Hospice Vaughan and its Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Belinda Marchese as our new Executive Director effective July 24th, 2017.

Belinda brings over 25 years of experience in not for profit, including 12 years in hospice. Belinda is a proven leader who is dedicated to volunteerism and diversity and is highly skilled in operations, management and partnerships. Most recently Belinda was the Director of Clinical Services at Hospice Toronto where she was responsible for clinical programs, reporting, budgets, operations and partner relations. In addition Belinda has participated in research-based work within palliative care, was involved in a Diversity project focused on compassionate communities, and enjoys developing innovative Palliative Programs that focus on quality end of life.

Belinda will be responsible for implementing policies established by the Board of Directors and will provide leadership, direction and guidance for all of Hospice Vaughan’s activities. Under Belinda’s direction, Hospice Vaughan will move into its next phase of ambitious capital expansion and integrated service delivery streams to deliver state-of-the-art palliative care and grief and bereavement services to its rapidly growing clientele.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great pride that I announce this new addition to our team. We are excited to have someone who is very passionate about hospice. Belinda looks for progressive approaches to palliative care and is an advocate for research based work. This experience will lend itself well to creating a Centre of Excellence at Hospice Vaughan. Belinda has the skills, knowledge and experience within palliative care that will add tremendous value in establishing our residential facility.” – Maria Castro, President of the Board of Directors, Hospice Vaughan.

Susan Paterino, Interim Executive Director expressed confidence in the Board’s choice. “I am happy to hand over this demanding yet very rewarding position to Belinda Marchese. I am certain that Belinda will be an invaluable asset to our organization and set the tone for our services, programs, policies and organizational structure.” – Susan Paterino, Interim Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan. “It has been a true privilege to grow and lead the Hospice Vaughan team, and to serve a wide variety of clients and stakeholders in our community,” added Paterino.

Susan, originally a Hospice Vaughan volunteer and later a member of the Board of Directors, has served as Interim Executive Director for 15 months, and will be returning to her seat on the Board. “We are very thankful to Susan for her dedication, vision and leadership, through which she was able to guide the organization through changing times and elevate it to new heights. We are happy to welcome her back onto the Board of Directors where she can continue her passionate commitment to serve vulnerable community members going through their most difficult times.” – Maria Castro, President of the Board of Directors, Hospice Vaughan.

The board members, staff and volunteers of Hospice Vaughan warmly welcome Belinda Marchese to the Hospice Vaughan team.

About Hospice Vaughan

Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan – a charitable organization – has been providing compassionate support to persons of all ages, their families and friends, coping with a life limiting illness or dealing with the loss of a loved one. Our trained staff and volunteers work with caregivers, community agencies and health care professionals, to offer services in the community and at our Woodbridge Centre.

For more information contact:
Cathy Diamond, Director of Marketing, Hospice Vaughan
905-850-6266 Ext. 202