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Official opening of Southeast New Brunswick’s first residential hospice

NEWS RELEASE

August 19, 2021
For immediate release

Official opening of Southeast New Brunswick’s first residential hospice

MONCTON, N.B. – The first residential hospice serving Southeast New Brunswick officially opened today. Guests and dignitaries attending included the Honourable Daniel Allain, Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform and MLA for Moncton East, Hospice SENB Campaign Chair Julie McKenna and many others.

Located on Pleasant Street in Moncton, the new Maison Albert House residential hospice is a 10-bed facility with four family rooms, a commercial kitchen and various common areas. It is fully staffed with nursing and support care staff who will be assisted by trained volunteers.

Designed for the needs of those in palliative care who are facing the end of their life’s journey, the new residential facility will provide around-the-clock services free of charge to any citizen of Albert, Kent or Westmorland counties. All residents who are admitted to Maison Albert House will be referred by the New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program, in consultation with their doctor.

“When people are faced with end-of-life care, there needs to be a setting where family, friends and even their pets can be at their side,” said the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton Dieppe Riverview, who could not attend but sent her regards. “The opening of this beautiful hospice residence at long last gives people of this area a better chance of living out their last days with dignity.”

“Palliative care is an important part of our overall health-care system,” said Local Government and Local Governance Reform Minister Daniel Allain. “Maison Albert House plays a vital role when it comes to providing support and care to individuals at the end of their lives and to their families, and we are proud to have such a wonderful facility operating right here in Moncton.”

The grand opening of the facility was hosted by Hospice SENB’s past president of the board, Dennis Cochrane. “This is a new era for our organization and a great step in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of this region,” he said. “We’re the largest and the fastest growing region in the province but didn’t have a residential hospice to serve our citizens. Now, we have a state-of-the-art facility that is a model for palliative care and has been built to serve Southeast New Brunswick for generations to come.”

Hospice SENB’s new board chair, Irenée (Rene) Bourque, agreed that the new facility is a needed and welcome asset to the region. “There are only 13 palliative beds in the two major hospitals that serve our area, and our 10 beds will help alleviate the pressure on those hospitals because of the demand for those rooms,” he said. “It is also more cost-efficient because a hospice room is typically much less expensive than a hospital room and provides a more accessible, quiet and comfortable setting for both the resident and their loved ones. Our rooms are spacious, and we have ample common areas and amenities for family and friends. We’ll even be pet-friendly!”

The new facility is named after Albert Arsenault, the father of one of Hospice SENB’s major donors, Denis Arsenault.

Albert Arsenault was born in Inkerman, N.B., the youngest of 16 children. He began his career in construction as a teenager and, by 1960, had moved to Moncton and started his own business building homes, which he did until 1980 when the economy took a downturn. After a brief stint out west, he returned and eventually continued his career working with his son Denis, who inherited his father’s strong work ethic and business acumen. Today, Mr. Arsenault is enjoying his retirement years in the Moncton area and is honoured to help improve the quality of life for the citizens of Southeast New Brunswick – along with Denis – through their generous donation to Hospice SENB and Maison Albert House.

Fast facts about Maison Albert House:

Address: 156 Pleasant Street, Moncton, NB

Size: 12,300 square feet (1,143 square metres)

Rooms: • 10 resident rooms, 4 family rooms, sunroom, dining room, community kitchen, commercial kitchen, sun porch, meditation room, nurse/doctor/consultation rooms, medication room, spa/bathing room, family lounge, laundry and staff rooms

Staff: 12 full-time and nine (9) part-time

Hospice SENB is a registered charity established in 2004. It promotes awareness on life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life issues, provides grief and bereavement services and support for clients and their families, and operates a residential hospice in Moncton. Hospice SENB services are free, confidential and are available to anyone living in Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties.

For more information on donating to Hospice SENB or volunteering, please call 506-383-2404 or visit the Hospice SENB website at hospicesenb.ca.

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Media contact:

Marisa Piccini
Director, Donor Development
Hospice SENB
(506) 688-6012
marisa@hospicesenb.ca

Expansion, renovation and renewal – Boutique Hospice Shoppe bigger and better than ever!

NEWS RELEASE

February 19, 2021
For immediate release

Expansion, renovation and renewal – Boutique Hospice Shoppe bigger and better than ever!

MONCTON, N.B. – Greater Moncton’s premiere consignment boutique has expanded!

Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB)’s Boutique Hospice Shoppe at 164 Collishaw Street has expanded its floor space by about one-third. The organization bought the building in late 2020 and began renovations last month by tearing down the wall between the Shoppe and a small retail space next door. Office and change rooms have been shifted, the layout of the store has been redesigned and the whole space has been refreshed with new paint. The result of weeks of work is a more spacious, vibrant layout of gently used, top-quality clothing and household items, ready for shoppers to enjoy.

“The Hospice SENB Board of Directors decided to buy the building as a good investment for the future of the organization,” says Dennis Cochrane, Chair of the Board. “The Shoppe has been growing thanks to our generous donors and hard-working volunteers, so we needed more space. It also saves us money by improving our cash flow. And for a non-profit, that’s always important.”

Betty Rooney, volunteer chair of the Hospice Shoppe Committee, oversaw a small army of volunteers who worked long hours packing, unpacking, sorting, cleaning and in some cases building and assembling displays and shelving. “We are so proud of the work everyone has done to make the Shoppe look great and provide a wonderful shopping experience for the public,” she says.

“We are so thankful for the Hospice volunteers who have been so diligent and hardworking, the members of the Hum-Lew-Sun Lions Club who also came to help us with the heavy lifting,” Mrs. Rooney says. She also wants to thank a few of the volunteers’ husbands who came to lend a hand. “We can’t forget them!” she said with a laugh.

Michelle Tupy, Manager of the Boutique Hospice Shoppe, also appreciates how well the store will now work. “We had many good quality items in storage and now we have more room to display them,” she explains. “Our new layout is roomier, making it easier for shoppers to social distance, and our volunteers have more space to sort all the lovely donations that come through our doors. Not only is it a more appealing store, it will operate more efficiently, getting our donations out for sale much quicker.”

The Shoppe re-opened on February 16, soon after the region switched back to the orange phase. Regular store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday. During the ongoing COVID-19 restriction period, donations to the Shoppe are by appointment only by calling 506-855-7467 during regular business hours.

The Boutique Hospice Shoppe will also soon launch a new online service on the Hospice SENB website at hospicesenb.ca! The new page will feature photos and full descriptions of collectables, antiques and top-quality clothing and household items for sale. Shoppers can pay and arrange for pickup online from the comfort of their home.

Established in 2004, Hospice SENB is a registered charity that promotes awareness about end-of-life issues, provides grief and bereavement services and support for palliative clients and their families, and raises funds to support its residential hospice. Hospice SENB services are free, confidential and available to all citizens of Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties.

For more information, to donate or volunteer, please call Hospice SENB at 506-383-2404 or visit the Hospice SENB website at hospicesenb.ca.

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Media contact:

Dennis Cochrane
Chair
Hospice SENB Board of Directors
(506) 471-2861
dcochrane@stu.ca

The Feb. 8-21, 2021, 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:
– Who asked for this? Kraft launches limited edition pink mac and cheese that tastes like candy!
– CBC Radio’s Under the Influence: Superheroes in advertising
– Woman forgets she has intimate adult toy on bookshelf before appearing on TV interview
– No Grape-Nuts for you! (At least for now.)
– Awards season heats up with Golden Globe nominations
– Country star Morgan Wallen’s racial slur puts kibosh to soaring career
– “Wine windows” in Florence make comeback during pandemic
– Texas mistakenly sends Amber Alert for horror movie icon Chucky
– And the winner is…
– Happy Valentine’s Day!
… and quotes of the week, trivia, links to interesting articles and more!

Hospice SENB launches 2020 Angels Remembered and Virtual Angel Tree campaigns

Hospice SENB Angels Remembered 2020
Hospice SENB Angels Remembered 2020

Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) launched its fifth annual Angels Remembered campaign on November 18.

Established in 2004, Hospice SENB provides free, confidential palliative care and bereavement services to residents of Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties. The annual Angels Remembered campaign is a flagship event wrapping up the year’s events and celebrating loved ones who have passed away to become the “angels we remember”. The campaign runs from November 18 to December 18, 2020.

Hand-made angels, angel bookmarks, glass angels and a virtual angel tree are available at Hospice SENB’s The Hospice Shoppe located at 164 Collishaw Street in Moncton, online (www.hospicesenb.ca) and at the Salisbury Baptist Church Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, December 5. Crafted with love by Hospice SENB volunteers, hand-made angels of every variety will be available for purchase at The Hospice Shoppe. Again this year, Hospice SENB’s partners at Kent Building Supplies will be selling paper angels at stores in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview. Paper angels will be available at Kent Building Supplies starting December 1.

The Angels Remembered campaign is a key fundraising initiative for the not-for-profit organization. This year, the public is also invited to make $50 donations on the Hospice SENB website. Each $50 donation will help light up the Virtual Angel Tree for all to enjoy. The goal for the Virtual Angel Tree campaign is 200 donations for a total of $10,000.

Media contact:

Germaine Robichaud
Events Coordinator
Hospice SENB
events@hospicesenb.ca
506-854-7013

Hospice SENB receives unanimous support from all municipalities and LSDs in Albert, Kent and Westmorland Counties

October 8, 2020

News release
For immediate release

Hospice SENB receives unanimous support from all municipalities and LSDs in Albert, Kent and Westmorland Counties

MONCTON, N.B. – After conducting approximately 40 presentations to all municipal and local service district (LSD) councils across Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties, Hospice Southeast New Brunswick (SENB) is pleased to announce that all local governments and LSDs have opted to financially support the organization’s Celebration capital campaign. Collectively, municipalities and LSDs from Southeastern New Brunswick will contribute $448,675 to the Hospice SENB capital campaign over the next five years.

“Upon starting the campaign, we felt that we needed to reach out to all municipalities and LSDs to ensure that the whole population would get a sense of ownership of the new hospice,” said Dennis Cochrane, chair of Hospice SENB’s board of directors and co-chair of its Celebration Capital Campaign. “We are building this for the whole population of Southeastern New Brunswick and feel it is necessary to make sure that everyone feels at home there.”

“Hospice SENB is a perfect regional project, the benefits are clear and the regional support is clear as well,” said Daniel Allain, New Brunswick’s new Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform. “We hope we can build on this success story as we look at regional projects throughout New Brunswick!”

“In the beginning, it seemed like a huge task to reach out to everyone,” Mr. Cochrane said. “A small group of dedicated volunteers, led by Chuck Steeves, took on the challenge and met all local government elected officials from Albert, Kent and Westmorland Counties. They responded very well to the proposition and connected with the project. They also liked the fact that every local government was asked to make an equitable contribution on a per-capita basis.”

In recognition for their support, Hospice SENB will erect a plaque with the names of all participating municipalities and local service districts. This plaque will be installed in the lobby of the new hospice. “When people come to our hospice, no matter where they’re from, they will get a sense that they are home,” Mr. Cochrane said.

Hospice SENB is a registered charity, established in 2004, that seeks to promote awareness about life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life issues, provide grief and bereavement services and support for clients and their families, and raise funds to build a residential hospice. Its services are free, confidential and are available to all citizens of Albert, Kent and Westmorland counties.

For more information on donating to Hospice SENB or volunteering, please call (506) 383-2404 or visit the Hospice SENB website at www.hospicesenb.ca.

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Media contact:

Dennis Cochrane
Chair, Board of Directors
Hospice SENB
(506) 471-2861
dcochrane@stu.ca