Annual Campaign

#griefcan'twait

Raised to date: $7,690.00

The Campbell River Hospice Society’s 1st Annual Campaign goal is to raise $75,000. These funds are critical so that we can meet the growing need for service in our community and allow us to respond quickly.

 

These funds will also help us implement a Sudden Loss Workshop which will provide the essential tools to help the families stay together and continue to support each other through their tragic loss.

There are times we may find ourselves thinking; What if something happened to my child, my partner or a loved one - what would I do? The answer is, you would reach out to the Campbell River Hospice Society so we can encircle you with caring and compassionate support.

The sudden loss of a loved one, whether it’s by suicide, overdose, a health issue or an accident can have a devastating effect on the family, quickly tearing them apart and becoming isolated from each other. An unexpected loss takes away the opportunity of time to adjust and to say good-bye to the one they love.  

When a family experiences a sudden loss, it can change the family for life. They often struggle with how to support each other since everyone grieves in a different way. Depending on the situation they can experience many complicated feelings such as anger, shame and guilt. They will often suffer a lack of self-esteem and shattered self-worth.

Individuals often withdraw from social contacts and become isolated. The anger the survivors feel can become directed towards each other in their family unit and with friends and caregivers. Genuine sorrow is pushed aside making it difficult for healthy expressions of loss and acknowledging the need for treatment. Unless the survivor reaches a state of acceptance and peace, this loss will continue to disrupt their lives in many ways.

All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. If you make your donation online you will receive your tax receipt immediately by email. Please be sure to check your spam folder. If you make your donation by mail, you will receive your tax receipt by mail. 

By Mail: Campbell River Hospice Society, 440 Evergreen Road Campbell River B.C. V9W 0C7

More About the Campaign

Our Team
Mayor Andy Adams
Hospice Build Team

“Hospice Care is an integral part of our community. Respecting and supporting those who are experiencing loss...


and who are dying is one of the most honorable things our society can provide to one another. With the current epidemic of drug overdose and suicide, we need to collectively work together to reduce the impact in our community and support those survivors affected by these devastating losses. I encourage you to support the increase of Hospice care as it is an integral part of our community”.

Andy Adams

Mayor of the City of Campbell River





“Hospice Care is an integral part of our community. Respecting and supporting those who are experiencing loss...


and who are dying is one of the most honorable things our society can provide to one another. With the current epidemic of drug overdose and suicide, we need to collectively work together to reduce the impact in our community and support those survivors affected by these devastating losses. I encourage you to support the increase of Hospice care as it is an integral part of our community”.

Andy Adams

Mayor of the City of Campbell River





I have been battling breast cancer for 22 years. In 2013, it came back and is now at stage 4...


I always accepted my fate, which I felt was different than facing the end of my life. In May 2017, I went to Hospice for guidance and to learn coping tools to make my journey happy and fulfilling. I was very exhausted and tired during this time and reflexology and reiki was heaven-sent and allowed me to just tune out for a while. The Hospice Society made me feel normal. I really appreciated the unwritten understanding that you don’t have to explain to anyone why you’re there. Their counselling helped me feel that I’m not going through this alone and allowed me to talk about anything. I could talk about my deep core feelings without being judged, while knowing it's confidential. I do have some close friends and loved ones I can talk to but it’s just not the same. Many people are not comfortable with these kinds of discussions, plus I don’t want to burden them. I’m so grateful I decided to accept Hospice support. Both my General Practitioner and Oncologist were very impressed when I told them I decided to make Hospice part of my journey. There are even times I forget I’m sick.

I tell everyone I know that Hospice is not just for the dying, it’s for grieving a loved one, grieving an end-of-life diagnosis and preparing for end-of-life. Hospice is there to help you and your family through the journey -- not just at the end of it.

Netta Huffman – Hospice Client





Campbell River Hospice Board of Directors
Garth Sheane, Board Advisor
Geri Arkell, Board Chair

We have come a long way since the community came together to help us with our building.


Since then, we have hired an Executive Director who works alongside us to meet the organization’s Mission and Vision. We have developed a Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan to help us stay focused and ensure we are meeting the needs of the community. Our four hospice beds at Yucalta Lodge provide a significant option for those in palliative care and their families. Proudly, we celebrated our Second to None Thrift Store’s 5-year anniversary. This was a huge undertaking that we couldn’t have done without the support of the community and many dedicated volunteers. I look forward to the future of our healthy organization and the expansion of Hospice care in our community.

Geri Arkell, Board Chair





Dr. Helen Garson, Alina Constantin, Don Roset, Geri Arkell, Denis Brunt, Darcy Murray, Dr. Bruce Wood (missing from photo)






We have come a long way since the community came together to help us with our building.


Since then, we have hired an Executive Director who works alongside us to meet the organization’s Mission and Vision. We have developed a Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan to help us stay focused and ensure we are meeting the needs of the community. Our four hospice beds at Yucalta Lodge provide a significant option for those in palliative care and their families. Proudly, we celebrated our Second to None Thrift Store’s 5-year anniversary. This was a huge undertaking that we couldn’t have done without the support of the community and many dedicated volunteers. I look forward to the future of our healthy organization and the expansion of Hospice care in our community.

Geri Arkell, Board Chair





Dr. Bruce Wood, Board Member
Dr. Helen Garson, Board Vice Chair
Kathryn Schmidt, MA, CCC
Art Therapist & Counsellor

I remember how the doctor-lead palliative movement started in Campbell River in 2000. The Home Care nurses...


who are now called the Home and Community Care Team, asked for a local doctor to work with them with their palliative patients. At that time, many people were choosing to die at home so we created a committee and that was the beginning of palliative care in Campbell River. For me, this was the start of working in a multidisciplinary group to serve the needs of a dying person.

I felt that providing palliative care was the most rewarding work of my career.

There are a myriad of issues that a patient faces with a terminal illness and the family who must adapt to the issues and then the loss of a loved one. These issues exceed the expertise of any one discipline. Their needs are physical, psychosocial and spiritual which can be addressed by a multidisciplinary team of people. Hospice is an important part of the team and is well developed to help with the psychosocial aspects.

I retired in 2007 and felt the need to continue my involvement as a volunteer. I decided the Campbell River Hospice Society would be the right fit and I could contribute my knowledge of palliative care. Since then, I learned so much more from Hospice and was impressed by the work of the staff, counsellor and volunteers. I appreciate that the services are free and anyone can utilize these services.

The Campbell River Hospice Society has overcome many challenges over the years but the gift of our building has helped us move forward quickly. Over the past two-years, professional counselling has increased and our services have expanded and increased. I feel the future of Campbell River Hospice Society is very bright and I am proud to be associated with Hospice as a board member.

Dr. Helen Garson, Board Executive





Tony and I feel extremely passionate about the services that the Hospice provides to the community and understand the importance of maintaining these services...


That is the reason why we decided to 'Leave a Legacy' so it would help benefit future generations.​

Tony Coon and Leslie Palmer-Coon





We have come a long way since the community came together to help us with our building.


Since then, we have hired an Executive Director who works alongside us to meet the organization’s Mission and Vision. We have developed a Strategic Plan and Annual Operating Plan to help us stay focused and ensure we are meeting the needs of the community. Our four hospice beds at Yucalta Lodge provide a significant option for those in palliative care and their families. Proudly, we celebrated our Second to None Thrift Store’s 5-year anniversary. This was a huge undertaking that we couldn’t have done without the support of the community and many dedicated volunteers. I look forward to the future of our healthy organization and the expansion of Hospice care in our community.

Geri Arkell, Board Chair





Leslie Haynes-Hodgins  M.S.W., R.S.W.

Clinical Client Coordinator

Jo-Anne Lamoureux, M.A
Hospice Registered Clinical Counsellor
Netta Huffman – Hospice Client

Tony and I feel extremely passionate about the services that the Hospice provides to the community and understand the importance of maintaining these services...


That is the reason why we decided to 'Leave a Legacy' so it would help benefit future generations.​

Tony Coon and Leslie Palmer-Coon





I have been battling breast cancer for 22 years. In 2013, it came back and is now at stage 4...


I always accepted my fate, which I felt was different than facing the end of my life. In May 2017, I went to Hospice for guidance and to learn coping tools to make my journey happy and fulfilling. I was very exhausted and tired during this time and reflexology and reiki was heaven-sent and allowed me to just tune out for a while. The Hospice Society made me feel normal. I really appreciated the unwritten understanding that you don’t have to explain to anyone why you’re there. Their counselling helped me feel that I’m not going through this alone and allowed me to talk about anything. I could talk about my deep core feelings without being judged, while knowing it's confidential. I do have some close friends and loved ones I can talk to but it’s just not the same. Many people are not comfortable with these kinds of discussions, plus I don’t want to burden them. I’m so grateful I decided to accept Hospice support. Both my General Practitioner and Oncologist were very impressed when I told them I decided to make Hospice part of my journey. There are even times I forget I’m sick.

I tell everyone I know that Hospice is not just for the dying, it’s for grieving a loved one, grieving an end-of-life diagnosis and preparing for end-of-life. Hospice is there to help you and your family through the journey -- not just at the end of it.

Netta Huffman – Hospice Client





As the Clinical Client Coordinator, I have the privilege of being one of the first contacts for clients seeking services at the CR Hospice Society...


After a brief assessment, my role is to link the client with the many wonderful services Hospice provides. The clients are often pleasantly surprised at the amount and variety of services to choose from. I am also the liaison between the client and our amazing volunteers who have chosen to engage in direct service. Their role is vital to our organization so I am honoured to provide support and guidance as they companion our clients in the hospital, at Yuculta or in the community.

Leslie Haynes-Hodgins M.S.W., R.S.W.

Clinical Client Coordinator





Kelly Fisher, Hospice Volunteer
Frank Mayell,
Hospice Client
Tony Coon & Leslie Palmer-Coon, Legacy Donors

I remember how the doctor-lead palliative movement started in Campbell River in 2000. The Home Care nurses...


who are now called the Home and Community Care Team, asked for a local doctor to work with them with their palliative patients. At that time, many people were choosing to die at home so we created a committee and that was the beginning of palliative care in Campbell River. For me, this was the start of working in a multidisciplinary group to serve the needs of a dying person.

I felt that providing palliative care was the most rewarding work of my career.

There are a myriad of issues that a patient faces with a terminal illness and the family who must adapt to the issues and then the loss of a loved one. These issues exceed the expertise of any one discipline. Their needs are physical, psychosocial and spiritual which can be addressed by a multidisciplinary team of people. Hospice is an important part of the team and is well developed to help with the psychosocial aspects.

I retired in 2007 and felt the need to continue my involvement as a volunteer. I decided the Campbell River Hospice Society would be the right fit and I could contribute my knowledge of palliative care. Since then, I learned so much more from Hospice and was impressed by the work of the staff, counsellor and volunteers. I appreciate that the services are free and anyone can utilize these services.

The Campbell River Hospice Society has overcome many challenges over the years but the gift of our building has helped us move forward quickly. Over the past two-years, professional counselling has increased and our services have expanded and increased. I feel the future of Campbell River Hospice Society is very bright and I am proud to be associated with Hospice as a board member.

Dr. Helen Garson, Board Executive





I have been battling breast cancer for 22 years. In 2013, it came back and is now at stage 4...


I always accepted my fate, which I felt was different than facing the end of my life. In May 2017, I went to Hospice for guidance and to learn coping tools to make my journey happy and fulfilling. I was very exhausted and tired during this time and reflexology and reiki was heaven-sent and allowed me to just tune out for a while. The Hospice Society made me feel normal. I really appreciated the unwritten understanding that you don’t have to explain to anyone why you’re there. Their counselling helped me feel that I’m not going through this alone and allowed me to talk about anything. I could talk about my deep core feelings without being judged, while knowing it's confidential. I do have some close friends and loved ones I can talk to but it’s just not the same. Many people are not comfortable with these kinds of discussions, plus I don’t want to burden them. I’m so grateful I decided to accept Hospice support. Both my General Practitioner and Oncologist were very impressed when I told them I decided to make Hospice part of my journey. There are even times I forget I’m sick.

I tell everyone I know that Hospice is not just for the dying, it’s for grieving a loved one, grieving an end-of-life diagnosis and preparing for end-of-life. Hospice is there to help you and your family through the journey -- not just at the end of it.

Netta Huffman – Hospice Client





Tony and I feel extremely passionate about the services that the Hospice provides to the community and understand the importance of maintaining these services...


That is the reason why we decided to 'Leave a Legacy' so it would help benefit future generations.​

Tony Coon and Leslie Palmer-Coon