Castlegar Hospice workers recognized during virtual Hike for Hospice

Castlegar Hike for Hospice took place virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Submitted photoCastlegar Hike for Hospice took place virtually this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Submitted photo
Castlegar Hospice Society director Suzanne Lehbauer dressed up as Wonder Woman and hiked from home May 5, 2020. Submitted photoCastlegar Hospice Society director Suzanne Lehbauer dressed up as Wonder Woman and hiked from home May 5, 2020. Submitted photo
Castlegar Hospice board of directors member and volunteer Joanne Cutter took to the woods for her hospice hike. Submitted photoCastlegar Hospice board of directors member and volunteer Joanne Cutter took to the woods for her hospice hike. Submitted photo
Lyla Moorey hiking on Dove Hill in support of Castlegar Hospice. Photo submittedLyla Moorey hiking on Dove Hill in support of Castlegar Hospice. Photo submitted
Castlegar Hospice volunteers Janet and Maurice Nowoselski participated in the Hike for Hospice. Submitted photoCastlegar Hospice volunteers Janet and Maurice Nowoselski participated in the Hike for Hospice. Submitted photo

As with many things in recent weeks, the Castlegar Hospice Society’s annual Hike for Hospice fundraiser took on a different form last week due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This year, people were asked to hike from home and submit photos to the society.

Castlegar Hospice decided to focus on showing respect and recognition for hospice workers providing essential health services in our community.

READ MORE: Castlegar hospice director says COVID-19 measures make serving the dying heartbreaking

“Thank you to our followers and supporters who sent pictures or messages,” said hospice director Suzanne Lehbauer. “A huge thank you to the Lions Club and Andy Davidoff with Area I for donations as well as those private donations that came in.”

Many photos showcase beautiful sights or people having a bit of fun — including Lehbauer, who dressed up as Wonder Woman.

So far the event has raised $1,000. If you would like to contribute to the local hospice, you can do so at paypal.me/CastlegarHospice.

“Thank you for your sense of fun and support,” added Lehbauer. “We are blessed to have so many helping us create compassionate communities.”

Castlegar Hospice is still offering services during the pandemic, by phone and video and by dropping off packages.

“We are urging people to keep calling the office if they need help or support or information — because we are still there for you,” said Lehbauer

Lehbauer says as soon as they are given permission, hospice will immediately restart in-person support groups.



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