Hospice Family

At St. Joseph’s Hospice we believe that everyone matters for every single moment of their life; we focus on enhancing life when cure is no longer an option.

About Us

St. Joseph’s Hospice provides compassionate care and support to people living with a terminal illness, their family, caregivers, and those grieving the loss of a loved one. Care is provided at no cost in our 10-suite residence, wellness centre, and in the community, and is only possible thanks to the generous support we receive from donors who help us raise the $1.3 million needed each year.

What is Hospice Palliative Care?

Hospice palliative care is aimed at relief of suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness or are bereaved.

– Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. 

At St. Joseph’s Hospice, we focus on caring for the whole person and their family – not only their physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible and helps people who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.

Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death or prolongs life. The goal of  hospice palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

Hospice palliative care services are helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also during the earlier stages of an illness, such as our Volunteer Visiting Program. Families also benefit from support when their loved one is dying and after their death, such as our Supportive Care programs and services

History of St. Joseph’s Hospice

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#1: Taste Buds on “Fuoco”

Enjoy a relaxed evening with friends as you live this Italian experience “con gusto!”

Dolcetto Risto offers a delectable 3-Course Meal for 8! With a Sommelier experience, wines will be carefully curated for each course. Dolcetto’s inspiration starts with simple, fresh, and humble ingredients that they transform with passion. The rustic yet refined menu takes comfort food to the next level with a carefully curated wine list to match.


• 3-Course Italian feast for 8

• Private Sommelier experience

• Wine paring with each course

Donated by Dolcetto Risto

Value: $1,000

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Airborne with the Raptors!

Toronto Raptors

A Raptors home game is one of the hottest tickets in Toronto. Experience it live with three friends on Friday, March 22 (vs Oklahoma City Thunder, 7:30 pm Scotiabank Arena,Toronto, Section 111, Row 13, Seats 1 & 2 and Section 111, Row 11, Seats 3 & 4). Grab dinner at Assembly Chef’s Hall, and then head to Scotiabank Arena to partake in the festive mood and the non-stop action. Package includes one night hotel accommodation for four (2 rooms) at the downtown Hilton Toronto.


• 4 tickets to one Toronto Raptors game donated by Mursatt  Chemicals

• 1 night accommodation for 4 (two rooms) at the Hilton Toronto

• $200 Assembly Chef’s Hall gift certificate

Value: $2,100

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A taste of freedom – “air to water” fantasy flight.

Floater Plane

Following this breathtaking, one-hour, sunset flight for two in a floater plane, you will land on Fanshawe Lake and be whisked by limo to the acclaimed Katana Café for an elegant meal while admiring the aviation action on the runway of London’s International Airport.


• 1-hour private sunset flight over London in a floater plane for 2 (landing on Fanshawe Lake) with pilot Dr. Henry Chapeski

• 5-hour limo service donated by Checker Limo, Voyago

• $100 Katana Café gift certificate for lunch

• $100 Garlic’s of London gift certificate for dinner

• Bottle of champagne

• $200 Tetherwood Spa gift certificate

• Chocolate goodie basket donated by Lindt

Value: $2,450

#4: Catered With Class

Set the table, set the date, and enjoy a happy and hassle-free, catered dinner party in your own home.

Catering Party

If you are a fan of entertaining with exquisite food, amazing wines and good company, this one’s for you. Includes: live music, fresh floral centrepieces, and a two-hour cleaning service will leave your kitchen spotless. Swept away yet?


• Catering donated by Professional Caterer, Wendy Yoon. This package includes your choice of Five-Course Dinner, Sushi Party for 8, or a Cocktail Party for 12 (must be used by March 1, 2020)

• Entertainment by singer and songwriter, Sarina Haggarty (up to four hours – must book one month in advance – upon availability)

• 5 bottles of wine (paired with your party of choice) donated by Nigel & Rhonda Gilby

• 2-hour cleaning service by Molly Maid

• $100 floral arrangement gift certificate from Sandy’s Flowers

Value: $2,200

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Fashion forward and fine dining – for four!

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We’ve got the prescription for a refreshed and transformed you! Decked out in the latest dapper touches from Channer’s, you and three friends will travel in VIP Sprinter style (stocked with your medicine of choice – champagne, wine and scotch) –  to Craft Farmacy for a healthy dose of delicious! It’s so good, it’s sick!


  4 – $500 Channer’s gift cards

  $400 Craft Farmacy gift certificate

  VIP transportation for the night in a Sprinter coach donated by Courtesy Ford

  Libations bucket (one bottle of champagne, wine, and scotch)

Value: $3,150

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If spending time in your garden is your idea of heaven, this package is hand-picked for you. Start planting the seeds in your imagination for how your dream garden will look. Then get ready to share your vision with one of the best local landscaping professionals. Your package includes a design consultation, a custom garden design, construction, and foliage and stone included in the design plan. Your friends will be green with envy. Can you dig it?!


• $500 Bren-Dan Farms gift certificate towards design necessities (i.e. aggregates, top soil, mulch, etc.)

• Up to $1,500 of landscape design from Forest City Pool & Patio

• Up to $1,500 (30 hours of labour) of landscape construction by OutdoorAesthetics Inc.

• $2,000 Grand River Stone gift certificate (on any product offered)

• $100 Heeman’s gift card donated by Erin Goris

Value: $5,600

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A warm and inviting hearth for lounging and late night conversation. The burning question is: can you wait until spring to get the party started?


• 8 ft. natural gas table with 72’ middle burner with concrete surround donated by Porky’s (29”X93”)

• Natural stone fire-bowl fit-pit donated by Matt Quinlin

• Lithium-ion high-performing innovative battery leaf blower donated by STIHL

Value: $5,600

#8: Swine n’ Dine

Live large with this pig roast for 50. Perfect for a family gathering or company picnic!BBQ

Your guests will love the succulent aroma and the mouthwatering pork. Sit back and relax – a personal chef will be onsite to keep your “pignic” percolating, and a $1,000 gift certificate from Steel Grill Catering will cover all the yummy accompaniments.


• On-site pig roast with a personal chef (up to 50 people) donated by Chris and Erin Goris

• $1,000 Steel Grill Catering gift certificate (food costs only)

Value: $2,000

#9: Date Night 365

Our resident experts in good times have curated a fresh crop of extraordinary experiences guaranteed to perk your interest, tickle your funny bone, and Date Nightkeep the romance alive.



• 2 tickets to ‘August Wilson’s Fences’ at the Grand Theatre

• 2 tickets for a Toronto Maple Leafs game donated by Memorial Funeral Home

• 2 tickets to ‘Stars on Ice’ at Budweiser Garden’s

• 2 general admission tickets to BX93 Night at ‘Rock the Park’ donated by 97.5 Virgin Radio

• 1 month membership for 2 at Bernardo Karate (includes 2 pairs of gloves and 2 pairs of hand wraps)

• Ecsape room experience for 4 at Exodus Escape Rooms


• $100 David’s Bistro gift certificate

• $100 Gnosh Dining & Cocktails gift certificate

• $100 RIO Brazilian Steakhouse gift certificate

• $100 The Springs Restaurant gift certificate

• $100 The Tasting Room gift certificate

• $50 Thaifoon gift certificate

• $100 Tiger Jack’s gift certificate


• 4 – $50 Checker Limo, Voyago transportation vouchers

Value: $2,000

#10: Shutterbug

Capture the moment! In this era of smartphones and smart photo filters, rarely do we stop and pose with a professional photographer. This is a unique opportunity to capture your family in a resurging art form. Local Photographer, Anita Watkins, will not only welcome you warmly in her studio for a personal photo session, you will receive a $500 Wall Art Credit for printing and framing your selected shot.

Woman taking pictureDetails:

  Photo session donated by local Photographer, Anita Watkins,  PLUS $500 wall art credit

  $100 Wired Custom Framing and Art gift certificate

Value: $1,100

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• $1,000 JW Marriott the Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa gift certificate donated by Martin Brunner

• Private water-ski show and/or water-ski lesson with the Canadian National Ski Show Team donated by Summer Water Sports Inc.

• 2 rounds of golf with power carts at The Rock Golf Course

• $150 Crossroads Rosseau gift certificate

Value: $1,650

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Prime Management Group Inc.

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Media Sponsor

97.5 Virgin Radio

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access residential hospice care?

Admission to St. Joseph’s Hospice is based on the determination of eligibility made by Home and Community Care and the ability of St. Joseph’s Hospice to accommodate and support the care needs of individuals at the time of referral.

For those who are in the hospital, the Care Coordinator assigned to the hospital, along with the Palliative Care Referral Team, can work to explore options and eligibility for accessing a hospice bed. People can transfer to hospice from home, hospital or a retirement residence. Residents who live in a Long-Term Care setting will be cared for in their current surroundings at the end of life and are usually not transferred to hospice.

For more information regarding our residential care at St. Joseph’s Hospice, or to arrange a tour, please contact:

Wendy Boyle
Director of Residential Services
Phone: 519-931-3465
Email: Wendy.boyle@sjhospicelondon.com

Do you have to be Catholic to access care?

No, Hospice programs and services are offered at no cost and are available irrespective of gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or economic status.

How much do the programs and services cost?

There is no cost to those living with advanced illness, their family, caregivers or the bereaved to access the programs and services offered by St. Joseph’s Hospice. Our Community Engagement and Development Department work tirelessly to ensure we raise $1.3 million dollars each year to continue providing quality hospice palliative care in our community.

What does the hospice look like?

Our hospice home is designed to embrace the beauty of the natural environment and represents the compassionate community that surrounds it. It is a ‘home away from home’ where those nearing the end of life can receive the individualized care and support they need during this time. It’s also an inviting space where families can visit freely without the worry of day-to-day care. Please visit our virtual tour to see our hospice home.

What should I bring with me?

We welcome residents and their family to make their suite as personal as possible. Items to bring can include:

  • Mementos, photos and special keepsakes (personal furniture and large items cannot be accommodated)
  • Clothing and personal toiletries, such as lotion, razors, mouthwash, and toothpaste
  • Ontario Health Card
  • Ontario Drug Benefits Card
  • Any additional health insurance
  • A complete list of medications
  • Personal care documents
  • Power of Attorney information
Can I come for a tour?

Yes, please call our Residential Director Wendy Boyle to arrange a tour at 519-931-3465 or visit our virtual tour online.

What is a Direct Support Volunteer?

St. Joseph’s Hospice is blessed with many skilled and caring volunteers who assist the staff with resident care, such as meal service, laundry, personal care, and companionship. They undergo a rigorous training program, complete with background and reference checks.

Can my family stay with me?

St. Joseph’s Hospice welcomes and encourages loved ones to stay with the resident if they wish. To support the comfort of our resident’s loved ones, we have provided the following features:

  • A private family washroom with shower
  • quiet spaces for loved ones to retreat if desired
  • A main gathering room with comfortable seating for relaxation or conversation with residents, family members, and other visitors. The common dining area offers tables and chairs to enjoy a meal, watch television, read, or work on a laptop or play puzzles or games.
  • A terrace with tables, chairs, patio umbrellas and seasonal horticultural arrangements
  • A Bistro available for family members to cook and enjoy meals

Family members are welcome to spend the night and sleep on the pull-out chair or couch in a resident’s suite.

What’s the difference between a hospice, hospital or nursing home?

A hospice is a home-like health care facility that cares for a resident’s physical symptoms along with their mind and spirit at the end of life.  Hospice has on-site counselling and other support programs for residents and family members. As a home-like facility, IV therapy, investigations and active (e.g. chemotherapy) treatments are not offered. The medical emphasis is on maintaining quality of life and comfort at the end of life, surrounded by family and friends.

A hospital can offer more active treatments, medications, and investigations.  The environment depends on the care setting, and differs accordingly.

A nursing home is a care facility for residents who require increased care, and who have a prognosis that may be longer than 3 months. The active treatments, investigations, and medications used depend on goals of care.

What food will I eat?

Resident mealtimes are flexible to meet the individual needs and requests of each resident. A menu will be made available to residents, and the nutritional services coordinator and kitchen volunteers will prepare resident meals according to their dietary needs. All meals are prepared in the residential kitchen by trained staff and volunteers. Only trained kitchen volunteers and staff are permitted to enter the residential kitchen. Specific food or diet-related inquiries can be directed to kitchen staff and volunteers.

Please note that breakfast will be simple, continental-style fare with toast, fruit and other basic breakfast items. Dinners and soups will be cooked in-house. Please feel welcome to bring your loved one their favourite dish or treat from home or elsewhere.

Meals may be served in the seating area in the Great Room if the resident is able, in individual resident suites, or outside on the terrace, weather permitting.

Each suite is equipped with small refrigerators. They are available for use by residents and families for personal food and drink items brought in by residents/visitors. Please use or discard all items in the fridge in a timely fashion. For health and safety reasons, homemade treats prepared outside the residential kitchen may not be served to residents other than your own family member/friend.

Family members and visitors are responsible for providing their own meals and are encouraged to take breaks away from the hospice, whenever possible, for their own emotional and physical wellbeing. Family members who bring their own meals in from outside the hospice are welcome to use the facilities in the Bistro.

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available for family members and visitors and, when available, soup and baked items may also be served. Food prepared for families and visitors will be clearly labelled and placed on the counter in the residential kitchen or in the Bistro.

Is laundry provided within residential care?

All bed and bath linens are provided by St. Joseph’s Hospice and are laundered on site by staff and volunteers. We kindly ask that family members manage resident’s personal laundry.

Where is St. Joseph’s Hospice?

We are located at 485 Windermere Road in 18,000 square feet of space within two wings of the 3rd floor of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Residence and Congregational Centre. St. Joseph’s Hospice rents this space from the Sisters but operates independently.

View our contact page for more details.

Please note: St. Joseph’s Hospice is a fragrance-free facility. Please respect the health of our staff, clients, and residents.

Is there parking?

Yes, free parking is available on-site. View our contact page for more details.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes, pets are welcome to visit. We ask that they have up-to-date vaccines, be well groomed, and be of gentle temperament. Pets are to be supervised and, on a leash, or in a travelling case. You’ll find dog treats and a water bowl in the Great Room for your pets’ comfort, but we ask that the pet owners provide adequate food, water and outside bathroom trips when visiting.

How do I coordinate my medication if I’m living at St. Joseph’s Hospice?

When a resident is admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospice, please bring all medications from home to the nurse to record. All resident medication will be ordered by the admitting physician and dispensed through Yurek Pharmacy. If a non-Ontario Drug Benefit Plan covered medication is being considered, it will first be discussed with the resident—including price—or, if not capable, discussed with his or her Substitute Decision Maker. All medications are kept securely locked in the medication room. If a resident requires laboratory tests, St. Joseph’s Hospice will coordinate these services for the resident.

What are the visiting hours?

Family and friends are welcome to visit at any time. If visiting between 7:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., please locate the doorbell at the entrance of the building and a nurse will be happy to escort you in. Please remember to sign in and out at reception for all visits.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, we welcome families of all ages and sizes to visit with their loved one. We have a children’s grief cart complete with activities and games to support their understanding of the end-of-life process and assist with saying goodbye.

Can I bring food?

Yes, you are welcome to bring, cook, and store food in our Bistro. Each suite is also equipped with a small fridge.

Am I able to access hospice services and counselling even if my loved one did not die at hospice?

Yes, if you are a member of the London community, and have had a loss due to illness within a two-year period, you are eligible to receive St. Joseph’s Hospice Supportive Care services.

Who facilitates your grief and bereavement programs and services?

Qualified staff and trained volunteers facilitate supportive care programs and services. Take a look at the support groups, wellness programs and counselling programs and services within our supportive care brochure.

How do I register for Supportive Care programs and services?

If you have experienced a loss due to illness within two years and are a resident of London you are welcome to contact our Supportive Care Administrative Assistant at 519-931-3474 to schedule an intake appointment.  During your intake appointment you will be introduced to all the Supportive Care programs and services available to you.  At the end of your appointment you will have an opportunity to register for programs and services that are of interest to you.

What is a hospice?

Hospices are community based organizations and facilities run by both professional health care providers and trained volunteers to provide individuals and their families with a place of comfort and support while facing the end-of-life journey. Hospices offer a two pronged approach to care; community-based programs and services and residential care.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care is also known as comfort care or pain and symptom management. It can take place simultaneously with treatment meant to cure the illness. Its main goal is to improve quality of life by providing expert pain management, eliminating side effects as much as possible, and caring for the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. Palliative care also helps the patient and loved ones communicate with other health providers to make sure the patient’s goals are met.

Why are the beds limited to 10?

The number is mandated by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. It is considered to be the correct size to balance the efficiencies necessary while maintaining a home-like environment.

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Bronze Sponsors

Scott Petrie LLP



DeMelo Law Professional Corporation

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Sifton Properties Limited

Community Partners

Old North Optometry

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LBF Group

Signature Graphics Inc.



A discussion between two local women, Jackie Mackenzie and AJ McKechnie, helped to identify a gap of care for those living with a terminal illness within London, Ontario. The recognition of need turned into the dream of offering innovative programming focusing on the unique needs of each person during their palliative care journey. Their dream was Hospice.

Jackie Mackenzie, an assistant nursing supervisor with a community agency, first heard of hospice palliative care when a family member was diagnosed with terminal cancer. The family member was referred to Hospice of Windsor, where they received specialized care that focused on enhancing quality of life for the time they had remaining. What impressed Jackie was the involvement of the family as an integral part of the care team.

Jackie’s experience with hospice care helped her to realize the importance of talking about death with her family and living each day to its fullest. Her new-found passion for hospice palliative care motivated her to search out organizations in London that provided the same kind of care her family member received in Windsor. She was astonished to discover that no community-based hospice existed.

Realizing the benefits that a hospice would bring to London, she, along with a former colleague, AJ McKechnie, took up the torch and in 1983 began the long process of establishing Hospice. AJ had been highly involved in volunteer and donor recruitment at a community agency and was able to bring together a number of interested members of the business and health care communities to act as the founding Board of Directors.

Their passionate commitment and drive to bring their dream to life took hold in 1983, when both women were granted free office space to operate their community hospice. Two offices in the nursing quarters across from Victoria Hospital on South Street was the very first location for their newly formed Hospice of London.

We were successful in recruiting volunteers to serve on the newly formed Board of Directors and to provide in-home care to palliative individuals. We both had high expectations with the ultimate goal of building a free-standing residence where people could live out their final days.


Both women quickly realized the importance of having their dream seen as a legitimate partner in health care provision, so they incorporated Hospice of London as a registered charitable organization in 1985. Fifteen people took the specialized volunteer visitation training offered by the newly incorporated Hospice of London and began providing direct client care soon afterwards.

We had limited resources. We were creative and formed partnerships with organizations that believed in our cause. Our first training session was held in the Dundas United Church. They offered the basement free of charge for our volunteer training sessions. The first group was composed of approximately 15 volunteers. We brought in homemade snacks and paid for any expenses out of our own pockets.

Over time, demand for this specialized in-home palliative care service increased. More volunteers were needed to provide relaxation, peer support, and specialized therapies for clients and families. Hospice was growing and new sources of revenue and volunteers were needed to meet the rising demand for service. Jackie and the Hospice Board turned to the community for support. Service clubs, community groups and local businesses answered by opening their hearts and wallets.

We did a lot of public speaking to foundations and potential corporate partners. At first people felt uncomfortable discussing the topic of palliative care. It took a lot of hard work and educational discussions, but the cheques started to role in.


Hospice of London applied to become a United Way Agency and received its first venture grant in 1986 to support the community visiting program.


Hospice of London purchased 837 Talbot Street. The property was renovated and new additions, like the elevator shaft, therapeutic gardens and Memory walkway were constructed. Many of the original unique nuances made the house comfortable for all our clients.

This building had a rich history and unique architectural features, combining the elegance of the past with the beauty and convenience of the present. The ownership of the property dates back to 1836, when Joseph B. Askin bought the two-acre riverside parcel of land. In 1855 the Middlesex Agriculture Society bought the property and the site became London’s original Fair Grounds, with an elaborate exhibition hall, known as Simcoe Castle.

Around the time of Confederation, the Agriculture Society abandoned the property and Simcoe Castle fell into disrepair. In 1912 Edward Reid of the London Life Insurance Company purchased the property and began revitalization. He tore down the remains of Simcoe Castle and preserved 220,000 of the old bricks to use in the construction of the new building.

This two and one-half story, four-bedroom home, with its heavy end chimneys and four Dutch dormers, is described as Classical or Georgian Revival. It was by far the largest home of what was then known as Great Talbot Street and became known as the Great Talbot Street Estate.

Three generations of the Reid Family grew up in the house until it was sold to the London Life Company in the early 1970s. Mr. James Cross, a senior London Life Executive, moved into the home and purchased it from the company in 1983. It was during this time that the house went through another reconstruction phase.

For more than a decade, the house was a ‘home away from home’ for our palliative and bereaved clients.


On April, 1, 2012, St. Joseph’s Health Care Society and Hospice of London entered into a partnership to develop a new 10 bed residential hospice. The two organizations joined forces and legally became St. Joseph’s-Hospice of London, now shortened to St. Joseph’s Hospice.

For over 25 years, Hospice of London provided palliative, caregiver, and bereavement support to hundreds of clients and families in the City of London. St. Joseph’s Health Care Society had experience of developing a hospice residence in Sarnia which opened in the Fall of 2009. The two organizations are a perfect fit.


On May 15, 2013, St. Joseph’s Hospice and the Sisters of St. Joseph entered into a lease agreement at the Sisters Residence on 485 Windermere Road in North London. St. Joseph’s Hospice relocated its offices, programs and services to Windermere Road in December 2013. The new Residential Hospice opened on January 13, 2014 and the first resident was welcomed on February 20, 2014.

What makes this new relationship so unique?

The mission of St. Joseph’s Hospice and the Sisters of St. Joseph are synonymous. The Sisters see the whole world as their neighbourhood, and they strive daily to become the change they seek in the world. They were the pioneers of healthcare in our area beginning in the 1800s and have always given particular attention to the “dear neighbor.” Likewise, St. Joseph’s Hospice tends to the dying, the bereaved, and their families at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives, regardless gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or economic status – our “dear neighbours.”

St. Joseph’s Hospice moved to this green building which was designed with gold LEED® standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The Hospice is utilizing space in a functional building that already exists. This is a responsible alternative to the original plan to build on a green field site.

While palliative services are offered in each of the acute care hospitals, hospice care embodies a unique philosophy that provides a range of supportive services that focus on the whole person (body, mind, spirit) and extends this support to loved ones. In collaboration with physicians and other care providers, care is provided in a home-like environment where adults with life-threatening illness receive compassionate end-of-life care services. In addition to the emotional support, pain management, and complementary therapies, our philosophy is to ensure life is lived, right to the end.


St. Joseph’s Hospice is a local charitable organization that provides compassionate care for people living with a life-limiting illness. Support is extended to their family members and caregivers, as well as to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Hospice programs and services are offered at no cost for the London-Middlesex community and are available irrespective of gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or economic status.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Reflexologists

Certified reflexologists provide therapies to clients in the community and in our Hospice Wellness Centre. Therapists must have completed a Reflexology Program at an approved educational facility.

Volunteer Healing Touch Practitioner

Certified Healing Touch practitioners provide therapies to clients in the community and in our Hospice Wellness Centre. Therapists must have completed a Healing Touch Program at an approved facility.

Volunteer Esthetician

Certified Estheticians needed to provide manicures and pedicures in our Hospice Wellness Centre.

Volunteer Hairstylist

Certified hairstylist needed to provide haircut and style in our Hospice Wellness Centre.

Volunteer Registered Massage Therapist

Certified Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) provide massage therapy to clients in the community and in our Hospice Wellness Centre. Therapists must have completed a Registered Massage Therapy Program at an approved educational facility.

Volunteer Visitor

Volunteer visitors offer comfort and companionship to clients with a palliative illness as well as respite for their caregivers and families in the community. Weekday availability and transportation is preferred.

Special Event/Fundraising Volunteer

Volunteers support St. Joseph’s Hospice special events, including planning committee participation, logistics and fundraising support.

Direct Support Volunteers

Direct Support volunteers assist the clinical staff with the care of the residents.

Grief and Bereavement Volunteers

Grief and Bereavement Volunteers support the bereaved in a variety of ways including facilitating support groups and providing spiritual care.

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteers drive our palliative and bereaved clients to and from appointments at Hospice. They also drive our palliative clients to medical appointments in the community. Proof of insurance and driver’s abstract required.

Kitchen Volunteers

Kitchen volunteers assist the Food and Nutrition Coordinator in the residential kitchen with meal preparation and sanitation of kitchen.

Reception Volunteer

Are you a friendly and helpful person ready to welcome and direct clients, family members, and guests? If so, this role is for you! Responsibilities include answering the telephone and transferring calls, assisting with mail-outs and assistance in setting-up for internal meetings.

Volunteer Gardeners

Volunteers meet weekly from June through to October helping with planting, watering and weeding. If you have a passion for gardening, like being outdoors, enjoy meeting other volunteers this may be just the volunteer role for you.

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  • My fiance proposed to me on a suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps, and I almost dropped the ring!

Favourite Part of Handbags for Hospice

I went to Handbags for Hospice for the first time last year, having just moved to London. The live auction was incredibly fun! I was a bit shy and wanted to bid on a beautiful Yves Saint-Laurent handbag. I didn’t place a bid and still kick myself every day for not doing so (but I’ll definitely be bidding this year!).

What’s In Your Handbag?

I love my very functional Kate Spade, it fits everything I need, including:

  • Wallet
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks (always!)
  • Lip balm
  • Tylenol
  • Hairbrush
  • Book
  • Reusable water bottle and coffee mug

Also, love how it fits my laptop in a pinch!

Sarah Martens – Partner, Lerners Lawyers

Sarah Martens - Lerners LLP

I’m a partner at Lerners LLP practicing in the area of health law. My work includes assisting regulated health care professionals with matters before their regulatory colleges, defending them in lawsuits, and providing advice on a variety of topics such as privacy matters and mandatory reporting obligations.

Fun Facts

  • I competed in the Ontario Winter Games for Power Tumbling in gymnastics
  • I coach gymnastics for 11 years and competed for many, many more
  • I have never broken a bone despite my lengthy competitive gymnastics career

Favourite Part of Handbags for Hospice

Everything – all of the bags! I love the positive energy you feel in the room and how much fun everyone is having. All of the ladies in the office look forward to the event every year.

What’s In Your Handbag?

I love my Burberry ‘Banner Bag’! It’s a classic style, large enough to fit all my stuff:

  • Umbrella
  • Cell phone
  • Lipstick and lip chap
  • Wallet
  • Kleenex
  • Band-aids
  • Nail file
  • Sunglasses
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tetherwood sunscreen (which I am in love with)
  • Snack
  • Business cards
  • Mirror
  • Glasses cloth
  • Keys
  • Pack of gum

(and I usually find a misplaced cat toy of some kind hiding in my bag but not today…thankfully)


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