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Matthews House Hospice set to open its doors tomorrow

Built for the community, by the community
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ALLISTON - Excitement abounds as Matthews House Hospice gets ready to open its’ door to the South Simcoe Community. Ontario’s newest hospice is a state of the art facility that combines both residential care and community programming, making Matthews House Hospice a flagship for the hospice scene.

Kim Woodland, CEO, states “It’s a new beginning for the Centre of Excellence and Hub for hospice palliative care services.  Come join us to celebrate our new start.”

Ribbon Cutting takes place at 1:31 p.m. with Steve Travers, Town Crier, opening the festivities with his “Hear Ye, Hear Ye”.  Mason Wright, 15-year-old grandson of Volunteer Ann Turnbull will play the bagpipes to alert the crowd to the gathering time.  “Why, 1:31 p.m. you ask?   Because that is our new address”.

Once the ribbon is cut, guests will be welcomed into the building, sip champagne and tour through with the assistance of volunteer Ambassadors.  The Andy H Jazz Trio will welcome guests with the strains of beautiful jazz music while volunteers and staff will encourage visitors to visit the many spaces including residential rooms, gardens, Great Rooms, programs and activity rooms.

Kelly Lowe, Glass Flower designer will be on hand for Q & A about the making of over 200 glass blown flowers and the installation that adorns the lobby.  Dannie and Lyndsey from Bailey Designs, interior designers will offer insight into the colour palette chosen and the furniture stylings in both the residential rooms and the community areas. 

Construction Managers Don Eagle and Darryl Madill will answer questions about the build.  All this going on while art workshops, reiki, reflexology and the Drum Circle takes place in the Frank & Sally Taylor Library on the 2nd floor. 

Matthews House Hospice is a Centre of Excellence for end of life/palliative care in South Simcoe to assist all. As a palliative care Hub, the new facility will combine both community and residential care, support groups for residents and families including education regarding end of life/palliative care.