A message from our Executive Director

It has been my great pleasure to step into the role of Executive Director this year.  We celebrate the significant legacy that Bev Lashbrook has left us in her retirement and strive to honour this legacy with our ongoing commitment to high-quality end of life programs and services.

Despite the many challenges of the global pandemic- our staff team, dedicated volunteers and remarkable community have all risen to the occasion.  They provided care and resources to ensure we were able to operate our five residential beds without interruption.  They connected through their PPE, using technology and virtual platforms so we could be together, even apart.  They participated in postponed and reimagined fundraising events.  Third party events were created and executed to promote our organization and raise much-needed funds. 


Taking action in the service of others has been the remedy to help us through these difficult times.  This report summarizes and celebrates the accomplishments of Hospice Huntsville in 2020.  We look towards 2021 with optimism and gratitude.

Rebecca Ellerson

A message from our Board President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to Hospice Huntsville.


Algonquin Grace Residential Hospice has now been opened for 10 years.  We would not have been able to accomplish this without the dedication of so many people committed to helping us provide the best quality end of life care while supporting the needs of their caregivers and family members.


Thank you to our staff, who work tirelessly to maintain a safe environment for residents and families.


Our Strategic Plan was reviewed and these initiatives will allow our Board of Directors and leadership team to plan for future growth and sustainable high-quality provision of end of life care in our community.


Thank you again for supporting Hospice Huntsville.


Gordon Schakelaar




The Board of Directors has reimagined these five pillars to support all the work of the organization for the coming three year term.  Hospice Huntsville strives to provide leadership in the provision of palliative and end-of-life care.  Everything we do is high-quality, person-centered and imbued with compassion.

Financial Wellness

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Give Options for Donating

Give Results

Give Thanks

Give Financial Oversight


Connect our Team

Connect with our Community

Connect our Families

Connect Virtually 

Programs and services

We Lead

We Partner

We Respond

We Include

Team Culture

High Quality People

High Quality Performance

High Quality Work Environment


Integrated in our Community

Integrated in our Health Care System

Integrated in our Geography


'Thank you so much for taking such good care of my mom.  Your love,  support and compassion was wonderful throughout her 8 weeks here.  You are all so special and make a beautiful difference in the lives of those you touch.  Also thanks for the great opportunity to stay at the hospice.  It was the most full week I had with my mom 24/7.  I have treasured memories of that week.'

'We are so very grateful for the comfort you brought my dad, (resident) through your loving fulfillment of his every wish. It certainly eased his transition from home and reassured us that he was in the right place.'

Caring for our Community


Hospice huntsville provides high quality end of life care across the dying trajectory







Grief +

Bereavement Services

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REsidential Hospice


  • Five in-patient beds for end of life care 

  • 24/7 care provided by skilled physicians, nurses and personal support workers

  • High quality symptom management and supportive care in a home-like environment


Visiting Hospice Services

  • Trained volunteers offer support to individuals and their support networks in the setting of their choice

  • During pandemic, in-person visiting services have been suspended with phone or virtual supports available

  • In-person volunteers support residents at Algonquin Grace and their families

Comforting Hands

Grief+ bereavement programs

  • Trained volunteers offer grief and bereavement peer supports in group and one-to-one settings

  • Support provided for any type of loss 

  • Programs tailored to children, youth and adults

  • Pandemic suspended in-person supports and programs have moved to virtual platforms, meeting the need for increased connection in an isolating time


I am beyond thankful for this experience. It has helped me more than words can describe.

I would highly recommend this program to anyone who has lost a loved one.

I feel stronger, validated and able to continue my grief journey.

-Participants in the Grief and Bereavement Group Service

Celebrating our Team


Vanessa Vandersluis

-Clinical Manager-

Completed Comprehensive Advanced Palliative Care Education (CAPCE) certification 


ISobel Hampton 
-Visting Volunteer-

Recipient of June Callwood Award 2021


Dr. Deb Harrold
-medical Director-

Co-lead of Northern Ontario School of Medicine research project on the impact of palliative care team support on patient care in the emergency department


of operating costs are funded by

The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care


The remaining


must be secured through donations and fundraising efforts

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Revenue Breakdown 2020

Sustainable giving - Monthly or Annual gifts

Planned Giving - bequests or other death benefits

Signature events - events hosted and run by Hospice Huntsville

Misc events - events hosted by third party individuals or groups to benefit hospice huntsville

$0.83 of each dollar raised goes toward direct care costs- your donations allow our programs and services to operate at no cost to recipents


Hike for hospice 2020

2020 was our first virtual Hike for Hospice; we had 16 teams and many individual hikers participate.  A virtual opening ceremony was recorded at Algonquin Grace.  Hikers participated from all over Ontario.  The event was able to raise over $43,000 towards ongoing end-of-life programs and services.  Thank you to all those who donated and participated in this meaningful event. 

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Third party events are a core element of our fundraising.  Individuals, families and organizations have continued to create unique ways to raise necessary funds and awareness in support of Hospice Huntsville in 2020. Thank you!


Thank you to Hunter's Bay Radio for hosting our first-ever Radiothon in 2020

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-Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice-

Volunteers support every program and service that is offered at Hospice Huntsville- these caring individuals provide grief support, manage the reception desk, provide support as visiting volunteers, bake treats for the residential hospice and everything in between! 

Thank you for all you do for Hospice. 

“What is the best thing about volunteering at Hospice Huntsville?”

  • Finding that you helped someone through the grief process

  • The sense that what we do makes a difference in someone’s life at a challenging time

  • The satisfaction from helping my community

  • Wonderful like -minded people

  • Excellent organization

  • The ability to serve my community in a meaningful way

  • The feeling of value

  • The joy of being a volunteer visitor

  • Personal satisfaction of adding value to people’s lives

  • That a caregiver gets a well-earned break

  • Hospice Huntsville is a place that matters

  • It is rewarding and positive space

  • Feeling welcomed, comfortable, and appreciated

  • The reward of knowing our efforts make a difference

  • The appreciation expressed by all for volunteering at HH

  • By supporting this valuable community organization, I feel my life has purpose and I am able to contribute to others in some small way.

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Provided 370 days of in-patient care for 82 residents at Algonquin Grace

launched hearts for hospice campaign to raise funds and support local artists

residential volunteers provided 1828 hours of support and greeted 3725 visitors

grief and bereavement program service volumes increased significantly- one to one and group supports provided


over 400 hours of training provided to volunteers in 2020

22 third party events were held and raised a total of $73,268 in support of ongoing operations


'Now that (resident) journey is over, I am finding it difficult to find the right words to express my gratitude to each and every person involved with your marvelous facility.  Your combined talents and dedication to the tasks at hand are something I have never experienced before and will not likely see again soon.  The quality of life you provided (resident) during her stay with you was amazing and something I could not even have imagined in our days at home prior to joining your family.  You are a wonderful family and I will never forget.'

'Your knowledgeable, compassionate & loving care of Mom, myself and my sister will never be forgotten.'

Thank you to our

event sponsors


Signature Sponsor

GOld sponsors
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silver sponsors
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Bronze sponsors
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Our mission

To guide and provide consistent, comprehensive and compassionate end of life care that is readily accessible to individuals, families and caregivers in the setting of their choice throughout the greater Huntsville area.

Our vision

Everyone is entitled to live and die with dignity and comfort surrounded by loved ones, and assisted by compassionate and caring persons of their choice.