Why I turned to The Mission for help: Suzanne


Suzanne is a lively and youthful 72-year-old woman living in our Hospice. Born and raised in Ottawa, she worked as an Executive Assistant at a retirement residence. As she progressed through her career, she became passionate about helping people because “People need to be treated with compassion.”

In 2017, she suffered a major stroke that left her paralyzed on one side, and moved into a long-term care facility to recover. To this day, cannot stand without great difficulty and relies on a wheelchair.

In 2020, Suzanne moved to a retirement residence with her cat, whom she adored. However, a series of disagreements with management led to her expulsion. Alternate accommodation also fell through, and she was left homeless, finding refuge at our sister shelter, before transitioning to supportive housing operated by this shelter. In late 2021, Suzanne’s health declined, resulting in her transfer to the Hospice to accommodate her increased care needs.

“It’s so nice here, so well kept. The staff here are angels. They look after everything.”

Thank you Suzanne for trusting us to look after you.