Joan Camilli

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 - 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 third of four pro­files on vol­un­teers with the hospice and pal­lia­tive care so­ci­ety.

Age: 71

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Re­tired RBC banker.

Home: Portage.

Birth­place: Truro.

Fam­ily: Mar­ried to Domenico, blessed with chil­dren Maria, Nick and Pia. Pets: None now but had race horses for years. Num­ber of Years in­volved with the Hospice Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety: Nine years.

Why do you be­lieve the work of the HPC So­ci­ety is im­por­tant: The need is so great in this area. When fam­i­lies are com­ing from all over Canada and be­yond to be with loved ones who are ill, we con­stantly hear how amazed they are with the care pro­vided by HPC staff on the An Cala unit. It is so im­por­tant for the so­ci­ety to sup­port the staff, the pa­tients and fam­ily mem­bers. What was your first job: Waitress. What tal­ent would you most like to have: Pi­ano player.

Cof­fee or tea: Both.

What is your favourite food: Ital­ian. Favourite Movie: Pride and Prej­u­dice Favourite place to travel: Italy. What is your favourite thing about Cape Bre­ton: The peo­ple. And I live five min­utes from a beach, 10 min­utes from a golf course and a ski hill, so it’s hard to top that.

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