Staff

 

Heidi Griffith, Hospice Director

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 her previous employment with us, she has strong supportive skills that she brings to her role. Heidi provides a warm and welcome face to all, and a sensitivity to those we provide care for: people with a terminal illness as well as their families. Heidi has been a Centre Hastings resident since childhood and still resides here with her children.

 

Hannah Praisley, Volunteer Co-Ordinator; Bereavement Coordinator & Caregiver Coordinator 

Hannah joined the Hospice staff in 2017. She has considerable community development experience and skills working with volunteers. Her passion and interest in volunteering led her to work with victims of HIV and AIDS in Uganda Africa where, she states, her understanding of the role of volunteer support and care for individuals and their families in the final stages of life, was enhanced. Hannah resides in Madoc with her husband Les. Hannah is very excited to become involved in the community and working with the volunteers and friends here at hospice.

Natalie Chambers, Client Care Co-Ordinator

Natalie is a Registered Practical Nurse who joined the hospice staff in March 2016. Natalie brings with her a background in Palliative Care from a long-term care setting and was a Nursing Supervisor to Personal Support Workers in the community. Natalie is kind and passionate towards caring for others and enjoys working with families, volunteers and hospice staff to provide optimal end of life care to clients in the community and residents here at Hospice. Natalie resides in Roslin with her loving husband, 2 beautiful children and ginormous St. Bernard dog, Annie.

 

 

Carrie Salsbury, Community Co-Ordinator

Carrie joined the staff in February 2016 with her salary funded through a Trillium Grant for a two year period. Carrie's past experience includes: Manager of Primary Health at Kingston Community Health Centre; and Program Director at Gateway Community Health Centre in Tweed. Carrie is working to build community awareness about hospice in the communities we serve of Stirling, Tweed, Tudor and Cashel, Madoc and Marmora. With only a portion of funding coming from the provincial coffers, Carrie is involved in fundraising activities to support our programs and the hospice house. If you would like to be a Friend of Hospice and volunteer to help out with fundraising activities, give Carrie a call.

 

Maria Langley, Administrative Assistant

Maria joined Hospice in July 2016. Having experienced the kindness and support of staff and volunteers, while tending to her brother at the Hospice in Kelowna, she understands how important this service is to the community and considers it an honour to be a member of the Heart of Hastings Hospice team. Maria spent the last seven years doing various financial and administrative tasks at the RCMP with her final two years as the Executive Administrator for the Chief Financial Officer. Maria and her husband live in Marmora with their two dogs and Charlie the cat.

Then my wonderful friends from Hospice appeared…what a difference. I didn’t feel so alone anymore. Now I felt that I had connections – just a phone call away - to deal with so many issues. The wonderful volunteers came and sat while I left for a few hours. When I needed equipment it came so quickly I could not believe it. I knew Hospice was there if I needed help. I cannot tell you how much it meant. To each of you who helped lessen my load, thank you so much.
  • Municipality of Centre Hastings
  • Municipality of Marmora and Lake
  • Municipality of Tudor and Cashel
  • Municipality of Tweed
  • Township of Madoc
  • Township of Stirling-Rawdon