Near North Palliative Care Network

A Special Thanks to:


Caisse Populaire North Bay limitée

North Bay & Area Community Foundation

IBM Canada Ltd

North Bay Cruisers

Dr. Ken Runciman

United Way Toronto

Knights of Columbus 1007

Rebuilt Resources Skills Development Inc.

Northern Business Solutions

Mac's Office Supplies

Moose FM North Bay 106.5

Ohana Wellness Centre

Aha Communications

Boyd Print and Design

Chevaliers De Colomb #12101

Chevaliers De Colomb #8163

Hillside Funeral Homes

KFM North Bay

IODE Dr. Herbert A. Bruce Chapter

Widdifield Lions Club

Bonfield and District Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

Widdifield Lions Club

Northern Business Solutions

A&A Entertainment

Aggies Flowers

Bell Canada Employee Giving Program

BEAM Blue Sky Net

Sofa Communications

Saint Peter's Church

Chip Kean and 22 Wing Band

The McCubbin family

Richard Smith, NBRHC Pastoral Care Team, and Palliative Care Committee

Miranda Weingartner

Gen McRae

Cheryl Gates, Respiratory Technician

Darren Renaud

Carol Owens

Marilyn Weingartner

Heather McGuinty, Case Coordinator for the CCAC

Bev Charron

Oriana Webster, NBRHC Volunteer Coordinator

Steve Lamb, Aids Committee

The Rheaume Rochefort Family

Jeff Johnson at Cambrian Technical Services


Alliances between organizations, service providers, liberal professionals, and businesses create powerful synergy to support our clients and volunteers. If you do not have time to volunteer but want to support us, consider establishing an Alliance with us. You can support us with expertise, goods or services from your organization or business. In return, the NNPCN will benefit you with:

  • NNPCN free Hospice and Palliative Care, Bereavement and Grief, and Education and Training services;
  • free marketing to your business with your logo, bio, and contact on our website;
  • free visibility on our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube);
  • your banner or other material such as fliers in our events.

Liberal professionals, commerce, businesses, organizations, and corporations in the region wanting to improve staff quality of life, morale and well-being can benefit from our Alliances Program and receive our training and support services in their own company, in our premises, or at the home of their staff in need, in many ways. For example, we help our Allied companies when:

  • a member of their staff has a life-threatening or life-limiting illness;
  • a member of their staff dies;
  • a member of their staff is also the caretaker of Palliative Care close family at home;
  • a member of their staff is bereaved.

We respond to the needs of your company with an array of services:

  • we go to your company to provide information, presentations, education and support to your staff in their needs around Advanced Care Planning, Palliative Care and Hospice, and/or Bereavement and Grief;
  • we go to the house of your staff in case they have a Palliative Care family member at home;
  • we go to the hospice or hospital where their Palliative Care family member is;
  • you can refer your staff to us, to receive free Palliative Care and Hospice training;
  • you can refer your staff to us, to receive free Advanced Care Planning guidance;
  • you can refer your staff to us, to receive free Bereavement and Grief Sessions.

Alliances with the NNPCN vary widely. If you have goodwill and want to help and support us in any way,

For more information about our Alliances opportunities, call us: (705) 497-9239 – 1-800-287-9441
You can also fill our online Alliance Application Form (under construction).


Needs Of The Dying


The Near North Palliative Care Network has been searching for a method to engage the community in a dialogue about death and the needs of the dying.  Often there is a misconception that hospice palliative care is a focus on death. We want to turn that idea upside down.  We want our communities to understand that quality of life and living a good life also includes a discussion about end of life.

We support the view that we have a finite life that we need make the most of.   Hospice palliative care is not so much a method but a philosophy of care.  We are a death-denying society.  Death is somehow viewed as unnatural or giving up.  Palliative care is about accepting that we have finite lives and living well every hour of every day. It is about relieving suffering and improving the quality of a person’s life and how they die given a life limiting illness.  It is about promoting opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences, personal and spiritual growth.  It is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families.

Only 16% to 30 % of Canadians currently at the end of their life have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, 2013). When asked, most people have indicated that they would prefer to die at home in the presence of their loved ones (Canadian Institute for Health Information CIHI, 2007). Yet almost 70% of Canadians die in a hospital setting. A 2002 study showed that 70% of family caregivers acknowledge that providing care to a loved one is stressful, and that they require time away from the responsibility of caring for a loved one (National Profile of Family Caregivers in Canada – 2002: Final Report). In 2007, 23% of Canadians said that they had cared for a family member or close friend with a serious health problem in the last 12 months, using personal savings to survive (41%), and missing one or more month of work (22%) (Fact Sheet: The Role of Family and Informal Caregivers). Ignoring end of life discussions is at our peril as families and communities.

Project Members:

  • Holly Cunningham – Near North Mobile Media Lab
  • Susan Srigley – Faculty of Arts & Science – Chair, Religions & Cultures, Associate Professor. Nipissing University
  • Laura Peturson – Faculty of Arts & Science – Fine Arts, Associate Professor. Nipissing University
  • Andrew Ackerman – Faculty of Arts & Science – Fine Arts, Associate Professor.  Nipissing University
  • Shannon Lucas – Documentary film producer –

The Concept

The campaign was developed in partnership with local artists and members from Nipissing University.  The idea is based off of a community art project developed by Candy Chang called the “before I die” campaign that has since gone global in its reach (

this campaign has three goals in mind:

  1. Increase community awareness, understanding, and engagement regarding the needs of the dying and the concept of a “good death”
  2. Increase the communities’ awareness regarding the services provided by NNPCN
    • Value and need of our services
    • Desire to donate to our services
    • Interest in volunteering
  3. Increase local and regional partnerships and alliances within the palliative communities (I.e. opportunities for other service providers to join in on the campaign)



Project Outline

An outline of the project has been communicated to the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN), our main decision making and payment agency for the province of Ontario. The NE LHIN has already contributed video interviews for the website and expressed interest in adopting this project at a regional and provincial level once the local project has been established.

Year 1

  • Choose a site
  • Establish wall
  • Develop and launch website
  • Launch project with interview from CTV news and local media strategy
  • Introduce campaign to Local end-of-life steering committee representing the palliative community in the Nipissing District
  • Recruit new member agencies for the website

Year 2

  • Expand site locations and walls across Nipissing region
  • Increase local and regional agency membership

Year 3-5

  • Work with NE LHIN on establishing regional task force
  • Expand to other regions of the north

Connect with us

Main Office:
St. Joseph Motherhouse
2025 Main Street West
North Bay, ON  P1B 2X6
Phone: (705) 497-9239
Fax: (705) 497-1039
08:30-16:30 Monday-Friday
(closed for lunch between 12:00-13:00)

Mattawa Office:
(705) 744-3771 Fax: (705) 744-2787
West Nipissing Office:
(705) 753-5771  |  Fax: (705) 753-6130