Hospice society in Powell River recognizes long-term volunteers

Powell River Hospice Society will award service pins to its longest serving client volunteers at its annual general meeting on November 23.

Five-year pins will be awarded to Heather Baldwin, Kim Barton-Bridges, KC Bell, Lee Coulter, Susan Jersak, Barbara Langmaid, Roger Langmaid, Mary Lock, Sandy McCartie, Deborah McIsaac, Sandy Townsend and Sandra Trolian, according to a media release.

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“We are so appreciative of the dedication of our volunteers,” stated Barton-Bridges, president of the society.  “Without them we would not be able to provide support to our friends and neighbours as they deal with life limiting illness, death and bereavement.”

Client volunteers undertake an intensive training program that prepares them to support anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness, as well as their families and support networks, according to the release. There is no charge and support is available to all residents of Powell River, Tla’amin Nation and qathet Regional District, with volunteers supporting clients wherever they are: in their homes, in hospital or in long-term care.

“This year we have had to curtail our client volunteer services as a result of COVID-19,” stated Barton-Bridges. “Although we are not able to do our usual visits to palliative care clients on the fourth floor of the hospital, our volunteers have been able to maintain client support through phone calls, distanced outdoor meetings and a variety of other creative methods. They have only recently been allowed to return to our long-term care facilities.”

The annual general meeting will be held on Zoom at 7 pm. Interested community members should request an invitation to attend by email to admin@prhospice.org. 

Powell River Hospice Society is a community-based, registered nonprofit organization and offers social, emotional and spiritual support to individuals at the end of their life through compassion, respect and care, aimed at quality of living and a good death. Volunteers also support family and friends in bereavement.

For more information, go to prhospice.org.

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