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 Care 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.
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
Favourite Quote: "If you stumble, make it part of the dance."
Matt came to the Hospice in July 2018. With an entrepreneurial background and experience in project management, he brings a unique problem-solving perspective that is results-driven. Ensuring people get the quality of care they deserve is very important to Matt and he enjoys "connecting the dots" for people.
Favourite Quote: "Folk in those stories had lots of chances to turn back only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding onto something... that there's good in this world and it's worth fighting for." - J.R.R Tolkien
Random Fact: Oranges aren't a naturally occuring fruit, they are a hybrid of tangerines and pomelos.
Laurie grew up in the Stirling area and has worked in her family business for over 23 years. With a degree in Sociology from the University of Ottawa, Laurie works with our volunteers to spearhead fundraising campaigns that support our Residential House and programs. Laurie is an active member of the Rotary Club of Stirling, donating her time with other volunteers by coordinating fundraising efforts and advocating for support of community projects. She is also a proud hockey mom of two incredible children.
Favourite Quote: "Don’t tell me sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the Moon!" - Paul Brandt
Random Fact: In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
Tristan joined the team in October 2019 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 26 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, cerebro spinal fluid flushes the brain of harmful proteins and toxins that build up during the day.
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.