Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

You can choose to support VON Sakura House or VON Oxford when you register!

This virtual VON Trivia Challenge event will be happening across Ontario and Nova Scotia, including right here in Oxford County, on Friday, November 13th at 7:00pm.  

The cost is $25 and you can register on your own or create your own team of colleagues, friends or family members. This event is open to everyone! 

The cool thing is that you can direct your registration fee (minus fees) to VON Sakura House or VON Oxford! When you sign-in on the night of the game, you will be asked which VON site you are supporting from a drop-down list. Online registration is now open! (You will be directed to the VON Middlesex website to register)

ABOUT THE EVENT: After 24 years of success in Middlesex-Elgin, the VON Trivia Challenge is going virtual for 2020 presented by RBC Dominion Securities. This means that VON sites across Ontario and Nova Scotia can now participate and each community can support their local VON programs! We hope you will join us in an evening of fun facts and cash prizes all in support of VON Sakura House and VON Oxford.

WHO: Anyone can join and play from anywhere. Play as a team of one or an unlimited number of team members. (Your place in the standings will be calculated by the accuracy and speed of each team members answers.) Students registering with their school email address can request a promo code and save $10.

HOW: Purchase your $25 game ticket through website. Be sure to include your correct email address. Please note: Ticket purchases do not qualify for a tax receipt as each participant is provided with equal opportunity to win a prize.

ONE WEEK BEFORE: All participants will be contacted and asked for their team name so it can be pre-loaded into the Trivia Game Portal. (If one person is registering the entire team, they will require a separate email address for each player)

MORNING OF THE EVENT: November 13, 2020 each participant will receive their personalized login link to the Trivia Game Portal via their individual email address.

Will open up at 6 pm (ET) on November 13, 2020 with the Game set to begin at 7pm. (ET). Please plan to register before 7 pm through the link provided using your Name and Address (in order to receive prizes by mail.) You will also require your email address and your team name (previously provided), which can be selected from a drop-down list.

When you register on the night of the game, you will be asked which VON site (in Ontario or Nova Scotia) you are supporting and you will have the opportunity to select your local site from a drop-down list.


The Game will include 10 rounds of questions from various subject areas, targeting a diverse audience. Questions may include photos, video clips, sounds, etc. Please ensure that your sound is on during the game. Each participant on your team will be required to provide an answer for each question through whichever technology they are playing. (Computer, tablet or cell phone)

GAME PRIZES (shared between the number of members on your team)
1ST PLACE  $2,500
2ND PLACE  $1,000
3RD PLACE  $500

There will be a prize at the end of each round for the individual with the most accurate and fastest average for that round. (Prizes will be mailed out after the event) Scores will be determined by the accuracy of the answer combined with the time to answer and team scores will be averaged by the number of players.

QUESTIONS? Please contact or

*You will be directed to the VON Middlesex-Elgin to register.


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75
We are living in unprecedented times and in our attempts to remain healthy and safe, we have been asked to practice physical distancing. For many experiencing the death of a loved one, this comes at a time when you need the presence of others the most. Funeral and memorial services are being postponed, thus impacting an important part of the grief process.
VON can provide you with a supportive and a compassionate ear during this difficult time. We are here to help with bereavement support over the telephone or virtually by ZOOM.
You are not alone.
For further information, please contact one of our Hospice & Bereavement Coordinators:
Nancy Clark
519-539-1231 ext. 286 –
Anne Marie Wallace Phillips
519-537-8515 ext. 3 –


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

Hike for Hospice 2020

Brought to you by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, the 2020 Hike for Hospice will take place VIRTUALLY on Saturday, September 19, 2020.


How can we possibly begin to say thank you?

In the midst of a global pandemic, our community joined together on September 19th to support care at VON Sakura House. With over 200 participants and $83,037 raised, our first ever Virtual Hike for Hospice was a complete success because of you. This is an amazing accomplishment by the Oxford County community!

Our community joined together in their own ways to honor their loved ones, honor patients and families currently at Sakura House, and to honor our incredible staff and volunteers. Our hearts are so full with all of the stories, photos and videos that you have shared with us and it truly shows that despite the changes our world have seen this year we continue to be surrounded by the most incredible community.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to our Tile Sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, all of our Hikers, Sponsors, Committee and Volunteers for all of your incredible work in making this year a complete success


To view photos from the 2020 Virtual Hike for Hospice, visit our Facebook Page HERE.


On Saturday, September 19th we would have been joined by hundreds of supporters taking on one of our three routes at Roth Park while raising money for VON Sakura House Residential Hospice. Although sadly that isn’t possible this year, we know how much our supporters love taking part in this event in memory of a loved one or with family and friends and we wanted to make sure you still had the chance to do this whilst supporting Sakura House- Oxford County’s only residential hospice!

This means you can hike, walk, run, cycle in your neighbourhood, park, on your treadmill, or wherever you please!

We need your support, enthusiasm, and energy to reach our goal of $80,000. We know that these are challenging times for all of us, but we hope that bringing teams, families, and friends together virtually for Sakura House will be a safe and positive thing. And, that together we can reach this goal with all of you! Because our patients and families deserve the best hospice care

Through the generosity of our sponsors, Hikers and the Oxford County community Hike for Hospice has raised over $872,000 over the past 17 years!

You can hike has an individual or form a team. Hikers register for free and get a t-shirt and access to their own fundraising page, where you can start asking family members, friends and co-workers to sponsor you.

Join us virtually on September 19th!


Our 2020 Virtual Hike for Hospice will take place Saturday, September 19, 2020!

Registration is now OPEN visit our event website and sign up!

Hike for Hospice – Extra Pledge Form

For Fun Fundraising Ideas visit here


On the following dates and times, our staff and volunteers will be in the parking lot of 550 Ingersoll Ave, Woodstock where you can safely drop off your pledge forms and donations, pick up your event t-shirt and water bottle*, and place a flower on our memorial tree :

Monday Sept 14, 2020– 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday Sept 15, 2020 – 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Wednesday Sept 16, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday Sept 17, 2020 – 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Friday Sept 18, 2020 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday Sept 19, 2020– 9:00am to 12:00pm


*Must be a registered Hiker and have raised $250 or more confirmed gifts at the time of pickup



This event is made possible in large part because of our dedicated community of sponsors.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities and advantages for the 2020 Hike for Hospice, contact Trish Gergich at or 519-539-1231×269 or Kristina De Marzio at or 519-709-8332


Sincere thanks to our Hike for Hospice 2020 Sponsors

Title Sponsor

HB Logo - TMMC

Media Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors



Trail Sponsors

AgroSpray Ltd. | Brock & Visser Funeral Home | DMAC Automation Ltd. | Finoro Homes Ltd | Glendinning Funeral Home | John & Liz Lessif | Roes-Zehr Electric Ltd.  | Vuteq Canada Inc.

Prize Sponsors

Angel of Tea | Bliss Beauty Bar by Kari | Bombs Away Bath Bombs & Bath Products | Boston Pizza Woodstock | Drumbo Dog Spaw | Giant Tiger WoodstockGrazing Hill Charceuterie | Kim’s Floral Kreations  | Miss Woodstock Restaurant | Rachael Little Photography  | Teal Anchor Boutique  | The Collared Pooch | The Country Table Frozen Food OutletThe Shop in Princeton: An Artesian Market | Sweet Snax by Sarah




Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

VON Oxford has created a Covid-19 Response Fund to address urgent food security needs in our community.

“A meal is hope and love.” Oprah

Our VON Oxford team has been working diligently to help more than 800 clients during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve had to close programs and send our volunteers home. But, right away we started doing check-in calls and making resource packages. We redeployed our staff to help screen visitors at VON Sakura House and to take on the delivery routes for our Meals on Wheels program.

It has been a challenging time but it has also been incredibly rewarding to take care of our community. After six weeks of checking in and listening to clients, we are hearing that access to food and having enough food to eat are emerging issues. We knew we needed to act and we are now asking for your help.

VON Oxford has identified these funding priorities for our local VON Oxford Covid-Response Fund:

  1. Emergency Food Delivery: A donation of $20 covers the average cost of a trip to deliver groceries to an individual’s home in rural Oxford County.

  2. Emergency Grocery Care Boxes: A donation of $100 will pay for grocery care box that will support someone for up to two weeks.

  3. Home Help Subsidies: A donation of $16.50 will cover the one-hour cost of our Home Help program that helps individuals with grocery pick-up, meal preparation and laundry services.

  4. Meals on Wheels Subsidies: A donation of $20 will provide $2.00 subsidies to 10 individuals who are struggling with the cost of a meal.

Will you help someone in Oxford County today?

You can donate now to the VON Oxford Covid-19 Response Fund.


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

VON Oxford is operating these essential programs during the Coronavirus Pandemic:

If you need support or know someone who could benefit from these programs or other community supports, please call 1-888-866-7518 (toll-free) or email


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75
COVID-19 Update:
In response to the risk of COVID-19, VON Oxford has made the decision to close group/congregate programs effective immediately and until further notice.
This includes the following programs;
• SMART exercise classes
• Dining Programs
• Grief and bereavement groups
• Blood Pressure Clinics
Other programs continue to run at this time. Our staff are completing screeners on ALL clients prior to providing service. If they experience any symptoms, clients are moved to a cough corner and sent home immediately. Those who live with someone who is in self isolation should not attend work/programs.
Programs continuing to run at this time are as follows;
• Adult Day and Overnight Respite programs
• Meals on Wheels
• Transportation – medical appointments only
• Home at Last
VON is encouraging that our staff work from home if possible. Instead of coming into our office, we encourage:
Clients to make their bill payments online through their banks, call in a credit card payment or mail a cheque;
Donors to make donations online (, call in a credit card donation or mail a cheque;
Cheques can be mailed to VON Oxford at 550 Ingersoll Avenue, Woodstock, ON N4S 4Y3
Please call 519-539-1231 for any questions related to programs. If you have questions about donations or your 2019 charitable tax receipt, please email or call 519-476-8848.


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

Are you looking for a meaningful part-time job in community healthcare? We are currently hiring casual Home Helpers to work in Woodstock, Norwich and Plattsville.

What is a Home Helper? A Home Helper does light housekeeping for clients in their home, prepares meals, provides companionship and conversation to the clients and observes and evaluates the individual’s/family’s home, personal situation and client/family care plan to ensure proper care.

This position is only required during the day, not evenings, and has flexible work hours. Read the job description here:

Apply today to help individuals in our community stay in their home and live their lives to the fullest.


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

More than 860 guests, 28 sponsors and over 100 volunteers “painted the town” and raised a record-breaking amount for VON Sakura House on January 17, 2020.

We are excited to officially announce the final grand total and the net proceeds of the event – an amazing $170,849!! This is the largest amount raised since the Handbags for Hospice fundraiser began 10 years ago.

A special part of the evening was the “fund-a-need” segment, asking guests to help reach a goal of $50,000 to build a beautiful courtyard oasis in the patient wing. This goal was reached in five minutes when 375 donors raised $55,924 to make this wish come true. A heartfelt thanks to our family representative Barbara Goldhawk who spoke about her daughter Karyn and Stephanie McGaffey, one of our long-time Registered Nurses, who spoke about her experiences and need for this courtyard space.

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our hard-working and passionate 2020 Handbags for Hospice Organizing Committee: Christie Birch, Jayne Brewster, Karen Culley, Kim DeGraaf, Nancy Howse, Cathy Lee, Sarah Pimentel, Jill Roberts, and Louisa Russell.

A special thanks to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada as the Handbags for Hospice Title Sponsor.

We are in awe of our community. Thank you.

For more information, please contact:  Trish Gergich Manager, Fund Development 519-539-1231 ext 269 or Cell: 519-476-8848


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

Dear Community Member,

I want to tell you about Karyn.

Karyn first came to Sakura House for a tour in January of this year. After spending several months under the care of our lead doctor, Dr. Karen Fryer, at her home in Woodstock, the treatments for her breast cancer had stopped working. She visited Sakura with her mother, Barb, who remembers Karyn saying right away that “it is so peaceful here.”

Karyn moved into Sakura House on March 15th. Barb said there was “always laughter coming out of Karyn’s room. The staff and volunteers were so kind and gentle and funny. They could really get her laughing.” The goal for their family was to keep the sadness and despair out her room as much as they could. Every morning Karyn would choose a quote for the day to inspire her. She had a few favourites: “We love you to the moon and back,” and “Today is a good day to have a good day.” When she couldn’t choose them anymore, her family would pick one from the quotes she had collected online with her Pinterest account.

Peace and laughter, these were two things that Sakura House gave to Karyn for the 16 days she spent there. Your donation is what makes that gift possible. I hope Karyn’s story will inspire you to make a gift today. Even $50 can make a difference.

Karyn was 36 years old, she was married to Brian and they had two beautiful girls. Malia is five years old and Malyn is three years old. Barb describes Karyn as a “rule follower. She was always kind. She was a compassionate and caring person, always for the underdog or for those who were hurting.” She was drawn to the caring profession and became an autism specialist. “When Karen came into the room, the place lit up.”

Karyn spent the good part of a year helping her two girls plan for their lives without her. She filled out the book “Mom, tell me your story please?” to help answer some of the questions her girls might have as they grow up. She also hand-wrote messages to their teachers to help them navigate their school years. “The girls visited their mom daily and brought joy to the hospice when you heard their little feet run down the hall to see mommy,” recalls Barb.

When the pain was too much, Karyn’s mother Barb remembers the nurses asking them to leave the room. They instinctively knew what Karyn and the family needed in that moment. Barb remembers feeling such a wave of relief that Karyn’s pain would be eased. “Sakura House gave my daughter the time and place to live the final days of her life with dignity and connection. They cared for Karyn affirming she was beautiful, loved and understood.” The kind of care that Karyn received is made possible because of donors like you.

Our residential hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care at no cost to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. A skilled team of nurses, personal support workers, physicians, a social worker and specially trained volunteers are there to help. Hospice care is covered only partially by government funding so we need to raise more than $600,000 each year to cover the gap. That is why your donation is so important.

Karyn died at Sakura House on March 31, 2019. One of her final quotes in her room was “cultivate kindness.” It is a message that will be carried forward into the lives of her family members and friends. And, it is a message that we can all strive for and that lives within your gift to Sakura House.

Giving cultivates kindness. This holiday season, please consider a gift to VON Oxford Sakura House to honour Karyn’s wish.

Thank you,

John Goodbun

Volunteer Chair, VON Oxford Community Corporation

P.S. You can help make a family’s life a little easier with a gift to Sakura House. Every donation helps.

P.P.S. Make your gift before midnight on December 31st, 2019 to receive your 2019 charitable tax receipt.


Notice: Undefined variable: dash in /home/funddev/public_html/ on line 75

Karyn’s husband Brian said that “Karyn would have wanted this, for her story to have meaning and to inspire others.”

Giving Tuesday is coming up on on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. If you are thinking about making a gift that day or doing something special to honour or remember a loved one, we hope you will do so with Karyn in mind!

Karyn spent 16 days at Sakura House this past March. Each day she would pick a quote to inspire her. One of her last quotes was “cultivate kindness.”

We will be sharing more about Karyn and her wish for kindness on Giving Tuesday.

🦋 Donate Early here:

Accreditation Canada is an independent, not-for-profit organization that consults with experts to develop health care standards based on best practices. They accredit a wide range of health care and social services providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, clinics, and community health programs. Accreditation Canada has been helping providers improve health care quality and safety for more than 55 years.

Copyright by VON Oxford 2018. All rights reserved.