What is Hospice?

Hospice is a concept of care with a focus on caring, not curing, living not dying and helping to provide quality of life until the end. Hospice is all about HOPE.

You do not have to struggle alone, Hospice can help.

For over twenty five years Huron Hospice Volunteer Service has provided compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. Care can be provided in a home, a hospital, a long-term care setting or our hospice residence. Our Volunteers offer relief to enable primary caregivers to feel comfortable to take time away or rest. Support is also provided to caregivers and families who are grieving the loss of their loved one.

There are No Fees for our services.

Huron Hospice provides services and programs to residents of Huron County at no cost to the participants. However, we rely on donations to fully fund our program, which is partially funded by the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), the regional branch of Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The Hospice movement has exponentially expanded in recent years. So too have the demands for Standardization and Accreditation. We have acquired Level II Accreditation which is the highest level of accreditation awarded by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, our accrediting body.

Our Mission:

To provide quality hospice palliative care in our rural communities.

Our Vision:

Huron Hospice will be a rural Centre of Excellence in Palliative Care

Our Values:

Respect, Quality, Person-Centred Care, Collaboration, Compassion, Accountability, Excellence, Dedication

Our History

Huron Hospice Volunteer Service was established in 1993 as a newly formed agency from existing programs in Clinton, Goderich and Seaforth. Huron Hospice continues to be a volunteer supported agency, and is governed by a Board of Directors which is drawn from all our communities.

The collaborative effort allowed for a broader area to:
• Recruit, educate, co-ordinate and support volunteers to provide palliative services
• Provide bereavement support through individual counselling
• Maintain a volunteer base
• Collaborate with other agencies to train volunteers and share resources

Huron Hospice applied for a venture grant in 1998, becoming a United Way agency. In 2005, Huron Hospice was approached by the Wingham and Area Palliative Care Board of Directors to consider merging the two agencies. It was decided this was a positive solution for both agencies and the WAPC became known as Huron Hospice, Wingham Site. In 2006, Huron Hospice obtained a Trillium Grant to expand visibility and board representation to Wingham and Goderich. Huron Hospice moved the administrative offices to Clinton Public Hospital in November 2014. In May 2018, we opened our 4-bed hospice residence just outside Clinton, on Hwy 8. Our Annual General Meeting is held each Fall.

Meet the Staff



Board Chair
Jay McFarlan

Past Chair
Yvonne Kitchen

Kevin Kale

Carol Alce

Board Members

Tony Davison
Ralph Smith
Maureen Cole
Elizabeth Kruspe
Gail Trewhitt
Michele Hansen

Medical Advisor

Dr Agnes Kluz


Executive Director
Shirley Dinsmore - Ext. #6300

Manager of Programs /Community Engagement
Jackie Simpson - Ext. #6302
Cell: 519 441-8833

Manager of Volunteers
Constance Russo - Ext. 6302
Cell: 519 955-1568

Manager of Fundraising
Michelle Field - Ext. 6465
Cell: 519 440-6137

Sherry Boyce - Ext. #6301

Clinical Staff

We employ an expert team of nurses (RN and RPN) with advanced training in palliative care and rely on a specially trained team of volunteers to provide care 24 hours a day.

“It was a privilege to sit as a Board Member with Huron Hospice Volunteer Service. The work undertaken creates a ripple effect reaching so many people within the communities we serve.”

Thinking about Volunteering?

Huron Hospice Volunteer Service relies on volunteers to assist with the many ways in which we make a difference for persons in need. If you would like to find out more about volunteering, and are not sure what might be a good fit for you, call our office at 519 482-3440 Ext. 6301 or email: hospicevol@tcc.on.ca