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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Did You Know?

We were able to purchase our new home – at 89 Queen Street in Truro – thanks to two generous gifts from the community.

The first was from the late Joanne Venner, who bequeathed her home to the hospice society in 2010. The second was from 107-year-old Nelly Traxler who left half of her estate to the society in honour of her mother, Frau Marta Bumova.

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society took possession of this 20th century, revival style house on March 27th, 2013 and moved our offices in that Fall.

Where the hospice society does not receive direct funding from the government, we rely on the support of a generous community to fund our programs and services.

Thanks to all of our supporters!
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It's a ROLLOVER WEEK for our Hospice Bucket List 50/50 draw! That means this week's number – 743 – was NOT played. Thank you to all participants for your continued support... Next week's winnings are estimated to be $500!

It's not too late to sign up – Find out everything you need to know at cehhospice.org/bucket-list-50-50/.
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Did You Know?

The Colchester East Hants Hospice Society welcomed a new Executive Director in December, 2018. Stacey Harrison has been at the helm for just over four months and is looking forward to what the future holds for her and the organization.

"I sat on the Hospice Board for two years and, after experiencing a personal loss, I was prompted to get more involved with the organization. When the opportunity came up, I was excited to take on this new role."
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ROLLOVER WEEK! Next week's winnings estimated to be $370! Thank you for your continued support! ... See MoreSee Less

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A great discussion on Historical & Cultural Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief. A huge thank you to our panelists Dr. Lynn Jones, Cynthia Martin, Samantha Molen, Ashley Sutherland, and our moderator Craig Johnson. #mycompassionatecanada @Col_Historeum @CanadianHPCAssn

Stop by the @Col_Historeum tonight at 7pm for "Historical Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Grief". A panel discussion in collaboration with @hospice_ceh This is a free event, all welcome!

.@trurodaily: Colchester-East Hants Hospice holding events for Hospice Palliative Care Week https://t.co/clwzUBIWay #trurons #novascotia #mycompassionatecanada @CanadianHPCAssn

So excited to see your great work supporting #CompassionateCommunities already. Great example #CCforCdns https://t.co/Wg81lTB6ma

Caregiver Awareness Month is officially underway! Join the conversation throughout May using #CGAware2018 to help us raise awareness of all that #novascotia #caregivers do for their families and communities.

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