The Campbell River Hospice Society provides caring and compassionate support to children and adults experiencing end-of-life or grieving through a variety of services at no cost. The process starts by submitting a referral which can come from patients and their family members or through doctors and other health-care professionals. Clients must be aware of referrals and can be completed online, by phone or at our office.
Our Mission is to ensure that dying and bereaved people have access to programs and services provided by trained, committed staff and volunteers, supported by an organization that is passionate in achieving our long-term Vision.
Our Vision for the Hospice Society is to ensure everyone in Campbell River and surrounding communities has access to high-quality care through programs and services that offer counselling, companioning, and understanding when experiencing end-of-life or bereavement, regardless of beliefs and culture.
The Campbell River Hospice Society prides itself on remaining accountable and transparent to our donors and funders.
Financial Statement ending March 31, 2019, HERE
Our client …
We believe our clients must be met with caring, compassion, sincerity, and respect as each one is a unique individual in unique circumstances.
We believe we must be non-judgmental and confidential regarding all client information.
We believe we need to be a force for joy and positive thinking.
We believe in maintaining a neutral position while respecting the client’s right to make their own choices and decisions at end of life, including MAID, without any interference or influence from our organization.
Our community …
We believe we can best serve if we are collaborative with other providers so that we add to the synergy of care.
We believe we must be inclusive of everyone, regardless of culture, age, or gender.
Our organization …
We believe that we owe a duty of care to our members to meet their expectations for the Hospice Society.
We believe we have a fiduciary responsibility to donors and Hospice patrons to ensure their contributions are used prudently and in the best interests of the client patients.
Our Employees, Volunteers, and Directors
We believe people should be inspired and compelled by the Hospice Vision.
We believe trust is built with integrity and professionalism.
We believe excellence requires both capability and passion.
We believe our Vision and plans are dependent on the dedication of our people.
Vancouver Island Federation of Hospices
BC Hospice Palliative Association
BC Centre For Palliative Care
Campbell River Volunteer
Campbell River Chamber of Commerce
Campbell River Women in Networking
Board of Directors
Garth and his wife, Judy, moved to Campbell River from Calgary in 1989 to take up the reins of the CEO position for Evergreen Savings Credit Union. In 2005, Garth led a merger of three credit unions, which included Evergreen Savings, to form Coastal Community Credit Union. He was President and CEO of that organization for four years prior to retiring in 2009.
Both during his working career and after retirement, Garth has been active in a number of board directorships, including 9 years on a deposit insurance board, 3 years with Nature Conservancy of Canada (BC board), and 8 years as an independent director on a First Nations Trust. He also chaired a health council for several years in Campbell River. Garth holds a Chartered Director designation from McMasters University, and counts governance as one of his business passions.
As a post-retirement activity, Garth has looked for opportunities in business mentoring. He has mentored several senior management people under the National Credit Union Mentoring program. As well, he is a mentor for Executive Mentors (Toronto) and is currently working with one client. Garth was asked in 2017 if he would assist the Hospice Board as an advisor and coach in the role of governance.
Geri and her family moved to Campbell River in 1989 as her husband Ted took over ownership of Dyer Logging in Sayward. Geri worked as an RN in many different areas but settled into Oncology Nursing in 1998. She greatly enjoyed this area of work and learned many valuable life lessons from her patients and their families. One of her greatest memories was in 2007 when she was presented with the BC Cancer Agency Community Care Award for “cancer care above and beyond” from her peers at Victoria Cancer Clinic. Geri and her cancer team worked closely with the patients and their healthcare nurses in the hospital, at home and at hospice.
Through her career, she referred many patients and families to hospice to help them cope through caring and compassionate support. Once Geri retired it was a natural progression to become involved with hospice as a dedicated volunteer.
Geri has been on the Board of Directors for the past six years and is currently the Board Chair. She is grateful for the support of Garth Sheane, board advisor who has helped tremendously with the completion of our Strategic Plan and Governance guidance.
Don Roset, CPA, C.A.
Don is new to the board and brings over 40 years of public practice experience which has included a variety of non-profit clients. Don has served on a number of boards in Campbell River and is presently a partner with Roset Lanyon, CPA’s.
Although Don’s background and expertise are financial, he is looking forward to being involved in all aspects of the Campbell River Hospice Society.
Dr. Bruce Wood
I have been a family doctor in Campbell River for 35 years and really enjoyed my work, however, I don't think the needs of my terminally ill patients and their families were always met. My own illness and spending a year in hospital taught me how important family, friends and community are. Our goal at the hospice is to provide that caring place to honour the passing of life and the grieving process.
Originally from Vancouver, Dennis and his wife Margot lived and worked in different parts of B.C., until moving with their children to Campbell River in 1987. Dennis believes that a healthy life should include a balance between family, relaxation and work. After retiring from a long career in the forest industry and three years working overseas in the education field in Qatar, Dennis wanted to give back to the community. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Immigrant Welcome Centre for five years. He met many wonderful people from different countries who have become friends. Dennis became involved with the Campbell River Hospice Society because he wanted to continue to give back to his community and he sees Hospice as providing an essential service in Campbell River.
Dennis and Margot have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. In his spare time, Dennis loves to play golf. He also enjoys travelling, plus biking and hiking around the Campbell River area.
Darcy was born and raised on Quadra Island, where generations of her family have and continue to reside. In 1980, Darcy moved to Campbell River where she was already working, to marry her high school sweetheart, Terry. They raised two children in this fabulous community while operating their long-time residential construction company. Darcy also worked at a bank in Finance and retired as a Branch Manager after 38 years in this field. More recently, Darcy decided to make a lifestyle change to work in Real Estate, which she greatly enjoys as it allows her more time to spend with her ageing family.
Darcy has fond memories anchored around meeting and helping so many wonderful people and businesses within our community. She has been a volunteer since her youth and has sat on several local boards over the years. Darcy has close ties to Hospice. She had the opportunity first-hand to see the vision of Hospice when her brother was a patient. And more recently, she was invited by the Rennie family to join the committee for the annual Dave Rennie Memorial Golf Tournament, which is an important fundraiser for Campbell River Hospice Society. Darcy feels honoured to help with the vision and commitment of serving our community in this capacity.
Originally from England Hannah has a past in volunteering and charity work, committing her weekends to the Cancer Research Thrift Store services for several years. After graduation and moving to Canada she continued her fundraising and charity work with the local BCSPCA matching with her love of animals! Along with animals, Hannah has a passion and education in Media Studies and Fine Arts, using her skills to assist with volunteering wherever possible.
After over seven years in banking, Hannah is now focussing on advancing her career in Marketing and Media in Campbell River while growing her family and planting permanent roots on Vancouver Island.
Ashley is a Registered Nurse at Campbell River Hospital where she works in the Intensive Care Unit. She is passionate about palliation and hospice care and continually seeks opportunities to become involved within the community. She has provided palliative care in the community as well as volunteered for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. New to Campbell River Hospice Society, she is looking forward to expanding her horizons in the field of end of life care.
Ashley moved to Campbell River after completing her degree in Vancouver. She was looking to slow down and find a closer knit community - which she is happy to say she has found here.
Janine was born and raised in Campbell River and returns with her family after many years away. She is excited to be home and exploring the beaches with her daughter and husband. Joining us with previous volunteer experience (Sunshine Coast Hospice) and board experience (The Hub family centre), she comes to us both eager to engage and continue her learning in the vast world of advanced care. Janine has had the opportunity to study at The Haven, a learning institute centrally rooted in personal and professional development and is currently working on her Certificate in Haven Counselling Skills (Cert HCS). Janine’s interest in hospice is connected to the work she has done at Haven coupled with a widening curiosity about how we provide end of life care to our loved ones. The opportunity to sit on the Hospice board creates a tremendous amount of meaning for Janine and she is committed to the role.