Cindy Linder, Volunteer coordinator for the CVHS receiving the cheque, and the executive Director Terri Odeneal with SOSJ Almoner Chevalier Ross Sharp
The Sovereign Order of St. John makes three annual awards to hospices throughout British Columbia.
In 2013, the Order of St. John presented three awards to two hospice societies. The Comox Valley Hospice Society received two awards. One award for online training development to supplement face to face training for volunteers. The other in support of their advance care planning initiative through specific Arts programs and also through development of an online educational resource called “Having the Talk”. It can be seen on the Comox Valley Hospice Society website.
The other society was the Camp Kerry Society and this was in support of their work on addressing bereavement issues in adolescents in the greater Vancouver area specifically.
The total value of the awards was $16,400.
Hospice Societies can apply for an award by applying to the awards committee of the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association. The BCHPCA evaluates, refines and ultimately approves the requests which are then forwarded to the Order of St. John for their consideration.
The Order of St. John’s Almoner committee, with many very experienced in philanthropy, was very impressed by the quality of the applications.