Penny Popeil releases a small butterfly from a box during the inaugural butterfly release, hosted by Oceanside Hospice at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach Saturday, June 10, 2017. — Al Westnedge photo

Butterflies freed in Gardens at Qualicum Beach

Oceanside Hospice honours memory of loved ones in inaugural fundraiser

More than 150 butterflies fluttered into the sunny skies over Qualicum Beach as Oceanside Hospice hosted its first butterfly release Saturday, June 10.

The event took place at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach, as residents, staff and guests each released a butterfly. The release was designed to honour the memory of loved ones in a symbolic way.

The butterfly is utilized as a symbol by hospice organizations around the world, representing transition and transformation, Oceanside Hospice said in a release.

Funds raised from the event will be put towards the many hospice programs that support people who are at end of life, or those who have experienced a loss.

Oceanside Hospice would like to thank The Gardens at Qualicum Beach for their support. For more information on the programs run by the Oceanside Hospice Society, call 250-752-6227 or visit

— NEWS Staff and Oceanside Hospice submission