Mission Hospice Society Newsletter
Celebrating 25 Years of Service
June 2010 Volume 13 Issue 1
We’ve re-launched our
Welcome website! Take a look.
Kim with her son Kalen.
The Board of Directors of the Mission Hospice Society
introduced the appointment of Kim Skinner to the
position of Executive Director on January 4th, 2010.
Kim brings to the Mission Hospice Society a 20 year www.missionhospice.bc.ca
history of working to increase community capacity both
by supporting children and families and through
managing projects to support community
development. Through her career experiences as a
family counselor, program coordinator and executive
director, Kim has developed the management, Kimberley Thompson
fundraising and communication skills to ensure her Mission Hospice Society is HAPPY to introduce our
success as the Executive Director of the Mission
newest staff member, Bereavement Coordinator,
Kimberley Thompson. Kimberley has spent her life
Summer Students serving children, youth and families in a variety of
capacities. Those of you that have had the pleasure of
Grant Acceptance from the federal government meeting Kimberley
(Human Resources & Skills Development Canada) was
will agree that her
received by Mission Hospice Society for 2 student
summer jobs. k i n d a n d
We are pleased to welcome Kayla Johannessen & approach make her
Shannon Halligan to our team. Kayla has been hired as a true asset to our
our Event Planning Intern starting June 1 and wrapping
Society and the
up on August 31st. We are also pleased to announce
Shannon Halligan has been awarded the Program people we serve. Kimberley (middle) with daughters,
Assistant Intern position for 6 weeks. Brooke (left) and Alicia (right).
A message from the Executive Director
We have many reasons to pause and celebrate the manner in which we have
triumphed in the face of service demands, personnel changes and funding hurdles.
Secretary Increased demand for services is leading to the development of new and exciting
Ruth Fearn programs. The increase in demand for services has led us to be short of office space.
Treasurer In response to this we are pleased to announce that we have moved our administrative
Charlotte Fetterly offices to 7311 James Street. We have leased these premises to fit our purpose.
As a matter of priority we are working diligently to address the issue of our financial
Andrew Edelson security by establishing an efficient and effective fundraising and marketing strategy to
John Fisher increase our community profile and sources of regular income. In addition, a capital
Leslie Reed campaign shall be launched to raise the necessary funds for a permanent address for
Samantha Stevens the Mission Hospice Society Resource Centre later this year.
Ron Williams It is projected that the rate of deaths in Canada will increase by 33% by the year 2020
and each death potentially affects the immediate well-being of an average of five other
Staff people. It is the baby boomers and their aging parents who will define the face of this
Executive Director segment of health care delivery in the next 20 to 30 years.
Kim Skinner Without a doubt, we will continue to learn and grow from our collective efforts and I
am looking forward to the strength of the society that we will see evolve as a result.
Coordinator of Volunteers Aligning one-self with the Mission Hospice Society means working with a team of
Joanne Halligan dedicated professionals, committed volunteers and generous donors who share the
vision of quality care for everyone in our community.
In summary, 2010 is an exciting time at Mission Hospice. We are positioned well to
Kimberley Thompson meet challenges with a knowledgeable board, professional staff, and fantastic
email@example.com volunteers. I am grateful to be the Executive Director of such a wonderful
Children, Youth and Family Services
In care, Kim Skinner
In We gratefully acknowledge the
Memoriam donations given in memory of...
Main Office and
Mailing Address: Jacqeline Allenbeck Morris Hastie Elizabeth Pruner
Mission Hospice Society June Anderson Dorothy Jamieson Joseph Raymond Jones
7311 James Street, Unit E Mary Bergen Harriet Klien Sheena Royce
Mission, BC V2V 3V5 Marilyn Boswyk David Loewen Ed Satchell
Telephone: Bonnie Bruneau Isobel Loyst Vic Saunders
604-826-2235 Chuck Causey Henry Matties Marlene Staples
Fax: Eldon ‘Chief' Moerike Catherine Maynard Mikki Speer-Senner
604-820-0734 Leslie Clarke Sarah McGuigan Thelma Stewart
Website and Dorothy Dyck Dave McLellan Mia Thomas
General Inquiries: Frank Eder Ella Merkley Myra VanHorne
www.missionhospice.bc.ca Gunter Efferty Ian Morton John Vishloff
firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Epp Thomas Morton Benjamin Voth
Newsletter Ross Gillanders Charles Nairne Kay Walker
Volunteer Team: Patricia Gilmour Sue Olund John Wiens
Amanda, Missy and Vern James Girling Lora Phillips McDonald Malcolm Wright
Check Out Our
N e w D i g s !
We love our new space and hope you will
too. Please come over for a tour. We
would be delighted to show you around.
Huge thanks to Barry Skinner, John &
Linda Fisher, Gus Derewenko, Morgan
Millar, Kimberley Thompson (our
awesome decorator), Joe Burns and his
Big thanks to Abbotsford’s Habitat for
Humanity’s ReStore! A significant #12 - 34220 South Fraser
Way; Abbotsford BC
contributor of furnishings. We also Phone: 604-557-1020
appreciate the generosity of Home Depot,
MCC and Creative Media.
Heartfelt thanks to you all!
For men grieving the
loss of a loved one
Come join us for a time of
For men grieving the discussion and support. Coffee
and light snacks provided.
loss of a loved one All support groups are free.
Come join us for a walk through
Heritage Park for a time of Every Friday @ 10:00 am
discussion and support. Mission Hospice Society Office
All support groups are free. 7311 James St. Unit E
Every Tuesday @ 10:45 am Men’s
Call 604-826-2235 to register. Coffee
MEN’S WALKING GROUP
Our Community Supports Hospice
Mission Hospice Society is grateful to the many individuals, organizations and businesses that
provide the support it needs to do hospice work in this community. There are so many ways that
people can help. Here are seven groups that contributed in unique and interesting ways...
Recognizing 25 Years!
The Mayor and Council take pleasure in congratulating and recognizing the Mission Hospice Society
for its 25 years of generous and compassionate care and support for patients, their families and friends
by providing social, emotional and spiritual comfort throughout the final stages if illness.
We are grateful to the Sasquatch Lions club for their generous $2100 donation. Their support will
assist us in offering important programs and services.
A big warm thank you to Elizabeth for donating the proceeds from her knitting sale.
Marc Dalton, MLA (Maple Ridge-Mission)
In April 2010, Marc Dalton prepared an official statement about the important contributions
of Mission Hospice Society for the Legislative Assembly in Victoria. The transcript is
available to read on our website.
Fraser Valley Chambers of Commerce Business Showcase 2010.
MHS participated by setting up an amazing exhibition booth, and sharing
information about our services, programs and resources. The winner of our
raffle is pictured here.
Genstar Development Company
Thank you for the lovely daffodils, you brought smiles to all.
Mission Foursquare Church
We'd like to extend special thanks to two community organizations that
have supported our bereaved clients by generously offering space for our
programs this past year. Mission Foursquare Church has provided space for
our children's and youth programs: Roots and Wings summer camp, Circle
of Friends for elementary age children, and Good Grief Gang for teens.
Kingsway Arms at Cedarbrooke Chateau has provided
space and delicious refreshments for Tea and Company and The
Next Step, groups for women who have lost a spouse. Many
thanks for helping us to make these programs possible at no cost
to participants. These groups really do make a difference!
On March 24, Mission Hospice
volunteers and staff had the privilege
of attending the Hospice Foundation
of America 17th Annual “Living
with Grief: Cancer and End-of-
Life-Care” teleconference. The The Mission Hospice Society wishes to thank Ruth
event was hosted by Dignity Thiessen for her four years of compassionate service as
Memorial Funeral Homes: the Administrative Assistant at the Christine Morrison
attendance was free of charge and a Hospice. Ruth was the team’s “go to gal” and was
always busy tying up the loose ends that quietly
fabulous luncheon was enjoyed by all.
unravelled around us. Whether she was making sure we
had ample supplies of cookie dough and coffee, lending
Potluck: Our monthly potluck an ear to a staff or volunteer, or making sure each
evening for clients is now on the last volunteer had just the right shift, she did it all with TLC.
TUESDAY of every month. Arrive at 6:00 Ruth’s position has been eliminated due to budget
pm with your favourite dish for time of restraints. Her last day of work is June 28th. We wish
Ruth all the very best in her future endeavours. We will
conversation, fun and heartfelt support. miss her.
Call 604-826-2235 for more information. “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."
- American Indian Proverb
District of Mission
On Sunday, June 6, the District of
Mission hosted their annual awards
presentation. This year’s recipients Murphy & Sandy Reed Family
included a few of our own: Murphy,
CMH’s K9 Therapy Dog, and his Christine Morrison
handler Sandy Forward. The entire Reed Hospice Patio
Family also received recognition.
Special thanks to John
Congratulations! and Linda Fisher and
British Columbia Hospice Morgan Millar for all
their hard work! Many
Palliative Care Association a loved one or
The organization presented Mission caretaker will enjoy
Hospice Society with a letter of your beautiful garden
congratulations for 25 years of creations.
There are over 5,000 trained hospice
volunteers in BC contributing in excess of
500,000 hours that make up contributed
services valued at over $825 Million
annually across the province.
Thanks you Hospice Volunteers. You
make our communities a better place to
Gold Sponsors Media Sponsor
Rod and Gail McDonald
•Doug and Angel Elias
•Fraser Valley Kitchen and Bath
•Salim Dhanani and Michelle Babcook •Mackenzie Family •Linda Friskie •JWS Concrete Holland America
•ARK Engineering Ltd. •Kesteven Dental Care Studio •Raydar Auto Body •Mackenzie Family
•Linda Friskie •Suzy Bamboo •Mission Community Foundation •R.J. Leger CGA Ltd.
•Julie Tatla, Mortgage Specialist •Dignity Memorial, Woodlawn Mission Funeral Home
Abbotsford Hospice Society Compass Rose Lela Designs Mission Vitamin Center Sherwin-Williams
Arlene's Interiors Composition Lloyd's Cleaners Mr. Mikes Shoppers Drug Mart
Belles Sporting Goods Costco London Drugs Nickels Cabinets Sky Blue Baby
Black Bond Books Custom Maids Lordco Parts Ltd., Abbotsford No. 10 Hair Design Suzannes
Bodacious Baskets D.D. Booski Colthing Co. Lordco Parts Ltd., Maple Old Spaghetti Factory Swing Optical
Boston Pizza Embers BBQ House Ridge Patrick Hamilton Telus World Of Science
Buck or Two Enterprise Car Rental Lulu Lemon Pete’s Pizza The Compass Rose
Cala Lilies and more Estee Lauder Luv 2 Scrap Pioneer Garage The Mission Springs
Canterbury Coffee Fabiola’s Beauty Studio MAC Cosmetics Prospect Equipment Forest Tim Hortons Langley
Captain's Cabin Ferncliff Gardens Mackie Naturals and Garden Tom and Laurie Rupert
Cardio Core Bootcamp- Friends of Hospice Magnolia's on Main Que Pasa Tommy Fit Strength and
Mission Gold Bin Maren McFarlane Rex and Ruth Fearn Conditioning
Casa Del Sol H&R Fix Auto Mertin GM Rex Cox Mens Wear Vancouver Aquarium
Chances Boardwalk Hemlock Resort Mindy McPherson Richmond Center Velluto Italian Kitchen
Chilliwack Hospice Society Homesense Mission Chamber of Rockin’ River Productions Westin Resort and Spa,
CIL Paint Inform Fitness Center Commerce Sadie Ann McMurray Whistler
Cin City Kerrisdale Pets Mission Golf and CountryClub Antiques Whistler Bungee Jump
Classic Balloons Ledgeveiw Golf and Mission Home Hardware Safeway Wine Kitz
Compass Point Inn Country Club Mission Leisure Center Shelley Janze
Thank you from the Mission Hospice Society
Special Thanks to our MC’s for the evening, Brad Reminek and Sean Melia. Your outstanding
talents and passion for hospice are to be honoured and celebrated.
To our distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen in attendance ~ thank you for sharing and being a
part of our vision. You have made a significant difference for many in our community.
Momentary Lapz ~ Defenders of Rock & Roll ~ thank you for the awesome tunes.
With a full dance floor you made our event most memorable & enjoyable.
To the Emeralds for Hospice Committee, thank you and your precious families for the dedication,
time and vision in creating this magnificent event. Emeralds for Hospice event volunteers,
we thank you for your hard work and efforts ~ we couldn’t have done it without you.
Kids Camp: Roots & Wings
is a summer day camp for children ages 6-12 who
has had a loved one die. Staff and trained
volunteers provide a safe and caring environment
for bereaved children, where they can come
together in discussion and expressive play, art
activities, music and storytelling. This program
along with snacks and lunch are provided free of
Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010,
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Location: Mission Foursquare Church,
33837 Prentis Avenue, Mission.
Registration deadline: June 25, 2010
* Limited Enrolment- spaces fill quickly* Roots & Wings
Please contact Mission Hospice Society
604-826-2235 or email:
The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
Volunteers 1. You have the right to experience your own unique
The Mission Hospice Society gg 2. You have the right to talk about your grief.
is looking for volunteers that are gg 3. You have the right to feel a multitude of
interested in helping out with our new emotions.
FUN-raising endeavour. The Connecting ‘Sole to
Soul’ Midnight Walk is the first of its kind in 4. You have the right to be tolerant of your physical
North America. The event is set to take place on and emotional limits.
Friday, June 18th at the track at Heritage Park
5. You have the right to experience griefbursts”.
Secondary. There will be prizes, awards,
entertainment and refreshments available. We 6. You have the right to make use of ritual.
have a variety of volunteer opportunities available 7. You have the right to embrace your
leading up to and the night of the event.
Volunteers are also needed for our second annual
8. You have the right to search for meaning.
Roots and Wings Children’s Grief Day Camp. This
important program will take place each Tuesday 9. You have the right to treasure
in July at the Four Square Church. It is a great your memories.
opportunity to help kids work through their grief
using a variety of mediums including art, music 10. You have the right to move
and play. toward your grief and heal.
Please contact Bereavement Coordinator
Kimberley Thompson for more information.
Handyman Help…..Do you know someone who Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D
can donate a little time and a lot of talent? If so
call Jaime at 604-826-2235.
Mission Hospice Society
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Society, including programs, services,
special events, funding needs and
The Memorial Card will be sent to family with the name of the donor.
opportunities to volunteer.
The donor will be provided with a tax receipt.
If, at any time, you wish to have your
name removed from our mailing list or
you would prefer that your name not be
listed as a donor, simply contact us and
The Mission Hospice Society is a non-profit charitable organization. we will be pleased to accommodate your
Registered Charity Number: 88607 8393 RR0001 request.
Mission Hospice Society’s 1st Annual “Connecting Sole to Soul” Midnight Walk is a
ladies-only sponsored walk. The “candle-lit” route will be 3 or 6 km in distance and takes place at
Heritage Park Secondary School track in Mission. Pledges & donations collected for the Midnight
Walk will be used to support programs and services to patients at the end of life, to their families,
and to the bereaved in the community and at the Christine Morrison Hospice. All participants
receive a special T-shirt, refreshments and pizza. Fabulous prizes are drawn throughout the night .
There will be substantial prizes for Best Dressed & Highest amount raised( Individuals & Groups).
Once the walk is over, a ceremonial balloon release will close this special evening.
Come out and be a part of “A Night to Remember!”