Durham Regional Hospice Awareness Day – January 29, 2022

Durham Region Hospice is a partnership between the VON Durham Community Corporation Board and Durham Hospice Clarington.

In February 2018, they launched "Comfort, Care, Compassion", a $15-million capital campaign to support the construction of two new hospice residences in Durham Region to bring this much needed resource to our community. Since the proclamation of January 2021, they are pleased to announce that the tender process for both Whitby and Clarington opened this month, and they are anticipating that construction on both projects will begin by summer 2022.

Oak Ridges Hospice in Port Perry opened its doors to its first residents this past summer. All three hospice residences will provide an additional care option to all Durham Region residents who are facing a terminal diagnosis. This "home away from home" is designed to provide compassionate, loving care to support the residents, their families and friends during this end-of-life journey.

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Wear Red Canada Day – February 13, 2022

Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide and the leading cause of premature death in women in Canada. Globally, cardiovascular diseases affect 1 out of 3 women, yet women everywhere are under-studied, under-diagnosed, under-treated, and under-aware when it comes to their cardiovascular health. Worse, considering that 80% of a woman’s risk factors are within her control, heart disease is largely preventable.

Wear Red Canada Day is celebrated annually across Canada on February 13th to raise awareness about women’s cardiovascular health. Organized events held across the country serve as a reminder for all people in Canada, but especially women, to be mindful, curious and proactive in the management of their heart health and wellness.

Powered by the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre (CWHHC), the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance (CWHHA) is comprised of over 100 women's heart health professionals, patients and scientists from across Canada. Their mission is to share evidence-based strategies that will transform clinical practice and enhance collaborative action concerning women's heart health in Canada. Some of the Alliance's members live and work in Pickering.

Each year, the CWHHA develops a national Wear Red Canada awareness campaign with the ultimate goal of improving the heart health of women in Canada of all ages. They invite you to learn more about Wear Red Canada Day at WearRedCanada.ca.

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