Holiday haul for Hospice, courtesy of Scotiabank

From left, Dundas County Hospice Vice-Chair Paul Renaud, Hospice Program Assistant Lynn Gee, Hospice Excecutive Director Lisa Casselman and Scotiabank Manager of Customer Service Carol Ann Sage. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WILLIAMSBURG — Dundas County Hospice collected a combined cool $5,000 from local Scotiabank branches in Morrisburg, Chesterville and South Mountain before Christmas. The matching donation helped top up funds raised at the organization’s annual Hospice Hoedown event, held Oct. 29 at the Matilda Hall in Dixons Corners.

About 45 percent of Dundas County Hospice’s annual budget — approximately $60,000 — relies on money fund-raised in the community. Overseen by three part-time staff and a board of directors, the organization oversees 60 volunteers who visit people in their homes during their last days of life — giving their families brief respite to do other things. Dundas County Hospice also offers day programs for individuals at the organization’s new Williamsburg headquarters in a renovated house on County Rd. 31.

Hospice’s move out of the Park Drive Villa building means it now enjoys “10 times more space” for its inventory of loaned-out wheelchairs, walkers and mobility devices, said Vice-President Paul Renaud.

The bank’s donation is “very much appreciated,” added Renaud.

 


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