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Hospice Volunteers Lend a Hand at Celebrate A Life

Annual holiday event on now at Tillicum Centre until December 16

Tuesday, December 11, 2019 – It is often said that volunteers are the heart of Victoria Hospice. Every day they play an essential role in Victoria Hospice’s programs and services. Now until December 16th volunteers will be extending that heart out into the community at the 33rd annual Celebrate A Life event at Tillicum Centre. Celebrate A Life offers a unique opportunity for the community to remember loved ones during the holiday season and is made possible thanks to over 160 hours of volunteer service.

Since 1985, Celebrate a Life has provided a meaningful way to honour a loved one by hanging a personalized tribute ornament on our festive tree. Dedicated hospice volunteers will be on hand to assist with this holiday tradition, provide information about hospice and lend a listening ear. This year’s tree is located at Tillicum Centre, at the Winner’s entrance, until December 16.

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many people who have lost a loved one. It’s important to be there for people who might be struggling to get through the season,” says hospice volunteer Gail Aldrete. “Taking a moment to remember a loved one, and placing a tribute on the tree can help – it really means a lot to people.” Over the course of the week, the tree will fill up with hundreds of names of loved ones, with many visitors returning to the display year after year.

In addition to the 1-week display at Tillicum Centre, Victoria Hospice volunteers are also helping to expand the event to ten retirement communities, bringing awareness of Hospice programs directly to more local seniors. Tributes can also be made on the virtual Celebrate A Life tree anytime at

Celebrate A Life supports Victoria Hospice’s commitment to care through bereavement services offered to family members and friends after a death. You do not need a prior connection to Victoria Hospice to access supports, which include volunteer calls and visits, professional counselling, grief support groups and information about grief. Victoria Hospice Bereavement Services rely almost entirely on community donations to support over 2,500 local families each year.

Our website offers useful information for grieving families including Tips for Coping with Holiday Grief.

Media Contact: 
Jen Cooper 
Manager, Communications & Marketing 
Victoria Hospice 
Tel: 250-519-1729
Email: [email protected] 

Victoria Hospice is a registered charity that has been around since 1980. Donations fund almost half of our annual operating costs and are critical for the ongoing operation of programs and services for patients and families and for education and research. provided end-of-life care focused on palliative treatment. Donations enable us to:

  • Provide the best care and support for patients nearing end-of-life, whether at home, in the community or at our Inpatient unit.
  • Extend our care to patients’ families and loved ones through our bereavement support and grief counselling programs.
  • Engage in education, training and research to develop evidence-based clinical practices and advance the field of palliative care across Canada and around the world.

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