Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley

Work began on the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley in September of 2012 by Maria Kliavkoff with financial support by Susan Kliavkoff.  By November of 2012 the first board was assembled.  The Board consisted of Karen Arif (VP/Treasurer), Catrien Dainard (Secretary), Dr. Chris Gooch, Maxine Jones, and Donna Power who became the first President of the Board of Directors. For a list of current board members please click on Contact.

We became a society on February 15, 2013.

The Constitution which was ratified by the Board of Directors in December, 2012 and was modified in a special meeting in 2014 is here below.  It is this document that governs all choices and decisions made by the Board of Directors of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley.

Vision Statement

Hospice is an oasis where no one dies or grieves alone

Mission Statement

Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley exists to assist individuals and families in recognizing and accepting death as a part of life.  We support individuals and families during the dying and grieving process.  The purpose of the Society is to offer compassionate care for:

  1. individuals facing life-threatening illness, terminal illness or bereavement.
  2. their family and friends
  3. their caregivers

Hospice is a holistic form of palliative care which aims to make the last months of life comfortable and peaceful for patients, their families and their caregivers.  Hospice improves quality of life, not only for patients, but also for their family and friends.  The patient, family, medical representatives, social workers and caregivers are considered an integral team. Hospice is not a place, it is a concept.  The focus is on caring, not curing; on life, not death.  Quality of life, family wellness, community involvement and personal dignity are all part of hospice care’s compassion and progressive vision.


Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley will facilitate education for our volunteers to provide confidential, supportive, knowledgeable and compassionate care to individuals and their families during and after the end of life experience.  In addition the society will run educational programs to support the community in understanding concerns and accessing resources available regarding hospice care in our area.

Core Values

Hospice is CommittedCompassionateHonest and operate from Integrity in all we do. As a non-profit society we are ApproachableAccountable, and Fiscally Responsible.We operate in an atmosphere of CooperationFlexibility and Respect.

Constitution of the Society

The purpose of the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is to

  • Promote health by relieving conditions associated with end of life in the 14 communities of the Columbia Valley by providing Hospice Services in the form of in home and/or hospital visitation to those diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  • Promote health by relieving conditions associated with bereavement and the grief process through programs designed to support those struggling with the intense emotions associated with grief, loss and bereavement.

We invite you to become part of the team by becoming a member of the society and/or by volunteering. Fill out the information sheet from our brochure or give us a call at (778) 526-5143

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