Mon­ica She­bib

Cape Breton Post - - Weekend -

May marks na­tional recog­ni­tion of Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care. This is the 30th an­niver­sary of The Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton County. Work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity - 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 sec­ond of four pro­files on vol­un­teers with the hospice and pal­lia­tive care so­ci­ety. Age: 74

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired sec­re­tary – al­ways a vol­un­teer.

Home: North Syd­ney. Birth­place: North Syd­ney. Fam­ily: Mar­ried to Brian, blessed with daugh­ters Karen, Jen­nifer, Tina and son Jimmy, as well as grand­chil­dren Emma, Ni­cholas, Sarah, Henry and Cas­sidy. Pets: Missy Paris, Bi­chon.

Num­ber of Years in­volved with Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety: Three years.

Why do you be­lieve the work of the HPC So­ci­ety is im­por­tant: It is im­por­tant be­cause the so­ci­ety has raised aware­ness and pro­moted pal­lia­tive care and of­fers on­go­ing sup­port for the team that pro­vides pal­lia­tive care ser­vices for in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies. The re­al­ity of a hospice for our com­mu­nity is a real tes­ta­ment to what the so­ci­ety can achieve.

What was your first job: Ad­mit­ting of­fice, St. El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal. What tal­ent would you most like to have: Pi­ano player.

Cof­fee or tea: Both.

What is your favourite food: Cold wa­ter shrimp.

Favourite movie: Thorn­birds.

What is your favourite place to travel: Nor­way.

What is your avourite thing about Cape Bre­ton: Watch­ing the moon on the wa­ter.

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