Mayor Crombie and Mississauga Centre MPP Kusendova mark #GivingTuesdayNowPublished on May 08, 2020
Mayor Crombie and Mississauga Centre MPP Kusendova mark #GivingTuesdayNow
Mississauga, May 05th, 2020
Mississauga Centre Member of Provincial Parliament Natalia Kusendova and Mississauga Mayor, Her Worship, Bonnie Crombie visit Heart House Hospice on Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 to mark #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
As a Registered Nurse, MPP Kusendova who has worked in the frontlines of Ontario’s health care system for several years, recently joined her colleagues in the Emergency Room of the Etobicoke General Hospital to help in the fight against COVID-19. During these unprecedented times, Kusendova took the opportunity to put her nursing skills to use and saw fist hand the impact the pandemic has had on the healthcare system, but more importantly on Ontario patients and families. Kusendova has always been an advocate for a robust palliative care system in the province and in the city of Mississauga, however in the wake of the pandemic, the importance of end of life care, bereavement supports and grief counselling has become even more pronounced.
Heart House Hospice’s mission is to provide compassion, support and advocacy that lessens the distress of serious illness and loss on individuals, families, and the community. Each year, more than 1,200 individuals living with a life-limiting illness and over 2,500 loved ones benefit from the programs and services at Heart House Hospice.
#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity – in addition to the regularly scheduled December 1st, 2020 #Giving Tuesday “In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the day of giving has an even more profound meaning” said Kusendova. In an effort to encourage others to support important non-profits and charities in Mississauga, MPP Kusendova donated her April nursing salary to Heart House Hospice. Mrs. Theresa Greer, executive director of Heart House Hospice, received the donation on behalf of the organization.
“We rely on donations like this to lead, partner and inspire excellent hospice palliative care in our community. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude on behalf of everyone at Heart House Hospice, and most importantly the people and families we support, for the leadership and generosity shown by MPP Kusendova and Mayor Crombie today” said Greer.
Heart House Hospice has partnered with Trillium Health Partners to build the city’s first Hospice Residence, which they hope to open in late 2023.
Mayor Crombie who has been a staunch advocate for residential hospice and palliative care in Mississauga, joined MPP Kusendova in donating to this worthy cause.
“We have unfortunately seen many people pass away from COVID-19 in our city, and it has underlined the importance of end of life care in our community. In a growing and diverse city like Mississauga, it is critical that our older adults have a place to comfortably live out their final days. Today’s donation will help Heart House Hospice get one step closer to getting shovels in the ground on Mississauga’s first hospice. I want to thank MPP Kusendova for her generosity, selflessness and for giving back to our community in times of need” said Mayor Crombie.
MPP Kusendova and Mayor Crombie wish to thank all staff and volunteers of Heart House Hospice and all of Mississauga’s organizations which support our residents, and the most vulnerable. To celebrate the day of giving, they would like to encourage all those who have the means to do so, to donate to a local charity of their choice.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make life by what we give.”
MPP Natalia speaking at the Heart House Hospice
Mayor Crombie and MPP Kusendova presenting the donation cheque to Mrs Theresa Greer, Executive Director.
MPP Natalia Kusendova handing cheque over to Mrs Theresa Greer.
Heart House Hospice:
Theresa Greer, Executive Director [email protected] Office: 905-712-8119, ext 222
Office of MPP Kusendova [email protected]