Mission / Vision / Objectives / Principles

Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem,
Knights Hospitaller

Vancouver Commandery

Founded in Jerusalem 1113, continuing through Czar Nicholas II
Confirmed by the Royal Charter and Constitution of H.M. King Peter II of Yugoslavia

Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum
(For Faith, For Service to Humanity)


Is to create and deliver benefits for the Lord’s poor and sick.


Is to play a leadership role in the funding and delivery of hospice and palliative care programs, and  other services, to meet the needs of all British Columbians regardless of race, religion, gender, age.


The Vancouver Commandery will continue to work in partnership with organizations that are active in hospice and palliative care. The Commandery will strive to effectively utilize the skills, experience, networks and resources of the members, to realize its charitable objectives. To that end the Commandery shall:

  • Lead in the development and opening of a new hospice facility on the West side of Vancouver by the end of 2012.
  • Review the needs for hospice and palliative care in the Metro Vancouver area in 2012 and based on the results make a recommendation to the membership of the Commandery with respect to the development of a second facility.
  • Continue to support the B.C Hospice Palliative Care Association’s work to promote and advocate hospice palliative care throughout British Columbia and to assess and evaluate needs.
  • Continue to direct financial awards to provincial hospices to help develop their  capacity to deliver services
  • Provide orientation and training in hospice and palliative care to 25% of the members in the Vancouver Commandery by the end of 201.
  • Grow the permanent endowment fund in the Order of St. John Palliative Care Foundation. $1.4 million has been raised to date.


The Vancouver Commandery believes:

  • In visionary leadership that welcomes innovative approaches, builds on strengths, models inclusiveness of its membership and takes appropriate risks.
  • In order to be successful in its community work it must strive to access, utilize and engage the skills, experience, networks, volunteer time and resources of all members in the Commandery.
  • In addition to the financial resources that the Vancouver Commandery can generate, it also brings an entrepreneurial and business orientation that is an added value to its charitable work in the community.
  • In order to create a greater organizational capacity to achieve its charitable purpose, the Commandery must invest in orientation training and education of its membership.
  • In collaborative relationships among members, volunteers and other organizations.
  • The Vancouver Commandery will work in partnership with government in the creation of hospice and palliative care in British Columbia, but will not supplant the government’s responsibility in this area.
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