• Honouring the Journey Campaign Achievement announced at the Celebration of Support for Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

    Baltimore, Ontario -   May 22nd, 2019


    At the Celebration of Support event hosted by Community Care Northumberland, Patti and Gord Ley Campaign Co-Chairs announced the Honouring the Journey Campaign achievement for Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre.  The capital campaign goal announced this past June was to raise $9.3 million dollars to support a 10 bed Hospice Care Centre.  Patti and Gord were very pleased to announce that the campaign had reached and exceeded that target by raising $9,810,998.


    “It has been an exciting 18 months for us as we worked with the Campaign Team and the community to build momentum and support for Ed’s House”, states Patti Ley.  “We have been involved in a number of capital campaigns and this one is very special for both us, it has been an incredible journey and we thank Community Care Northumberland for asking us to lead this effort and the community for their tremendous warmth and generosity towards Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre”, states Gord Ley


    The Honouring the Journey Campaign was announced in November of 2017 to raise $7 million dollars for a 6 bed hospice care centre.  As the Campaign moved through the quiet phase it became apparent that donors would prefer to see a full 10 bed facility built.  In June of 2018 at the launch of the public phase of the Campaign – it was announced that the goal would be $9.3 million dollars to build a 10 bed facility, 6 of the beds would be operational on opening with 4 future suites in place.  The Ministry of Health and Long -Term Care has committed $1.2 million dollars of Capital funding to the project along with operational funds for 6 beds at $105,000 per bed.  


    The Board of Directors for Community Care Northumberland congratulates Gord, Patti and the Campaign Team on exceeding their goal of $9.3 million dollars” states Ray Lobban, Board Chair, Community Care Northumberland. “We express our thanks to the many generous donors who have supported the campaign for Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre and to the Ministry of Health and Long -Term Care.   Your generosity and support have made it possible for Community Care to move ahead with this project and we are very pleased to have broken ground in late April.” 


    “On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Patti and Gord Ley, the Campaign team and to Community Care Northumberland for their incredibly successful capital campaign”, stated MPP David Piccini. “This success is a testament to the hard work and generosity of so many in our community and to the understanding of the importance of Ed’s House.  The Government also understands the importance of providing hospice care in our community and is very pleased to support Ed’s House through capital and operational funding.”


    At the Celebration of Support, it was announced that an Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre Foundation would be established by the Board of Directors of Community Care Northumberland.    This Foundation will be established within the next 8 to 12 months and funds raised by the Foundation will support ongoing operational costs for Ed’s House. 


    Ed’s House will be a two level building, located in Hamilton Township at the cross roads of Ontario Street and Oliver Lane.  The new facility will contain a main level, focused on patient care and a lower level focused on outreach and education.  The main level will include 10 Hospice Care suites, 6 operational and 4 future suites, a family dining room and living room with a children’s play area.  The lower level will include an education room along with many support rooms where a variety of services will be offered.


    Ed’s House will continue to offer our current programs and services, along with providing end of life care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at no cost to those receiving the service.


    For further information, please contact:


    Trish Baird, Executive Director Community Care Northumberland

    Phone: 1-866-514-5774

    Email: t.baird@commcare.ca


  • Community Care Northumberland Breaks Ground for Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

    Cobourg, ON – April 24th, 2019 -   Community Care Northumberland Board of Directors hosted today an official ground breaking for Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre. Surrounded by donors, and community members, representatives from Community Care Northumberland, Ed’s House Building and Campaign Committees, MPP David Piccini and representatives from Dalren Limited along with local dignitaries, the group using ceremonial shovels broke ground to signify the start of construction for Ed’s House.
      “This is a very exciting day for our organization” states Ray Lobban, Chair of the Board for Community Care Northumberland, “It is the culmination of a tremendous effort by dedicated volunteers including the Board of Community Care Northumberland, the Building and Campaign Committees for Ed’s House, along with the tremendous generosity of the community and the support of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Health and Long -Term Care.”
     “Our government is committed to working with our community to improve access to comfortable, end-of-life care for more people who are in need. Through providing operational and capital funding our Government is supporting this vital hospice and many more around Ontario,” said MPP, David Piccini. “I know that the vision for creating Ed’s House has been one that involves many in this community and has been a result of many years of tremendous effort.”
    Community Care Northumberland has been delivering community hospice services through a multidisciplinary team since 2010.  In March of 2017 the agency received approval to move forward with plans to build a Hospice Care Centre, incorporating current community programs with a Hospice Residence creating Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre. The focus of the centre will be on patient care from time of diagnosis of a life limiting illness to end of life care in our hospice suites including bereavement supports for caregivers, family and friends.  Ed’s House will be located in Hamilton Township just north of the 401 on Ontario Street at Oliver’s Lane.
    “In selecting a builder for Ed’s House the Board of Community Care Northumberland had the expertise of our architectural firm Barry Bryan & Associates and our Building Committee led by Stewart Richardson” states Ray Lobban.  “After a successful prequalification and tendering process, and a review by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Capital branch, Community Care Northumberland is pleased to have approved local builder Dalren Limited to build the new Hospice Care Centre.”
    “All of our employees and management are extremely pleased to be a partner on this important and highly anticipated local project” stated Matt James, Dalren Owner and President. “It is exciting to be a part of something that will have such a huge impact on so many people in our community.”
    The goal of Community Care Northumberland and its Building Committee is to build the best hospice care facility in the province.  Ed’s House will be a 18,000 square foot facility that will provide compassionate end of life care 24 hours a day 7 days a week, at no cost to those receiving the service. Ed’s House will be built as a ten-bed facility opening with 6 beds operational and 4 future suites.  
    “With construction starting immediately it will take approximately one year to complete” states Trish Baird, Executive Director of Community Care Northumberland. “We look forward to working with Matt James and the Dalren team during the construction of Ed’s House”.
    The Capital Campaign for Ed’s House was launched in November of 2017 and on May 22nd Community Care will host a Celebration of Support at the Baltimore Community Centre.   This celebration will thank and recognize our donors and the community for their outstanding support of the capital Campaign lead by Campaign Co-Chairs Gord and Patti Ley.
    For further information please contact
    Trish Baird
    Executive Director
    Community Care Northumberland

  • MPP Piccini Announces Final Approval for Ed’s House, Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

    On Sunday April 14th supporters of Community Care Northumberland’s, Ed’s House gathered along with MPP David Piccini at Hamilton Township Municipal Building. The event was an opportunity to hear the news that the government of Ontario has given approval of the Capital Program application for the site of Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre. The contract for the building has been awarded and development of the hospice care centre is able to move forward.

    The provincial government has allocated $1.2 million in capital funding and $630,000 in operational funding to support Ed’s House. This is an important and exciting announcement for Community Care Northumberland, for the project team and for the residents of our community.

    This announcement allows Ed’s House to begin construction of their 18,800 square foot hospice hub with six operational beds located on Ontario Street in Hamilton Township. Ed’s House will be a hospice hub providing residential hospice care 24/7 at no cost to those receiving the service.

    The approval means more people in Northumberland and across Ontario can access end-of-life care in a home-like setting thanks to the investment by the government of nearly $33.6 million to build 193 new hospice beds.

    “Ed’s House will provide our residents with quality, compassionate end-of-life care in a comfortable setting that is close to home,” said MPP Piccini. “All of our residents and families deserve access to dignified end-of-life care and our Government fully supports the remarkable Hospice teams around our community.”

    “Congratulations to Community Care Northumberland, and the entire ED’s House project team for their dedication and hard work to make this hospice a reality,” said MPP Piccini. “Special thank you also to the community for the overwhelming support of this project to-date.”

    "On behalf of the Board for Community Care Northumberland I wish to express our thanks to the Province of Ontario for approving this stage of our capital project. We are excited to be able to move forward with entering a construction contract and starting the building of Ed’s House.” said Ray Lobban, Chair of the Board for Community Care Northumberland.

Honouring the journey campaign

We are honoured to be a part of this journey, helping to create the foundation for a Hospice Centre that will be welcoming, safe and secure, and where individuals and their families will find dignity, reassurance and respect during end of life care.

– GORD & PATTI LEY, Co-chairs, Honouring the Journey Campaign