Mariposa House Hospice is a non-profit charitable organization serving the communities of Orillia, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Ramara, and Chippewas of Rama First Nation.  Situated at 1140 Brodie Drive in a beautiful home-like setting offering 5 private suites, we provide 24-hour specialized end-of-life palliative care while welcoming and supporting family and friends. 

To watch our Grand Opening video and tour, please visit our You Tube page.

Watch the below video for our Vision and Mission Statement along with our Strategic Goals for 2021-2024.


The collaborative MHH team includes several organizational support personnel, a group of dedicated Registered Nurses and Personal Support Workers and over 50 volunteers! Each member of the team has a role to play in making sure that our organization is successful and sustainable!  The core volunteers that have helped turn Mariposa House Hospice from a dream into a reality are listed below. This includes our Board of Directors, the Capital Campaign Team, our Admin Support Team and the Operational Fundraising Committee.


Ted Markle

Executive Director

Lynn Thomas

Kandas Bartlett

Operations Manager

Dr. Erika Catford

Medical Director

Greg Muir

Facility Coordinator Building & Grounds

Lynn Thomas

Emily Lazareth

Clinical Manager

Lynn Thomas

Denise Hawman

Administrative Assistant


Mariposa House Hospice is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Our 2021-22 Board members are: Dave Carson (President), Beverley Lashbrook (Vice President), Gord Robertson (Treasurer), Margaret Pomeroy, John Mayo, Jillian Brazda and Dr. Si Lowry (Past President).


Our inaugural Board of Directors (2017-2021) consisted of the following 7 members:

L-R: Brian Barr, Sylvia Smith, Gord Robertson, Dr. Erika Catford (Co-Chair), Dave Carson, Greg Evans, Dr. Si Lowry (Co-Chair)

To learn more about becoming a board member, please Contact Us.

Capital Campaign Team

A sincere thank you to our dedicated capital team who raised over $3.5 million to ensure that our hospice residence was built!


  • Gerry Smith (Honorary Chair)
  • Jane Sorensen (Campaign Manager)
  • Dave Simpson (Treasurer)
  • Sylvia Smith
  • Brian Barr
  • Wendy Lowry
  • Janis Flossbach
  • Sue Morris



Mariposa House Hospice incorporated in 2016.  Three years and $3.5 million dollars later, we broke ground on Aug 29, 2019  to begin building a 5-bed hospice residence dedicated to serving the communities of Orillia, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Ramara, and Chippewas of Rama First Nation. 

We offer several comforts and amenities in a homelike facility situated on a beautiful 2.4 acre lot in Severn Township, surrounded by nature. Our building is in an ideal location with room to grow.

Mariposa House Hospice has proudly partnered with Cool Earth architects, specializing in low carbon structures, Van Horne Construction, and the project management team at Ingersoll and Associates to bring this residential hospice to fruition.

We are grateful for capital contributions from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and the County of Simcoe, our surrounding municipalities and townships, and many individuals, families and businesses from our community.