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We are 10 years old!
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to be of service to many people in our community. We are proud that we have grown and expanded. We are humbled by the support shown by volunteers, businesses, individual donors, supportive organizations, and those who have supported our fundraising activities. We look to the future with confidence and anticipation.
It seems like just a few days ago that I was wishing you all a great summer! We have lots to report here, and are excited to share with you what we have planned for this third quarter of 2022. It's 10 years since the organization (originally called Hub Hospice Palliative Care) took its first steps. We've come a long way. We have worked hard to make a difference in the community. What we are most proud of this year is the fact that in the last year we have more than quadrupled our client numbers! And that's what we are all about — we want to help as many people as we possibly can. We will be marking this milestone on October 2 at our Hike for Hospice kickoff. More on that below!
— Jan Watson, Chair
Do you or a loved one need support from our team?
Please contact our Program Coordinators:

email:   •    phone: 613-406-7020 or 343-262-0902    •    fax: 613-691-6060
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This will be a day of remembrance, gratitude and celebration.

  • At this event, we are inviting attendees to create a paper “flag” in honour of someone close who has died, and hang it on an arbour as a way to remember as a community.
  • At 11:45 Chair Jan Watson will share a few words of gratitude for what we have achieved over the last 10 years, and how we look to the future with anticipation and confidence. There will be some best wishes offered by some local politicians, and Board Director Rev. Barry Carr will share a few words as well.
  • Everyone will be invited to join us for a ceremonial walk of 1.5 kilometres on the beautiful Alameda.
  • The Civitan Club is providing a BBQ with all proceeds from the BBQ going to the Civitan Club.
We would be honoured if you were able to share this special day with us.
Don't forget that you can hike, gather a team and find sponsors for the ENTIRE month of October. So keep it going after the official kickoff! This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and as our organization is growing in leaps and bounds, we need to reach or surpass our goal more than ever!
Home Hospice North Lanark Announces an Important New Program

Home Hospice North Lanark (HHNL) is proud to announce a new, expanded in-home service for our community members, called “Nav-CARE.” We are one of only five organizations across Canada chosen to become a Nav-CARE hub this year!

This program is ideal for those experiencing loneliness or social isolation, recent loss, and mobility or sensory challenges. It is also ideal for people who are having difficulty identifying and accessing resources and making decisions, or for those concerned about their caregiver doing too much. We also get funding for this program — 50% of the salary of our full time Program Coordinator is covered. We still need to raise funds for everything else, and can't use the funds for any of our HHNL programs, but it's a huge vote of confidence for us. 

And the best part? It allows us to expand our services to people HHNL couldn't take into service, and that's what really makes us happy.     READ MORE HERE   
We have lots of important events coming up. Mark your calendars, and register soon! All of our Public Education events are FREE of charge. For more information, please visit, and keep an eye on local and social media.
Tuesday October 18 to Tuesday November 15, 2022
Practical Caregiver Training
10:00 to noon
Are You an Unpaid Caregiver? We Can Teach You Practical Skills to Help You Cope.
This course was developed by Champlain Hospice Palliative Care, and is delivered in 2-hour sessions over the course of 5 weeks.
Location: Almonte Legion, upstairs hall, 100 Bridge Street, Almonte
Registration: call
613 791-7167 or email

Friday, October 21
Understanding Dementia & Advance Care Planning
9:30 a.m. – noon
Understanding Dementia, presented by the Alzheimer's Society
— What is it, what to look for, and how to help.

Advance Care Planning (ACP), presented by Home Hospice North Lanark
— ACP is a process that encourages thinking and talking about your wishes for future health and personal care. 

Location: Community Presbyterian Church, 111 Church Street, Almonte
Registration: call 613-407-7020 or email 
Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26
U-First Training with the Alzheimers Society
9:00 a.m. –  noon
Presenter: Robin Hull, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville.
Location: Mississippi Mills Public Library, Pakenham Branch, 121 MacFarlane Street, Pakenham
Registration: call 613-407-7020 or email
Eight Wednesdays from October 26 – December 7
Grief and Bereavement Support Group
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This is a closed group with a limited number of attendees, led by experienced facilitators
Location: Community Presbyterian Church, 111 Church Street, Almonte

Registration: call 613-407-7020 or email
Tuesday, November 22
Understanding Dementia & Advance Care Planning
9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Understanding Dementia, presented by the Alzheimer's Society
— What is it, what to look for, and how to help.

Advance Care Planning (ACP), presented by Home Hospice North Lanark
— ACP is a process that encourages thinking and talking about your wishes for future health and personal care. 

Location: St. James Church, 225 Edmund Street, Carleton Place
Registration: call 613-407-7020 or email
We love getting feedback!
We deliver our services in a number of different ways. Our Visiting Volunteers are the core of our program, but we realize that different people have different needs and preferences. So we plan and deliver public education events, provide drop-in satellite offices and even ways that people can get information without the involvement of one of our Program Coordinators or Visiting Volunteers. Examples of that are that we put lots of information on our website, and we've setup the collaborations with the public libraries in North Lanark so that it's easy for folks to find valuable information when they need it. We work hard to deliver a high quality of service, but we don't always get feedback. So, it was with much gratitude that we recently received the note below from an individual, letting us know that participating in our Grief and Bereavement Group last spring made a big difference.
"I was fortunate to participate in an eight-week session on Grief Support offered by Home Hospice North Lanark last spring with two instructors. It was offered free of charge and each session was two hours.

Each session had a focus and each of the participants had an opportunity to answer each question and/or topic. We also received some resources, which helped us to understand what we were going through as we grieved.

As soon as I saw it, I signed up, knowing that I had a lot to learn and working with a group and the instructors, would be more helpful than trying to figure things out on my own.

Each week the instructors got us talking about how we were doing and each of the participants had an opportunity to contribute. Over the course of eight weeks we got to know each other and we were always supportive of each other. We were ‘there’ for each other. I think that was the best part of being in the group.

What helped me the most was the information shared by our instructors, talking about my experience, and the suggestions offered by the instructors. At the end of the eight weeks, I wasn’t the same person. I was better prepared to deal with my grief.

Thank you Home Hospice North Lanark.”

Do you have an HHNL experience you'd like to share? We'd love to hear about it!
When people read about the positive experiences others have had, they may also be motivated to reach our for help. (We will protect your anonymity, unless you tell us to do otherwise!)
You can send your story to Home Hospice North Lanark, Box 787, Almonte, Ontario  K0A 1A0, or email
Patients in the Complex Continuing Care Unit (Rosamond Wing) at Almonte General Hospital can now enjoy two brand new televisions that were presented recently. HHNL was able to make this presentation to AGH thanks to the support received from the OutCare Foundation. 
Shown with one of the televisions are, from left, President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider, HHNL Chair Jan Watson, HHNL Board Director Esther Houle, HHNL Program Coordinator Emily Ballinger, HHNL Past Chair Nancy Deschenes and Foundation Managing Director Al Roberts.
Our Visiting Volunteers report that their work is incredibly enriching, and they often wonder who is getting the bigger benefit — them or their clients. Are you interested in making a tangible difference in the lives of people in your community? Have you ever considered becoming a Visiting Volunteer? We provide free training to elidgible candidates. You can learn more   here    and   here  
If this interests you, please get in touch with our Program Coordinator, Emilly Ballinger at or call 613-407-7020.
We are seeking dynamic, energetic people to become Board members!
You can help steer our organization into it's second decade. As Directors come to the end of their term, we need to fill those positions. If this interests you, please send an email to Jan Watson at chair@hhnl.caVolunteering with HHNL is a very satisfying experience; knowing you are making a real and lasting difference in the lives of people in your community. It is also an opportunity to learn new skills, grow as a person, gain valuable experience, and work with other dedicated people.
Won't you share your talents with us?
Our wonderful Comfort Crew decided to hold a "knit-in" at Fibrefest in Almonte on the weekend of September 10 and 11, 2022. It was a great opportunity to inform people about the activities of this group of volunteers, as well as the services offered by Home Hospice North Lanark. And (no big surprise, really) the Comfort Crew recruited a few new members! HHNL thanks these busy women on behalf of the recipients of the items this group has produced with loving hearts and hands.
Seen here are, from left, Comfort Crew members Peigi Dumouchel (left) and Jennifer Hoy, seated, having a good chat with Carleton Place Town Councillor, Linda Seccaspina. Photo by Joanna Luciano.
Our satellite offices are reopening in October 2022. Just drop in for a appointment necessary. You can get information about our organization, or simply find a listening ear. Whether you are looking for information for yourself, a family member or a friend, you are welcome! Please take a look through our website to learn more about the services we offer. Services are free and completely confidential.
   CLICK FOR DETAILS    … scroll down for all the information.
HHNL relies 100% on donations and targeted fundraising to finance our programs and training. We thank everyone who shows their support!

You can donate anytime at
$10 for 10 challenge. Won't you pitch in? This is an easy way to help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary. To widen the impact, why not challenge all your family members to do the same? Or your coworkers, or sports team? You can collect the money from everyone and send us a cheque if you like (make sure to tell us it's for the $10 for 10 challenge) or    click here   , to donate directly through our website. All donations over $20 will get a charitable tax receipt. Of course, if you'd like to celebrate in a bigger way, that's okay, too! 
Thank you in advance…we can't do what we do without our loyal supporters.
Farmer's Markets in Almonte and Carleton Place
We set up shop on one Saturday at each of the markets this September. While fundraising is quite simply a necessary activity for HHNL, one of the reasons we have taken part in these markets is to raise HHNL's profile. The more people know about our services, the more people we will be able to help. Success at these events is measured as much by how many brochures are picked up, how many great conversations are had with members of the public and how many people sign up to become part of our team. That said, the money is also very welcome!

Seen below left to right from top left: Angela Beazley (Director), Jan Watson (Chair), Phyllis Moore (Director and lead on the Farmer's Markets), Nancy Deschenes (Past Chair), Phyllis and Jan. Bottom, from left: Emily Ballinger (Program Coordinator), Jane Henderson (former Board member, former Chair and volunteer extraordinaire) and Phyllis.
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at these events?
Here are some statistics:

53: Combined volunteer hours to and set up and tear down at the two markets
48: Volunteer hours of people helping at the markets
10: Total number of bakers
160: Hours spent baking for the markets
40: Hours spent coordinating/planning/promoting
14: Number of volunteers
85: Dozen cookies sold (that's 1,020 cookies!)
14: Small loaves sold
30: Rice Krispie pops sold
65+: Information brochures picked up
8: People who indicated their interest in becoming part of the HHNL team on our signup sheet
$1,351.00: Total revenue (including sales and contents of donation jar)
A big thank you to everyone who helped out!
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