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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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Advance Care Planning Day Events

National Advance Care Planning is April 16, 2021!

Ensuring our wishes and values for our future health care starts simply, with a conversation.
Learn more about Advance Care Planning by joining any of the online events or visiting the online resources we’ve collected below.


Free O…

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National Caregiver Day

National Caregivers Day is April 6th, 2021.

This National Caregiver Day comes at a time when there are much uncertainty and unrest. Whether we know them personally, socially, or professionally, caregivers are often referred to as invisible health partners in our lives. This National Caregiver Day…

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National Advance Care Planning Day is coming!

Your wishes, your care – It’s time to talk about Advance Care Planning
April 16 is National Advance Care Planning day, a day to promote conversations about your wishes and values for your future health care.

Over three quarters of British Columbians agree that it is important to talk…

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Return It for Hospice

For years, the Port Alberni community has supported Hospice by donating their bottle return refunds – either by bringing them to us directly, or by directing the refund to our account at the depot.

Now it’s easier than ever, with the Return-It Express process!

Donors can label their clear ba…

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Who was Ty Watson?

Who was Ty Watson? Many residents of Ty Watson House and their family members ask this very question. Through the eyes of France (last name withheld by request), we get a glimpse of the man - a retired pharmacist who so generously bequeathed his magnificent home to the community. 

France met Ty …

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IMPRINTS: Winter 2021

The Black Ty Gala: A Fundraiser Extraordinaire

Each year, the Alberni Valley Hospice Society has to work hard to raise the funds needed to operate all its programs, including its flagship palliative care facility, Ty Watson House. Because of the unique model that Ty Watson House is, operated entirely by the A.V. Hospice Society, with the medical…

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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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The Making of a Compassionate Warrior: Lynn Turner

A series of columns have been written over the last ten years that highlighted the faces of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society. They shed light on the people who brought Hospice services to the Alberni region way back in 1982; on those who nurtured the concept of Hospice for the citizens of the Vall…

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Light Up Hospice: It takes a volunteers to create a spectacular event!

Our Light Up Hospice event has caught Port Alberni’s attention!

We’ve had teachers with classrooms of students visit us and huge numbers of neighbours and passers-by in vehicles stop by to tell us how much they love our festive display. The community is showing us your appreciation for all the…

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Coping During Special Days and the Holidays

At Alberni Valley Hospice we know that grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult. Holidays and special occasions can magnify your sense of loss and mourning, making these times especially challenging.

Here are some tips that may help to make this a little easier:

Acknowledge Your T…

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Light Up Hospice: It Takes a Creative Mind

The decision to move ahead and produce our first Light Up Hospice event was a huge project for our society to take on - there were just so many factors to consider.

First and foremost, we wanted to create something that would be meaningful to everyone in the community. With COVID-19 negatively af…

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Light Up Hospice: Creative Volunteers Joining Hospice

In Port Alberni we have the great fortune to have many individuals that actively volunteer for charities and service groups that serve our community.

The Coulson Group and The San Group Present Light Up Hospice

When people think about volunteering at hospice, their thoughts automatically t…

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Light Up Hospice Sponsor: The Coulson Group

The Coulson Group and The San Group Present Light Up Hospice

We are delighted to announce that our newest fundraising event, Light Up Hospice, is being supported by several Alberni Valley businesses and entrepreneurs.

When we first came up with the idea to decorate our community office for the h…

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National Bereavement Day in Canada – November 17, 2020

The third Tuesday in November marks the annual National Bereavement Day in Canada.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind our supporters of our Grief and Bereavement support services, including free individual counselling for adults. At this time, our counselling appointments are do…

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Saying Goodbye: Virtual Concert by CHPCA

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is hosting a virtual concert to honour Canadians who are experiencing grief during the pandemic.

Join them November 15th at 4pm PT for a breathtaking musical journey featuring John McDermott, Tara Shannon, and many more!

Full details on their site…

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Light Up Hospice Sponsor: Port Boat House - Mike Hudson

The Coulson Group and The San Group Present Light Up Hospice

Local businessman Mike Hudson, owner of the Port Boat House, has pursued many interests in his life – a long time sports and outdoor enthusiast, university educated with a degree in Economics, attaining a Charted Accountant designat…

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Through the Eyes of a Child – A Collection of Childhood Memories

Local author and Hospice supporter, Diane Deforest Dobson, has published a new book, “Through the Eyes of a Child – A Collection of Childhood Memories”, with all proceeds going to Alberni Valley Hospice Society.

From the author:
"Fourteen (14) storytellers recounted their memories whic…

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Light Up Hospice Sponsor: The San Group

The Coulson Group and The San Group Present Light Up Hospice

Kamal Sanghera and Suki Sanghera, owner operators of the San Group, have a long-standing history with the city of Port Alberni.

For the past 35 years, the San brothers have based a large segment of their global operations in our city a…

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