Thank you to the hundreds of people who sent in donations to Jocelyn House Hospice this holiday season!
On October 20th the Kelvin High School Class of 1980 had their reunion. Reunions are a chance to re-connect with old friends and share memories. It is also a time to reflect on the past, looking back at your life and how you got where you are today. This special group of people wanted to include their dear friend Jocelyn Hutton in their celebration. In addition to raising over $20,000.00 to support their friend’s dream, Jocelyn’s classmates also shared some of their thoughts & memories with us.
Congratulations to Norma Brown who won $1,095.00 from the World Hospice Day 50/50 draw. The winning ticket was #1588! The other half of the money will go to the care of our residents, thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported Jocelyn House Hospice!
Thank you to everyone who came down to join us on at our World Hospice Day events!
The winner of our Kids games were Alex for the Build-A-Bear, Vicky for the iPod shuffle and Rachelle for an extra draw of Boo at the Zoo tickets courtesy of FAB 94.
It was a busy week for the staff and volunteers at Jocelyn House Hospice and Jocelyn Hutton Foundation. We hope that we raised awareness of the importance of Hospice with our awareness campaign thanks to The Lance, Citytv, CTV & Global Television’s Morning shows, CJOB & CBC radio for allowing us to speak about Hospice.
Thanks also to Real Cloutier from the WRHA, Sandy Johnson from Hospice Greater Saint John & our own Maureen Hancharyk for participating in our Speaker’s Panel, for those who missed it we are trying to get the on video our website.
Finally we ended the week with a bang at St. Vital Centre starting with our Voices for Hospice concert on Friday night thanks to the great talent from The Winnipeg Conservatory of Music and Canadian Event Production Services. Then FAB 94 spent the day with us raising awareness and money for Jocelyn House Hospice. Thanks to Host’s Kelly Parker & Steve Adams, along with FAB staff Holly Daumler, Amy Houston, Geri Knight & especially James Struthers who was with us from start to finish. We started at 9am with a dedicated group of Mall Walker’s and ended with our Raffle draw at 4:45pm. Thanks to all our volunteers as well who helped us all day selling raffle tickets, taking donations & answering questions, we couldn’t do any of it without you!
A special thanks to Eva Rempel, Audrey Hill, Gail Henderson-Brown, Carol Sakwi the family members of residents; Georgina Brown & Brian Thomas current residents at Jocelyn House Hospice; and William Hutton, Jocelyn’s father, for sharing their stories and helping people understand why Jocelyn House Hospice truly makes a difference in the lives of people.
By: Simon Fuller, Canstar Community News, Posted: 10/3/2012
Margaret Haugen says the mission of Jocelyn House Hospice is to carry on the dream of its namesake by adding life to the final days of the terminally ill and their loved ones.
“It allows patients to come and spend their final days with dignity, respect and, as much as possible, on their terms,” said Haugen, the hospice’s executive director. “It’s about providing care and comfort in a home-like setting.”
“We cater to our residents in terms of visiting hours, professional and volunteer care, dietary needs and home-cooked meals. We want them to feel like they’re in their own home,” said Haugen, who lives in Whyte Ridge, noting the average resident stays for 45 days, although each case is different.
Jocelyn House Hospice was founded by Bill and Miriam Hutton in 1985, in memory of their daughter, Jocelyn, a former Kelvin High School student who died of cancer at just 17.
Their daughter’s bravery and spirit in battling the disease inspired them to found Western Canada’s first free-standing hospice at their wooded, riverside family home on Egerton Road in St. Vital.
Speaking ahead of World Hospice Day on Oct. 13, Haugen hopes two upcoming events will help raise awareness of the role of the hospice in the community.
The first public event will be held at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café (237 McDermot Ave.) on Oct. 11 at 2 p.m., when the Jocelyn Hutton Foundation will host a panel discussion featuring Minister of Health Theresa Oswald, CEO of Hospice Greater Saint John Sandy Johnson and Jocelyn House board member Maureen Hancharyk.
Two days later there will be a mall walk at 9 a.m. at St. Vital Centre, which will kick off a daylong, live-on-location event, including activities, speakers and a 50/50 draw. If you can’t make the event, organizers are selling 50/50 tickets for $5 each or three for $10.
The foundation development manager, Kyla Wiebe, said the hospice receives 48% of its funding from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, while shortfall is covered by bequests and donations.
“We need $300,000 a year to keep the hospice running,” Wiebe said. “And many of our bequests come from people who hold Jocelyn House close to their heart.”
The Riverview resident said the need to maintain the hospice is increasing due to the baby boomer generation.
“We have an aging population and have seen advances in medical care, so people are living longer. This has an impact,” she said.
Carol Sakwi, whose brother is currently living at Jocelyn House, is grateful for the work of the hospice’s staff.
“Thank God there’s a place like this for him. This is my brother’s home and home has a very, very special meaning for him,” said Sawki, who lives in Seven Sisters Falls, Man. and works as a health care aid at The Ironwood in Pinawa, Man.
For more information, to register for the mall walk, or to donate, visit www.jocelynhouse.ca or call 204-253-5898.
We are excited to announce we have confirmed that the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music, with support from Canadian Event Production Services will be hosting a Voices of Hospice concert at the Food Hall in St. Vital Centre on Friday October 12, 2012 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
Voices for Hospices is a wave of simultaneous concerts around the globe which takes place the day before World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years. The objective of the event is to raise awareness for hospice and palliative care around the world. This is a free concert, however donations encouraged for Jocelyn House Hospice, Winnipeg’s only residential Hospice.
We are keeping busy at The Jocelyn Hutton Foundation in our efforts to raise awareness of and donations for Jocelyn House Hospice!
Please check out our news & events page for details on Jocelyn House World Hospice Day on October 13th. If you can’t join us at the event though, we are now selling 50/50 Raffle tickets (MGGC – 5657rf)! Tickets are available for $5 each or 3/$10. Please call us at 204-253-5898 or e-mail email@example.com if you would like to get some tickets and we make arrangements to make sure you don’t miss out.
Also available now are tickets for St. Vital Centre’s Behind Closed Doors November 17th. When you purchase your $5 ticket to St. Vital Centre’s Behind Closed Doors from Jocelyn House Hospice 100% of the proceeds will go towards Jocelyn House! Visit our events page for details. Remember tickets are not available at the door.
On Sunday, March 25, 2012, the 3rd Annual Sunday Supper in support of Jocelyn House Hospice was presented by Johnston Group. The dinner was held at Confusion Corner Bar & Grill (500 Corydon Avenue) and featured a 5 piece jazz combo, a delicious meal, a 1 in 100 draw and some fun auctions.
The evening was emceed by Beau from FAB 94.3 and was highlighted by two speakers – Richard Olson, whose daughter Julia was Jocelyn Hutton’s best friend, and William Hutton, Jocelyn’s father. With over 120 people in attendance, the evening was a spirited affair. After Bob Cunningham finished the live auction with the Backyard Barbeque from Confusion Corner Bar and Grill, our guests left with a package of green jelly beans – stayed tuned for more information on their significance!
A big thank you to all of our guests and our sponsors, including Johnston Group, Manitoba Hydro, MLCC, MGI Financial and Payworks. Your support is helping to Add Life to Final Days for individuals with terminal illnesses.