The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Vancouver Commandery
Palliative Care Education Workshops
On February 16th & 17th the Palliative Care Volunteer Committee held its first Palliative Care Education Workshop in which 15 enthusiastic Members and partners participated. The primary purpose of the workshop was to educate participants on being a volunteer in the hospice/palliative care setting. Such education will become increasingly important as we encourage Members and others in the community to participate in the building of a freestanding hospice, our philanthropic project with our partner, the Vancouver Hospice Society.
The 14-hour workshop contained a mixture of lecture, small group work and individuals sharing their wisdom and experiences. A key component of the two days was communication and how to listen with intention and care.
The 15 participants benefited from learning together as well as enjoying social time. At the end of the course work, many commented that it is interesting how quickly a group becomes “community” when working together towards a common goal. After the final session, participants willingly critiqued the workshop through a written survey. This tool gives the Palliative Care Volunteer Committee valuable information and suggestions as to how to proceed with further hospice/palliative care education.
I’m particularly pleased to note that the Commandery will beat its stated objective of having 10% of the Members completing a palliative care education workshop by the end of 2007. Upon completing the workshop, every participant will determine when, where or if they “fit” according to their own interests and abilities.
Dame Susan Dickson, DGSJ Chair, Palliative Care Volunteer Committee
The Hospice Project is progressing well and the majority of our committee members are in place. However, there is room for any volunteers interested in fundraising, building design and construction management – please contact any of Ian Reid, KGSJ, Commander Poul Hansen or me if this is of interest to you.
Progress on the various parts of the project is as follows:
Land Acquisition – We have been asked by UBC to look at three specific sites on campus that could be suitable for the hospice. Our objective is to secure free land on a long term lease basis. The next steps with UBC are site selection, lease negotiation and approval by the Board of Governors. Everyone at UBC is supportive so far, including the President, the Chancellor, and the President of UBC Real Estate Trust. We are targeting September or October 2007 for Board of Governor approval. Thanks go to Ron Dumouchelle, KSJ, Dr. David Hardwick, KSJ, Dr. Donald Rix, CJSJ, Commander Poul Hansen, Barry Scott, KSJ, Drinda Scott, DCSJ, Barbara Brink, CM, DCSJ, Jane Hungerford, DGSJ, George Hungerford, OC, KCSJ, and Peter Hebb, KGSJ, for helping to move this initiative along.
Governance – We are partnering with Vancouver Hospice Society on this project with the Vancouver Commandery arranging for the land, constructing the building and doing the fundraising for building construction, and VHS operating the facility and doing fundraising for ongoing operating reserves and special programs. Foundation Chairman John Norton, KGSJ, and Chev. Reid are working with the VHS executive and their lawyer to draft a suitable agreement.
Vancouver Hospice Society
On May 6th, Vancouver Hospice Society held its 3rd Annual Hike for Hospice. Several of our Members were among the 150 hikers who raised a record $27,000.
On July 18th, VHS held a small function at which The Bridge of Hope Foundation presented VHS with a cheque for $500,000 to be used for unfunded operational expenses once a hospice has been built.
VHS is planning a fundraising dinner on November 9th. Our Members are kindly invited and encouraged to attend with friends and family to support the important work of VHS. The cost is $60 per ticket.
Operation Funding – Vancouver Coastal Health Authority will be providing operating funding and Chev. Reid and Chev. Dumouchelle along with the VHS people are working on obtaining a commitment for this funding. We have stated that we will not commence construction until there is a firm commitment for operating funding.
Fundraising – We have decided not to start the formal fundraising campaign until a suitable site is secured; however, a number of Members have stepped forward and committed for $705,000 of our $3,000,000 objective already. Thanks to Michael Shields, KCJSJ, Dame Drinda Scott and Buz Knott, KJSJ, for agreeing to take on leadership roles in fundraising.
Ken Mahon, KJSJ Chairman – Fundraising Committee
Poul Hansen KCSJS Commander