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Ornament purchase supports local hospice care

A Christmas tree in need of decorating stands at the Hub International Barton Insurance office.

  • Dec. 3, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Trisha Shanks

Arrow Lakes News

A Christmas tree in need of decorating stands at the Hub International Barton Insurance office. During the month of December, donors can create a memorial to a loved one by writing the name on an ornament and hanging it on the tree. The Nakusp Hospice Society erects this tree every year as one of its primary fundraisers. All donations are greatly appreciated and any amount of more than ten dollars will receive a tax receipt.

Hospice Society volunteer Tina Soroka said, “We rely on word of mouth to get the word out about the fundraiser,” and adds the Society “also holds a bingo and receives funds from the meat draw held at the Nakusp Legion.”

“If you want to acknowledge that you are making this donation, there is a separate page to write the name of the loved one and we will put those in the paper,” said Helen Scown, Hospice Coordinator.

As part of the fundraiser, the society has glass angel and snowflake ornaments for sale along with stands that can be purchased to take home. The ornaments can be engraved with a name if desired.

“We’ve had good support ­— this is our eighteenth year,” Scown added.

Funds raised go to pay for volunteer training, the maintenance of the Garden of Serenity located at the Arrow Lakes Hospital, and the Hospice Society library.

Nakusp Hospice Society was incorporated in December 1997 and has been active in the community providing hospice care in the home, care homes, and hospital with a board of eight members and 20 trained volunteers.

The Nakusp Hospice Society is a member of the B.C. Hospice Palliative Care Association.


Volunteers provide companionship, sitting with individuals at the end of life, and respite for grieving family members. Volunteers are always needed. For more information, visit or call (250) 265-4137.



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