Hi, my name is Bonnie. I have been married to my husband Ron for 52 great years. We have 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. We lived and raised our family in New Westminster for 35 years. From 1979 to 1984, I owned and operated 3 consignment stores. One in Surrey and two in New Westminster. Those were fun years. From 1985 to 1997, I worked at Labatt Breweries in the HR department. In 1997, we retired and moved to Cultus Lake where we enjoy daily mountain walks and great friends. Back in 2009, I answered an ad looking for volunteers for the hospice thrifty boutique. The rest is history. I have been volunteering since the store opened. The cause is near and dear to my heart. Volunteering has taught me to be patient, non-judgmental and a good listener. The services and care that hospice provides is amazing. I have met so many nice people over the years, both volunteers and shoppers.
Hi, my name is Elaine. I have been volunteering at Hospice since January 2011. I have 4 grown children, 8 grown grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 7 amazing great grandchildren. I live with my beautiful diva cat Lucy.
When my Mom, who lived in Waterloo, Ontario, became terminally ill with cancer I was fortunate enough to be able to go there and spend her last 15 days with her. Her last 8 days were at a beautiful hospice setting and I was so impressed. At that time, I knew very little about hospice and what it meant. However, after this experience with my Mom, I knew that when I retired, I would volunteer in a hospice setting and begin to pay it forward.
I started at the Society office in January 2011 and except for a short ‘absence’, have been doing this ever since. Volunteering with such an incredible dedicated staff has been amazing. Everyone is so appreciative of anything we do and seeing their personal dedication to what Hospice does is heartwarming. The programs and support offered to the local community, free of charge, never ceases to amaze me. I look forward to my hours at the office and seeing the wonderful group of people who work there. I am also fortunate in that my shift is on a day when free relaxation therapy sessions are offered to people in grief. Having developed a relationship with the therapists and the people who attend makes my time there so much more rewarding and pleasant. I love the interaction with everyone doing the sessions and those getting the treatments.
I had also taken the Hospice training, and from October 2011 until November 2015 I also volunteered at Cascade Hospice where the patients are. Again, as in my Mom’s case, seeing the gentle loving care shown to the patients and their family touched me every time I was there. Unfortunately, I lost my husband in a tragic accident in November 2015 and I have been unable to go back to the residence.
I do however continue my volunteer hours at the Society office and helping at some of their fundraising events when I am able. I know they always say how much they appreciate their volunteers, but they make it easy to help them. The picture I have attached is at last year’s Volunteer Appreciation ‘hippy’ dinner – so much fun!!!
My name is Mary. I find my work at Cascade Hospice and the Chilliwack hospital both satisfying and rewarding. I started working at the hospice society a few years before Cascade Hospice was opened (in 2008) and I am still here. My career in nursing was about to end; I had been volunteering with Medical Missions International in the developing world while I was still working at Chilliwack General. I enjoyed working with staff and patients in the developing countries; one learns so much about humanity by being with different races, seeing where and how they live. I must say we have so much to be thankful for in this country Canada. I find that if I can assist my clients in any way as they begin a new journey in life , it’s very gratifying, and who knows, I may need help along the way too someday.
My husband is deceased and I have 5 children, 14 grand-children and 12 great grand-children. My children are busy with their lives but I do not have to tell anyone what a joy they are and how much they enrich my life. In my spare time I enjoy reading, walking, biking and working out at the gym. In the spring and fall, my gardens occupy my time.