Meet the Cabinet

Help us build a new home with a human touch for the living and the dying.
A united response to suffering will strengthen our community.

Meet the Cabinet

Living and dying well helps create a healthy culture and a strong community for all of us.

THE TIME IS NOW Campaign Cabinet is a distinguished group of dedicated and compassionate philanthropists and community leaders who will lead our efforts in transforming end-of-life care in our community.

Peter Kingston

Cabinet Chair

I am a lifelong resident of Kingston, a graduate of Queen’s and retired from a career in the investment business. We are a caring and compassionate community. My mom passed away from cancer and her last few days were spent in a hospital. Her only wish was to die at home.  Our community has great health care facilities but the missing component is a residential hospice. I have volunteered for many organizations and am deeply committed to making a residential hospice a reality.

THE TIME IS NOW to build a residential hospice in Kingston. Join me and give generously to build a new home with a human touch for the living and the dying in our community.

John Gerretsen

John Gerretsen

Honorary Chair

I was born in the Netherlands and moved to Canada when I was 12. After graduating from Queen’s University, I spent more than 40 years in Canadian politics, first as a lawyer before moving into municipal and provincial politics.  I believe we need to build a sustainable future in healthcare in our community.  Residential hospices have demonstrated that they are highly cost-effective when end-of-life care is shifted from hospital to residential hospice care.

Marjorie Cooke

Marjorie Cooke

Cabinet Member

I was born and raised in Kingston. After graduating from The University of Western Ontario and living in the Caribbean and United States for a number of years, I returned to Kingston to raise my two daughters. I entered into the Real Estate industry in 2005 and have successfully combined my business background and local knowledge.

David Ibbott

David Ibbott

Cabinet Member

I was born in England and at 22 years of age wanted to see Canada and visit relatives in Gananoque. On arriving in Canada I worked at Steacy’s Department Store and Dover’s Menswear. In 1979 I purchased Alex Newman’s Men’s Shop and operated the business for 35 years.

I served as board member on Downtown Business Improvement Association for 8 years as well on many committees. As a Rotarian I received a Paul Harris Fellow in 2004, was named Rotarian of the Year in 2006, was Rotary President in 2009 and received the Rotary International Avenues of Service Award in 2011. I serve on Hospice Kingston’s Board of Directors.

Joanne Langlois

Joanne Langlois

Cabinet Member

I attended Queen’s University and am an entrepreneur, volunteer, and former St. Lawrence College teacher.  Kingston is an incredible place to live – is it so wrong to make it a great place to die as well? I believe that the spirit of hospice palliative care values life and affirms death. It neither hastens, nor prolongs death. My hope for our community is that, together, we build a residential hospice; a much needed end-of-life option to those who might also find great value and comfort in the Hospice Spirit.

Deb Pichora

Deb Pichora

Cabinet Member

I am a retired Research Associate, Kingston General Hospital and former Hospice Kingston Board of Directors. The time has come for Kingston to have a Residential Hospice to serve the needs of the dying and their families where care is oriented to maximize quality of life, ease suffering, and preserve dignity in a home like environment.

Allen Prowse

Allen Prowse

Cabinet Member

I have broad experience across the spectrum of health care –managing acute care, speciality children’s, mental health, home and community care services. I am a member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and a Certified Health Executive. A KFLA United Way Board Member and a Past Member of the Kingston Rotary Club. I am on Hospice Kingston’s Board of Director’s and passionate about building a residential hospice for the greater Kingston community.

My parents dreamed of dying at home surrounded by their family. I believe in that dream for everyone; to be as close to home as can be, surrounded by family.

 Peter J. Radley KStJ., Q.C.

Peter J. Radley KStJ., Q.C.

Cabinet Member

I am counsel at the Kingston Law Firm of Cunningham, Swan LLP.   I have been on the Boards of the KGH (Vice Chair), HDH, Community Care Access Centre [Vice Chair], Hospice Kingston, totaling over 35 years of volunteering in our community.   I am a Governor of the KGH, and a LeRoyer Patron of the HDH.

The aging population of Canada, and Kingston, dictates that there must be a Residential Hospice in Kingston, as an alternative, to allow persons to choose an alternative to spending their last days in an Institutional setting.

Wally Viner

Wally Viner

Cabinet Member

I attended Queen’s Law School intending to stay for only three years.  Instead, my wife, Elaine and I felt enriched by the quality of life that was offered to our family and opted to stay.  All these years later, I am excited to be part of The Time is Now campaign as I know full well that the quality of life in a community is  important as is the quality of the end of life.  Over the years I have participated in many non-profit and charitable endeavours. I am thrilled to be in on the ground floor in the creation of this hospice; a community objective that will give dignity to the quality of dying, and compassion to the living.

Rob Wood

Rob Wood

Cabinet Member

As President & CEO of 8020Info Inc, I am a Kingston-based consultant with expertise in strategic planning, public consultation and communications. I have worked with Hospice Kingston on a number of projects over the years, including the initial feasibility review for a residential hospice 10 years ago.

I am active in many community leadership roles, serving as Chair of the Imagine Kingston Roundtable, chair of the Queen’s Family Health Team Advisory Board and serves on the until recently, the Queen’s Journal Advisory Board.

In the arts, I served as founding chair of the Kingston Cultural Initiative and also on boards for the Grand Theatre, Kingston Symphony and Ontario Federation of Symphony Orchestras.

THE TIME IS NOW, Learn More

This is a remarkable time for Hospice Kingston. For over 30 years we have provided comfort, support and companionship to individuals and families living with a life-limiting illness or coping with grief and loss. We are proud of our past and determined about our future. We are realizing our long-term goal to establish Kingston’s first residential hospice.

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