After much anticipation, and a two-year hiatus, Pulse Café, managed by the Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary, will re-open on October 25th
with a new name, new look and new food to offer patients, families, and staff at Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC).
The volunteer led café located in the Joan & Paul Waechter Welcome Centre was originally part of our hospital’s pre-pandemic renovations in early 2020.
Initial hours of operation:
Monday to Friday, 7 am to 1 pm *hours will expand as new volunteers are recruited to the team!
The café will offer a variety of fresh wraps, salads and desserts including muffins, scones, loaf slices, cookies, and butter tarts. Vegan and gluten free options will be available, along with many pre-packaged ‘grab and go’ snacks. Coffee, tea, and bottled beverages will also be available. Toasted & plain bagels with toppings will be available in early November. They are including a number of local options as well.
Pulse Café will be open for take-out only.
“We are fortunate to have two very strong volunteers leading the planning and operation of Pulse Café and we have been hard at work recruiting and training enough volunteers to open five days a week,” said Nadine Walters, Volunteer Lead, Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary. “It’s a very strong start and we are looking forward to being back in business.”
The management of Pulse Café will be led by the former owner/operator of Mochaberry Coffee, Janie Kirk and Sigrid Wolm, former owner/operator of From the Kitchen to the Table. As Auxiliary volunteers, they bring a wealth of business knowledge and experience to the café.
All café proceeds will go toward various hospital needs including the purchase of equipment.
Kim Delahunt, President and CEO of HHCC added the hospital is “thrilled to welcome back Auxiliary volunteers to the hospital following the pandemic. The volunteers are a valued part of the hospital team, giving back so much to our patients and support to our staff.”
The new name, Pulse Café, was selected following a naming contest that we conducted in the spring of 2022. This name was put forward by Eden, a member of our Medical Device Reprocessing Department. Eden wins free coffee for a year! Pulse Café was chosen as it offered a play on words implying it was where things were happening.
COVID-19 and food safety protocols will be adhered to. Patrons will enter and exit from the same door, following prompts on the floor to ensure appropriate social distancing.
About Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary
Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary has served our local community for over 65 years. The Auxiliary members have played a critical role in providing customer service and supporting patient care; from operating a second-hand thrift shop venture in Orangeville called Seconds Count, to raising funds to purchase new equipment, or contributions to larger capital campaigns. Each member is assigned a role that matches their skill and experience with the greatest needs at our hospital. With a team of over 200 members, the Auxiliary is incorporated and is governed by a Board of Directors.
(left to right) Janie Kirk and Sigrid Wolm, Auxiliary volunteers who are leading the re-opening of the volunteer-run Pulse Café at Headwaters Health Care Centre.