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
Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator
Pauline is originally from the local area of 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 there. In 2019 she decided to come back to her roots here in her hometown of Eldorado. 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 recruiting and coordinating volunteers for 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.
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.
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 and ski mom of two incredible children.
Favourite Quote: "Don’t tell me the 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.
Welcome Back from Maternity leave Kaitlyn!
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. She started with Hospice in February of 2018 as Residential Coordinator. Her educational background in Nursing and her previous experience in long-term care is where she developed a passion for palliative care. She is a compassionate and caring resource for clients and their families throughout their hospice journey.
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
Welcome to the Team Deb!
Deb joins our team with 11 years experience, including 6+years in Community Care and 4+years in Hospice settings. Deb feels very fortunate to join an amazing team and looks forward to this rewarding opportunity 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.