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Hospice names new Executive Director

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Gil Pharand has been named the new Executive Director of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice.

“The Board of Directors for Nipissing Serenity Hospice is pleased to announce our new Executive Director Gil Pharand. Gil is a resident of North Bay and brings vast experience having worked with the Canadian Cancer Society here in the north,” states Vivian Papaiz, Board Chair of Nipissing Serenity Hospice. “He is uniquely qualified for the position with experience in senior management, strategic planning, revenue generation, budgeting, volunteer and donor stewardship, media relations, and government advocacy.”

“We believe that he will be a strong addition for Nipissing Serenity Hospice and look forward to his leadership as we continue to serve our residents, families, and communities in our service areas,” Papaiz added.

Officials say Pharand is a life-long citizen of northern Ontario and attended Laurentian University before moving to Nipissing. Through the university, he worked with donors and became heavily involved in several capital projects, including the Harris Learning Library.

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He has also served as senior manager at the Canadian Cancer Society offices in North Bay and Timmins.

“I am very community-minded and I have always been drawn to organizations that have similar values to mine and where I feel I can make a difference,” states Gil Pharand, Executive Director at Nipissing Serenity Hospice. “I look forward to working with the amazing team at the Nipissing Serenity Hospice to advocate for a future where every person and their loved ones can access the finest standards of hospice palliative care at end of life in a timely manner with compassion, comfort, and dignity.”

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