May is Hospice Palliative Care Month in Canada

Compassionate palliative care offered by a team of dedicated volunteers is provided free of charge.

May is Hospice Palliative Care Month in Canada and the Nakusp Hospice Society is dedicated to ensuring that the last stages of life are comfortable and peaceful.

Nakusp Hospice volunteers work closely with the dying, their family members, friends, community volunteers, physicians,  nurses and other health care professionals to help clients live the remainder of their lives in dignity and comfort.

This compassionate palliative care offered by a team of dedicated volunteers is provided free of charge to anyone who desires the service.

The Society Coordinator, Helen Scown, has been provided with an office in the Minto House. This has proven to be an excellent opportunity for the coordinator, to work in close proximity to residents and staff, and to give the Hospice Society more exposure in the community.

The coordinator and 18 trained volunteers are supported by an Executive Board consisting of eight volunteer members from our community.   The board is responsible for the administration of the Nakusp Hospice Society and for insuring that Provincial and Hospice Society guidelines are followed.

The Nakusp Hospice Society is extremely fortunate to be supported by so many individuals and groups in our community.

It is wonderful to have this opportunity to recognize and thank them.

Each one plays an integral part in the success of all those involved in providing Hospice services to the community.

The Arrow Lakes Hospital Administration:  for office space and group meeting facilities.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20:  for continuing to provide us with the proceeds of meat draws and a drop-in bingo. These funds assist in maintaining the Garden of Serenity and the patient room at Minto House and help offset costs incurred in sending our coordinator and volunteers to workshops out of town.

Hub International Barton Insurance: for providing space for our memorial tree each December and accepting donations for the Society.

Carson’s Corner and Overwaitea Foods: for donating grocery items for our bingo concession.

We would also like to thank The Treasure Trove, for donating helium balloons for our first annual “Hike for Hospice”, held on Sunday May 4th – a National event to raise awareness and funds for Hospice Societies across Canada.  100% of the funds raised stay in each individual community.

Watch for our advertising next January, and consider forming a team and getting sponsors, to help us raise awareness and money locally.

The Nakusp Hospice Society has purchased books which are available to borrow from the Nakusp Public Library.  Please visit our website at to read a book review and for more information about Hospice.

If you wish to participate in the work of the Hospice Society, either as a volunteer or board member, or if you would like more information about the services provided by Hospice, please contact either Helen Scown or Lee-Anne Marshall.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of someone who has passed away, there are envelopes available through Hub International, Barton Insurance, Helen or Caroline Huyter.

Just a reminder that Hospice is hosting the meat draws at the Legion, every Saturday during the month of May.  We hope to see you!  Thanks, for your support.