Why I Hike
"My late father-in-law Bob Arnett passed away May 1, 2000 at the Brockville Hospice. I wanted to give back to honour the excellent care he received. The May Court Hospice is in my community so I began supporting Hospice Care Ottawa first as a donor and now as a volunteer in the residence.
I hike in remembrance of Bob and to help our community become more aware of Hospice and what we do!"
- Tracy Arnett, Volunteer and long-time supporter
"I hike to help raise money to continue the great work of volunteers and staff who make up the HOspice Care Ottawa family. Hospice care is not often top of mind for those who have never experienced a loved one's end of life journey. My privilege is to encourage colleagues, friends and contacts in my network to support one of Ottawa's best kept secrets."
- John Laframboise, Vice Chair, Hospice Care Ottawa Board of Directors
"Hospice Care Ottawa relies immensely on the support and generosity of its community. The annual Hike for Hospice event is just one of many important ways that individuals, businesses, groups and organizations can help raise awareness and continue investment in local hospice care. I love being a part of this organization. And participation in Hike for Hospice allows me the opportunity to give back in one more way."
- Mark Dickinson, Hospice Care Ottawa Volunteer
"I hike because it is great to get outside and "shake a leg" in support of Hospice Care Ottawa, an important community organization. It is fun to meet up with volunteers and community members working together in support of our programs!"
- Sandy Curtis Arnot, Coordinator, Bereavement Care, Hospice Care Ottawa
"I walk to ensure that my friends, family and neighbours will continue to benefit from Hospice Care Ottawa's incredible services. I have seen the benefits of the love, compassion and care at their facilities and I want to help keep these incredible services available to all."
- Jake Prescott, Hospice Care Ottawa supporter
" I walk in appreciation and admiration for the quality of end of life care Hospice Care Ottawa provides to individuals and their families. Many of us will benefit from hospice care in the future and by raising funds for the Hike I am doing what I can to ensure that hospice care is available for us. For six years my family and friends have sponsored the Hike and this I thank you and everyone else who supports Hospice Care Ottawa."
- Barbara Davidsons, Hospice Care Ottawa Volunteer
"To me, my involvement in the Hike for Hospice is done in the memory of my mother 'Betty Paul'. She really enjoyed going [to the Hospice] and getting pampered. She had ALS and was unable to speak but it always put a smile on her face when she was going for a visit there. CBC even did a small documentary while she was there. She made sure to provide each of her children with a video recording. She was very proud to be in it.
For someone who is trapped in their body, a place like the hospice provides a much needed service. I'm very thankful they were there for my mother."
- Sue Leduc, family member
"I'm hiking in the hopes of raising awareness and to help raise funds for all the wonderful services that Hospice Care Ottawa provides. To me it's important to pay it forward and help others in the community. I would like the hospice to be available to all those in need when they need it. The camaraderie of hiking with others who feel the same way is inspiring. I hike from my heart."
- Marie Murray, Food Services & Housekeeping, Hospice Care Ottawa