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History

The Vancouver Hospice Society (VHS) was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in December 2003 by a group of dedicated individuals who recognized that Vancouver needed a Hospice Society to advocate for people and families facing end-of-life issues.

The Vision of VHS is to operate freestanding hospice homes where the dying can be empowered to live with dignity until they die and where family and friends feel welcomed, supported, and part of the circle of care.

In 2012 after 10 years of fundraising, the Society purchased a property at 4615 Granville Street and built a six bed freestanding hospice, which was officially opened in April 2014. Today, under the Directorship of Simin Tabrizi our hospice operates at 98% capacity due to the referral preferences of families seeking compassionate care in the heart of the city and close to home. The majority of funds raised for this hospice have come from private and corporate donors in local communities throughout the city of Vancouver. In addition a significant portion of our annual funding comes from three Hospice Opportunity Boutiques (HOB) situated in the communities of Kerrisdale and Dunbar.

In 2009 VHS started training hospice volunteers and to date has trained over 100 volunteers. After successful completion of the program our volunteers are selected to work in areas such as bedside support, desk-side, bereavement walking support groups, healing touch, children's grief, and even gardening and property maintenance. In 2010 VHS partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health in the coordination of volunteers for the Vancouver Home Hospice Program where trained volunteers visit palliative patients in their homes.

The Current 2016-2017 Board of Directors of the Vancouver Hospice Society: Stephen Roberts-Chair; Elaine Pritchard-Secretary; Jonathan Ricci-Treasurer; Ronda Tuyp; Pam Vidalin; Faye Kingdon; Patricia Lloyd; Anna Feglerska; Doug Hunter; Salima Remtulla.

Our hospice home provides a home away from home for those patients living with a life-limiting illness who are no longer able to manage at home. Short-term admissions for pain and symptom management or respite for family caregivers are also available.

Our care team of expert physicians, nurses, counsellors, pharmacists care aides and volunteers provide the compassionate care we espouse in our mission statement and we continue to live out the philosophy of Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of the modern Hospice Movement in her words... "You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."

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