MLA Stilwell brings awareness to Oceanside Hospice in legislature

Politician notes importance of local organization

Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, recently spoke of the Oceanside Hospice Society in the B.C. legislature to raise awareness for the organization. - Screen shot

Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, recently spoke of the Oceanside Hospice Society in the B.C. legislature to raise awareness for the organization. - Screen shot

With hopes of creating a heightened awareness for the Oceanside Hospice Society, Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum, recognized the organization in the B.C. legislature last week.

“Death affects us all. It doesn’t discriminate who it takes and it doesn’t discriminate who it leaves behind. At Oceanside Hospice Society, patients, caregivers and families who are grappling with the final stages of life, bereavement or caregiving can find comfort, compassion and support,” Stilwell said in her speech. “The non-profit was incorporated in 1990 but volunteers established the organization informally many years before that. Today it remains volunteer driven with a wonderful and dedicated board.”

Stilwell said 500 people have been helped by the hospice in the last six months, ranging in age from 23 to 96.

“It’s also supported by the community with the donations remaining in the area to provide services, free of charge, from Nanoose Bay to Bowser,” she said. “Volunteers will even sit at the bedside of people in long-term care facilities so they’re not alone in their last hours.”

Stilwell said she’s a proud advocate for “such an important organization that’s touched so many people dealing with a difficult time.”

Julie Chambers, Oceanside Hospice Society executive director, said Stilwell’s speech did bring in some more donations, but also created a new awareness for the hospice.

“We do get a little bit of government funding here but most of our donations come from the community and from different sponsors, so Michelle had offered to do that piece for us and it created much more awareness for us,” Chambers said.

Chambers said the hospice looks for donations all year round, as that’s how they sustain their organization, supports and programs.

“Our programs and services here at Oceanside Hospice are complimentary and supported by the generous donations that we received directly from this community,” Chambers said.

Programs offered at the hospice include, grief counselling, support groups, medical equipment delivery, respite care, palliative vigils and more.

Hospice programs continue to run all through the holiday season, and are typically a little busier, Chambers said.

“Obviously this time of year is harder for some folks than it is for others and we are here to support our clients not only through the holiday season but also throughout the year,” Chambers said. “We try to do lots at the house to encourage people to come in. We have a Memory Tree where people can come and relax in our living room area and put an angel on the tree as a tribute and a memory of their loved ones.”

Chambers said she’s grateful for Stilwell’s recent and continued support in bringing awareness to the Oceanside Hospice Society.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The intersection at Moilliet Street and Despard Avenue where a 12-year-old boy was struck by an oncoming vehicle early November while crossing at a marked crosswalk. (Mandy Moraes photo)
City staff members, school district officials to discuss high-traffic Parksville intersection

Young boy suffered broken leg after being hit in Despard/Moilliet crossing

An acre of the former ‘Bus Garage’ property has been sold to Naked Naturals Whole Foods Ltd. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Qualicum Beach sells prime downtown property to Naked Naturals for $2.75M

Town to retain more than an acre of land for development of public amenities

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Parksville area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

The cost of potentially counting deer regionwide was among the issues that prompted Capital Regional District committee members to vote against pursuing a greater CRD role in deer management. (Black Press Media file photo)
Expanded deer management a non-starter for Greater Victoria

Capital Regional District committee maintains current level of support

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Aquaculture employee from Vancouver Island, Michelle, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
Female aquaculture employees report online bullying, say divisive debate has turned sexist

Vancouver Island’s female aquaculture employees start #enoughisenough to address misogynistic comments aimed at them

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Most Read