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Saturday April 30th, 2011

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Cooney & The Hospice's Executive-Director Carol Derbyshire are breaking-in the New Energy room. (Photo by: Kathy Vincent)

Many gathered as The Hospice Of Windsor & Essex County dedicated a new room at their facilities.

On Thursday, April 28, the organization held a ceremony for their New Energy room at Hospice Village (6038 Empress St.) John Cooney – owner of Nunes Building Maintenance – and his wife Martine attended. The room was dedicated in memory of his mother and grandmother who both died of cancer.

Cooney’s involvement with The Hospice extends beyond the new room as well. His five employees provide janitorial supplies and clean the village’s buildings. Nunes has also been a part of the organization’s supplier team for over a year and is in charge of outdoor maintenance year-round. Staff members were also on hand for the dedication.

Having lost loved ones to Cancer, Cooney and his wife continue helping The Hospice any way they can.

“We plan on continuing to donate each and every year”  he said in a Hospice press release. “We know firsthand what excellent care and services are provided by Hospice in our community. Most don’t know that this organization relies heavily on the public for funding.”

Continuing his support of The Hospice, Cooney is donating a percentage of Nunes’ new jobs and billings to new clients. Cooney also donates a portion of his company’s services back to the organization.

As for the New Energy room, it will go a long way in helping clients.

“The Energy Room is going to be used to provide Complementary Therapies to patients and caregivers,” said The Hospice’s Public Relations/Communications Coordinator, Kathy Vincent. “This includes Radiant Touch (TM) and Therapeutic Touch (TM) among other therapies.”

Founded in 1979, The Hospice has helped over 31,000 people and is the largest community-based palliative care facility in Canada. For information on what they can offer, readers can visit their website.

Cooney visits The Hospice's New Energy Room dedicated in memory of his mother and grandmother with brohers and staff. (Photo by: Kathy Vincent)

John Cooney and Nunes staff member Tawnya Janusa enjoy their lunch at The Hospice's dedication event. (Photo by: Kathy Vincent)

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