Last week, I had the opportunity to join the Squamish Hospice Society during one of their fundraising events called Hike for Hospice. As a result of my positive experience with this organization and their amazing work in our community, I decided to write a blog post about this organization and hopefully spread the word about its amazing work.
As I learned from several members of this organization, Squamish Hospice Society is a volunteer based society located in Squamish, British Columbia, and has been in operation since 1986. This non-profit community service actively attempts to promote compassionate care and support to improve the quality of life for people with life limiting illnesses. I learned that many people who are part of this organization are battling terminal illnesses, representing a range of ages, professions, nationalities, and genders. As stated on the Squamish Hospice Society website, the main objective of this organization is to, “Ensure that those who face end of life and the bereaved in the Sea to Sky Corridor know that they can be supported by Hospice volunteers and programs.”
This organization offers all of its services for free, which means that (as you would expect) its function and continuation largely depends on volunteers and generous donations from the members of our community.
Volunteers, as stated in the webpage of this organization, are the heart of Squamish Hospice Society. They give their precious time and dedicate themselves to ensuring that anyone in the community dealing with end of life care is supported through that difficult time. These volunteers have spent countless hours receiving the proper training and are available to assist patients at any time of the day. As a result, I think it is very important that we commemorate them and express our gratitude for their hard work and dedication to our community.
In addition, the support and generous donations of our community members and supporters of this organization have ensured that the Squamish Hospice Society has continued to provide peace and support for others. It is through these generous donations that this organization has been able to pay a small number of administrative employees, purchase necessary equipment, and provide training to new volunteers. Without these donations, Squamish Hospice Society could not be operating continuously for more than thirty years.
I learned that the Squamish Hospice Society organizes fundraising events throughout the year that have been very successful and have allowed this society to collect the necessary funds needed for its continuation. Such events include raffle and games nights, movies, and lastly, hikes.
Last Sunday, I learned about the Squamish Hospice Hike from Natasha and Mike, a family that I met only a few months after I arrived in Squamish more than three years ago. This was the latest fundraising event to be organized by the Squamish Hospice Society. The event, also known as “Hike for Hospice Palliative Care” took place on May 1st – a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning. I learned that The Hike for Hospice Palliative Care is a unique national fundraising events help across Canada that brings together organizations working collectively in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community. At the end of the day, the Squamish Hospice Society raised$6,035.
I feel very thankful to have had the opportunity to join the members of this organization, various volunteers, and the Squamish community to participate in the hike for hospice and help collect more money. I am so glad that I joined this organization and look forward to helping them organize more events in the future. If you would like to learn more about the Squamish Hospice Society, I invite you to check their webpage here and possibly volunteer your time if you are in the area.