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Cultural Connections June 22, 2017

On June 22, 2017 the Sunshine Coast Hospice Society hosted a Cultural Connections evening. It was a success on so many levels. 

First we have to thank all the members of our community who attended. We want to also offer deep appreciation for the contribution of John and Nancy Denham, and the elders who shared their wisdom and spirits with us: Eugene Harry, Bev and Frank Dixon, Howard Paull, Andy Johnson, Marilyn Watson and Doris Barwich.Special thanks to the organizing team Donna Shugar, Jackie Smola, Melanie Lautt and Linda Anton.

A huge thank you also to our sponsors: SCRD, Town of Gibsons, and Coast Reporter as well as the businesses and organizations that also provided support: Sechelt Visitor Centre, Laedeli, MELOmania, Share-There.com, Starbucks, Vital Signs, Terra Firma Digital Arts, BC Ferries, and the bakers and donors of flowers who made our reception so special.

175 people attended the evening and we welcomed many new people who had never attended a hospice event.

“We had so many enthusiastic responses to the evening, responses that went well beyond the customary “good job; lot’s of hard work.” This was an exceptional accomplishment that will reverberate in the community in ways we cannot imagine and may never know. Donna’s statement, these beds are for the community was a powerful statement.It was lovely to have Peggy Cotgrave, Heather Blackwood and Karen Falk there.”

“Doris Barwich was impressed by the event and the significant turn out that demonstrated the hospice is well supported and there is great interest in what we’re doing. As we were talking, she affirmed that this is a time of significant cultural and institutional change in relation to end of life. Our work this year in reaching out to other organizations, groups and agencies is essential and will continue–it is clear that collaborating with others makes for a stronger community.”


Denis Fafard-President Sunshine Coast Hospice Society