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Our Team

Heidi Griffith

Executive Director

Heidi came to The Heart of Hastings Hospice initially as a volunteer with a desire to help those in her community. With a background in psychology and palliative are experience, she brings a strong foundation to her role. Heidi provides a warm and welcome face to all, and a sensitivity to those we provide care for; people with terminal illness and their families. Heidi has been a resident of Centre Hastings since childhood and resides here with her children and dogs.

Favourite Quote: "We cannot change the outcome, but we can affect                                   the journey." - Ann Richardson

Random Fact:        History’s most successful pirate wasn’t a bearded,                                   eyepatch-wearing man but a woman, the                                                 19th century Chinese pirate Ching Shih

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Pauline Pietschmann

Fundraiser & Awareness Coordinator

Pauline is originally from Centre Hastings. She relocated to Ottawa to attend Algonquin College, for Business Marketing. When she completed her schooling, she moved to Toronto where she worked as a Professional Organizer while raising her two amazing children.  In 2019 she decided to come back to her roots. Pauline has been very involved at her children’s schools, both here and in Toronto, acting as a Co-Chair on the parent council. Through this she has gained extensive experience coordinating volunteers and organizing various fundraisers and events.
Favourite Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C.S. Lewis
Random Fact: Sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep from drifting apart.

Amy Richardson

Community Hospice Coordinator


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Tristan Lindsay

 Bereavement Coordinator

Tristan joined the team after two Loyalist College Social Service Worker placements with hospice. It was during this placement that she fell in love not only with the inspirational work of hospice, but with the amazing, caring and compassionate volunteers and staff.  Tristan lives in Tweed with her husband of 28 years and 4 beautiful children.  

Favourite Quote:  "If there is ever a tomorrow when we're not together

                              There's something that you must always remember

                              You're braver than you believe

                              Stronger than you seem

                              And smarter than you think

                              But the most important thing if we're ever apart

                              I'll always be with you."

                                                 - Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh


Random Fact: "Sleep literally cleans your brain. During slumber,                                       cerebra spinal fluid flushes the brain of harmful proteins                           and toxins that build up during the day.

Maria Langley

Administrative Assistant

Having experienced the kindness and support of staff/volunteers who tended to her brother in Kelowna, BC, Maria understands how important hospice services are to the community. She considers it an honour to be part of The Heart of Hastings Hospice team, doing so since 2016. Maria spent the previous 7 years in various financial and administrative roles for the RCMP with the last two being as Executive Administrator for their Chief Financial Officer.


Favourite Quote: "Life's too short"

Random Fact:       Dogs aren't colorblind but their eyes don't have                                      receptors for red. They see in shades of black and                                  white and also in shades of blue and yellow.


Kaitlyn is well rooted in the community. She has spent her entire life local to the area and has settled here with her husband, son, and fur babies. Her educational background in Nursing and her previous experience in long-term care is where she developed a passion for palliative care. She has been a compassionate and caring resource for clients and their families throughout their hospice journey since 2018.


Favourite Quote: 'Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take                               you everywhere"- Albert Einstein

Random Fact:      15 minutes of laughter equals the benefit of 2 hours                                sleep   

Kaitlyn Erwin

Residential Care Manager

Deb Bovay

Volunteer Coordinator

Deb joined our team with 11 years experience, including 6+years in Community Care and 4+years in Hospice settings. Deb feels very fortunate to be part of an amazing team and a rewarding organization where she is able to provide care, compassion and understanding to hospice clients and their families.


Favourite Quote: "Sometimes you will never know the value of a                                          moment-until it becomes a memory."
Random Fact:      If you type "do a barrel roll" into goggle search, the                               whole page will spin.

Cindy grew up in Tweed and is married with a son and daughter. She has been a PSW for 28 years and has enjoyed working in long term care and in private care. Cindy feels very fortunate to be part of the team who delivers amazing care at the Hospice.

Favourite Quote: "Every Sunset is a opportunity to reset."

Random Fact: We are all Stars 🌟  

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Kathleen Groh




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