Our Mission

Colchester East Hants Hospice Society was founded in 2004 as a grassroots effort to support families facing life threatening illness, death and grieving the loss of their loved one. The organization, led by a committed Board of Directors, has very successfully developed and launched programs and services in line with the mission and mandate.

Hospice Is…

Hospice is a building, a belief and an approach. It focuses on improving the quality of living and quality of dying of people and their families when facing, serious illness, death and grief. In Colchester East Hants, Hospice-Palliative Care strives to provide physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support. Hospice is a registered charity and 100% of our fundraising activity supports programs throughout our community.

Hospice Will

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  • partner with palliative care and other community resources
  • be client driven
  • focus on key activities
  • be accessible throughout Colchester & East Hants
  • be leaders in End of Life in Nova Scotia
  • be sustainable

Our Values

  • We value the needs and wants as identified by the people we serve.
  • We appreciate the value of life and the natural process of death.
  • We recognize the need to address people and their families’ suffering, expectations, needs, hopes and fears while facing serious illness, death and grief.
  • We believe that all services need to be inclusive of the community and not limited by spiritual beliefs, gender, race or age.
  • We believe care is provided when the person and/or family is willing to accept it.
  • We believe that quality of life is defined by each person with which we work.
  • We believe that all relationships with other people (people requiring service, partners, colleagues) need to be based on respect and dignity for each other.
  • We believe that all people with whom we work have the right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • We believe that in developing healthy skills and attitudes to support those people dying in our communities, our communities will become stronger.

Our Guiding Principals

  • Client/Family Focused: Responsive to the people we serve.
  • High Quality: Clearly defined standards of practice, integrity, respect and compassion.
  • Safe and Effective: Clear policies and procedures to maintain safety and confidentiality all people.
  • Accessible: Services not limited by geography, age, gender, race or spiritual beliefs.
  • Adequately Resourced: People, funding, information, space, equipment available to meet the needs of the community.
  • Collaborative: Working together as a group and with community resources/partners.
  • Knowledge Based: People with have the information they need (staff, volunteers, people we serve).
  • Advocacy Based: Ongoing advocacy for quality services locally and provincially.
  • Research based: Practice is based on evidence and responsive to new knowledge.

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Colchester East Hants Hospice to host a public talk with Pallium Canada’s Bonnie Tompkins in Truro

October 12th 2016
For immediate release

Truro, NS – The Colchester East Hants Hospice (CEHH) is pleased to announce a free public talk with Pallium Canada’s, Bonnie Tompkins. Pallium Canada’s Compassionate Communities National Lead, Bonnie is currently working to mobilize compassionate communities across Canada. The Colchester East Hants Hospice and Pallium Canada are partnering to bring Pallium’s Compassionate Communities mobilization strategy and support tools to Nova Scotia. This free public lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 7:00pm at First United Church, 711 Prince Street, Truro, Nova Scotia.

In addition to Wednesday’s talk, a Compassionate Communities Workshop will take place on the morning of Thursday, November 9th. The workshop will provide community stakeholders from across the province a unique opportunity to learn how to mobilize a Compassionate Community. In particular, the workshop, facilitated by the CEHH social work team and Bonnie Tompkins, will focus on the piloting of Pallium’s new Compassionate Communities startup kit.

About Compassionate Communities and Pallium Canada

Public health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions for people to be “healthy”. Any issue affecting a society that has a prevalence, an impact on society, preventable suffering, effective interventions and equity issues, should be considered a public health issue. Given the universality of death, dying, loss and bereavement, palliative care is increasingly being seen around the world as a true public health issue. Much of the world has already mobilized around palliative care as a public health issue and a theory of practice to do so, has been articulated and embraced. This theory of practice that helps us mobilize on palliative care as a public health issue is known internationally as the Compassionate Cities or Compassionate Communities model.

Pallium Canada (www.pallium.ca) is a non-profit Pan-Canadian organization established in 2001 to develop palliative care-related educational programs. Pallium Canada is invested in helping Canada mobilize around Palliative Care and in particular, to understand, adapt and adopt Compassionate Communities initiatives. Through knowledge translation, education, project facilitation and leadership, Pallium Canada invites citizens, communities, care-providers, schools, businesses, educators and organizations to learn about Compassionate Communities and to “re-embrace” and then engage, in this vital social transformation.

About The Colchester East Hants Hospice

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society provides comfort and care to families as they face serious illness, death and grief. Hospice volunteers and professionals work closely with the Palliative Care team, putting the patient at the centre and in control of his or her own life and care. By delivering psychological, social, spiritual and practical support, Hospice promotes quality of living and quality of dying.

A registered charity, Hospice relies on the support of a generous community to fund all programs and receives no direct government funding. Hospice operations are entirely funded by private donations, bequests, fundraisers, and community grants.

Media Contact Information:

Craig Johnson
Executive Director
(902) 893-3265
cjohnson@cehhospice.org
www.cehhospice.org
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Free Public Talk with Pallium Canada’s Bonnie Tompkins

November 8, 2017, 7:00pm - November 8, 2017, 9:00pm

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Another successful Hospice Workplace Education program has come to an end. Thank you to the Canadian Red Cross in Truro for providing an excellent space for us to put on this class!

We're pleased to announce Hospice will be facilitating our sixth Workplace Education Program with Serena Lewis in November. These programs are offered free of charge and are limited to 12 participants. Register today by calling 902-893-3265 or emailing cjohnson@cehhospice.org.

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Free Workplace Education Course - Palliative Care & Grief:
End of Life Essential Communications with Serena Lewis

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society, in partnership with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, is pleased to offer a FREE 40 Hour, 6 week, training program to working Nova Scotians: Palliative Care & Grief: End of Life Essential Communications.

Topics to include:
· Creating Context: A Critical Examination

· Self- Awareness: Communication styles, examining our own experiences, biases, as well as ways we can improve communication with client, family, colleagues and other external team members.

· Generational Awareness & Diversity within our team and in the process of dying and grieving

· Being with Dying : Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable in communication with family

· Grief:

- Understanding the misunderstandings
- Approaching death/ dying/ grief with a wide angled lens
- De-constructing grief models
· Setting Boundaries, Caring for ourselves, Seeking resources

- Strengthening our teams and resilience to do great work and provide exceptional dying

Program Details:

Dates:

Wednesday November 8th 2017
Wednesday November 15th 2017
Wednesday November 22nd 2017
Thursday November 30th 2017
Wednesday December 6th 2017
Wednesday December 13th 2017

Time:

8:30am – 3:30pm

Location:
TBD

Instructor:
Serena Lewis, PSW
An educator and social worker with a background in non-profit and workplace education, Serena is passionate about the cause of Hospice-Palliative care in our community, and assisting families through palliative and end of life care.

For further details, or to register, please email or phone the Colchester East Hants Hospice at cjohnson@cehhospice.org / 902-893-3265.
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