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Coping with Mother's Day Grief

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

We've collected some resources that may be of interest for those grieving their mothers or children on this holiday, or those who know someone who is.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy Morrison

Please welcome Kathy Morrison.

When Kathy first inquired with the Hospice Services Coordinator about volunteering for AVHS, she felt a sense of deep commitment, compassion, and warmth. 

Kathy is an outgoing person and loves biking, pickleball, hiking and foraging for ingredients to make plant…

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Board Member Spotlight: Maureen Mackenzie

I have always taken pride in being born and raised in Port Alberni. I have a long family history in this community and a vested interest in the betterment of our community. I see the positive work the Alberni Valley Hospice Society has brought to this community. The support and care that is given to…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shalyn Przada

Please welcome Shalyn Przada!

Shalyn joined the Alberni Valley Hospice Society in April of this year. She was amazed by her first impression of the organization in how many ways the hospice helps support the community. It's so much more than only Ty Watson House. 

For Shalyn, it is just norma…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Lu Xu

This month, we would like to introduce another special AVHS volunteer.
Please meet Lu, who is coming to Ty Watson house on Tuesdays and helps out at community events if needed.

Lu has a warm and caring heart, and helping others facing life-ending illnesses is just something she loves to do.

Lu…

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Board Member Spotlight: Robyn Monrufet

I was born and raised in New Zealand and, in 1975 having graduated as a registered nurse after three and a half years of hospital-based training, I set out to see the world. I met my husband to be in Port Alberni, began working at West Coast General Hospital and the rest, as they say, is history.

I…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Pat Schellenberg

Pat joined AVHS in November of last year.

She was drawn to the Hospice because it feels welcoming, and everyone involved is willing to contribute and help those in need as a team.

For Pat, the family comes first, and many family gatherings occur throughout the year. She also loves to paint…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Yvonne Arentsen

The past few years have been difficult for so many of us, and our volunteer spotlight, Yvonne, asked herself, "what is my purpose, and what can I do to help others."

Yvonne's first volunteering experience came very young when assisting her mom at their local church. They would provide support by …

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Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Greenberg

Elizabeth Greenberg began her journey with the AVHS in 2022.

She is a woman of many trades, including her many family titles. She is not only a daughter, mother, sister, auntie, and nana, but now also a Hospice volunteer.

Volunteering was always part of Elizabeth's life. When you meet her, you wil…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Robert Slade

Rob has always been involved in community work. He thinks that it was his parents who prompted him to start volunteering. They modelled volunteering as just a part of his life.

The BC Youth Parliament was one of the early forms, but certainly not the earliest. He had been involved in volunteer wo…

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Mother's Day and Grieving

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

We've collected some resources that may be of interest for those grieving their mothers or children on this holiday, or those who know someone who is.

Click the article titles below to read more on…

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IMPRINTS: Spring 2022

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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Happy National Volunteers Week!

 

Dear Volunteers,

On behalf of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society, we would like to thank each of you so much for continuously going out of your way to not only help provide support and care for the clients and residents, but to also provide comfort and compassion to their families and t…

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IMPRINTS: Winter 2022

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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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.

At Alberni Valley Hospice …

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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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