Hospice Palliative Care Week kicks off early

Numerous events ahead in Castlegar during the month of May

Castlegar Hospice Society is kicking off National Hospice Palliative Care week early with a one day conference with internationally known speaker Stephen Garrett. Stephen’s presentation “When Death Speaks: A Rural Road Trip” is being held on Friday, May 2 at the Fireside Hotel & Conference Centre starting at 8:30 a.m. Stephen is an international speaker who specializes in teaching, coaching and leading families, healthcare professionals, physicians and hospice workers in their strategic and personal approach to death and dying. Stephen will also do a book signing after the workshop. Tickets are $40 including lunch and you must register in advance through the hospice office at 250-304-1266 or email Suzanne.Lehbauer@interiorhealth.ca.

The next event is the Hike for Hospice on Sunday, May 4. The Hike for Hospice Palliative Care has three main goals: fundraising, awareness of hospice palliative services and recognition of hospice staff and volunteers,” explains Executive Director Suzanne Lehbauer. “Hospice hikers help us in achieving them all. Not only do they raise funds needed for hospice palliative care programs and services that benefit all of community and region, but they also help raise awareness of those programs and services. Castlegar Hospice Society is honoured to continue in their role as a mentor to many agencies in our region. We work very hard to establish best practises and maintain our high standards of excellence. Info and pledge sheets for the hike can be found  on the hospice website www.castlegarhospice.org or www.hikeforhospice.com.

Because a week just isn’t long enough, hospice is hosting “Coffee and Conversation” on May 22 at the VIP Room at Chances Community Gaming Centre. This casual evening will have guest speakers from Home Support, Hospice and a financial institute to talk about issues pre, during and post death. This event is open to the public and is free.

The month is finished off on May 31 with the Second Sale of the Century Hospice Garage Sale. The garage sale goes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located at the MTI parking lot located on 6th Avenue next to the Fire Hall.

For information please contact the hospice office at 250-304-1266.