We hope you are staying healthy and safe during these ever-changing times of COVID-19 and that this email finds you well.

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter! We hope you find it informative and helpful.

Please note that our office remains closed at this time. We continue to provide 1:1 support by phone to caregivers, those who are grieving, and those with a life-limiting illness.

If you require support, please give us a call at 604-223-7309 or reply to this email.
General Meeting Update

Thank you to all who attended our virtual General Meeting on April 20th. We are pleased to announce the election of Nora Koros to the Board of Directors.

Nora recently retired as manager for Vancouver Coastal Health of Mental Health & Addictions and Public Health. Nora and her husband moved to Powell River in 1985 to become Group Home Parents. The intention was to stay a year but they loved the community so much they put down roots and raised their daughter.     

Throughout her 42 year career as a Registered Psychiatric nurse she worked in all areas of mental health both in institutional settings and the community and with all age groups. She had many opportunities to support patients and their families as they moved into their final stage of life. Nora has been an advocate of having important conversations with family and friends about death and dying and the need for advocacy and support throughout this stage. 

Nora is an active volunteer with the Health Care Auxilliary, SPCA and Faith Lutheran Church and enjoys cooking, knitting, camping and spending time with family, especially her new grandson.
100+ Women Who Care

A huge thank you to PR group, 100+ Women Who Care, for inviting the society to present at their recent meeting.
The 100+ WWC meet for 1.5 hours, 4 times a year, and votes for a nominated local charity or not-for-profit organization. Each member writes a $50 cheque to the selected organization, resulting in more than $5000 in donations!
For a small charity, this gift makes a huge impact.

We are truly grateful for this opportunity and for the dedication of the 100+ WWC to our community.

Once we have the final amount, we'll share that information on our Facebook page!

To find out more or to join: www.100womenpr.com
BC211 - Service for Seniors

BC211 is a new provincial initiative that  matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials to volunteers in their community.

Locally, the Better At Home program (Inclusion PR) is coordinating this effort. PRHS is proud to support this program. Our trained volunteers will assist in making wellness calls to isolate seniors. 

To connect a senior with local support:  https://www.bc211.ca
Membership Update

We are so thankful to all who have been Powell River Hospice Society members. Membership in the Powell River Hospice Society is a clear expression of support and respect for the Society’s mission: Honouring the journey .

Those who support the Society as members have voices that speak to funding sources great and small, and to great effect.  We currently have 138 members , 58 of which are active volunteers.

The Society’s 2019/20 membership year ends June 30 , so it’s time to renew if you haven’t already done so! To continue lending your support and voice, use this  online form , or you can  print this form  and mail it to us.

Would you consider forwarding this to a friend or family member and encouraging them to become a member of PRHS?

We have included some information about the Society below in our "Talking Points".

Please note that active volunteers receive a free membership in recognition of their service.

Talking Points

  • We are a registered charity that provides end-of-life and bereavement support to those in the qathet Regional District, including Tla’amin First Nation and Texada Island.

  • Our motto is Honouring the journey.

  • We offer social, emotional and spiritual support to individuals at the end of their lives.

  • We don’t want people to have to die alone, nor do we wish people to have to grieve unsupported.

  • We visit dying individuals in their homes, in hospital and in long-term care.

  • We sit vigil with those close to death.

  • We offer bereavement support groups.

  • We offer caregiver support groups.

  • We partner with a music therapist to offer music therapy to patients in hospital.

  • We offer workshops on Advance Care Planning.

  • We are pursuing the building of a four-bed Hospice House, located adjacent to the Willingdon Creek Village long-term care facility.

  • Hospice House will cost approximately $4 million, of which we have raised approximately 50%. The land and the operating costs are guaranteed by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

  • We have two part-time staffers and over 50 active volunteers.

  • We are supported by membership, personal donations, endowments, and grants from community organizations and local government.
Artist Auctions Prints for PRHS

Special thank you to Monique Labusch for auctioning some of her beautiful prints with the proceeds going to Powell River Hospice Society!

Click here to visit her Facebook page for more details, and to see what she is offering. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Monique!
National Nursing Week

May 11-17 was National Nursing Week. We sent cards on behalf of the Society to the staff of WCV and ECU to express our gratitude for the amazing work they do.

A big thanks to all of our nurses and care aids!
Advance Care Planning

Interested in learning more about the basics of Advance Care Planning?

Click here to sign up for our Advance Care Planning list and receive a document all about ACP!
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