The History of Bruce Peninsula Hospice

1992  A small group in Lion’s Head meets to discuss hospice care.

1993 Groups in Wiarton and Lion’s Head begin to work toward a hospice group and a  series of workshops and seminars began.

1994 A steering committee was at work making plans for a non-profit corporation to support the work of hospice in the Bruce Peninsula.

1995 Official hospice services under BP Hospice begin. Georgian College provides 30 hours of training for volunteers.

1996 District Health Council proposes that hospice services in Grey Bruce join as an umbrella group to gain access to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funding. Each area was to establish a Palliative Care Community Coordinating Committee (PCCCC) to coordinate hospice services at the community level.  The model suggested in the document was the organization model of Bruce Peninsula Hospice (BPH)

1998 BPH steering committee for the proposed board BPH decided to join the umbrella group which became Grey Bruce Palliative Care Hospice Association (the Association)

At the beginning of the Association, local areas were responsible for recruiting, initiating and supporting volunteers. Training was arranged through the Pain and Symptom Consultant using education funding from the ministry. A board-like structure was set up for the PCCCC and met monthly.  The PCCCC supported the client care volunteers and did all the administrative tasks including financial management. Donations requiring charitable receipts were forwarded to the Association and maintained separately.  BPH invoiced expenses to the Association and received funding in return to support the work in the community.

BPH continued to grow. Many other Grey Bruce communities had difficulties sustaining their hospice groups.  Because of this, there was a movement towards centralizing coordination at the Association office for these local area hospices.

BPH continued to maintain their own infrastructure and volunteer coordinator(s) to support the hospice volunteers and work in this area.

The Association increasingly developed a direct management or ‘hands on’ approach towards the local areas. This contravened the original mandate of the Association. A widening gulf developed between the Association board and BPH over the years, in part due to this difference in interpretation of the mandate.

The BPH committee worked very hard to come to a solution to address these many differences.

The coordinating committee, PCCCC, believed that much of our success at sustaining our local hospice group was due to our local coordination and the commitment of volunteers who are deeply attached to their local community.

In January 2006, BPH was advised of a gift from previous clients, the Kennedy’s of Sauble Beach.

Following meetings and correspondence between the Association’s Board, the PCCC Committee decided to proceed with seeking incorporation status for BPH.

The PCCC committee believed that we could best serve the clients in our area by having an active membership and board that is informed globally but governed and administered locally.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice became a non profit Ontario corporation in December 2006.

In May 2007, BPH Inc. held its first annual general meeting of members and a board was elected by those members. Eleven members were elected.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice Inc. became a registered Charitable Organization effective July, 2007.

On April 1, 2007 the Ministry of Health LTC transferred the funding for hospice volunteer visiting to the VON Agency.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice is part of the VON volunteer Visiting Advisory Committee for Grey and Bruce and has developed partnership agreements with VON Grey-Bruce Hospice Volunteer Visiting Program and the GBHS Wiarton and Lion’s Head sites.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice is an active member of the SWLIN Grey Bruce Palliative Care Collaborative and the South West Visiting Hospice Committee.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice hired its first staff person in October of 2012, a Manager of Volunteer Programs and Outreach.

Bruce Peninsula Hospice is accredited with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and is a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. We received our Level I Accreditation from HPCO in 2008 and then following in April 2011 we received Level II Accreditation. In May of 2013, Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s Level Two Accreditation was renewed at the annual HPCO Conference and again in May of 2015. A process is in place to continually review and if necessary revise Policies and Procedures so that we maintain our Accreditation Level.