Fraser Valley Communities Honour National Hospice Palliative Care Week
May 6 -7, 2013 Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman, Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender, Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese, and Chilliwack Mayor Sharon Gaetz honoured National Hospice Palliative Care Week this week in four special flag raising ceremonies with representatives from Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
“Thank you, Mayor Banman, Mayor Froese, Mayor Fassbender and Mayor Gaetz, for recognizing the importance of hospice palliative care in British Columbia,” said Margaret McNeil, Chief Executive Officer of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. “On behalf of children and families facing life-threatening illnesses across this province, we extend gratitude to our partners in the Fraser Valley for honouring their courage with this week’s flag raising ceremonies.”
Also on hand to raise a flag of their own in Abbotsford was the Abbotsford Hospice Society and its Executive Director, Debbie Lehmann. The Abbotsford Hospice Society will be housed with Canuck Place at the Dave Lede Campus of Care.
“The City of Abbotsford is proud to support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and the Abbotsford Hospice Society in our community,” said Mayor Bruce Banman. “These agencies provide children, adults and families vital residential and support services in relation to life threatening illness, palliative care, and respite. We are proud to support them by raising the flags in honour of National Hospice Palliative Care Week.”
“The City of Langley supports Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and all hospice organizations,” said Mayor Fassbender. “We recognize and appreciate the service and benefits that hospice organizations provide for those in care and value the continued care that the dedicated staff and volunteers provide for those experiencing the loss of a loved one.”
“The Township of Langley is honouring National Hospice Palliative Care Week by flying a flag in support of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese. “Since opening its doors in Vancouver in 1995, Canuck Place has been a precious resource for thousands of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. With the addition of a second Canuck Place facility in the Fraser Valley, more and more families will receive the assistance and support that will help them embrace life during their time of need.”
“When caring people come together to provide physical, spiritual and emotional care to children and families facing terminal illness, our community grows in compassion and strength,” said Mayor Gaetz. “No one ever wants to think that they might need this type of support but how very thankful we all are for the tender alternative to facing this sadness alone.”
Canuck Place thanks the municipalities of Abbotsford, Langley City, Langley Township and Chilliwack for their support in this year’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week.