Hospice Swimathon Fundraiser Results
The Greater Trail Hospice Swimathon was held on March 8 at the Trail Aquatic & Leisure Centre raising just over $ 4,400.00 for Hospice work in the greater Trail area. The picture on the left is Andrew Nesbitt who raised the most money in the 16 years and under category. The picture on the right shows our most senior swimmer, Lawrence Ingersole, and our youngest swimmer, Dylan Kormendy of the Trail Winter Swim Club. Not pictured is David Prokopetz who individually raised $ 1,055.00.
The Hospice would like to recognize those leaving the Board with thanks and appreciation for their service:
- a) Heather Cameron
- b) Marg MacDonald
- c) Ken Siemens
- d) Michael Hargreaves
We would like to Welcome to the Board our new members:
- a) Gwen Ziprick
- b) Heather Croll
- c) Betty Seinen
- d) Margaret Malcolm
A Big Thanks to all who pledged to our Swimathon making it a successful fundraiser
25th Anniversary Year of Hospice Palliative Care Service
in the greater Trail Area
Watch for events of celebration and education.
What is "Hospice"?
Hospice refers to both a philosophy of care, and a place of care. The movement to provide better and more modern palliative and end-of-life care was initiated in England in the 1950’s by Dame Cicely Saunders. Her foundational principles included focusing on the person rather than the disease, providing good pain control, including the psychological and spiritual aspects of care, and allowing the patient the choice of whether they wanted to die at home or in a facility.
In recent years, some communities have established designated Hospice facilities that provide care exclusively for people who have life-limiting illnesses. These facilities may be a specialized unit within a hospital complex or may be a free-standing building with staff dedicated to palliative care. Staff that work in these units are highly trained in symptom control, psychosocial issues, family support, and communication and have a heart for journeying with those who are dying.
GREATER TRAIL HOSPICE SOCIETY
Serving Palliative and Bereaved People in the Greater Trail Area
- Chairperson: Gail Potter (ex-officio all committees)
- Vice Chair: Brenda Hooper
- Treasurer: Barbara Gibson (Chair – Finance; Policy)
- Secretary: Ellen Ferguson (Chair – Fundraising)
Members at Large:
- Gwen Ziprick
- Heather Croll
- Tom McEwan
- Betty Seinen
- Dave Prokopetz
- Margaret Malcolm
- Physician Advisor - Vacant