History and Background of Hospice Prince Edward


The emergence of hospices as volunteer, community-based organizations coincides with two important developments within the Canadian health care delivery system:

  • The development of palliative care as specialized care for the dying
  • The shift of the location of care from the hospital to the home.

The original organization, called Cope, was formed in 1989 by Mr. Mark Davis with a group of interested individuals, including Donna Joyce and others, and incorporated in March 1990. Cope applied for, and was granted, status as a registered charitable organization.

Dr. Graham Burke, a general practitioner in the County, with an interest in palliative care, formed the Prince Edward Palliative Care Association in 1996. In September of 2000, Cope and the Prince Edward County Palliative Care Association amalgamated to become Hospice Prince Edward.

Since 1998 Hospice operated a home-visiting program. After the completion of a 30-hour training program, our palliative-trained volunteers provide support and care to patients and their caregivers in the home.

Hospice has served hundreds of patients in the community, and has a wonderful, committed group of volunteers. We provide a HPCO-accredited (Hospice Palliative Care Ontario) volunteer-training programs twice a year and offer advanced workshops and seminars.