History

April 10th, 2014 — The first meeting of a large number of community individuals interested in forming a hospice society takes place. Steps are taken to form bylaws and a constitution.

July 16th, 2014 — The Powell River Hospice Society becomes Incorporated. The founding Directors are Heather Baldwin, Sandy McCartie, Susan Horsfall, Sandra Tonn and Kim Barton-Bridges. Our mission statement, values, vision, and goals are developed. Our first bank account is opened with First Credit Union, and the community service representative who opens the account becomes our first paying member.

May 3rd, 2015 — Powell River’s first annual Hike for Hospice takes place in conjunction with the national Hike and raises more than $5,000.
— First Credit Union presents us with a ‘Community Impact Grant’ of $4150.

Fall 2015 — The first group of hospice volunteers complete their training. The Powell River Division of Family Practice provides support by paying for a contracted Hospice Coordinator for more than a year to assist the Society while it continues serving the community.

May 2016 — The PRHS receives $400,000.00 from the BC Centre for Palliative Care for the development of four community hospice beds.

Fall 2016 — A group of volunteers from Texada Island complete hospice training.
— The volunteer visiting program begins at the Powell River General Hospital and Willingdon Creek Village longterm care facility.

May 1, 2016 — The 2nd annual Hike for Hospice takes place.

May 7th 2017 — The 3rd annual Hike for Hospice raises over $10,000.

May 2017 — There are now over 50 trained hospice volunteers in Powell River.

June 2017 — The City of Powell River awards the Society a $5500 grant-in-aid.
— The Regional District Board awards the Society a $2400 grant-in-aid.

August 2017 — The Society is granted Charitable Status.
— The Society is awarded $5000 by the BC Centre for Palliative Care to host community Advance Care Planning workshops.
– Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) agrees to provide ongoing operational costs for the Hospice House. The Regional Hospital Board works with the Society and VCH on the building project.

October 2017 – The Powell River chapter of the ‘100 Women Who Care’ awards the Hospice Society over $7000.


The Modern-Day Hospice Movement

"Hospice" (noun) is derived from the Latin word "hospitium," which means hospitality or hospitable.

"Palliative" (noun or adjective) or "palliate" (verb) is derived from the Latin "palliare," which means to cloak (from www.chpca.net).

1967 — Dame Cicely Saunders (1918 - 2005) founds the world’s first modern hospice, St. Christopher’s in Britain. Dying patients and their families receive social, emotional and spiritual care in addition to physical care.

1969 — Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross publishes On Death and Dying, the best-selling book based on more than 500 interviews with dying patients. The book argues for patient choice in end-of-life care.

1970s — Canadian physician Dr. Balfour Mount (1939 - ) coins the term palliative care.

1975 — Canada’s first hospice program opens at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba and at the Royal Victoria Hospital  in Montreal, Quebec.

1980 — British Columbia’s Ministry of Health establishes two hospice care pilot projects, in Vancouver and in Victoria.

1994 — The Canadian Palliative Care Association (CPPCA) is established in Ottawa.

2003 — The first national Hike for Hospice is held, raising more than $300,000 across Canada for community-based hospice-palliative care.