Media Release: Hospice Simcoe Executive Director Receives Brenda Smith Leadership Award

October 2, 2019 – Hospice Simcoe is extremely proud to congratulate Kelly Hubbard, RN BScN MHSc CHPCN, our Executive Director, on receiving the Brenda Smith Leadership Award.

As a role model, Kelly creates an atmosphere of trust, inclusiveness, transparency and respect. The growth and success of Hospice Simcoe can be attributed to the way our residents, families, volunteers and staff are treated. Kelly’s open, calm, approachable manner has built an excellent relationship with her staff.

 “The palliative care needs of the community are foremost on Kelly’s mind, and to keep her hand on the pulse of the area, she participates in various provincial, regional and local committees. Through this work she is able to identify needs in the community, look for possible solutions, and work with key stakeholders developing services to meet those needs.”  – Hospice Simcoe Volunteer, Mary-Anne Pope

Under Kelly’s leadership, Hospice Simcoe became the first Hospice in Ontario to be accredited in both the residential and visiting programs through HPCO. Many Hospices from across the province call and come to meet with Kelly and her staff to learn about the best practices, policy development and current trends. Time is shared generously to assist another Hospice to achieve their goals.

True leadership is the ability to guide others and leave people feeling empowered and accomplished. Kelly exemplifies this ability as she leads staff and volunteers to provide excellence in palliative care and the best possible end of life care”, says Chris Nichols, Hospice Simcoe Board Chair.

The Brenda Smith Award is given to an exemplary palliative care provider working or volunteering with individuals and families in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. The Award honours Brenda’s passion, commitment and contributions to advancing palliative care in our region. The nominee should be someone who has displayed leadership and determination, with a personal warmth and strength of character so well demonstrated by Brenda Smith.


Kelly Hubbard, Executive Director: 705-722-5995 |

Samantha White, Marketing & Communications Coordinator: 705-722-5995 |

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