Monthly Archives: June 2019

The June 24 – July 7, 2019, edition of Brian Cormier’s Weekly Update is out!

Click here for this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form in the upper right-hand corner of my website. In this week’s edition:
– Are in-vehicle GPS systems ruining our brains?
– CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: Annual “Ask Terry” episode
– “Welcome to KFC! Would you like extra Cheetos on your chicken burger?” Huh?
– Spending power of old Canadian currency going away
– YouTube trying out hidden comments
– No, children aren’t growing horns – yes, horns – because of excessive cellphone use
– The trauma of killing someone accidentally
– McDonald’s is trying out something revolutionary in Chicago
– Monks launching website to sell what they call the “world’s best beer”
– Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) launches $5-million capital campaign to construct first residential hospice facility in region
– Dieppe condo for sale
– Happy Canada Day!
– Book giveaway: Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky: A Modern Baker’s Guide to Old-Fashioned Desserts
… and quotes of the week, photo of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!

Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) launches $5-million capital campaign to construct first residential hospice facility in region

NEWS RELEASE

June 17, 2019
For immediate release

Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) launches $5-million capital campaign to construct first residential hospice facility in region

MONCTON, N.B. – Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) is embarking on an ambitious $5-million capital campaign entitled Celebration to construct the first residential hospice complex in this part of the province. The bilingual 10-bed hospice is scheduled to open in late 2020 and will include a pediatric palliative care bed.

The announcement was made by Dennis Cochrane, chair of the board of directors of Hospice SENB, who is also co-chair of the capital campaign cabinet along with Dr. Janice Cormier, a family physician who works in oncology at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont University Hospital Centre.

The campaign’s honorary chair is Julie McKenna She is well-known for her philanthropic work in New Brunswick since the early 1980s.

“I’m looking forward to working with Hospice SENB and its campaign cabinet to bring Celebration to a successful conclusion with the opening of first residential hospice complex in Southeast New Brunswick,” Mrs. McKenna said. “It’s an honour to be able to help make a difference in our communities. We all know that the end of a life is a very stressful time for patients and their loved ones. The goal of this new facility is to make this time a little bit easier on everyone involved in a beautiful, welcoming, serene atmosphere where we can truly celebrate life. This is why we chose the name Celebration for this campaign.”

In addition to Mrs. McKenna, Dr. Cormier and Mr. Cochrane, the campaign cabinet includes Irénée (René) Bourque, Brian Cormier, David Hawkins, Martin Haynes, Mike Jenkins, Luann Jones-Foster, William (Bill) Lane, Valerie Roy, Elisabeth Rybak and Chuck Steeves.

Members of the honorary committee are Claudette Bradshaw, Bob Cameron, Jack Cameron, Doris Alfonso Desjardins, Dr. Nicole LeBlanc, Madeleine Delaney LeBlanc, Len Lockhart, Dr. Pamela Mansfield, Dr. Jamie Penfold and Sharon Thivierge.

The 11,700-sq.-ft. hospice will be constructed on 2.2 hectares of land generously donated by the Hum-Lew-Sun Lions Club at 156 Pleasant Street in Moncton’s Lewisville area. “The land has a long history of service to the community,” Mr. Cochrane said. “Years ago, it served as the ballfield for the former Sunnyside School, while more recently it served as the home of the Hum-Lew-Sun Lions Club building. We’re very grateful for the Lions’ kind donation and will work very hard to ensure that they’re proud of what goes there. These selfless community leaders are to be commended for the legacy they are leaving. This new facility will help a lot of people.”

The hospice will include 10 private patient rooms, four family rooms, a garden and covered decks, meditation room, commercial kitchen, dining room, large sunroom, children’s play area, offices for medical and Hospice SENB staff and volunteers, on-site laundry facilities as well as a boardroom. Medical and support staff will be funded through the provincial government, while Hospice SENB will be responsible for operations, including the building, furnishings, appliances, special equipment, landscaping and maintenance.

Patients will be referred to the residential hospice from home via New Brunswick’s Extra-Mural program, which will continue to provide medical care for at-home palliative patients, as well as from both local hospitals via the inpatient palliative care teams. “Sometimes, patients would rather not die at home but neither do they want to die in a hospital,” Dr. Cormier said. “Hospitals do their best to care for palliative patients, but not all patients need to be in a hospital. Depending on the circumstances and the level of care needed, a hospice may be the preferred option for them. A hospice for this area has been a dream of mine since I began my medical practice. I’m so happy to see this become a reality. The medical community will welcome this.”

The bilingual new hospice will accept patients of all ages, from children to seniors from Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties. “We all hope to die only when we are elderly,” said honorary committee member Dr. Pamela Mansfield, a palliative care physician at The Moncton Hospital. “But, as we all know, we can die at any age. The hospice will be working with people of all ages – and services will be provided at no cost to patients and their families. This is an excellent addition to the community and I truly believe it will serve patients and family very well as a much-needed option.”

The campaign’s fundraising progress and the hospice’s name will be released at a future date. Members of the Celebration campaign cabinet will seek funding from all three levels of government, corporations, foundations, individuals, charities, estates and other organizations.

About Hospice SENB

Formerly Hospice Greater Moncton, Hospice SENB (www.hospicesenb.ca) was founded in 2004 to promote awareness about life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life issues, to provide grief and bereavement services and support for clients and families, and to raise financial support to build a hospice residence.

The organization provides community palliative care through in-home palliative support services, as well as bereavement care through grief support.

In 2010, Hospice SENB launched The Hospice Shoppe, now located at 164 Collishaw Street in Moncton, where members of the public may donate gently used goods. Sales of these goods go back to fund Hospice Southeast New Brunswick’s operations and projects. Hospice SENB’s services are provided free of charge to patients and families.

Hospice SENB is governed by a volunteer board of directors with the support of a small staff. The organization’s programming and services are provided largely by a group of dedicated trained volunteers.

In the photo:
• Back row: Dr. Janice Cormier, Dr. Pamela Mansfield.
• Front row: Tradina Meadows Forgeron, Executive Director, Hospice SENB; Hon. Sherry Wilson, Minister of Service New Brunswick; Julie McKenna, Dennis Cochrane.

Related: Provincial commitment of $1 million for a residential hospice facility in Moncton (June 17, 2019)

The June 17-23, 2019, edition of Brian Cormier’s Weekly Update is out!

Click here for this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form in the upper right-hand corner of my website. In this week’s edition:
– Crest hits home run with touching Pride Month campaign
– CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: Banned commercials
– The woman behind the Toronto Raptors’ #WeTheNorth campaign
– Tooth Fairy’s generosity is a reflection of the economic times
– Stores shaming customers out of using plastic bags with fakes
– Hot Wheels not resting on its laurels despite years of success
– ‘Tis the summer of leopard-print skirts
– Men’s crop tops are now a thing
– The cocktail with a foot fetish
– Summer newsletter schedule
– Dieppe condo for sale
– Book giveaway: Take off to Tantramar (English and French versions)
… and quotes of the week, photo of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!

The June 10-16, 2019, edition of Brian Cormier’s Weekly Update is out!

Click here for this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form in the upper right-hand corner of my website. In this week’s edition:
– Trending on YouTube: Videos about prison life
– CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: Disclaimers
– Good Eats series returning to television
– YouTube star jailed for humiliating a homeless man with pranked food
– Just say, “No!”
– A school where the classroom is entirely outdoors
– Single-use plastic bottles in hotels may soon be a thing of the past
– Finding beauty in broken dishes… and it even has a name!
– Summer newsletter schedule
– Next Rotary Trivia Night: Monday, June 10
– Dieppe condo for sale
– Book giveaway: Take off to Tantramar (English and French versions)
… and quotes of the week, photo of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!

The June 3-9, 2019, edition of Brian Cormier’s Weekly Update is out!

Click here for this week’s newsletter. To subscribe, please fill out the form in the upper right-hand corner of my website. In this week’s edition:
– Facebook axes easy tool for discovering live videos
– CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: Bookmarks 2019
– Another reason to love Lego: Braille bricks to help visually impaired kids
– OMG! WTF does BRB mean? Time to find out!
– Season 2 of Corner Gas Animated starts July 1
– The Duchess of Cambridge is bringing back brooches
– The security on generic panic buttons is not great, so be careful
– Consumer version of BlackBerry Messenger being discontinued
– Ranked and compared: Best true wireless earbuds
– Canada’s wild pig population is growing – and people are worried
– Amigurumi craze keeping knitting and crochet enthusiasts busy
– Summer newsletter schedule
– Next Rotary Trivia Night: Monday, June 10
– Dieppe condo for sale
– Book giveaway: Take off to Tantramar (English and French versions)
… and quotes of the week, photo of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!