Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Lights up for the Holidays
December 4, 2014
VANCOUVER, BC – DECEMBER 4, 2014 – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of over 60,000 festive lights decorating the hospice grounds.
“Canuck Place Children’s Hospice has celebrated this tradition since we first opened our doors in 1995,” said Margaret McNeil, Canuck Place CEO. “Tonight these lights represent the spirit of care and support for over 560 children and families on the Canuck Place program from all over British Columbia. As the province’s recognized pediatric pallilative care provider we care for children with life-threatening illnesses from the ages of 0-19, from diagnosis to end-of-life and ensure the families who love them have the tools to move forward with hope. ”
Canuck Place family, the Martels, were in attendance to help ‘flip the switch’ to light up the house and grounds for all to see.
“It was 10 years ago today that our son, Griffin, was first admitted to Canuck Place,” said Alysone Martel, Canuck Place mom. “It has been a challenging period for our family, but thanks to the team of nurses, doctors and all the staff and volunteers at the hospice it has provided moments of joy and allowed us to cope with his complex illness. We have been able to celebrate and enjoy a lot of moments together as a family which has made all the difference.”
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.
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.
Special thanks to Canadian Western Bank, a partner for the evening’s festivities.
Back row (L to R) – Santa Fin, Warren Martel (Dad), Alysone Martel (Mom), Margaret McNeil (Canuck Place CEO)
Front row (L to R) – siblings Spencer Martel, Griffin Martel, Nicole Martel