Campaign for first dedicated, stand-alone hospice in Saskatoon launched Jan. 30, 2019

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The Engel family unveiled an anonymous $6 million donation toward the Close to Home campaign.


St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation has launched the “Close to Home Campaign” to raise $20 million to build the province’s first dedicated, stand-alone hospice and to strengthen palliative care services in the community.

By Kiply Lukan Yaworski

The “Close to Home” campaign launch on Jan. 30, 2019, at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, included news of an anonymous $6 million donation unveiled by the Engel family — Gord Engel of St. Philip Neri Parish is living with terminal cancer, and spoke about the role the home-like atmosphere of a hospice will have in end-of-life care.

Gene and Adele Dupuis are honorary co-chairs of the campaign, and shared how quality palliative care has impacted both of their families when dealing with the burden of terminal illness.

With today’s donation, the campaign has already reached $14.5 million of the $20 million goal, with plans to start the renovation and expansion of the former Ursuline convent, Glengarda, this summer, and a projected opening for the residential hospice in 2020.

The Hospice at Glengarda is located on the corner of Hilliard Street and Melrose Avenue, across from St. Francis Xavier church on the east side of the city.

“As a Catholic hospital, we really have a mission to work to meet unmet needs in the community that we serve… and wanting to further our mission has led us to really pursue the hospice for many years,” said Jean Morrison, President and CEO of Emmanuel Health and St. Paul’s Hospital.

She added: “The need is great and the time is here. We look to you, our community, to help us bring this project to fruition. Together we truly are stronger, and we look forward to the continuing discussions as we develop this beautiful facility, and meet unmet needs for those needing end of life care in our city, continuing our vision for a community of health, hope, and compassion for all.”

Find out more about the project, the campaign, and how to donate at:…/campaign/index.php


Jean Morrison, President and CEO of Emmanuel Health and St. Paul’s Hospital.



Adele and Gene Dupuis are honorary co-chairs of the Close to Home Campaign to build Saskatoon’s first hospice, alongside campaign co-chairs Todd Rosenberg and Dr. Vivian Walker.


Gord Engel said a hospice will not only help patients who are dealing with a terminal illness, but their families.

Campaign Director Lecina Hicke presents framed artwork to Gord Engel, created as part of the St. Paul’s Hospital palliative care unit’s art therapy program.


Left to right: SPH Foundation board chair Chris Boychuk, St. Paul’s Hospital President and CEO Jean Morrison, SPH Foundation CEO Bruce Acton, and Gord and Raeleen Engel, stand next to the large cheque showing a $6million anonymous donation to the Close to Home campaign.

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