Many years ago, the founder of Sunshine Coast Hospice Society, Rosemary Hoare, left an enduring legacy by providing a planned gift to Hospice with the funds to rent a program and office space from the District of Sechelt, located just up a rocky path from Davis Bay Beach. Hospice gained this new home in 2011 and affectionately called it Hospice House. Now, 10 years later, the centre has received a makeover thanks to the generosity of the community.
The charity was the recipient of a renovation valued at $40,000 in gift-in-kind support, which included the donation of all materials and labour, appliances, and even the kitchen cabinets. The result is a beautiful physical space to benefit clients through the provision of services including grief groups, a new palliative day program, education workshops, one-to-one client meeting space, and more. Hospice also separately maintains two residential suites located within Shorncliffe Intermediate Care Home.
“We would like to extend extra-special thanks to Paul Mears, our board vice-president, who initiated and tirelessly managed this project for us. We could not have done this without him,” said Tess Huntly, Hospice’s executive director.
More than 30 individual and business contributors were involved in the project.
“This was a true community effort, and we thank the individuals and businesses who have transformed this space to benefit end-of-life support services for residents on the Sunshine Coast,” said Huntly on behalf of the Hospice team.
To learn more about Hospice, or to donate, visit www.coasthospice.com.