Cather­ine Schella

Cape Breton Post - - Weekend -

May marks na­tional recog­ni­tion of Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care. This is the 30th year an­niver­sary of the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton County. Work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity’s Cape Bre­ton Pal­lia­tive Care Ser­vice, the so­ci­ety’s mis­sion is to sup­port and pro­mote com­pas­sion­ate care for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies and with the help of vol­un­teers in many roles is able to do so. This is the first of four pro­files on vol­un­teers with the hospice and pal­lia­tive care so­ci­ety.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired social worker Home: Syd­ney River Birth­place: Garden of Eden, Pic­tou Co. Fam­ily: Mar­ried to Robert, blessed with daugh­ters Laura and Maria, son Adam and son-in-law Johnathan.

Pets: Lola, the French bull­dog; also a grand dog.

Num­ber of Years In­volved with the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety: Three years. Why do you be­lieve the work of the HPC So­ci­ety is im­por­tant: In my ca­reer as a med­i­cal social worker, I wit­nessed the im­por­tance of end of life care for pa­tients and fam­i­lies both in hos­pi­tal and at home. Now I can sup­port the work of the hospice so­ci­ety by fundrais­ing, which will en­hance ex­ist­ing pro­grams and con­trib­ute to fu­ture en­deav­ours such as the pro­posed hospice res­i­dence. Age: … is but a num­ber.

What was your first job: Clerk in a coun­try store. What tal­ent would you most like to have: Fid­dle player

Cof­fee or tea: Both.

What is your favourite food: Ital­ian, or any­thing made by Robert.

Favourite movie: “The Sound of Mu­sic.”

What is your favourite place to travel: Ire­land and Spain.

What is your favourite thing about Cape Bre­ton: Land­scape and beaches.

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