In 1987, Peggy Cotgrave, Mary Macdonald and Rosemary Hoare were the first trained Hospice volunteers. Rosemary Hoare and Heather Blackwell volunteered as Hospice Coordinators. At this time, operating under the umbrella of the Home Support Services provided coordinators with access to phones, photocopying and other administrative services.
In 1999, the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society was established as a non-profit society with seven board members. Today our board consists of eight members, each with varying roles in the administration and management of the Society.
With the closing of the second floor of St. Mary’s in 2001, the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society supported two Hospice rooms at the Gibsons Garden Inn. These rooms were used for the terminally ill until late 2005. Funds raised by the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society provided two palliative care rooms and an adjoining family room at Shorncliffe.
Presently our Volunteer Coordinator develops and conducts the 30 hour program which includes training in palliative and bereavement instruction. These programs are supplemented with monthly education meetings as well as workshops held both locally and in the Lower Mainland.
Currently funds are raised through donations from individuals, bequests, organizations and events.
For information on how you can support Hospice Care on the Coast see the “How you can help” section.