30th Anniversary

About Us

The Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association

  • Is a registered non-profit society that continually fundraises to support ongoing hospice palliative care services.
  • supports and works with individuals and their families living with chronic progressive and life limiting illnesses, those who are receiving end of life care, and to those who are bereaved.
  • Provides advocacy through public awareness of Palliative Care as it encompasses the full spectrum.
  • Recruits, trains, co-ordinates and monitors Client Care Volunteers, who provide support to individuals and their families in their homes, in hospice, in residential care facilities and in hospital.
  • Provides palliative grief and bereavement support throughout the Quesnel Health Services Area.
  • Offers spiritual support.
  • Provides ongoing support to the Hospice Palliative Care Unit at Dunrovin Park Lodge
  • Continually fundraises to support QDHPCA programs.

Our Philosophy

Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association believes:

  • In a program of active, compassionate care that is directed towards improving the quality of life for those who are living with a chronic progressive and life limiting illness.
  • That the individual has the right to correct information, to know that they have a life limiting illness, to consent and to receive treatments of his or her own choice.
  • It is the right of all persons to receive consistent physical, emotional and spiritual support, as necessary, to maintain individuality and dignity while facing death and bereavement.
  • It is important for individuals to live as fully as their illness allows.

Programs QDHPCA Offers

  • Client Care Volunteers
  • Palliative Grief and Bereavement Support
  • Spiritual Care
  • Client Care Volunteer Training
  • Public Education
  • Resources

Services

The Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association is committed to promoting and supporting the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Norms of Practice. Thus, in addition to the various palliative care programs offered and supported by the Association, we carry out a number of practical services which benefit all palliative care clients and families, medical professionals, and other caregivers. For example, QDHPCA:

  • Purchases equipment for home and care facility use
  • Sponsors medical professionals seeking further education in current palliative care practice
  • Provides resource materials to the local Public Library
  • Equips and furnishes the Hospice Palliative Care Unit
  • Fundraises to support programs, provide training, and purchase equipment and resources.

QDHPCA has provided capital costs to build, equip, and furnish the Hospice Unit at Dunrovin Park Lodge.

History of the QDHPCA

  • In 1984 Laurie Lawlor, a local registered nurse, was instrumental in advocating for palliative care with prominent local medical health professionals and  health care providers.
  • The concept of Hospice Palliative Care was promoted through meetings with community groups and the media to increase public awareness and the need for education on Palliative Care.
  • QDPCA requested the assistance of the Hospital Auxiliary to help furnish the first palliative care room at GR Baker Memorial Hospital.
  • In 1986, the Quesnel & District Palliative Care Association was formed. The first board of directors consisted of local doctors, nurses, educators and clergy. The first AGM was held in 1987.
  • Their main goal was to insure and train volunteers, and to educate local doctors and other health care professionals about palliative care.  That brought forth the need to fundraise.
  • Early fundraising events included the Cushman Ride, the Hike for Hospice, the Artisan Auction, the Tree of Dreams, and the Billy Barker Parade with a raffle for a playhouse and Pancake Breakfast. Thanks to the generous support of local residents  some of these early  fundraisers have become annual events
  • In 1993 Carol Weremy helped to form the Palliative Care Liaison Committee, which included a team of professionals and lay people, who brought their experience and expertise to promote palliative care. 
  • QDHPCA mounted a campaign in the mid 1990’s to raise funds to build a Hospice for the people of Quesnel.
  •  The Quesnel Rotary Club initiated a five year campaign which raised $100,000 towards the building of Quesnel’s Hospice House. This campaign encouraged many other clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals to support QDPCA’s fundraising efforts.
  • The community raised almost $1,000,000 towards the building and furnishing of the Hospice Unit.
  • QDPCA formed a partnership with Northern Health that allowed that dream to become reality.
  • The Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District assisted in  providing funding towards furnishings, fixtures and equipment for the Hospice Palliative Care Unit
  • In August 2009 the Hospice Palliative Care Unit at Dunrovin Park Lodge was opened. 
 
“ Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives,that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. ”
- Pope Paul VI
Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association
900 St Laurent Ave.
Quesnel BC V2J 3S3
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