Community Support

Oceanside Hospice Society has benefited richly from the support of the community.  Thank you to all who keep our work in mind.

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Alan Brunskill, President of the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club presented a $1,000 donation to Oceanside Hospice Society as a result of the clubs Blue Nose Classic fundraiser.

Oceanside Hospice employees, Nicole Dudek, Heather Fraser, Jeremy Wilson and Lynn Wood were on hand to thank Alan and his organization for supporting provision of Bereavement Counselling through the society!



Thank you to the Rogers Foundation of Nanaimo for their recent donation of $2,500 to Oceanside Hospice Society for our bereavement and counselling program for children and youth.  Pictured below is Mr. Barrie Rogers presenting the cheque to Lynn Wood, of Oceanside Hospice.



Oceanside Hospice is grateful to the Seaside Cruizers for their on-going support.

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Oceanside Hospice is grateful to the United Way for supporting our On-Call Bereavement Counsellor Program.

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Craig Bay Choristers kindly shared the proceeds of their popular Christmas concert with the Oceanside Hospice Society. The donation of $1868 presented by Choristers Chairman Jim Reid and Vice Chair Wendy Carrier to Oceanside Hospice Society staff Heather Fraser and Sue Dabbs brought the total donations from the 2014 Memory Tree Campaign to over $10,000.

Craig Bay Choristers Cheque Presentation January 21 2015

Oceanside Hospice Society wishes to thank Qualicum Medicine Centre, the Memorial Compounding Medicine Centre and uniPharm and Medicine Centre Pharmacies Charitable Foundation for their donation on December 17, 2014.  Pictured below is Darcy O. presenting the cheque to Heather of Oceanside Hospice Society.

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The Parksville Quilt House Quilters Guild donated eight hand-made lap quilts and four crocheted small afghans for our clients in December 2014.

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Although photographs of the cheque presentations were not available, Oceanside Hospice Society wishes to thank the following groups and businesses for their generous donations in 2014:

  • Mid-Island Pensioners and Hobbyists Association
  • CN Pensioners Association
  • BC Government Retired Employees Association, Mt. Arrowsmith Branch 2300
  • Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise
  • St. Stephen’s United Church Women

Oceanside Hospice Society received a cheque on November 17, 2014 from the Anglican Parish of St. Mark’s in Qualicum Beach from the proceeds of their Community Fair.  Many thanks to the Church and to everyone that attended the Community Fair this fall.

The Craig Bay Craft Fair presented Oceanside Hospice Society a cheque  on November 18, 2014.  Pictured below is Marilyn L. presenting the cheque to Heather of Oceanside Hospice Society.  The donation was the raffle proceeds from the Craig Bay Craft Fair that was held on November 15, 2014.

Craig Bay Donation November 2014

On November 6, 2014 Oceanside Hospice Society received a cheque from Parksville Scotiabank for $1200.  Half of that was raised by the bank employees that held a book sale, the other half was donated by Scotiabank.  Pictured below is bank manager Penny S., employee Jessie D., and Oceanside Hospice Society Executive Director Lynn Wood.

Scotiabank Cheque Presentation November 6 2014

Oceanside Hospice Society wishes to thank Charlotte C. and Barbara L. for dropping off the proceeds from “Yoga on the Beach” in September 2014.  Charlotte and Barbara held drop-in yoga classes this summer near the Tourist Information Building in Qualicum Beach and the Parksville Community Park.  Admission to the yoga classes was by donation to Oceanside Hospice Society.  Many thanks to everyone who attended Yoga on the Beach and for Charlotte and Barbara for organizing these classes.

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A huge thank you to Silver Spur Riding Club for organizing the Vancouver Island Memorial Trail Ride Against Cancer in August 2014 benefiting Oceanside Hospice Society.  And, thank you to the organizers: Barbara Smith, Sheila Dale and the host Gary Eaves. Over 30 riders participated in this event and over 115 people and businesses sponsored the riders raising close to $8,400!  The proceeds will assist us in launching a new Child and Youth Bereavement Program.

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More photos from the Trail Ride can be viewed on The Silver Spur Riding Club’s website.



IMG_3796A big thank you to Patty Arnold for raising over $3600 for Oceanside Hospice Society by shaving her head in July 2014.









Hike for Hospice 2014

The Hike for Hospice was held on May 4, 2014.  Just over $7000 was raised to support the Oceanside Hospice Society programs and services.

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Thank you to our wonderful Hike for Hospice sponsors!

Corporate Sponsor
Coast Realty Group

Prize and Event Sponsors
Quality Foods
Nicklin Roy Mackay
Tim Hortons
Fred Lutz
Driving Miss Daisy
Divanti Designs
Pine Ridge RV Park and Farm Market
Medicine Centre
Creekmore Coffee
Home Hardware, Parksville
MONK the Artist
Station Farm and Feed

Rod and Gun
Dan Galloway Design & Construction


Qualicum Funeral Home

Nanoose Walking Group
QB Memorial Golf Club

Before I Die…I want to……

Between May 3 to 20, 2013 some unique structures made their presence on both the Parksville and Qualicum Beach waterfront locations.

The Oceanside Hospice Society’s intent was to increase community awareness around the importance of consciously asking ourselves, ‘What can I do that would add more quality and meaning to my life?’ We were inspired by the community art project originated by Candy Chang.

Community support was amazing for this project. Coastal Community Credit Union donated $5000, TD Canada Trust eagerly provided volunteers to paint and stencil the displays, design and construction were also provided in kind from local businesses, while Hospice volunteers were on site to witness and record the participation.

The community responded in a very positive way with over 1000 participants during the course of the event taking part. The blackboards were readily filled each day with touching, funny and insightful ideas.

As one read the responses, a variety of themes became apparent.

Connection and relationships with family and friends was tied with the desire to find true love as the most popular response (14%). Comments such as ‘seeing my grandchildren marry,’ ‘hear my dad say I love you’ and ‘marry him/her’ were noted.

Travel was the next most popular reply (13%). Many of these comments emphasized the desire to travel with others or to fulfill another personal goal primary to the travel.

Living in the moment/enjoying the simple things and living life to the fullest also generated a 13% response. Comments included, ‘just be myself,’ ‘make the most of each day,’ ‘make a perfect easy-over egg,’ and ‘kiss in the rain.’

Reflecting upon our bucket list does make one pause to ask, “What gives me joy? What would I regret not doing or at least not attempting during my life?”

Thanks to all the donors, volunteers and community participants that made this project such a huge success!

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The February 7, 2013 presentation of a $5000 cheque for the 2013 CCCU Coastal Spirit Fund. The fund will be used to expand the community understanding of end-of-life issues. Included in the funding request was to host the “Before I Die…I want to…” public art display that brought attention to Hospice Palliative Care Month.  The display focused on the philosophy of hospice, which is to live life to the fullest, for all of the days we have left.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.