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Friday January 18th, 2013

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Carol Derbyshire will be kicking off her 28th year as the executive director of The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County by receiving the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal today.

Windsor-Tecumseh MPP and Ontario Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan presented Carol with the medal this afternoon in The Hospice atrium.

The Diamond Jubilee Medal is awarded to commendable Canadians who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to their communities.

Synonymous with The Hospice, Carol began with the organization at the very beginning in 1979 as the coordinator of volunteers and fundraising. In her current role as executive director, she is involved with policy formulation, program planning and implementation, staff supervision and evaluation, interaction with the Board of Directors and other community health care sectors and the federal and provincial governments.

Carol is also heavily involved in the local community and sits on the Board of Directors for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital and The Hospice Association of Ontario. Her past involvement includes roles with the New Canadian Centre of Excellence, the University of Windsor Board of Governors and Windsor Regional Hospital.

“I’m very honoured to receive this medal,” said Carol. “But, this medal is not about me, I am just a small piece. This is about something much bigger. It is the solidarity of compassionate people- the Board of Directors, our doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual care providers, community engagement and advancement services, volunteer services, finance, donors and volunteers- who have dedicated their lives to the hospice movement. We’ve accomplished all of this together.”

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