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Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) received an Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund grant of $150,000.

The pandemic has made clear the need for larger space to grow HGT’s free, small group and one-on-one counselling services provided to patients, caregivers, grieving and bereaved individuals and families. This spring the new space will also allow for grief and bereavement services specifically for children and youth, as well as a Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Clinic.

These Community Support programs now call 186 Hurontario St., Unit 103 in Collingwood, “home”. Funds from the grant are being used to help with hiring two full-time staff, offering workshops and training, purchasing art therapy supplies, developmental toys, scan thermometers as well as PPE and cleaning materials. The space has been reconfigured to provide a safe working

environment for staff and volunteers that will allow for socially distanced care and support to be provided to clients, families and donors alike, once public health restrictions allow.

Hospice Georgian Triangle’s mission to “support individuals, and their caregivers, in their journey with a life-limiting illness to live the best life possible” is delivered through its Community Support programs and Campbell House, the 10-bed hospice at 240 Erie St. in Collingwood. All of Hospice Georgian Triangle’s programs are available at no cost to patients, clients and families because of financial support from our community, as well as grants such as the one from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

INFO: JANET FAIRBRIDGE, FOUNDATION DIRECTOR | PHOTOS: DAVE WEST PHOTOGRAPHY