Deborah Fernandez is Manager Volunteer and Community Services for St. Joseph’s Villa. Deborah also has the responsibility of recruiting and training new volunteers for Margaret’s Place.
Deborah began by thanking the community, individuals, groups and service clubs for their generous support in the construction of Margaret’s Place. The hospice will provide end of life care for everyone and continue the tradition of care established long ago in this community by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
She shared several photos for the building’s exterior, interior and grounds. The outstanding setting is matched by the gorgeous architecture. The hospice team is hoping to have 80 volunteers supplement their work. And Deborah still has 40 spots to fill— perhaps you, a friend, or family member would be the right fit.
There are a variety of roles from 1:1 friendly visitor, to receptionist, cook, baker, housekeeper, grief and bereavement support, fundraising and music therapist. The hope is for volunteers to build rapport with the families, facilitate communication, and provide practical and emotional support during this end of life time. In return, volunteers may gain increased self-awareness and fulfillment from making a difference in the lives of others.
If you would like to volunteer please apply on line— 
There will be an interview, police check, TB test, positive reference check and a training and orientation session. The hospice will provide 6 beds for end of life and 4 beds for respite when it opens. The expected opening ceremonies will occur mid to late August with the plan being to receive patients after Labour Day.