Local District Information
Nelson & District Hospice Society was established in 1986 as a registered non profit society with charitable tax status. As a volunteer program, the Society works closely with health care providers, counselors, pharmacists, clergy and therapists to provide compassionate care and support for the dying and the bereaved in our communities.
Serving the areas of Nelson and the East Shore, the Society provides services to residents in the West Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada.
The work of Nelson & District Hospice Society is made possible through the financial support of the Interior Health Authority, the Vancouver Foundation Endowment Fund, community donations and memberships. We have also received grants from the Columbia Basin Trust, Nelson & District Credit Union and the Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation, to fund various activities and services.
Individual and community donations are vital to our services. If you wish to become a part of our supporting community or make a donation in memory of a loved one, please visit our Donation page.
Nelson & Area Executive Director/Coordinator:
402 West Richards, in the Kalein Hospice Centre
East Shore & Area Coordinator:
Crawford Bay, BC
East Shore Community Health Centre
15985 Hwy. 3A
Crawford Bay, BC
The B.C. Hospice Palliative Care Association (BCHPCA) represents over one hundred hospice programs in British Columbia. The link above will direct you to a listing of all the hospices in British Columbia registerered with the BCHPCA. Below is a listing of the Boundary-West Kootenay Hospices.
- Boundary Community Hospice Association
7649 22nd Street
Grand Forks, B.C. V0H 1H2
Phone: (250) 443-2162
- Castlegar Hospice Society
Castlegar, B.C. V1N 4H7
Phone: (250) 304-1266
- Nakusp Hospice Society
Nakusp, B.C. V0G 1R0
Phone: (250) 265-4137
- New Denver Hospice Society
New Denver, B.C. V0G 2B0
Phone/Fax: (250) 358-7298
- Salmo and District Hospice Society
Salmo, B.C. V0G 1O2
Phone: (250) 357-9626
- Trail and District Hospice
Kiro Wellness Centre 1500 Columbia Ave.
Trail, B.C. V1R 4M1
Phone: (250) 364-6204
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (15/16)
Francine Brown, Chair
Jane Leeming, Treasurer
Morag Reid, Secretary
Lonnie Lang Facchina
About The Photographs on this website
“For several years I have had the good fortune to photograph people in the last days of their lives. These people have been strangers and friends, people in Hospice care and on their own, people surrounded by family and friends, husbands and wives in their last days of intimacy, parents burying their child.
On the surface, I’m chronicling a person’s last days, but from the very beginning I have been aware my role to the dying is that of a witness; the photographs aren’t for them but for others. I am there to witness their existence; that is for them. While sitting next to his wife of 54 years while he slept, she thanked me for photographing and for the photographs, ‘You know, when you’re old, you’re ignored, and when you’re old and sick, you’re invisible’.
I think, as well, that dying people see this as an opportunity to have one more adventure, a curiosity fulfilled: to be photographed without care.
Sometimes I don’t photograph because I’m afraid to intrude on intimacy not directly mine. When I’ve moved through this fear, I may have missed the most telling moment, but I have heard only thank you’s for those I have caught”.
You may contact Fred about his photography at 352-2129 or email@example.com