Our Vision: No one in Burnaby needs to go through the end-of-life journey alone.
Burnaby Hospice Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing compassionate care to individuals and families during the end-of-life journey, and to educating the community about death and dying.
At the centre of what we do is the belief that no one needs to go through this process alone. We provide emotional, social and practical support to patients and families and offer resources to serve the Burnaby community.
Every year we support over 1000 families; there is no fee for our services and we accept referrals from anyone. We have close to 200 volunteers trained, supported, and managed by our staff who enable us to offer quality services to those in need.
We fundraise to support the ongoing operations of our programs, and the development and expansion of services based on community needs. We also operate a thrift store which contributes 65% of our annual operating revenue.
We are dedicated to compassionately guiding individuals and families through the end-of-life journey and welcome any support as we serve the community.
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“With Canada’s aging population on the rise, the demand for end-of-life care will increase significantly. The physical, emotional and spiritual support that the Burnaby Hospice Society provides ensure that people confronting this difficult life passage receive the highest quality of care for themselves, their families and friends. I fully support the work of the Society and thank them for the invaluable, selfless service they offer to the community.”
MP (Burnaby New Westminster)
“After my husband passed away, the assistance and encouragement that I received from the Burnaby Hospice Society gave me the support I needed to help me adjust to the dramatic changes in my life. Don”t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Burnaby Hospice Society is there for us, for our community.”
Board of Directors
Gay Klietzke | Jeevan Dosanjh | Ella Young | David Chapin (President) | Thea Juett (Founder) | Gary Mackenzie(Vice President) | Vincent Chang(Treasurer) | Jackie Merandi | Richard Hancock
Meet the Team
Hospice Volunteer Program Coordinator
Colleen Rush, MAdEd, BAEd, PIDP, has over twenty years of experience working in the hospice palliative care field and community health care sectors. She has extensive experience providing education and support to hospice volunteers through on-going professional development training and implementing innovative palliative care education, programs and services in collaboration with other community stakeholder groups. Colleen is a creative and energetic individual who takes pride in making a difference in the lives of others and is very inspired by the collaborative work that the BC Centre for Palliative Care, the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association and hospice society organizations across the province are doing to build compassionate communities to support the families and individuals that we serve. The Compassionate Communities model upholds the principles of healthy communities which include integrating a palliative approach to care to improve the quality of life of an individual and their family once a chronic, life-limiting condition has been diagnosed. Colleen feels firmly that building a “compassionate community” is a strengths-based, grassroots process and everyone in a community – local business, government, health and social service organizations, seniors, youth and families have something valuable to contribute.
Counsellor/Bereavement Program Coordinator
Social services, front-line work, has been Jemma’s passion for over 30 years and this is where she feels deeply privileged to walk along-side individuals and families working through all types of loss and grief. She believes that providing a genuine, safe, and comfortable space to offer support is the foundation to creating a healing environment. Outside of work, Jemma’s favorite self-care practice is relaxing with a strong cup of Earl Grey tea and a good novel.
Thrift Store Coordinator
After volunteering with the society, Curtis saw firsthand the importance and need of their services. He coordinates the thrift store, whose revenue enables the society to provide its services free of charge. He’s also an avid watch collector and a huge Montreal Canadiens fan.
Assistant Thrift Store Coordinator
Lucy started volunteering with the society in honour of her Dad, and was later offered a position on the team. Born and raised in Ontario, she worked in the financial industry for 14 years. She admires the good that is done through the society and now enjoys her small contribution to its growth. She lives happily in Burnaby with her husband and Havanese dog, Bobbie.
Thrift Store Clerk
When Cheryl’s best friend passed away, the Burnaby Hospice Society’s counseling services helped her deal with the grief. She started volunteering with the society, and when the opportunity presented itself, applied for a position. She loves knowing that her work is helping people. She lives in Burnaby with her two cats, Pepper and Baby.
Thrift Store Clerk
Neale uses his experience running downtown shelters and thrift stores to help our society. He believes in the work of the Burnaby Hospice Society and that a job should be more than just a paycheque. He is happily married with 2 children and 1 grandchild. Outside of his work at the thrift store, he’s also a professional ventriloquist.