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Dr Kathleen Rusnak was here on PEI and did a presentation on May 20,  on behalf of Hospice PEI  – “Because You’ve Never Died Before”.  We had a great turnout!

What makes Kathleen’s presentations so appealing—when her subject matter is so naturally unappealing, like death, dying, the Holocaust, or evil—is her talking openly, unabashedly, and humorously about her own thoughts and experiences that we secretly, and sometimes unsettlingly, think only we think about or only we go through. We discover that everyone else in the audience is also seeing themselves in what she saying, and we all laugh aloud, feeling the pungent pull of permission—to be more human to ourselves and others.

This allows Kathleen to be able to captivate an audience on topics that are difficult for people. Bonnie Mitelman, founder of Steve’s HOPE said, Kathleen can look you straight in the eye, talk about dying or life-threatening crises and leave you wanting more. She is realistic, authentic and heartening, bringing comfort and strength to those who need it, and helpful information to anyone who needs to provide it.

To learn more about Kathleen, visit her website www.thebrickwall2.com.

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Dr Kathleen Rusnak Coming to Charlottetown
For our Volunteer Retreat Wednesday May 20th

Dr Kathleen Rusnak will be coming to PEI on May 20 for our annual retreat for volunteers.

What makes Kathleen’s presentations so appealing—when her subject matter is so naturally unappealing, like death, dying, the Holocaust, or evil—is her talking openly, unabashedly, and humorously about her own thoughts and experiences that we secretly, and sometimes unsettlingly, think only we think about or only we go through. We discover that everyone else in the audience is also seeing themselves in what she saying, and we all laugh aloud, feeling the pungent pull of permission—to be more human to ourselves and others.

This allows Kathleen to be able to captivate an audience on topics that are difficult for people. Bonnie Mitelman, founder of Steve’s HOPE said, “Kathleen can look you straight in the eye, talk about dying or life-threatening crises and leave you wanting more. She is realistic, authentic and heartening, bringing comfort and strength to those who need it, and helpful information to anyone who needs to provide it.”

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National Hospice Palliative Care Week will run from May 3rd  to 9th, 2015 under the theme, “The Power of 10: Let’s talk about hospice palliative care.” 

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS to spread an important message is through your social circles, your own sphere of influence. National Hospice Palliative Care Week’s official theme for 2015 is The Power of 10: Let’s talk about Hospice Palliative Care. We urge you to talk with 10 people — friends, family, acquaintances — about the importance of quality hospice palliative care in Canada. 

Our hope is that this critical message will be spread exponentially, like ripples in a pond, by each of your contacts — whether face-to-face, e-mail, or social media 

http://www.chpca.net/week

Hospice P.E.I. is hosting the 13th Annual Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 3, 2015, in O’Leary, Summerside, and Stratford.

Hike for Hospice will be the kick off to Hospice Week, which takes place May 3-9th.  Hospice PEI invites you, your friends and neighbours, to join people across P.E.I. and Canada and take part in this year’s Hike for Hospice.  Registration fee is $20.

O’Leary - Centennial Park, Registration at 1:30PM, Hike beginning at 2:00PM

Summerside – Shipyard Market, Registration at 1:30PM, Hike beginning at 2:00PM

Stratford – Stratford Town Hall, Registration at 1:30PM, Hike beginning at 2:00PM

Pledge sheets and further information available by calling 902-368-4498.

Hike for Hospice is a signature fundraising initiative which benefits hospice services provided in Island communities. All money raised will go support Hospice PEI’s programs and volunteers who assist people in PEI by preparing, supporting, and caring for those affected by a progressive life-limiting illness before and after death.

Thank you to our sponsors:  Bayshore Home Health, Amalgamated Dairies Ltd. (ADL), Peake & McInnis, Island Oxygen

Strategic Plan for Hospice PEI 2014-2017

The Vision

Hospice PEI has a Vision: People across PEI accessing the support, care, and bereavement services they want, in the setting of their choice, whenever a life-limiting illness affects them — from diagnosis to the time following death.

Our Mission

Within this greater Vision, Hospice PEI has a critical role to play. Hospice PEI is a volunteer-driven organization assisting people in PEI by preparing, supporting, and caring for those affected by a life-limiting illness before and after death.

Core Values and Principles

To accomplish our Mission, volunteers and staff share a common set of values and principles that we exemplify as we perform Hospice PEI work. These Values and Principles guide all our work – through our governance, strategic planning, management, program development, client services, dealing with the public, dealing with partners and our funds development efforts. With Hospice PEI:

  • Clients are the focus of the work we do.
  • We respect each other, our clients, our partners, our public, and ourselves.
  • We are caring and compassionate in all our actions.
  • We work collaboratively within our organization and with others.
  • Decisions made at all levels of the organization are informed and evidence-based.

Strategic Directions

To accomplish Hospice PEI’s Mission, the governing Board has set strategic directions and specific goals to focus the work of the organization for the next three years.

Optimal Care for Clients Goal

  • Increase the number of clients receiving the care they want, in the setting of their choice, with an added focus on underserved populations in long term care facilities.

Financial Stability Goals

  •  Increase financial stability by increasing direct donations, corporate multi-year donations, and program funding – based on a multiyear funds development plan
  • Establish a Board-driven planned giving program 

Volunteer Development Goals

  • Hospice PEI’s volunteers and support staff are trained to a provincial standard
  • Volunteers from within other organizations can access Hospice PEI training
  • Hospice PEI’s volunteers represent our diverse population
  • Hospice PEI’s active volunteer base increases  and covers a diverse range of roles

Public Awareness, Visibility, and Education Goals

  • More people are contacting Hospice PEI for services
  • More people are receiving information about hospice and palliative care

 

Press Release from Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Visit http://www.advancecareplanning.ca/ for more information

Wear your seatbelt. Put on a bike helmet. Make your advance care plan.

Apr 08, 2015

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day

(Ottawa, ON) – Most of us instinctively put on our seatbelts when we get into a car. And we know it’s a good idea to put on a helmet before getting on a bike. So why haven’t the majority of Canadians also taken the precaution of planning for their future health care?

A recent Harris-Decima poll revealed that only 45% of Canadians have talked to someone about their future health care preferences, despite the fact that the majority of them believe it is important to do so. Advance Care Planning, a process of communicating your future health care wishes and naming a Substitute Decision Maker to speak for you if you are unable to do so, offers a way to start those conversations.

“Advance Care Planning is just another positive choice, like wearing your seatbelt or safety gear when you take part in a physical activity,” says Louise Hanvey, the Project Director for the Advance Care Planning in Canada Initiative. “When you make an advance care plan, you’re making a healthy lifestyle choice for yourself – and for those around you.”

The Advance Care Planning in Canada Initiative recommends 5 steps for doing advance care planning:
1. THINK about what’s important to you
2. LEARN about different medical procedures and what they can or can’t do
3. DECIDE on a substitute decision maker – someone who is willing and able to speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself
4. TALK about your wishes with your loved ones
5. RECORD your wishes – write them down or make a recording

The Initiative’s Speak Up website (www.advancecareplanning.ca) has a number of resources, including workbooks, videos, wallet cards and conversation starters to help Canadians make their plan.

“Advance care planning is a way of looking after your health,” says Ms. Hanvey. “It gives you peace of mind – and gives those around you the gift of knowing what’s important to you, especially if they have to make decisions on your behalf. April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day – this year, make a plan as part of your healthy lifestyle.”

The provincial office and the Queens coordinators have moved!  We are very excited to be located in the new Provincial Palliative Care Centre at 93  Murchison Lane, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 0G3.  Our phone numbers are the same – Provincial office 902-368-4498, Queens Volunteer Coordinator 902-368-4095, and Queens Grief Support Coordinator 902-368-4064.

Thank you to everyone who supported our 20th Annual Let Their Light Shine campaign.  Many loved ones were remembered at this special time of year.

Angus Geldert's grandson's lighting the first light for 2014.

Angus Geldert’s grandson’s lighting the first light for 2014.

Winner Jamie and SusanThank you again to all of those who attended, participated in and donated to the 2014 Hospice PEI’s Dancing with the Stars presented by National Bank. The event raised $21,100.00.

Congratulations to all our stars and pros for your hard work and dedication, making this event such a great success.
Our Judge’s Choice winner was Jamie Cudmore, manager of Scotiabank Sherwood and his pro Susan Lessard of Ballroom Barn.

The Peoplewinner Kim and Rejean‘s Choice winner was Kim MacInnis of National Bank and her pro Rejean Lessard also of Ballroom Barn, with 7090 votes.
See you all on October 3rd, 2015!

 

 

 

 

 

Mark and Julie Robert and Monique Alanna and Scott

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Wednesday, October 22nd at 7:00pm at The Best Western Charlottetown on Grafton Street.  There is no cost for the session and it is open to the public. A suggested donation would be welcome.

We have all suffered some sort of loss in our lives. Someone we knew and cared about is not longer present and we feel loss and grief. It’s often a very uncertain time. Please join Hospice PEI & Dr. Darcy Harris for the 2nd Annual Holloway Lecture; an engaging evening seminar about loss, grief and bereavement.

“Perhaps one of the most profound things I have ever learned from working with people who face tremendous loss and upheaval in their lives is the importance of compassion. The first aspect of compassion is the acknowledgement that suffering is part of the human experience and we become aware of the various types of suffering that are around us—including that in our own lives. The second crucial aspect of compassion is the desire to reach out in some way to try to relieve or lessen the suffering that we see.” Dr. Darcy Harris

10653341_10152253381356707_6774427757695181169_nFor more information on Dr. Harris please visit her website:
http://www.drdarcyharris.com/