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 fourth and final profile on volunteers with the hospice and palliative care society. Age: 59.
Occupation: Retired federal civil servant. Home: Glace Bay.
Birthplace: Glace Bay.
Family: Married to Blair, blessed with daughter Nicole, son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Michelle.
Pets: Our pet dog of 18 years, Oreo, passed away a year ago. Now we enjoy our children’s dogs, Piper and Turk.
Number of years involved with Hospice Palliative Care Society: Nine months. Why do you believe the work of the HPC Society is important: Anyone with a family member who has suffered or is suffering from a life threatening illness realizes the importance of the society in supporting and promoting compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones. A very important goal is to establish a hospice residence that will provide care in a home-like setting for those who no longer need hospital care but cannot remain at home. There is a great need for such a residence in Cape Breton. What was your first job: Teaching arts and crafts.
What talent would you most like to have: To play any musical instrument. Coffee or tea: Coffee.
What is your favourite food:
Any chicken dish.
Favourite movie: Forrest Gump. Favourite place to travel: The Caribbean. What is your favourite thing about Cape Breton: Scenery and relaxed lifestyle.