Despite being socially distanced by the sheer geographic size of the country, members of the Grand Priory in Canada have been able to continue with our mandate of service during the past four months.

As our primary focus has been the provision of funding and resources for hospice palliative care & end of life care, the scourge of COVID has meant that both our online Home Care Giver’s support programme and our publication ‘A Caregiver’s Guide’ have been much appreciated by families throughout the country. The practical information has helped many families as they navigate end of life in these unprecedented times.

We have continued to support hospices throughout the country with monetary donations as their fund raising efforts have been severely restricted. Several members and the Acadia commandery in particular have facilitated the donation of IPads to hospices and long term care facilities. Our members in BC have provided funds to one of the most badly affected homes in that province for patient support items and other commanderies have chosen to purchase and donate PPE to hospitals and long term care facilities. We have a significant number of members working on the frontlines and are grateful that each of them has remained healthy.

Individual members of the Grand Priory have contributed in some way via our small acts of kindness programme. Following on the idea of Loving Thy Neighbour, members have delivered food hampers, sewn and delivered masks, cooked meals or spent time calling neighbours, friends and members as a daily or weekly check in. Even the Grand Prior has been knitting up Twiddlemuffs for use by dementia patients in long term care facilities.

The programme is intended to bring awareness about the Order and recognize those serving Our pins in French and ones in English are being made now and will be used to recognize folks who have done a small act of kindness and introduce them to the work of the Order in their community.

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