We are so proud of the Oceanside Hospice Wheelers for surpassing their fundraising goal and completing the 200 KM ride for the Cycle of Life Tour! OHS is so incredibly lucky to be represented by such dedicated, caring, and fit individuals! Way to go team!
Riders Across Vancouver Island Support End-of-Life Care
On July 22nd and 23rd, the fifth annual Cycle of Life Tour presented by Think Communications will take 80 riders across the Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island, in support of eight hospices on Vancouver Island: Campbell River Hospice Society, Comox Valley Hospice Society, Cowichan Valley Hospice Society, Nanaimo Community Hospice Society, Oceanside Hospice Society, Pacific Rim Hospice Society, Salt Spring Island Hospice Society, and Victoria Hospice Society. Many Cycle of Life Tour riders return year after year for the nearly 200km ride to raise funds and awareness for quality palliative care across Vancouver Island. This year, amongst those new to the ride, is cyclist Stephen Mohan.
Stephen sought grief counselling from the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society following the death of his fifteen-year-old son. “Grief can be quite the emotional rollercoaster,” he says. “Last year I fell apart in a bad way. I was directed to the hospice and have benefitted so much from their support.” Stephen’s mother also received end-of-life care at Oceanside Hospice, in Qualicum Beach last winter. “Hospices are safe havens, staffed by folks who care and want to help,” he says. Hospice services across the island rely heavily on community donations. Events like the Cycle of Life Tour enable them to continue providing care and comfort for dying patients and their families. Stephen wanted to give back and show his appreciation for the care both he and his mother received, so he signed up for the Cycle of Life Tour. “I’ve found cycling and exercise to be positive outlets for confronting my symptoms of grief. I ride my bike… a lot. With bicycles being involved so much in my journey to wellness, it seemed like a natural fit to be a part of the 2017 Cycle of Life Tour.” Since 2011, the Cycle of Life Tour has raised over $360,000 for end-of-life care. Vancouver Island hospices rely heavily on community donations and events like the Cycle of Life Tour to continue providing care and comfort for dying patients and their loved ones. To learn more about riders like Stephen, The Oceanside Hospice Wheelers, and the hospices supported by this event, please visit: http://www.cycleoflifetour.ca.
Oceanside Hospice is looking for volunteers! We will be starting our Volunteer Training Program July 24th, 2017. If you would like to make an impact on your community and are interested in volunteering with Oceanside Hospice Society, please contact Heather for more information at: 250-752-6227, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
OHS is pleased to welcome Shianne Carswell as our new Development Officer and final member of the Oceanside Hospice Society Team! Recently relocated here from the BC Interior to be closer to family, Shianne brings with her over 10 years of fundraising and development experience. She is excited to share her skill set with the OHS team, and to build and maintain a strong development program, ensuring continuation of the wonderful programs we offer individuals and families facing advanced illness, death, and bereavement. Shianne lives in Parksville with her husband George, and her two dogs, Lucy and Molly. Please join us in welcoming Shianne to the team!
OHS is pleased to welcome Aurora Stevens to the team; Aurora will be taking on the permanent role of Client Services Coordinator. Aurora and her family moved to the Oceanside Area two years ago, shortly after her mother passed away at Delta Hospice. The peaceful and supportive experience provided to her family by the Delta Hospice staff inspired her to apply at Oceanside Hospice Society. Aurora has an M.Ed. in Counselling from the University of Victoria, and has been working as a Counsellor and an Administrator for the past fourteen years. She and her husband David are raising their nine-year-old son Felix in Nanoose Bay.
On Friday January 20th, Oceanside Hospice representatives Ian Mackay and Heather Fraser met with Sue Grant, Greg Gaudaur, and BC MLA Michelle Stilwell at Trillium Lodge for the reception of the BC Centre for Palliative Care Grant valued at $60,000. These funds have been earmarked to support the improvement of beds at Trillium Lodge in partnership with the Regional Health Authority. We are very thankful and excited about the future of the Hospice at Trillium Lodge!