How did the QDHPCA begin?
In 1984, a local RN, Laurie Lawlor, was instrumental in advocating for palliative care with prominent local medical health professionals and health care providers. The concept of Hospice Palliative Care was promoted through meetings with community groups and the media to increase public awareness and the need for education on Palliative Care.
In 1986, the Quesnel & District Palliative Care Association was formed. The first board of directors consisted of local doctors, nurses, educators and clergy. Their main goal was to train volunteers and to educate local doctors and other health care professionals about Palliative Care.
With the assistance of the Hospital Auxiliary, the QDHPCA help furnish the first palliative care room at GR Baker Memorial Hospital. This brought forth the need to fund raise. Early events included:
- The Cushman Ride
- Hike for Hospice
- Hearts for Hospice Gala
- The Tree of Dreams
Thanks to the generous support of local residents, some of these early fundraisers have become annual events
In 1993, another RN at GRB Hospital, Carol Weremy, helped to form the Palliative Care Liaison Committee. This team of professionals and lay people brought their expertise and experience to help promote palliative care in Quesnel's healthcare community.
By the mid-1990s, it was apparent that Quesnel could benefit from a dedicated Hospice. Thus a campaign to raise funds for this valuable resource began.
The Quesnel Rotary Club initiated a five year campaign which raised $100,000 towards the building of Quesnel’s Hospice House. This campaign encouraged many other clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals to support QDPCA’s fundraising efforts. The community raised almost $1,000,000 towards the building and furnishing of the Hospice Unit.
In 2009, with the assistance of Quesnel residents, the QDHPCA, Northern Health, and the Cariboo Chilcotin Hospital Regional District, the Hospice Palliative Care Unit at Dunrovin Park Lodge was opened.
The QDHPCA continues to fund-raise in support of ongoing hospice palliative care services for individuals and families in the Quesnel area. If you are interested in joining us, click on the butterflies below