. . . was a young woman who grew up in Winnipeg, in a house on Egerton Road overlooking the tranquil Seine River. While attending Kelvin High School her life took an unexpected turn.
She developed cancer at the age of 17 and soon after her initial diagnosis, she learned that she would die.
Drawing upon her profound spirituality, Jocelyn began to share with others that death was not to be feared. In this courageous spirit she drew around her a network of family and friends. Her journey towards death was punctuated by her desire to “share as much joy and friendship with others as possible.” Many people were touched by Jocelyn’s story and encouraged by her amazing strength.
Jocelyn’s desire was to live each day fully and to die supported by family, friends and her community. Surrounded by the love that gave her courage, she was the inspiration for the establishment of western Canada’s first freestanding hospice. After her death, Jocelyn’s parents, Bill and Miriam Hutton founded Jocelyn House Hospice in 1985 with the desire that their family home be used as a hospice. There is no life span to the spirit of hope — each day Jocelyn’s dream comes true for terminally-ill people unable to be at home and not wishing to be in a hospital setting. At Jocelyn House Hospice there is an opportunity to live inside the dream.