Dena Maule is the Executive Director of Hospice Toronto, an organization whose staff and trained volunteers provide and facilitate access to compassionate care for people with life threatening illnesses, offering them support options, honouring their choices and supporting their families and friends.
Under her leadership Hospice Toronto has grown from six to 16 employees and doubled their budget. From 2002 until 2010, they evolved from providing care for 220 individuals to over 800 people.
With Dena at the helm, Hospice has pioneered many new programs to support clients and their families, and has developed a reputation for innovating and sharing their program models with other organizations. An example of such innovation is their new “Young Carers” programs which supports young people who are the primary care-giver for a terminally ill adult. Dena’s work at Hospice builds on her previous roles in the disability sector where she was known for creating new partnerships, and also for authoring a guide book on "Telework" as an emerging employment opportunity for people with disabilities.
Dena will use her Vital People grant to enhance her leadership capabilities through an information exchange with international experts in the Young Carers model.
Dena's Vital People grant is funded through the Vital Toronto Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation.