News and Updates
Resignation of our Executive Director
It is with regret that the Board of Directors of Mariposa House Hospice announces the resignation of Executive Director, Annalise Stenekes. Annalise has served Mariposa House Hospice since May 2020 when she was hired as the first staff member. She oversaw hiring the initial group of staff and the opening of the hospice in February 2021. She met the challenges of moving into a new building with new staff, and opening during the pandemic, while creating a warm, compassionate and caring environment for residents and their families. She has overseen the expansion of the staff and volunteer team to offer the very best end of life care as well as welcoming continuing improvements to the facility. Annalise has represented Mariposa House Hospice well within the broader hospice sector and within the communities we serve, undertaking numerous speaking engagements and media appearances to enhance our profile and raise awareness of this valuable service.
The Board of Directors sincerely thank Annalise for her contributions and leadership in steering us through the opening and early years of operation. We wish her all the very best as she moves on from Mariposa House Hospice to pursue other opportunities. A recruitment process is currently underway to seek a successor for the Executive Director role.
New Board Member
The Board of Directors of Mariposa House Hospice is welcoming a new member to the team! Dr. Neda Rowhani-Seki has accepted a position on the Board that was made vacant when Dr. Si Lowry completed his year as “past president.”
Charitable non-profit organizations like Mariposa House Hospice are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors where members typically serve a 3-year term and may serve a second term.
This model ensures that various members of the community have an opportunity to be involved in oversight and managing risk for the organization which, in turn, maintains transparency and appropriate use of public and donated funds.
Dr. Lowry has been a tireless advocate for residential hospice care in the Couchiching area for many years. He was one of the founding Board members of the new organization which incorporated in 2017, and he has given countless presentations to raise awareness and funds so that the vision of Mariposa House Hospice could become a reality.
“It has been an honour and privilege to serve my community and to help make residential hospice care available to everyone in this area,” commented Lowry.
Going forward, Dr. Lowry is leading a sub-committee to install solar panels on the hospice building and continuing to help keep the grounds looking beautiful (in partnership with hospice staff, volunteers, and Scott’s Garden Centre).
Dr. Neda Rowhani-Seki brings extensive personal and professional experience to the board member role.
“My father was cared for at Mariposa House Hospice for the last weeks of his life,” Rowhani-Seki shared. “As a physician who has practised palliative care, I was very familiar with the hospice model and was very grateful we had this as an option for my dad for his end-of-life care.”
Dr. Rowhani-Seki went on to explain that serving as a volunteer on the board of directors provides her with “an opportunity to give back to the community” to help ensure that others receive the same care her family did when they needed it most.
Our local hospice residence is situated in Severn, just outside of Orillia’s municipal boundary, surrounded by forest. Residents in all the surrounding communities (Orillia, Severn, Ramara, Oro-Medonte, and Chippewas of Rama First Nation) can access quality end-of-life palliative care in this welcoming, home-like space where services are offered at no cost.
2023 Golf Tournament
What can we say but THANK YOU!!
We are so excited to announce that $50,007.80 was raised at the 2023 Mariposa House Hospice Golf Tournament!
Many thanks to the Golfers, Sponsors, Donors, Volunteers and MHH Staff who collaborated their time and resources to make this great result possible! Thanks to Hawk Ridge Golf Club for being great hosts.
A special thanks to Roy Micks for leading the event planning with a great volunteer team!
(Photo provided by Heidman Definition of Lead Sponsors, planning team members and staff)
Hike for Hospice 2023
Thanks to YOU, This year’s Hike for Hospice raised $57,700!
We couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative of our community. A big thank you to all of our volunteers who made sure this event could happen! Thank you to all of our sponsors, and thank you to you, for commenting, sharing, donating, and liking our posts, along with everyone that came out to the Hike! We wouldn’t be able to serve our amazingly supportive community without you all.
Our team is pleased to share a visual 2022 “year in review” to highlight the impact that Mariposa House Hospice is making in our community. Since opening our doors in February 2021, we have cared for 222 individuals while welcoming and supporting their family and friends.
The services we provide are offered at no charge to those receiving care, which is made possible by the ongoing generosity of local donors, businesses, and volunteers.
Thank you for believing in the “magic” of hospice care, and for being part of the Mariposa House Hospice community!
120 Residents & more than 600 loved ones cared for
In 2022, we welcomed 120 individuals to the hospice for end-of-life palliative care, and we estimate that at least 5 family members and friends came to the hospice to visit each resident. The specialized care offered in this peaceful, homelike space can make a difficult experience more bearable.
We also know that the experience of having a loved one stay at hospice can have a positive impact even on family members who are far away – it helps people to feel more at peace knowing the person who died was well cared for in a safe, comfortable setting.
“I have a newfound appreciation and great love for EVERYTHING you do. My heart is so full. I couldn’t imagine a more loving, comforting environment for my sister to make her transition. With all my heart, thank you for all that you did for my sister, and for all of us to experience this with her. It is a remarkable gift that keeps on giving. You reach so many people, not just those who are residents.”
1459 Days of Hospice Care Provided
Each day of hospice care that we provide diverts people from the hospital, which may not be the most appropriate setting for care. We offer an alternate setting when individuals can no longer safely be at home but may not require acute care services in hospital. This leads to significant savings for the health care system.
Our setting is smaller, with a maximum of 5 residents at a time, and it is designed to be more “home like” allowing family and friends the opportunity to stay overnight and spend time in our comfortable living room, kitchen area and garden.
For each day of hospice care, we fundraise approximately $450 to cover our operating costs.
10 Days is the Average Length of Stay
Most individuals who stay at the hospice for end-of-life palliative care are with us for 1-2 weeks. Some residents are with us for 1-2 months, and some for only a few hours. No matter how long they stay, there are two things that everyone has in common:
First, the resident receives expert symptom management and care from our staff and volunteers which helps to ensure a peaceful transition.
Second, the family and friends can step back from the caregiving role allowing them to “just be” with their loved one in those final days and hours.
“We could ask for no better care than what she received and in such a warm environment. You took the burden off of us, the family, without the guilt that might have been felt by us had she ended her days in a different place. You made us all feel welcome and at home.”
3000+ Volunteer Hours
Volunteers are part of the fabric of our organization, offering their time and talents to make an impact in our community. Hospice care would not be possible without the time and energy of more than 50 devoted volunteers in various roles. This includes Board members, Fundraising and Events, Office/Admin and Technology, Hospitality (Reception, Kitchen, Music, Reflexology), Gardening, Maintenance, and more. Thank you to each volunteer for their contribution to Mariposa House Hospice!
“I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Mariposa Hospice team! The nurses and support staff that I have met while volunteering are absolutely amazing. The care they give to the patients and their families is second to none!”
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