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Hospice Society Improves End-of-Life Care Through Volunteer-Led Project


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — End-of-life care at the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital has undergone a significant transformation thanks to a project led by volunteers of the Prince Rupert Hospice Society.

Providing dignity to dying residents and support to their loved ones is the core mission of the Prince Rupert Hospice Society, and a $90,000 project to improve palliative care in the community has advanced that cause. What began in 2015 with a modest goal of sprucing up the hospital’s palliative rooms with new artwork soon evolved into a comprehensive improvement project, including new furniture and overhead lifts for patient mobility.

“We’re always grateful for the support we receive from the community to provide compassionate care for those nearing the end of life, and contributions from organizations like the Port of Prince Rupert went a long way to improving that care for present and future patients,” said Judy Riddell, President of the Prince Rupert Hospice Society. “This project also makes the experience more comfortable for families and friends who want to spend time with their loved ones at end of life.”

Through its Community Investment Fund, the Port of Prince Rupert contributed $36,500 to Prince Rupert Hospice Society, one of 14 organizations and businesses that helped fund the palliative care project. The two patient rooms and one visitor room underwent renovations including new paint and installation of countertops, cupboards, blinds and flooring. Each room’s mattresses, couches and chairs were also upgraded. Donated artwork now adorns the walls.

“Providing a comfortable end-of-life experience for our community members is a noble cause, and we’re appreciative of the steadfast dedication shown by the volunteers of the Prince Rupert Hospice Society,” said Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. “It’s a testament to the kind and considerate nature of Rupertites that palliative care is available in our community, and it's our privilege to support the Society’s work through the Community Investment Fund.” 

The Prince Rupert Hospice Society has been active for over eight years, and works closely with Northern Health to ensure palliative care is available at both the hospital and the Acropolis Manor long term care facility. Upgraded palliative care rooms also benefit the hospital. They are used for patients with symptom and pain management when not in use by palliative care patients. The society is always looking for volunteer members, and those interested are encouraged to contact the society by email at

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The Community Investment Fund is a share of the Port’s annual income that is earmarked for local projects that contribute to the region's quality of life and create long lasting benefits. In combination with funding from other businesses, community groups and government agencies, the Community Investment Fund has enabled millions of dollars in local improvement projects since its inception in 2009. Each of these projects has filled an important role in supporting sports, recreation, performing arts, healthcare, education, the environment and other needs in the community.


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