Director leaving Hamilton Interval House

News Apr 29, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Clare Freeman has a passion for helping women and children.

She also has a strong belief in palliative care, ensuring end of life services are delivered with tenderness and respect both to the individual and their family.

After nearly 13 years as executive director of Interval House, a west Mountain shelter for female victims of domestic abuse and their children, Freeman will be taking over as executive director of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice - Centre for Hospice Palliative Care on Stone Church Road East as of May 4.

“I wasn’t looking to leave at all,” said Freeman, 49, who did some fundraising for Bob’s House in the mid ‘90s when it was an outpatient service provider on King Street in Stoney Creek.

Freeman, who has a master’s degree in social work, said she got to know Dr. Kemp and the staff at the time and it has always been in the back of her mind that if the executive director’s job came open she would seriously consider applying for it.

“It’s the best time in my life and it’s the best opportunity and Interval House is at such a great place that it was the right time to go,” she said.

Freeman and her staff of 32 have worked on a number of projects since she arrived at there in July 2002.

Among them: the amalgamation with the Women’s Centre of Hamilton and the formation of Jared’s Place, a downtown legal advocacy centre for women in 2009; the opening of the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre in 2010; from 2007-20098 Freeman chaired the provincial government’s domestic violence advisory council; last December Freeman along with Premier Kathleen Wynne was part of round-table group that proposed changes in the way the Ontario government addresses sexual harassment and sexual violence and in 2012 she helped form MentorAction, a group of male leaders in Hamilton who are working to end domestic violence by addressing the psychological and social factors that are often behind it.

Freeman says her leaving has nothing to do with her sometimes challenging relationship with the Hamilton Police Service.

“That’s never been an issue,” she said.

Freeman said she plans to bring the same passion she had at Interval House to the Kemp Hospice, adding she wants to further spread the word about palliative care services in the community.

“The greater community still isn’t having the conversation about end of life care, so I’m hoping to bring that passion,” said Freeman, who will be replaced at Interval House by program director Nancy Smith on an interim basis until the board hires a new executive director.

Director leaving Hamilton Interval House

Freeman is new director at Kemp Hospice

News Apr 29, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Clare Freeman has a passion for helping women and children.

She also has a strong belief in palliative care, ensuring end of life services are delivered with tenderness and respect both to the individual and their family.

After nearly 13 years as executive director of Interval House, a west Mountain shelter for female victims of domestic abuse and their children, Freeman will be taking over as executive director of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice - Centre for Hospice Palliative Care on Stone Church Road East as of May 4.

“I wasn’t looking to leave at all,” said Freeman, 49, who did some fundraising for Bob’s House in the mid ‘90s when it was an outpatient service provider on King Street in Stoney Creek.

Freeman, who has a master’s degree in social work, said she got to know Dr. Kemp and the staff at the time and it has always been in the back of her mind that if the executive director’s job came open she would seriously consider applying for it.

“It’s the best time in my life and it’s the best opportunity and Interval House is at such a great place that it was the right time to go,” she said.

Freeman and her staff of 32 have worked on a number of projects since she arrived at there in July 2002.

Among them: the amalgamation with the Women’s Centre of Hamilton and the formation of Jared’s Place, a downtown legal advocacy centre for women in 2009; the opening of the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre in 2010; from 2007-20098 Freeman chaired the provincial government’s domestic violence advisory council; last December Freeman along with Premier Kathleen Wynne was part of round-table group that proposed changes in the way the Ontario government addresses sexual harassment and sexual violence and in 2012 she helped form MentorAction, a group of male leaders in Hamilton who are working to end domestic violence by addressing the psychological and social factors that are often behind it.

Freeman says her leaving has nothing to do with her sometimes challenging relationship with the Hamilton Police Service.

“That’s never been an issue,” she said.

Freeman said she plans to bring the same passion she had at Interval House to the Kemp Hospice, adding she wants to further spread the word about palliative care services in the community.

“The greater community still isn’t having the conversation about end of life care, so I’m hoping to bring that passion,” said Freeman, who will be replaced at Interval House by program director Nancy Smith on an interim basis until the board hires a new executive director.

Director leaving Hamilton Interval House

Freeman is new director at Kemp Hospice

News Apr 29, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Clare Freeman has a passion for helping women and children.

She also has a strong belief in palliative care, ensuring end of life services are delivered with tenderness and respect both to the individual and their family.

After nearly 13 years as executive director of Interval House, a west Mountain shelter for female victims of domestic abuse and their children, Freeman will be taking over as executive director of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice - Centre for Hospice Palliative Care on Stone Church Road East as of May 4.

“I wasn’t looking to leave at all,” said Freeman, 49, who did some fundraising for Bob’s House in the mid ‘90s when it was an outpatient service provider on King Street in Stoney Creek.

Freeman, who has a master’s degree in social work, said she got to know Dr. Kemp and the staff at the time and it has always been in the back of her mind that if the executive director’s job came open she would seriously consider applying for it.

“It’s the best time in my life and it’s the best opportunity and Interval House is at such a great place that it was the right time to go,” she said.

Freeman and her staff of 32 have worked on a number of projects since she arrived at there in July 2002.

Among them: the amalgamation with the Women’s Centre of Hamilton and the formation of Jared’s Place, a downtown legal advocacy centre for women in 2009; the opening of the Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre in 2010; from 2007-20098 Freeman chaired the provincial government’s domestic violence advisory council; last December Freeman along with Premier Kathleen Wynne was part of round-table group that proposed changes in the way the Ontario government addresses sexual harassment and sexual violence and in 2012 she helped form MentorAction, a group of male leaders in Hamilton who are working to end domestic violence by addressing the psychological and social factors that are often behind it.

Freeman says her leaving has nothing to do with her sometimes challenging relationship with the Hamilton Police Service.

“That’s never been an issue,” she said.

Freeman said she plans to bring the same passion she had at Interval House to the Kemp Hospice, adding she wants to further spread the word about palliative care services in the community.

“The greater community still isn’t having the conversation about end of life care, so I’m hoping to bring that passion,” said Freeman, who will be replaced at Interval House by program director Nancy Smith on an interim basis until the board hires a new executive director.