Community Events

Community Events

Connie Swinton’s Book

‘From Tofield to the top of the World’ debuted in January to a crowd of 80 people at Hospice Peterborough. As a long-time resident of Peterborough, 95-year-old Constance Alexa Swinton travelled the world during her 45-year career in public health nursing.

She worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses, taught at the University of Toronto, been a consultant to Health Canada, and, with CIDA and other organizations. Connie shared her public health expertise and leadership in countries around the world. She has served in rural Alberta, in the mountain regions of Nepal, in the deserts of Sudan, in Vietnam in the 1970s during the war, in Pakistan during the assassination of a president, and on less dramatic projects in Indonesia and Thailand.

Her story in many ways is a history of the delivery of health services here in Canada and of Canada’s international role in raising standards of health care in the developing world.

Connie continued her public service with many local organizations like Hospice Peterborough where she volunteered for over 25years fulfilling many important roles in the advancement of palliative care.

Her pioneering dedication, earned Connie many precious awards, including the Order of Canada.

“Thank you to Connie Swinton for continuing to make a difference in palliative care and for volunteering for Hospice Peterborough for 25 plus years. We are truly grateful to Connie for all her years of service and sincerely thank her for selecting us to be the recipient of her incredible book and life’s story,” says Linda Sunderland, Executive Director, Hospice Peterborough.

Connie’s Book, ‘From Tofield to the top of the World’ can be purchased through Amazon Canada for $19.88 with a portion of the proceeds to Hospice Peterborough.

Hospice Videos

Year 1: A Dream, A Nightmare - Dr. John Beamish

Dr. John Beamish, Medical Director of Hospice Peterborough, reflects on the first year at 325 London St. in his video ‘A Dream, A Nightmare.’

Hospice Peterborough extends their sincere thanks to Dr. Beamish. During the height of COVID-19, to limit the risk of exposure to the virus, Dr. Beamish cared for all of our Residents in our Care Centre for months, without a day off.

Dr. Beamish is also one of the founding members of Hospice Peterborough and a tireless advocate for hospice palliative care.  Our community has been so fortunate to benefit from his dedication and expertise for over 32 years. Thank you!

The Light Inside

Completed in 2015 in partnership with Director Neal Hicks, The Light Inside focuses on living with a life-threatening illness and bereavement – telling the intimate story of two families learning to live with death as a companion, not an enemy. The film helps to explain the work of hospice palliative care…the work of Hospice Peterborough.

Notice: This video contains personal and powerful local stories about life-threatening illness, death and bereavement. If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or experienced the death of a loved one, please consider watching this video with someone for mutual support in case strong emotions arise. Hospice also offers support. Please reach out if need be: 705-742-4042

Moments That Matter

What does Hospice mean to you? 10 Hospice Peterborough clients, their family members, volunteers, and staff shared what Hospice means to them in this touching video.

This video was completed in June 2019.

Join Us for a Walk Through

We thought you might like to see the progress with your new Care Centre as of June 7, 2018. Please join our Executive Director Linda Sunderland and some of the team for a walking tour through the new building.


Fundraising and Events

Giving to Hospice Peterborough

Death often brings a financial burden, which is why Hospice Peterborough is dedicated to providing our programs and services – free of charge.

Generous donations from individuals, businesses and foundations make our care possible. Your support helps to ensure that we can continue to provide support to people in our community living with life-threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one.

Hospice Peterborough receives funding from the Ministry of Health and relies on our community to provide 43% of our total operating budget.

Get Involved!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Hospice Peterborough.

Every year volunteers spend hundreds of hours to help Hospice Peterborough with fundraising events like Hike for Hospice, Handbags for Hospice, and our Hospice Gala.

As a volunteer, you can share your time and skills, learn new skills, meet new friends, and make a difference.

If you would like to join a committee, help with fundraising or volunteer at an event:

Please contact Alison at or Aimee

You can also call (705) 742-4042, or drop by 325 London Street to introduce yourself.

For more information about volunteering opportunities visit our Volunteering page.


Hospice Peterborough welcomes third-party fundraising events that promote the work of Hospice and increase hospice care awareness. Third-Party Events are those created, managed and run by businesses, individuals, groups, and service clubs for the benefit of Hospice Peterborough.

Please contact Alison Casey at or Aimee O’Reilly at call (705) 742- 4042 to find out more.

Hospice Peterborough is about people helping people.

Hospice Residence

About Our Residence

At Hospice Peterborough, there will always be someone to welcome clients and visitors and help everyone find their way.

The Hospice Residence is bright, accessible, calm and safe and include:

  • 10 private bedrooms overlooking green space and gardens
  • The Oasis Room, a quiet reflective space
  • A lounge for visits with family and friends
  • A light-filled Great Room with a welcoming fireplace
  • A family kitchenette and dining area
  • A peaceful, private garden with an accessible outdoor patio
  • An accessible shower and bathtub in a room where residents will be supported
  • An accessible washroom with shower where family visitors can freshen up

Resident Care Program

The Hospice Residence opened in April 2019 and provides around the clock professional care in a tranquil environment for 10 residents at the end of life. The focus is on expert and compassionate care and quality of life, not cure. Care at the Hospice Residence builds on the supports Hospice has provided in the community since 1988.

Most clients come to the Hospice Residence in their last two weeks of life when they can no longer stay in their own home because their care needs are too great. Care is provided by registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other members of the care team include personal support workers, physicians, counsellors and volunteers. Care in the Hospice Residence addresses all aspects of the clients well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.

The new Hospice Residence is not meant to replace Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s Palliative Care Unit but to offer another choice for care at end of life.

There is no charge for staying in the residence.

Becoming A Resident

All Hospice programs and services are offered free of charge to Ontario residents of all ages living in the City and County of Peterborough. Similar to being at home, drug benefits are covered under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) card. Prescriptions not covered by ODB or dispensing costs are charged to the resident.

Your physician or Nurse Practitioner can make a referral on your behalf for assessment of eligibility.

I Am Approaching the Last Weeks of Life

The Hospice Residence provides professional, 24-hour, end-of-life care in a tranquil environment.

  • The focus is on compassionate care and quality of life, not cure.
  • Care addresses all aspects of well-being – physical, psychological, social, spiritual, cultural and practical.
  • Most clients will stay for their last two weeks when they can no longer stay in their own home because their care needs are too great.
  • Care is provided by registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other members of the care team include physicians, personal support workers,
    counsellors and volunteers.
  • Ten private bedrooms overlook green space.
  • Care at the Hospice Residence builds on the supports Hospice has provided in the community since 1988.

Any additional information may be received by calling Hospice Peterborough directly at (705) 742-4042 and speaking with a residence team member.

Tours can also be arranged for clients and families who are considering an admission to the residence.