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This past August, thanks to community donations and a generous corporate gift from TELUS, The Ottawa Mission was able to announce the expansion of its Diane Morrison Hospice from 14 to 21 beds. The Hospice represents a partnership between The Mission and Ottawa Inner City Health and offers 24 hour care to chronically and terminally ill patients who have nowhere else to go. Wayne is one of those patients.

Wayne is 75 years old and spent most of his adult life working in the computer field. He fondly remembers the early days of computer technology when he was an MIS Manager working in service bureaus in both the government and the private sector. So much has changed since those days, but Wayne still keeps current with the latest technology.

Wayne has been staying at the Hospice for the past year while he undergoes treatment for cancer. Before he came to us, he had spent considerable time in and out of hospital. He lived alone in subsidized housing, and there finally came a time when he knew he could no longer take care of himself.

Thankfully for Wayne, and so many other men and women like him, he had The Mission Hospice to turn to. He is comfortable in his room, surrounded by his computers, and knows that he will be taken care of for as long as he needs us.

The Hospice is a special place, clean and nicely decorated and, more importantly, filled with a sense of compassion and dignity. On behalf of Wayne and all the patients who will be spending this Christmas in loving care, we thank you for your support.

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