Mattered...

  • the return of volunteers into our hospice home, especially those offering direct support, after such a lengthy hiatus!
  • giving public presentations in person once again to local service clubs and groups
  • recognizing and celebrating the changing seasons as blooms begin to appear once more in the gardens
  • a reading nook in our lobby area filled with donated books and magazines from thoughtful supporters
  • the excitement of the Hike for Hospice committee, making plans for the first in-person Hike event in two years! 
  • the establishment of an endowment fund with the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, and an inaugural donation from a very supportive family (more to come!)
  • A generous gift and naming of the Rotary Hospice Care Centre
  • and the continued support of so many donors whether to the Lights of Love campaign , the Celebrity Benefit Hockey Game at the Allman Arena last month, or by remembering a special person with a memorial donation. Your gifts have impact, and we are tremendously grateful. 

Join us for Hike for Hospice,
Sunday, June 5, 2022: 
Registration is now open!
Participate in-person or virtually.

Mark Sunday, June 5th on your calendars for the 8th annual Hike for Hospice!

As a supporter of Rotary Hospice, we want you to know our exciting news…on Hike day we invite you to join us at the Stratford Perth Museum to walk the Tom Orr Trail, tour the museum, enjoy a BBQ lunch, music, games and more! We hope you can join us for this family friendly event as we gather together after a two-year hiatus to remember and honour lost loved ones. This drop-in event starts at 10:30am, with formal greetings and BBQ lunch at 12:00pm. 

Prefer to participate virtually? That works too!

Or, DO BOTH! Hike (bike, kayak, run, skip or walk) where you like, and then join us at 12:00pm for formal remarks, music and BBQ.

Most of all, we encourage you to participate in a way that suits your comfort level. We believe it's not about how you hike, or where you hike, it's about who you are hiking for that matters. Click here for full details and to register. 

Last year, you helped raised almost $110,000...we hope you can you help us reach this goal again! On that note, our sincerest thanks to our generous sponsors who have returned once again to show their support of Rotary Hospice. 

Trailblazing Sponsor:


Gold Sponsor:


Silver Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsor:
McCutchen & Pearce Professional Corporation

BBQ lunch provided by: Scott Rocher, RE/MAX A-B Realty, and the Rocher Family 
& our many thanks to our host, the Stratford Perth Museum!

Recognizing our Volunteers --
National Volunteer Week, April 24 - 30, 2022

 
Hospice brings the most kind, caring, compassionate and dedicated people together under one roof. We are privileged to have the group of volunteers we do and could not be prouder of how they have continued to answer the call as needed, riding every wave of the pandemic with us.

To our volunteers, you never lost sight of helping Rotary Hospice provide personalized comfort and care to the families we serve. Whether that was supporting clients in the home or over the phone, greeting and screening visitors at reception, baking treats for families to enjoy, supporting our fundraising events, or holding the hand of someone at the Hospice, your efforts are felt by the residents, families, and staff. You play an integral role in the care we are able to provide, and we couldn’t do what we do without your support. Thank you for making such a meaningful difference! We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces back, soon!

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities at Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth, please contact Katie Jervis at katie@rotaryhospice.ca or 519-508-4900 x730.

An interesting read...

For many of us, the arrival of spring is synonymous with spring cleaning. In this thoughtful article written by , she challenges us to take our spring cleaning a step further by considering the legacy of clutter we may unintentionally leave to our loved ones after our death.

"What do you want to be to the people that you love? A loyal friend? A trusted advisor? An empathetic listener? An inspiration to live a life aligned with purpose? Depending on the relationship, any or all of these may be true.

I think, however, everyone can agree on one thing we do not want to be to our loved ones: a burden. And yet, this is exactly what most of us are without even realizing it."

You can read Emily McDermott's full article, "Why I did my own death cleaning at 39", here. We hope it will inspire you to look at your spring cleaning with renewed energy! 

Introducing Our Legacy Program


Rotary Hospice Social Worker Jaclyn Turpin recently launched a Legacy Program for Rotary Hospice residents and their loved ones.

The purpose of legacy work is to initiate reflection and sharing of memories. This can result in a keepsake but it could simply be a conversation you will always remember. 

The process of legacy work can be therapeutic for anyone and can be a powerful coping tool for those who are ill and their family/friends during their grief. The beauty of legacy work is that there is no timeline. Activities can be as simple as you would like, such as recording a voice message, or more complex requiring more time and effort, such as a scrapbook. 

Examples of Legacy projects include (but are not limited to):
- A memory jar filled with favourite memories from family and friends;
- Cards written for future birthdays, holidays, or special occasions
- A pillow made of favourite clothing

A menu of ideas is available for all those who call Rotary Hospice home, and the projects can be facilitated by staff and volunteers should the resident require their help. 

"Legacy is not leaving something to people...it's leaving something in people." Peter S...
Upcoming Events

Sunday, June 5, 2022
The 8th annual Hike for Hospice
Stratford Perth Museum - or virtual! 
Register here!

Saturday, August 27, 2022
The Rooster Classic Golf Tournament
Mitchell Golf & Country Club
For details, visit: www.theroosterclassic.ca 

Thursday, October 27, 2022
4th annual Handbags for Hospice
Stratford Country Club 
For sponsorship opportunities or to donate an auction item, please contact: Mary Nikolakakos, Fund Development & Donor Relations Coordinator at 519.508.4900 x701 or maryn@rotaryhospice.ca 
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