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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Leigh-Ann

We are excited to introduce a new volunteer team in this month's Volunteer Spotlight!

This team will bring Pet Therapy to Ty Watson House, and we couldn't be happier to introduce them. The Pet Therapy team is a volunteer named Leigh-Ann and her therapy dog Penny.

We got to sit down with Leigh-A…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Gwen Hayhurst

This month we are featuring longtime volunteer Gwen Hayhurst. We asked Gwen to tell us some fun things about herself, and she replied, "I have fabulous grandkids and kids I was missing due to COVID-19. I like to walk on the dyke, go camping, sew and crochet, and cross-country ski."

Gwen found abo…

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Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27 is Canadian Multiculturalism Day.
Each year, Canadians celebrate their diverse heritage and the contribution of many cultures to the growth and development of the country.

This year, Multiculturalism Day comes on the heels of the discoveries of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops In…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jane Thompson

Recently we had the chance to sit down with Jane Thompson and pick her brain about her experience volunteering with AVHS.

Jane is originally from Montreal and moved to BC in 2014. "My children have lived in BC since '96, and when my son had his first baby, I decided to move to the island. I live…

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Father's Day Resources for the Grieving

Grief can be especially difficult during special days throughout the year, such as Father's Day.

We've collected some resources that may be of interest for those grieving their fathers or spouses on this holiday.

Click the article titles below to read more on each topic.

 

Surviving Father’s Da…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Jackie Bouchard

For this month's volunteer spotlight, we sat down with long-time volunteer Jacqueline Bouchard, Jackie for short. Jackie is a long-time Port Albernian and enjoys gardening, being outside, and doing what she can to make others smile and laugh. Jackie is quite funny and always brings a smile to the fa…

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National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2021

The first full week of May each year marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada.

This is a time to celebrate and share the achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation, and provides a platform to look at shortcomings and create bridges for these gaps. It is also an oppo…

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May is Family Caregiver Awareness Month

May is Family Caregiver Month, an opportunity to join millions across the country to recognize and celebrate family and friend caregivers. Their role is significant, giving over 80% of the care when we need it, yet they are often unrecognized, unsupported and underappreciated.

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Volunteers Are Crucial

To cap off National Volunteer Week, our Volunteer Coordinator, Victoria Snow, wanted to share a message of thanks to our many dedicated volunteers.

The Alberni Valley Hospice Society encourages active participation from the Port Alberni community because we know it is the best way to achieve our …

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