Mariposa House Hospice

Honouring Every Moment of Life

Families filled with angst about the imminent end of life for a loved one... The stress, the upheaval and the lack of experience of dealing with this approaching end of life at home or sitting in a sterile hospital room where the care is not what it should be because the hospital doesn't have any designated palliative care beds. Families lucky enough to get a room in a Hospice have to travel to Barrie, Collingwood, Huntsville or Alliston away from family, friends and their own family doctor. Travelling back and forth daily to be with their loved ones just adds more tension and stress to their already upset emotional lives. Although hospice visits have been supporting Orillians for almost 30 years with outreach programs, visiting volunteers and grief counselors they are being stretched to the limit as the aging population is growing in the City of Orillia. It is now time to build a Residential Hospice of our own.

The Challenge is to raise $3.5 million to start building Mariposa House Hospice.

Mariposa House Hospice is calling on the Orillia area community to help secure the funding needed to build a state of the art 5 bed residential hospice facility that will benefit Orillia and the surrounding area. Making an investment in this very important project will allow people living their final days and their families be in an environment that is peaceful, comfortable and meaningful. It will be staffed by a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers who will provide compassionate palliative care to meet residents' every need and to ensure "Honouring every moment of Life" is achieved.

Why Now

End of life Palliative Care at the Mariposa House Hospice

What has been achieved so far

At Mariposa House Hospice we will Honour Every Moment of Life, one terminally ill patient and their family at a time. Mariposa House Hospice will support all citizens of Orillia and area to die with the highest quality, locally supportive palliative care. Each patient and their family will be given the care and emotional support that they need as the end of life is approaching in a warm ,sensitive environment run by professionals and dedicated volunteers. We want the experience of death and dying at Mariposa House to be as positive as possible for our patients and their families. Mariposa House will be a place recognized for high quality care and comfort.

PO Box 473, Orillia, ON L3V 6K2

Charitable/Registration Number: 742190093RR0001

Board of Directors

All Board members have contributed to the Honouring Every Moment Capital Campaign.

Capital Campaign Team

For more information, contact:

Sue Morris
705-327-6191   705-326-3595

Jane Sorensen

Sylvia Smith

Mariposa House Hospice hosts the Butterfly Club which is a mechanism for planned giving to help with ongoing operations. You can become a member of this well respected club by contributing monthly to Mariposa House Hospice. You will be provided with a charitable tax receipt for 100% of your donation, as Mariposa House Hospice is a fully registered charitable organization.

Butterfly Club Pledge Form.pdf


If you would like to make a donation please contact Sue Morris at Carson Funeral Homes (705-326-3595).

If you wish to donate publicly traded shares please complete the following document, and return to your personal broker who should process the request and forward it on to John Mayo at BMO Nesbitt Burns Orillia.


$1530.00 was raised with the sale of the Amethyst and butterfly bracelets at Sarahannedipity shop in downtown Orillia.
Sue Morris, Sarah Moleme (of Sarahannedipity), Gini Stringer, and Bo Sochaniwsky of Mariposa Hospice Fundraising Committee.

Receiving the Capital Cost Grant from the Ministry Of Health for $1,000,000.
Dr Si Lowry (Co-Chair), Sylvia Smith (Board of Directors), Jane Sorenson (Capial Campaign Manager), David Carson (Board of Directors), Gord Robertson (Board of Directors)

A very generous Donation from the Orillia Fire Department for $500.
David Carson, Sue Morris, Jane Sorenson, and Jon Wagner from the Orillia Fire Department.

The Cheque presentation from The 2018 Angel Tree. $13,915 was raised this year to support Mariposa House Hospice. Shown are just a few of the dedicated volunteers. This Tree gives special thanks to Kristopher Orchard and Jamie Campbell, Brenda Stanley, and all the 40 plus people who manned the tree. And a special thank you to our supportive communities for purchasing the Beautiful Angels.


Hike for Hospice
Save The Date Mariposa House Hospice, Hospice Orillia

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Registration Start Time - 9:00am | Event Start Time - 10:00am
176 Canice Street, Orillia, ON

North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network For more information or to register, please visit:

There are so many ways that you can get involved. Join us!

  • If you would like to participate in Hike for Hospice, or to make a donation, please visit:
  • If you’re interested in helping to plan/organize this event or to volunteer on that day, please contact Mandi May at or (705) 325-0505 ext.107 and join the team!