Community Engagement and Development Staffing Update


It is my pleasure to inform you that Colleen Harris will be joining St. Joseph’s Hospice as the new Director, Community Engagement & Development, beginning Tuesday, September 8.

Colleen brings to Hospice more than 17 years of progressive fundraising experience, with more than 10 at the executive level. She has served London Health Sciences Foundation, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, the Canadian National Intitute for the Blind, the University of British Columbia, and most recently the London Public Library.

She has experience in all aspects of fundraising, including Capital Campaigns.

As a skilled Major Gift officer, she will seamlessly move into the role that I will be vacating, as I retire after 40 years in the not-for-profit sector.

I know you will join me in welcoming Coleen in the Fall when she joins this wonderful organization.


Gabriella Catolino, MDiv

Director, Community Engagement & Development

St. Joseph’s Hospice


Volunteer “Spotlight”


St. Joseph’s Hospice is incredibly blessed and grateful to have over 300 volunteers that continuously give of themselves to further along the vision, mission and values of the organization.  In an ongoing effort to show our appreciation for all that you do, we have created a new initiative we would love to share.  Each month, commencing in April, a volunteer will be randomly chosen to be in the “spotlight!” We will reach out to that chosen volunteer to let them know they have been selected to be showcased for the month, and ask them to answer a few “getting to know you” questions.  Once we have received the consent and responses to the questions we will then be displaying the volunteers picture and responses through our communications, ie: television at reception, social media, etc.

We also respectfully understand any volunteer’s decision to decline this opportunity. Should you be selected and not wish to participate, please let us know at that time.

We appreciate and value each and every one of the volunteers at Hospice, and would love “get to know you” a little better and share with everyone else how truly fortunate we are.


Globe & Mail Article

Please follow the link below to read a beautiful article that was featured in the Globe and Mail.


During Flu Season

We strongly urge all volunteers to get their flu shot, offered at no cost at most pharmacies and clinics. We take the utmost precaution at Hospice to prevent the spread of illness among our vulnerable clients and residents. If you have the flu, please stay at home. If you do get the flu shot, please bring you proof of vaccination into Hospice, so that we may add it to your record.