A hospice in the Upper Pontiac?

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Meetings will take place to discuss converting the former Chapeau rectory into a hospice for terminally ill patients.

Peter L. Smith

L‘ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – The former priest house/


Meetings will take place to discuss converting the former Chapeau rectory into a hospice for terminally ill patients.

Peter L. Smith

L‘ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES – The former priest house/
rectory located across from St. Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church in Chapeau is now vacant after the tenant and parish secretary moved
to another location. Meetings will be scheduled in the coming months to explore the possibility of converting the building into a
hospice for terminally ill patients; St. Alphonsus Parish Priest, Reverend Tim Moyle, invites the community to attend the meetings to discuss this option. 
The hospice would ensure terminally ill patients receive proper end-of-life palliative care. Although the building would be very expensive to renovate, Moyle believes there are major advantages to it: the building is structurally sound, is a good size for such a facility, and would meet the needs of Pontiac people. If the building is not used, it risks being demolished as the Diocese has stated it will not be used as a priest’s residence again; the rectory was built in 1894 under the guidance of Reverend Leduc and served as housing for parish priests for many years.
Moyle hopes local CLSC’s, CCAC’s in Ontario, and the Pontiac Community Hospital will be able to assist in some manner, perhaps with provincial funding, to lower the costs of the hospice services for patients. Many people have access to various types of medical coverage such as Blue Cross, which could also help to offset the costs of staying in a hospice.
Moyle explained that, should the building be converted to a hospice, it would be under the
ownership and control of a newly formed non-
profit organization.