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The Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller Vancouver Commandery

Hospitaller’s Report

The last few months developments.





1: Vancouver Hospice “Caregiver Program”: We have agreed to fund our share of this program for people taking care of loved ones needing palliative care. This funding will continue for four programs through the end of 2008 for $900 each run.

Events for Your Calendar Vancouver Commandery

SEPTEMBER 15, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. Fall Event with artists from Vancouver Opera performing Chev. Bob Trowbridge’s Foxglove Farm, Langley

DECEMBER 6, 2007 at noon

Vancouver Commandery’s Christmas Lunch Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Vancouver

2: BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA): We are continuing our support of the Association for $35,000 annually for the next two years.

APRIL 24, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. AGM’s of the Commandery & the Foundation Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, Vancouver

3: 2006 Awards: We gave five awards of up to $2000 to hospice associations on an award basis. Three have given us an update on the results:

JUNE 14, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Investiture of 2008 Aspirants and Promotions Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

Campbell River Hospice Society: They produced 100 copies of a booklet titled, “One Day at a Time” to help the palliative care person and their caregiver understand the process they are going through and a list of available resources. The booklet has been received so well that the Hospice Society is reprinting another 100 without our help.

JUNE 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. Reception and Gala Dinner Vancouver Club, Vancouver

Other Events

Pacific Rim Hospice Society: Aimed at the native communities near Ucluelet, the award supported their Grief Support Program made up of seven sessions and resulting in very good ratings by the participants.

Nanaimo Community Hospice Society: A Spiritual Care Program ran for nine months. This included new library resources, a meditation group and 28 counselling sessions. The program will be continued without further support from us.

4: 2007 Awards: The Committee decided, in consultation with BCHPCA, to approve two $5000 awards instead of five $2000 awards. However, the requests were of sufficient quality that three awards of $4000 each went to:

Langley Hospice Society: To replace support previously provided by the Vancouver Foundation and a bridge to full support by the community through one time funding for “Camp Waterbugs, Dragonflies and Memories”, a camp for Bereaved Children, focussing on 7-15 year olds who have lost a loved one.

Squamish Hospice Society: To fund a Bereavement Support Program in an area badly underserved by government programs/support. The purpose is to encourage volunteer efforts by some part time paid assistance.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2007 St. Joseph Commandery - Summer Garden Party San Jose

OCTOBER 6, 2007 Grand Prior of Europe – The Investiture Service Finnart St. Paul’s Church, Glasgow, United Kingdom

OCTOBER 26, 2007

Commandery of Washington, D.C. – The Investiture Service Washington D.C.

NOVEMBER 9, 2007 Vancouver Hospice Society’s 1st fundraising dinner Hellenic Centre, 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver BC

NOVEMBER 17, 2007 Commandery of The Palm Beaches – The Investiture Service The Palm Beaches, FL

DECEMBER 1, 2007 San Francisco Commandery - The Christmas Ball Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco

Campbell River Hospice Society: To fund the start up costs of a “nearly new” store in Campbell River so the Society can get a continuing source of funds.

Chev. Ian Reid, KGSJ Hospitaller

Summer 2007

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