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Volunteer Spotlight: Miriam March

March/April 2022

 

I had the wonderful pleasure of sitting down for a nice chat with our next spotlight volunteer Miriam March.
  
“What’s important to me and fills my heart, is knowing that our Residents and their loved ones are being cared for and supported” 

Miriam started voluntee…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Katja Strube

AVHS is happy to announce Katja Strube as our first 2022 Volunteer Spotlight for January.  Katja joined our hospice team in September 2021 and began volunteering at Ty Watson House, and as of this past November began facilitating our weekly Walk & Talk Bereavement Group.  Katja will be adding to…

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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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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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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Steinicke

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and in honor of that, we are launching our newest volunteer recognition idea!

Each month we will be posting a Volunteer Spotlight, which consists of a volunteer interview to gain further insight into the lives of our volunteers and the impact vol…

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National Volunteer Week 2021

The Value of One, The Power of Many is the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week – April 18-24, 2021.  

This theme captures the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.

The Alberni Valley Hospice Society…

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Lynn Turner’s Fight for Ty Watson

(Written in 2012)

The genesis of Ty Watson House seeded in the mind of Lynn Turner some fourteen years ago. Lynne had cared for a dying friend in her home for several weeks but it was the when another friend lay dying in the hospital with little support except a daily visit from Lynn and the care o…

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