Pam Keetch ~ Secretary National Board; Volunteer Engagement Coordinator National Capital Region; Program Manager The Bello Project

"Be the change you want to see"

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Pam joined the Home Hospice Association team in the fall of 2017.   With a background volunteering with a dog rescue, she was deeply saddened by situations where pet owners were struggling to find help when facing a terminal illness, and having no other recourse, were having to surrender their pets at a time when the love and support they shared was needed the most.   

 

Her interest in The Bello Project was her introduction to Home Hospice Association’s unique approach in providing home based hospice and support services in a community-centric model, and she is very excited to play a role in bringing HHA’s programs to the Ottawa area.   Pam sits on the Board of Directors for the National Capital Region Chapter as well as Home Hospice Association’s National Board and is Program Manager for The Bello Project. 

 

Pam is a retired and shares her home with her two very loved (and spoiled) senior dogs.  She enjoys reading, cooking, spending time outdoors and gardening in her spare time.

In Conversation...

What is your background?  Pam grew up in Northern Ontario and moved to Ottawa in 1987.  She retired in 2017 from a position in the Information Technology Department at a local School Board.  Pam volunteered for several years for a small breed dog rescue and currently volunteers for an organization that helps seniors with dogs.  She became very interested in The Bello Project and in providing this program and helping to fill other areas of need in her community and joined Home Hospice Association in 2017.  Pam is very passionate about The Bello Project and supporting and engaging volunteers.  She is a member of HHA’s Volunteer Engagement team, the Volunteer Engagement Organizer and a Board member for the National Capital Region Chapter, and Program Manager for The Bello Project.

What are the values that drive you? I strive to be thought of as a compassionate, honest person with a strong sense of integrity and dedication.

Who is someone you admire, and why? My father is someone that I will always look up to – I treasure my memories of him, and the values, love and guidance that he provided me and our family.  I hope that he would be proud of the person that I have become. 

Your top three favorite books, music artists or movies. I love to read; it’s so hard to pick a favorite book, but one of my favorites is “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, and I loved “Watership Down” by Richard Adams.  A favorite movie is “This Beautiful Fantastic”

Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about? Although I don’t do it very often now, I used to love to tat – it’s a form of lace making usually done with a tatting shuttle and fingers.

Finish this sentence. On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…walking a dog (though not too early in the morning!)

How do you want people to remember you?  I would hope to be remembered as someone who cared and who helped to make things better for others around me.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? I hope to be an active senior who is still going strong and able to keep doing what I want to do.

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