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Donate to remember your loved one and help raise funds to support patients and families at Sakura House.

Our Handbags for Hospice Committee presents Lights of Love as a special opportunity to celebrate our hospice and remember your loved ones during this holiday season.

You can help light up Sakura House for the first-time ever with a donation. Make a minimum donation of $25 in memory of a loved one or in honour of our dedicated staff and volunteers.

You have until December 10th to purchase your light, when will host a live virtual Lighting Ceremony to turn on the lights. All donations will go towards the Sakura House Recovery Fund.

The Sakura House Recovery Fund will help cover the increased costs due to the pandemic, such as extra nursing care, extra cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gowns, masks and gloves. It will also help recover the loss in memorial donations we experienced in the Spring, due to changes at funerals and memorials.

Your Lights of Love donation will provide comfort, dignity and respect for patients and families during the holidays. If you would like to include your loved one’s name and/or a special message in our online video tribute and on a remembrance lantern at the ceremony, please make sure to include this information on your donation formNote: If you do share this information, please know that all names and messages will be shared with our community on our website and social media.

Help us reach our Lights of Love goal of $50,000 by December 10th. Let’s remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones. Purchase your light today!

Our Lights of Love Campaign will run from November 10th to December 10th.

Email or call 519-539-1231 ext. 221 for any questions

Thank You to our 2020 Sponsors

Love Sponsor

Light Sponsor

Comfort Sponsor


Joy Sponsor

Peace Sponsor 

BDO Canada LLP – Dortmans Bros Barn Equipment – Harvest Crossing – Impacked Limited – Oxford ProResp– Scotiabank –


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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.


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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




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Handbags for Hospice 2020 tickets will go on sale this Thursday, November 21st at 10:00am. The event takes place on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Oxford Auditorium in Woodstock, Ontario.

You can purchase your tickets two different ways this year, starting at 10:00am this Thursday:

1. Online:…

2. By telephone: call 519-539-1231 and use extensions 224 or 269.

Tickets are $70 each and there is maximum purchase of eight tickets per person. Bottles of red or white wine can be added for $30 each. Questions? Contact Kristina at or call 519-539-1231 ext. 224.


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The VON Oxford Hospice & Bereavement program is pleased to present a full-day Grief & Bereavement Education Day to coincide with National Bereavement Day, and Children’s Grief Awareness Day, both observed in November. Our line-up of speakers and topics are:

  • Andrea Warnick: Kids Grieve Too: Supporting Children Grieving a Death
  • Dr. Carrie Arnold: Fostering Resilience in Bereaved Adolescents
  • Melissa Lyons: Using Creativity as a Path to Healing (Morning) & Journaling Toward Insight and Healing (Afternoon)
  • Dr. Eunice Gorman: Myths about Grief (and what we know in our hearts to be true)

Within the VON Oxford Hospice & Bereavement Program, we are quite passionate about sharing information and education about the realities of grief so that as a community we are better equipped to support those in our midst – informally within our friend and family circles, and formally within our work. No matter our role in life, or our role in the workplace, we will at some point be touched by those who have experienced the death of someone important to them. Knowing what to say and how to support those around us, while at the same time taking care of ourselves, is an invaluable skill as we move through our lives.

As a registrant, you will have the option of attending the full day of programming, or you may select a half day option – morning sessions are devoted to supporting children and youth, and the afternoon sessions are focused on supporting bereaved adults. All ticket options include a catered lunch and refreshments. All are welcome, this event is open to the public.

The combined expertise of our invited professional educators and authors makes this a must-attend day for those interested in supporting bereaved adults and children in both formal and informal capacities within the community. We look forward to seeing you on November 22nd! Online Registration is now open. Register now! 

General Full-Day – $50.00

This full-day ticket includes the morning session (supporting children and youth) and the afternoon session (supporting adults) as well as lunch and refreshments. Registration is from 8:00-8:30am; lunch is served from 12:40-1:20pm.

General Half-Day Morning (Supporting Children) – $35.00

This ticket includes the morning session only (Supporting Children & Youth) but still includes lunch and refreshments; Registration is from 8:00-8:30am; Lunch is served between 12:40pm and 1:20pm.

General Half-Day Afternoon (Supporting Adults) – $35.00

This ticket includes the afternoon session only (supporting adults) but still includes lunch and refreshments; Registration is from 12:15pm to 12:40pm; Lunch is served between 12:40pm and 1:20pm

VON (Oxford) Staff/Volunteers – Free

You can select the full-day option or a half-day option. Please identify yourself as a VON Oxford staff or volunteer when you register. We will be monitoring these tickets to ensure those registered are VON Oxford employees and volunteers.

VON (Other) Staff/Volunteers – $20.00

You can select the full-day option or a half-day option. Please identify yourself as a VON (other site) employee or volunteer when you register. We will be monitoring these tickets to ensure those registered are VON employees and volunteers.

For more information, please contact:

Cheryl Wituik, Program Coordinator, Hospice & Bereavement, VON Oxford at 519-539-1231 Ext. 286 or email:

If you prefer to register in person or by phone (with cash, cheque or credit card), please drop by the VON Oxford main office at 550 Ingersoll Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario or call 519-539-1231 ext. 270 and ask for Lindsay.

You don’t want to miss our line-up of leading educators and authors:

  • Andrea Warnick: Kids Grieve Too: Supporting Children Grieving a Death

The death of a significant person represents one of the most powerful disruptions in all aspects of a child’s emotional existence. Yet few adults receive formal guidance on how to support children, expecially young children, experiencing the dying or death of someone in their lives. This education session, which is designed for parents and anyone else who may be in the position to support a grieving child, will expose common myths and misconceptions about supporting grieving children. It will also highlight resources and practical strategies that can be used in a variety of settings to help kids integrate the death into their lives in a healthy way. This workshop will include stories and important messages from children and their families that illustrate “best practice” guidelines for supporting the well-being of grieving children.  

  • Dr. Carrie Arnold: Fostering Resilience in Bereaved Adolescents

Adolescence is full of new experiences, challenges, and at times, adversity. When a teen experiences a significant loss during this developmental stage, it can create obstacles that are universal, yet also unique. This education session will aim to address some of the more contemporary issues that affect teens, particularly when they are grieving. Following a brief overview of central developmental concerns, we will discuss the influence of social media, LGBTQ teens, along with cultural diversity. The session will wrap up with a focus on how we, as caregivers and professionals, can guide bereaved adolescents to develop a sense of resilience and coping.

  • Melissa Lyons: A.M. – Using Creativity as a Path to Healing

We respond to adversity in our own way, having a unique set of perceptions and beliefs that shape our experiences as we work through our daily lives. Helping youth connect to and unlock their creativity, as they face grief, loss and emotional pain, can provide an outlet for them to heal and reflect on their own terms and in their own time. This session will introduce you to key elements of a program called Create a Creator. Designed to help participants connect to their distinctive creativeness and give them a path to connect to their inspired voices and related gifts. Exercises and experiences cover subjects of gratitude, mindfulness, passion and self-worth using various modalities including writing, drawing, use of colours, and reflection.

  • Melissa Lyons: P.M. – Journaling Toward Insight and Healing

It has been said that in quietness all things are answered. Quietness as it relates to inner tranquility can be elusive for some at the best of times and much more challenging when facing grief, loss and emotional pain. One approach that can help move us towards our own state of quietness is journaling. In this session, using the framework from a Simple Subtle Shifts™ Reflective Experience ~ I Will Always Love You, we will explore the various ways that journaling can quiet your mind, be a window to your soul and provide you with insight and healing.

  •  Dr. Eunice Gorman: Myths about Grief (and what we know in our hearts to be true)

We are constantly bombarded in our day to day lives with new and compelling beliefs about grief. Some of these are helpful and we can benefit from the wisdom they offer. However, others are potentially hurtful and misleading. At a time in our lives when we are in need of support and solid information to assist us as we navigate grief, we can be done a serious disservice by the “theory of the day.” This talk will address common myths, what is true, or truer, (and we know in our hearts to be so) and offer some ways we can use this information to care for ourselves and others. 


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VON Week is happening May 19-25!

We will be celebrating our 105 year old history in Oxford County, raising awareness about VON programs and sharing how we help individuals in our communities live their lives to the fullest.

Join us for two community events next week:

Thursday, May 23, BBQ from 11am-1pm at 550 Ingersoll Ave (VON Oxford Main Office; By donation)

Click Here to Visit our Community BBQ Event Page!

Friday, May 24, SMART in the Park Exercise Class from 2-3pm at Victoria Park (behind the courthouse; Free)

Click Here to Visit our SMART in the Park Event Page!


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Join us January 17, 2020 at the Oxford Auditorium, Woodstock from 7:00pm to 11:00pm for our 10th annual Handbags for Hospice!

This fabulous purse auction is an evening full of fun, friends, and fundraising for Sakura House residential hospice.  With over 300 handbags, 300 Thirty-One Bags, and many more prizes!

Through the generosity and support of our sponsors, guests, donors, & volunteers, Handbags for Hospice has now raised more than $950,000 over the last 9 years!

Tickets go on sale to the community on November 21st at 10am. We will share more information on our social media accounts, including our Handbags for Hospice 2020 Event Page. Would you like to join our email distribution list? Email us to join the list.


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Join us September 21, 2019 in Roth Park, Woodstock, Ontario from 9am to 12:30pm for the 17th annual Hike for Hospice!

This family-friendly event is a wonderful opportunity for over 300 Hikers to gather and celebrate their loved ones while helping raise funds that are essential to the daily operation of VON Sakura House — Oxford County’s residential hospice.

Through the generosity of our sponsors, Hikers and the Oxford County community Hike for Hospice has raised over $800,000 in the past 16 years!

Registration is now open on our Event  site!  

Extra Pledge forms can also be found here


Save the Date  for our Stash the Cash Event!

We are having a Stash the Cash event where you can bring your pledge forms and offline gifts to our office before the event! This will allow you not to worry about carrying your hard earned fundraising dollars the day of our Hike!

September 10 & 12, 2019 from 6-8 p.m.

550 Ingersoll Ave. Woodstock, Ontario


Sincere thank you to our 2019 Event Sponsors 

Title Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors


Trail Sponsors

Agrospray Ltd. | Vuteq Canada Inc. | Brock & Visser Funeral Home | Drumbo Tent Co. Ltd |  Meridian CU |  Sweaburg & District Lions Club |Tim Hortons Norwich Ave. | Bickle Orchard Park Farms | Sunbelt Rentals | Agropur | Finoro Homes Ltd. | Glenndinning Funeral Home |

In Kind Sponsors

Culligan Water |  Boston Pizza Woodstock |  Mostly Roses Florist | The Shop in Princeton: An Artisan Market |



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