Mathilde Bazinet, who is the Chair of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice, says the project is moving along swiftly.
The Hospice, will be located near Laurier Woods off John Street.
The Project Chair is encouraged at the early response for the six-million dollar project which by mid March had seen one million dollars contributed locally.
Bazinet made a presentation at the Canadian Federation of University Women luncheon today at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in North Bay.
“We are moving fast forward, since the mayor has announced the city is providing the ideal piece of land for one dollar,” said Bazinet.
“People in the community are coming forward with their generous donations. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, that's getting larger and larger and we will be starting construction next spring.”
Bazinet told onlookers about the importance of a hospice not only for the terminally ill resident, but also for the family itself.
She believes its important to connect with service clubs and groups like the University Women.
“They really are supportive of our home hospice because we have a lot of retirees in these groups,” said Bazinet about various service clubs and associations in the city.
“We are going to need a whole lot of volunteers. That's how hospice is able to operate at a third of the cost that it would cost in a hospital because people want to come and do some volunteer work in a home and not in a large institution.”
But Bazinet stressed that raising enough funds for the project is the key.
“The challenge is to be able to get enough funds to build, but we are very optimistic now that we've seen the response, not only from the people within the community, but also foundations from outside of North Bay,” she noted.
“They are people who've had a connection with North Bay, who really want to see a Hospice built in North Bay.”
For more information on the local project go to: http://nipissingserenityhospice.ca/website/