Hike for Hospice will be held May 1 at Kinsmen Park. File photo

Hike for Hospice will be held May 1 at Kinsmen Park. File photo

Castlegar Hospice hosting annual fundraising hike and training courses

Hike for Hospice will take place May 1

Castlegar Hospice Society ‘s annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser is once again taking place in the form of an in-person event.

The hike will take place on Sunday, May 1 at Kinsmen Park in downtown Castlegar. Registration and check-in is at 10:30 a.m. and the hike begins at 11:00 a.m.

Refreshments will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. thanks to the Selkirk Lions Club.

The hike kicks off National Hospice Week. All funds raised support local hospice services.

Registration and sponsorship forms are available at castlegarhospice.org. Call 250-304-1266 for more information.

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Hospice training courses

Training courses will take place in May for people who are interested in volunteering with Castlegar Hospice and others who are looking to sharpen their skills in relation to end-of-life issues.

The popular professionally-taught course comes highly recommended and is a pre-requisite for anyone who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer support worker.

The course is also helpful for nurses, care aides and those currently working in health care as well as those who wish to develop the skills needed to support a loved one diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Anyone interested in learning more about end-of-life challenges will find these sessions informative. The training meets and exceeds the BCHPCA training standards.

The training includes sessions on compassionate communication, grief skills, ethics of dying, psycho-social skills, physiology of the dying and existential suffering at end of life.

Sessions are scheduled for May 14, 15, 28, 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Education Room at the Castlegar Health Centre.

Minimum numbers are required for the course to take place so early registration is appreciated. The course fee is $110.

Attendees must be double-vaccinated. To register, call Castlegar Hospice at 250-304-1266 or email Suzanne.Lehbauer@interiorhealth.ca


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