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Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Lights Up for the Holiday Season

December 3, 2015

Lighting of the House 2015

VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 3, 2015 – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of over 60,000 festive lights decorating the hospice grounds in Vancouver on Wednesday, December 2nd. The evening was supported by a gift and partnership with CIBC.

“The Lighting of the House is a loved tradition at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice since we first opened our doors 20 years ago in 1995,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “These lights represent giving light and hope to over 600 children and families on the Canuck Place program, from all over British Columbia. As the province’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider we care for children with life-threatening illnesses from diagnosis to end-of-life, and ensure the families who love them have the tools to move forward with hope.”

Tracey Chapple, a Canuck Place parent, was joined by Canucks Alumni, Kirk McLean and Orland Kurtenbach, the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education, and McNeil to ‘flip the switch’ illuminating the house and garden for all to see.

“Coming to Canuck Place, you actually feel an extension of family who instantly understands you and your child’s medical and emotional care needs,” said Chapple, mother of 11-year-old Chase.  “There is so much compassion and understanding of what you’re going through and what you potentially still have to go through. It just makes you feel normal.”

The hospice lighting also featured a performance by the Vancouver EnChor Choir, a number of activities for children and an appearance by FIN, the official mascot of the Vancouver Canucks, and captain Henrik Sedin.

The 60,000 lights were installed over a period of one month with the help of Festilight, Canada’s premier decorative lighting specialist, and 45 employees of Canucks Sports & Entertainment.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice has also launched their Light a Life campaign encouraging people to spread light and joy in celebration of their loved ones, and light a life for Canuck Place at canuckplace.org/lightalife

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