Hospice Society seeks new directors — can you make a difference?

By David F. Rooney

If you’re the kind of person who’d like to make a real difference in the lives of others in a quiet and unassuming way then the Revelstoke Hospice Society may have just the role for you.

“We’re a small, small — tiny really — entity, bit I like to think we make a difference,” says Executive Director Andree Rioux.

“We need a few new directors and would like to get some fresh new faces. It’s crucial that we have a strong board.”

The Hospice Society’s members and volunteers deal with some of the most vulnerable people in our society — those who are dying or who are suffering from an incurable illness.

Founded in 1994, the Revelstoke Hospice Society’s philosophy encourages a focus on life and living. The goal of hospice care is to help the client live the fullest life possible, while also helping all whose involved to come to terms with the illness.

It offers information, companionship and emotional support to those who are dying or ill, their families and their caregivers. The society provide caregivers with a “breather” to have some time for themselves.

It also maintains a Visitation Program through which members visit seniors at the cottages at Queen Victoria Hospital, providing those who are lonely with

These are all valuable services that it manages to provide on a shoestring budget. Money is one thing, but a healthy roster of active volunteers is absolutely critical. Without the men and women willing to help those in extremis, it can’t provide a high level of compassionate care.

If you would like to offer your time, skills and caring attitude to others through the Revelstoke Hospice Society, please be sure to attend its Annual General Meeting at the Community Centre on April 18 at 7 pm.

You can also learn more online at www.revelstokehospicesociety.com or call Andree Rioux at 250-837-5523.