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Maison McCulloch Hospice Commemorates Remembrance Day

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On Thursday November 11th, residents, family members and hospice staff gathered in the common room at 11 a.m. to commemorate Remembrance Day.  All were glad to be able to participate as members of their community at this civic event.

“We must remember.  If we do not, the sacrifice of those one hundred thousand Canadian lives will be meaningless”, read the officiant.  The bilingual ceremony included the reciting of Lieut. Col. John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields, a bugle sounding the “Last Post” followed by 2 minutes of silence which was broken by the traditional call of “Reveille”.  The story of the “Poppy as the Veteran’s Memorial” was told, Moina Michael’s poem “We Shall Keep the Faith” was recited and the ceremony was crowned by our national anthem.

To respect Covid social distancing directives, “in person” space was limited to a small number of residents accompanied by one family member.  The ceremony was also transmitted virtually to those who were not able to attend in person.  The Hospice assured that an electronic device was provided to residents wishing to participate online.

“I’ve often attended Remembrance Day services”, said one resident. “I’m happy that I was able to attend yet another, probably my last, in person.  It was a very moving ceremony and I as honoured to be invited.  Thank you.”

Maison McCulloch Hospice continues to fulfill its mission of “adding life to the remaining days”.  “It’s our purpose.  Preserving dignity by supporting those who are at end of life to continue ‘living’ the best they can, even as far as fulfilling their civic duties, such as participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony, is part of that mission”, states Norm Blanchard, Manager of Supportive Care and Grief Services and organizer of the Remembrance Day Ceremony. “We are grateful to Hospice staff members who were part of the team that made this memorial ceremony possible.”


By News

SUDBURY, Ontario (December 22, 2016) – The Sudbury Hospice Foundation is pleased to announce that the McCulloch Family has made the single largest donation to date towards the upcoming capital expansion of the community residential hospice. With this donation of $1 Million, the Sudbury Hospice will now be renamed Maison McCulloch Hospice.

“We are very proud to be a part of this major undertaking at the Hospice. We have been aware of the great service the Hospice offers to the community ever since our son Stephen passed away at the Hospice in September, 2013. As a family, we were overwhelmed by the compassionate care and professionalism, from the Executive Director, Léo Therrien, to all of the staff and volunteers. The Hospice is a very special place. The atmosphere soothes those who are leaving us, and also soothes those who are left behind.”

– Bruce & Sandra McCulloch, Donors

“By way of this donation, the McCulloch Family has demonstrated its profound commitment to fellow Sudburians who need access to end of life care,” indicated Gerry Lougheed Jr., Chair of the Sudbury Hospice Foundation and the Hospice. “We appreciate their generosity and kindness. The McCullochs are well established and respected business leaders who believe in giving back to their community.”

Maison McCulloch Hospice will continue to be a Centre of excellence dedicated to the collaborative delivery of quality hospice palliative care in both official languages in the Sudbury-Manitoulin Districts. The Hospice helps individuals and their families realize their full potential to live even when they are dying, by attending to their physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and practical needs, in the location of their choice.

“This is truly the greatest Christmas gift the Hospice has ever received,” indicated Léo Therrien, Executive Director of the Hospice. “It really shows the great generosity of our Sudbury community.”

The McCulloch Family

  • Bruce McCulloch
  • Sandra McCulloch
  • Scott McCulloch
  • Susan McCulloch
  • Marett McCulloch
  • Alex McCulloch
  • Devin McCulloch
  • Sam Legault
  • Garett McCulloch
  • Montana McCulloch