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Townsend Smith Foundation’s Information Night

Info NightThanks to the many friends in our community who attended Townsend Smith Foundation’s information night on January 24th. Building a hospice is a huge undertaking, and your support is vital to our success!

We’d like especially to thank Father Peter Meyer, Corina Thomas and Dennis Herrero at Holy Rosary Church for the generous loan of their facility and resources, as well as McDonald’s Restaurant at Highway 25 and Market Drive, and Diego Sdao and Tim Horton’s for the refreshments. Where would we be without a place to meet, and good things to share!

If you or your group who would like to know more about building a hospice to serve Milton and Halton Hills, please contact us. We’re eager to share our project.


In denial about death

Our aversion to the inevitable will only prolong our pain. Read Full Article

#death #palliativecare #endoflifecare


House and Senate Agree: Palliative Care Matters!


Thank you for making a difference!

Thank you to Seasons Milton, Edwina Doddington of the Escarpment Tea Room, Sarah Jensen of Right at Home Realty and EVERYONE involved with the 3rd Annual High Tea at Seasons Milton in September! All three seatings were sold out, and over $5000 was raised for Townsend Smith Foundation. Plans for next year are already under way. Take a look at some of our great photos in our website gallery!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our many donors, including Andrews Scenic Acres, Christiane Banks, Cindy Lunau, Donna Coulter, Gallery Upstairs, Granite Ridge Golf Club, John Barrett of Desjardins Financial Security Network, McCormack Auto Services, Moose River Preserves, Pinecreek Honey, Shear Pleasure Salon, Sixty Forty Vinyl Sign and Design, Spa Bellisima, Springridge Farms, Tangled Salon and Spa, and Your TV Cogeco.


Let’s Offer Comfortable End-of-Life Care

We hear that most people prefer to die at home in familiar surroundings with their family nearby.
Sometimes unforeseen factors change the dying person’s wish, or that of his family caregiver.
For example, a friend, discussing Hospice need in the area, stated

”only yesterday I talked with a long-time Milton resident whose husband died recently of cancer. She cared for him at home for some time with great palliative home care support. Despite this, he decided to go into hospital near the end to make sure his wife did not have to experience his dying at home. They thought about Ian Anderson House but his wife was too nervous to drive to Oakville for visits.”

While there are two residential hospices in Halton, Ian Anderson House in Oakville and Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, family may be too tired or too overwhelmed with their situation to drive the distance. As well, these facilities have their own local residents to care for, and may not have space to offer. Townsend Smith Foundation is trying to secure property in or near Milton with help from the community, to offer comfortable end-of-life care for people who choose a hospice.

Find out ways you can help to make this a reality!

Advanced Care Planning & How To Make A Plan


Check-Up Panel | Doctor-Assisted Dying

The laws against medically-assisted death in Canada are null and void. So what are the options for patients and what are the dangers for doctors? The National Check-Up panel sheds some light.


Presentation of a cheque in memory of Lois Cairns


Pledge for Hospice Palliative Care – It Will Make A Difference

Click to read the article from The Canadian League Volume 92/No.3/Spring 2016.



Advance Care Planning Session – Join Us

Most of us hope to die peacefully, able to communicate with loved ones until the very end. It does not always happen that way. Making your wishes known now helps those who care about you make the right decisions if you can’t speak for yourself. Speak Up! Start the conversation about end of life care today.

Advance Care Planning Session
Saturday April 16 3:30pm
Milton Sports Centre, Optimist Room
No Charge, All Welcome
RSVP 289.878.3407

Speak Up


Townsend Smith Foundation