30th Anniversary
Our Volunteers
Our Volunteers

Volunteer

Volunteers are a vital component of the Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association.  We believe that every volunteer brings personal strengths, life experiences and numerous skills. If you want to help someone who is  living with a terminal illness, be there for someone who is dying,  or support someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one ... we need your help to make their road less lonely.  We have a variety of opportunities in the following areas:

Hospice Unit Volunteers

  • Patient Care 
  • Library
  • Gardening
  • Decorating
  • Baking

We encourage all volunteers who work within the Hospice Palliative care Unit to complete the Volunteer Training Program.

Client Care Volunteers

Many Volunteers have experienced the loss of a loved one and are motivated by a sense of kinship and empathy.  Sometimes individuals and or their families need a listening ear, or a person to play a game of cards with, to write down life stories, to read to the person, or to sit quietly with them so they feel safe and less alone. Our Volunteers provide one to one support for respite and palliative care patients, and vigil support for end of life. They are available to run small errands. They provide support in:

  • Hospital – companionship for long term care patients awaiting transfer to Dunrovin Park Lodge. 
    • one to one support for family, friends, and palliative care patients for respite and end of life care.
  • Hospice – companionship for community long term care respite clients
    • one to one support for family, friends, and palliative care patients for respite and end of life care. 
  • Residential Care – companionship and one to one vigil support for end of life.
  • Community – in your home we are there to provide safety and companionship.  
    • We can run small errands, provide respite care for family caregivers and assistance with vigil support for end of life.

Bereavement Support Volunteers

Trained volunteers co-facilitate the bereavement support group.  They provide follow up phone calls and visits to those newly bereaved. 

Counseling is available for palliative and bereavement support. Individuals can be seen on a one to one basis, within the family unit or in small groups. Referrals to the grief support program can be made by the individual, their doctor, any health care professional and/or community agency.  Information packages on grief are available and can be sent out upon request.

There is no cost to access this program. It is sponsored by Northern Health and the generous donations from the community.

Fundraising Volunteers

Many volunteers are needed to support the fundraising activities.  Each event has a committee which helps to organize and prepare for  it under the direction of the Executive Secretary & Fundraiser. These committees are made up of hard working individuals who take on major tasks to help the events run smoothly.

We require many volunteers. The majority are needed to work on the actual day of the event.Other volunteers are needed to help with calling participants and volunteers, stuffing envelopes, writing receipts and sending thank you notes. 

Commemorative Events Volunteers

Each December, the QDHPCA invites community members to our annual Celebrate a Life. Memorial Christmas Trees are on display at the West Park Mall. Individuals can illuminate a light on the tree in honor of their loved ones. Volunteers are on site to offer support to grieving individuals. Celebrate a Life concludes with an Afternoon of Remembrance at North Star Church. This nondenominational gathering is offered to support families and friends, to honor their memories, with a ray of hope through the holiday season.  There is no cost to attend this event.

Spiritual Care

We believe that Spiritual Care is an important part of the individuals well being. Our spiritual care providers support the individual and the family throughout our community. They will make every attempt to connect you to the appropriate cultural, social, or religious group.  Spiritual care providers assist with funeral arrangements and or memorial services .

Board Members

Board members provide the structure and support needed to:

  • Advocate for quality palliative care
  • Promote public education
  • Oversee financial management
  • Support fundraising through committee involvement   

 

 

 
“ Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them. ”
- Leo Tolstoy
Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association
900 St Laurent Ave.
Quesnel BC V2J 3S3
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