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Hospice to welcome new president

Peter Matthewman

Hospice Prince Edward will appoint a new board president at its meeting Wednesday, and honour the contributions of Peter Matthewman, who remains on the board as past president.

“The board will celebrate the tremendous contribution of Peter Matthewman,” said Melanie Dailey, Community Development Director, “and welcome incoming president Dr. Susan Brajtman.”

Matthewman, she notes, was an instrumental figure in the establishment of the residential hospice in Picton over a decade ago – first leading the building effort as chair of the building committee, and later in July of 2015 joining the board of directors. In April 2016 he took over as president.

“Peter led Hospice into a period of stability, professionalism and growth. Beginning last November, Hospice transitioned from providing third-party clinical services to a model that sees Hospice directly employing over 10 clinical staff and taking full control over quality of care. This transition was three years in the making and is a significant accomplishment for Peter and the board. Peter has agreed to stay on as past president to ensue a smooth transition.”

Susan Brajman

Dr. Susan Brajman, of Wellington, has been a member of the board for the past three years.

“Her research and educational focus include delirium at the end of life, education for health care professionals in end-of- life care, and interprofessional education and practice,” said Dailey, noting she has published extensively in these areas and presented at national and international conferences.

Her career includes positions an Adjunct Professor (formerly associate professor) in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa. From 1984 till 2002, she lived in Israel with her family, where her clinical experience involved community health nursing on a kibbutz, and clinical and administrative experience in palliative care as the Head Nurse of the Palliative Care Unit of Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.

“All of the staff at Hospice were thrilled when we learned that Susan accepted the responsibility of
becoming our next president. Her wealth of experience in palliative care, deep knowledge and
compassionate nature will be critical in leading us in this next phase of our evolution.”

Dailey notes that navigating the pandemic continues to be a top priority at Hospice with the team adapting its programing accordingly to provide quality of life, dignity in death and grief and bereavement support free of charge for people living with, or affected by, a life-limiting illness. The residential hospice has served over 300 residents since opening in 2013. An additional 400 families have benefited from our visiting volunteers, caregiver support groups, and grief and bereavement services.

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