Remembering family

Volunteers, citizens and businesses support local hospice society

Oceanside Hospice volunteer Ilene Payne gets the crowd warmed up for the ninth annual Hike for Hospice in Qualicum Beach Sunday.

Oceanside Hospice volunteer Ilene Payne gets the crowd warmed up for the ninth annual Hike for Hospice in Qualicum Beach Sunday.

Joyce Butler lost her husband David (Bud) more than one year ago and Sunday was a time to remember his work in the community.

Bud had been a volunteer with the local Rotary club as well as the Oceanside Hospice Society. Joyce said she was out for the ninth annual Hike for Hospice to remember him.

“It means a lot to me to get out here, and hoof it,” she said. “It’s a cause close to me and to the Rotary family.”

Joyce joined members of the Qualicum Beach Rotary Club (PM) on the walk through Qualicum Beach — in support of the local hospice during National Palliative Care Week.

Hospice society executive director Lynn Wood said groups like Rotary, businesses like Coast Realty and Quality Foods — and more — as well as regular folks, got behind the society for the event.

There may have been only around 30 people or so, but they were smiling in the sunshine and enjoying the warm up with Ilene Payne and the walk itself, as well as Peter Mason on guitar.

“It’s a chance to remember,” said Wood.

To learn more about Oceanside Hospice, visit www.oceansidehospice.com.

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