Hospice Simcoe Receives Major Gift

Categories: Leadership.

Dr. Irvin is one of only five national recipients of the Community Leader award in 2012.

As part of this award, each recipient identified a not-for-profit organization to receive $5,000 in their honour.  We are most grateful that Dr. Irvin selected Hospice Simcoe as his benefactor.

According to Hospice Simcoe Executive Director, Sandra Dunham,  “This award is just one of the beautiful gifts Dr. Irvin offers Hospice Simcoe.  He is our constant advocate, he supports families and patients of Hospice Simcoe and he even offers his time to weed our gardens. When we ask Dr. Rick for anything he finds a way to make it happen.  We are very pleased that he has been recognized for his amazing work in our community.”

“The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award has drawn attention to the opportunities we have had in our Region to incorporate palliative/end of life care into our health care system.   I am honoured to be a part of this Hospice Simcoe Team and to donate these funds to further support this essential work in our communities,” Dr. Rick Irvin.

Dr. Irvin is a well-respected retired Barrie family physician, a leader in palliative care and a long time tireless volunteer and ambassador for Hospice Simcoe.  Among the many volunteer duties he performs for Hospice Simcoe, Dr. Irvin was one of the driving forces behind the capital campaign that raised almost $6 million to build our 10 bed residential hospice. 

Hospice Simcoe provides for the needs of people in Simcoe County who are dying, who have dying family members or who are bereaved.  Our programs include Visiting Hospice, Residential Hospice and Bereavement Support.  Hospice Simcoe was founded in 1988 and opened our residential program in 2009.   In 2012, more than 800 people from across Simcoe County received support through our various programs, including approximately 200 people who received 24 hour nursing care at our 10 bed residence in Barrie.