March-April PCSBV Newsletter 2024


VOLUNTEER HIGHL IGHT Deanne Arada and Kristin Slagorsky

This winter the Art-Therapy Grief Support Group ran for six-week facilitated by wonderful PCSBV volunteers and local Registered Social Workers / Art Therapists Deanne Arada and Kristin Slagorsky. A small group of individuals experiencing grief or loss came together through the PCSBV to support one another and express their sorrows through poetry, creative expression and gentle movement. The group held space for participants to share their grief stories, honour their loved ones, and find some solace in one another's presence and artistic explorations of different art materials. This was the PCSBV's second pilot program using art therapy to support well-being as the PCSBV continues to grow and adapt to the needs of Bow Valley.

Volunteers are at the core of the work we do at the Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley. As a non- profit society, we rely on these committed and passionate people to help us achieve our mission and vision to bring palliative care to the Bow Valley. We have grown to be a rather large team of more than 80 people committed to palliative, end-of life and grief care in the Bow Valley! With such a big team, we are better able to meet the needs of the community. Within the role of our PCSBV volunteers we have our Board of Directors and committee members who provide governance to our organization and advice to our planning and operations. As well, we rely on the support of individuals as compassionate companions who assist clients and caregivers, by supporting them in exploring meaningful ways to live their life to the fullest. We have teams of two volunteers that have specialist training and give support to families navigating dementia and we have the dedication of individuals who volunteer as Grief Practitioners, and people who help us with our events, such as the Hike for Hospice and the Golf for Hospice.

So many reasons to be thankful!

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” – Author Unknown

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