2019 / 2020 Annual Report
The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley has been a vital part of the Columbia Valley since its inception in 2012. Our mission is: “To provide emotional care, understanding, comfort and a sense of wellbeing – through compassionate end-of-life and bereavement support – and to be an advocate for change in the way our communities care for the dying and bereaved”.
In 2019-20 our Board of Directors welcomed two new faces: Laura Cuthbertson and Linda Herbert. These individuals bring a wealth of professional experience and passion for Hospice. Our Board is a dedicated group of individuals who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that the Hospice Society is able to support and serve the Columbia Valley. Michèle Neider, (executive director) is the keystone for our current and lasting success; she has created a culture that encourages relationship building, innovation and compassion.
The Board and Michèle work collaboratively to serve our community by searching for new ways and means to reach out to those who are dying or grieving by providing free programs and services. The backbone of the Hospice Society is the extensive volunteer force, these dedicated and trained individuals deliver support to clients each year.
During 2019-20, 2700 volunteer hours supported 58 clients from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats. In the community we have strong working relationships with Interior Health, Medical Clinics, Golden Life Management, RCMP Victim Services, Family Dynamix, Private Psychologists, Rocky Mountain School District, McPherson Funeral Service, Community Foundation, Columbia Basin Trust, and Columbia Valley community businesses and non-profits.
Although the office was forced to close in mid-March of 2020, the staff, board members, and volunteers quickly showed their ability to adapt using various forms of technologies and creative ways to continue supporting clients and community members. We are so enormously proud of each one that came forward to help sustain the Hospice.
As we learn to adjust to this ‘new normal’ we will continue to focus on positive alternatives to support clients and the valley’s communities, to secure funding opportunities and to raise public awareness and engagement.
We are always striving to remain adaptable, innovative, and connected to help us understand how we can best serve our community.
Thank you to one and all for their personal and financial contributions that have allowed the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley to have such a successful and rewarding past year.