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Fall 2017 - Update

West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice Goal Now a Reality!

Members of the West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice Committee had the opportunity September 19th, 2017 to tour and witness the opening of Hein House, the newly constructed residential hospice in Kanata that will serve patients from Ottawa West.

The committee, led by St John’s, Parish of March in honour of its 175th Anniversary, brought together about twenty Anglican churches and the Diocese of Ottawa to raise $100,000 to sponsor the Living Room at the hospice, a gathering place for family members as their loved ones are cared for in their final days.  The goal was reached ahead of schedule – in under two years – with thanks due to individual donors, various parishes’ fundraisers, the Clergy on the Catwalk silent auction and fashion show that featured the designs of Judy Joannou in the Spring of 2015, and of course the Diocese of Ottawa GIFT Grant of $50,000.

Adjacent to the entranceway, the Living Room features a wall of windows with a view of a water feature and Gayle’s Garden, a double-sided fireplace, lofted ceiling, and proximity to the kitchen and meeting space.  A special gift to May Court Hospice in 2003, a beautiful quilt, hangs on a large wall.  The room will be furnished by the Kanata-Hazeldean Lions Club.

Congratulations to Phyllis Paryas, Chair, West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice and the committee for realizing this meaningful and lasting contribution to end-of-life care in Ottawa.



January 2016 - Update

Many thanks to all who answered the call for donations prior to the end of 2015. We are so close -- now just $1,443 remaining of the $100,000 commitment! Let's see how quickly we can reach the goal in 2016!!!



December 2015 - Update

Good News in Advent for West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice! – Sincere thanks to all who have been supporting this project.  We are only $3,654 short of our fundraising goal of $50,000 to match the $50,000 Diocesan GIFT Grant to the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice!  The $100,000 sponsorship of a Reflection Room in the new residential wing is almost a reality. Please help get us there for Christmas by using our special donation envelopes to make Christmas, memorial or other gifts to Ruddy-Shenkman. If your church can hold a fundraiser or direct a portion of a Christmas fundraiser or Outreach to this important community cause, or if you can make a personal donation, please help us now!  Phyllis Paryas, Chair, West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice 613-592-4747.



September 2015 - Update

Making great strides to $100,000 Goal

by Phyllis M. Paryas, Chair, West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice

It is hard to believe that it was a year ago, in October of 2014, that representatives from our twenty or more participating churches (including yours) first met at the newly renovated main building of the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice in Kanata. On that occasion, the Parish of March Hospice Committee and Hospice Care Ottawa hosted clergy, wardens and other West-end church representatives for a formal presentation by Bishop John Chapman to Hospice Fund Raising Chair, Rabbi Reuven Bulka.

Bishop John presented the first phase GIFT grant cheque of $25,000 to initiate our joint campaign to raise the $100,000 necessary for a naming opportunity for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and participating churches for one of the two Reflection Rooms to be built in the forthcoming residential wing of the Hospice. Since that time I am happy to report that we have made substantial progress towards our goal.

  • First and second phase Diocesan GIFT Grants delivered to Hospice in October 2014 and June 2015, totalling $50,000
  • All fund-raising efforts and private donations of participating West-end Anglican Churches, including our joint fund-raising fashion show Clergy on the Catwalk to August 2015:  $36,315
  • Total raised to date, August, 2015:  $86,315
  • Amount left to raise:  $100,000 less $86,315 = $14,685

Together we have raised over $36,000 in the first year.  Our joint fashion show alone realized in excess of $13,000. We are in the home stretch!  Sue McIntosh, Manager Fund Development, Hospice Care Ottawa, in reporting our financial results to date says, “This is truly an amazing accomplishment.  Congratulations!  Please extend our most sincere thanks to everyone involved!”

As Chair, my hope is to complete our goal – to raise the remaining $14,685 in 2016. The latest news from Hospice includes plans to add two more patient rooms to the facility for a total of twelve, with construction to begin in the Spring of 2016.  Please consider ways your church can help us going forward through inviting Hospice personnel to present to your Council, publicizing and making available the special Anglican Church private donation forms, and holding full or partial fundraisers for Hospice.  Contact me through St John’s, South March 613-592-4747 with any questions.  Many thanks!

In Christ, Phyllis M. Paryas, Chair, West-end Anglican Churches for Hospice



October 2014

As announced at the end of July 2014, St John’s South March and the Parish of March, in conjunction with support from some twenty west-end Anglican churches, were successful in our application for a GIFT grant from the Diocese of Ottawa of $50,000 over two years. The grant will fund half the cost of the $100,000 necessary for a naming opportunity for one of two “Reflection Rooms” to be built in the new ten bed residential wing of the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice at 110 McCurdy Drive in Katimavik. Ground will be broken this fall with planned completion in 2016.

The Diocese has already provided the first $25,000 of the grant to the Bruyere Foundation for the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice and the formal cheque presentation took place at the newly renovated Day Hospice and Administration Wing of the Hospice on the morning of Wednesday, October 8th. On this occasion, Bishop John Chapman made the presentation to Rabbi Reuven Bulka, Chair of the Hospice Ottawa West (HOW) Campaign Cabinet, with appropriate coverage by Crosstalk and the local media.

Our Parish Hospice Committee and representatives – Incumbents and Wardens – from the other participating churches were present and met later that morning to begin joint plans for the necessary fund raising for $50,000 to match the Diocesan GIFT grant . We have been given five years to reach the combined $100,000 necessary to name a room for our Diocese and supporting congregations.

In the Parish of March we have already begun, raising funds at both the 175th Anniversary Fashion Show held last April 2014, and at the 175th Anniversary Gala Benefit for Hospice, October 4th, 2014.

What comes next and what can you do to help reach the goal for a desperately needed resource in our community?  Watch for news of upcoming joint fundraisers throughout the Diocese in the coming months.  Also, donation forms have been provided to allow for our personal donations to be credited to this initiative.  Please speak with Phyllis Paryas for more information.