Hospice News


Oceanside Hospice will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting Thursday June 22, 2017. If you are a member or volunteer with OHS please join us at our office, Valhalla House, 210 Crescent Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm to review the 2016-2017 year at Oceanside Hospice. Guest speaker Jill Gerke from Island Health will be joining us and light snacks and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!


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!



Come and join the Craig Bay Choristers for a jam packed programme of beautiful Christmas music on Friday, December 9th – 7 p.m. at Knox United Church, Pym Street, Parksville under the talented direction of Lonnie Moddle. The concert is entitled “Glory On A Christmas Morn” and is filled with the warmth and joy we recall so fondly from our own memories of this season – “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. The Choristers guarantee you an evening of fun, laughter and beauty and as the opening song says “we dispatch cold winter’s gloom and keep the wind at bay.” You will also have a chance to raise your own voice in song on a few beloved carols as we know how much you enjoy singing along! The musical selections offer a wide array from “Good King Kong Looked Out” and “Reindeer On The Roof” to the ethereal “Ave Maria”. Our special guests are “Island Bel Canto Singers” under the leadership of Sharon Sinclair with Pat Rustand providing piano accompaniment. The Choristers resident pianist, Carl McLuhan, is back at the ivories and we welcome cellist Kathy Larson along with our in house band of musicians; Wally Chinn on percussion, Stan Brown on guitar and David Moddle helping us out on bass.
Tickets are $15 for adults/children under 12 free and are available from the Craig Bay Beach Club office; Knox United Church office – (Tel: 250 248-3927), and through choir members. (Partial proceeds to Oceanside Hospice) Don’t be disappointed – buy your tickets early as they sell out quickly.
Submitted by: Colleen Welsh Events Co-ordinator


Gypsy Rose Lee “Rosie” Gilman is a beautiful 9-year old pure-bred yellow labrador retriever. Rosie began her career as a St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog in 2012. Her first assignment was to visit shut-ins at The Gar.png