Crossroads is 25 – and thankful to the Tri-Cities
This is a milestone year for Crossroads Hospice Society as we are celebrating our 25th year of providing compassionate support to those who are facing the end-of-life experience. The work that we do would not be possible without the tremendous support from the communities we serve — Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, Belcarra and New Westminster — and for his we thank you.
In the early 1980s, our founder, Dr. Joe McInnis, laid the groundwork for end-of-life care in our community as he identified the lack of knowledge and facilities available to support those facing life’s final journey. His insights sparked the interest of a small group of dedicated volunteers who were committed to end-of-life issues. In 1988, this group formally incorporated as Crossroads Hospice Society.
Under Dr. McInnis’ direction, and with the support of other like-minded individuals, the society developed a compassionate visiting volunteer program that would change the lives of many. As awareness of the needs of the terminally ill grew, the dream to build a stand-alone hospice was born.
Nearly 15 years following the society’s formation, Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice was opened in Port Moody and now annually serves approximately 150 patients. As well, Crossroads provides support to patients’ families and loved ones, not only within the hospice but throughout the communities we serve.
In 2004, Crossroads Hospice Thrift Store opened, providing a place for our community to donate gently used goods, which in turn, helps to maintain the services we provide. In 2008, ground was broken for the Crossroads Hospice Society Labyrinth Healing Garden in Port Moody’s Pioneer Memorial Park. The garden is now flourishing and offers our patients, families, volunteers, staff and community members a place of peace, respite and healing.
All of our accomplishments would not be possible without the multitude of passionate volunteers who selflessly give of their time to deliver our mission of providing compassionate support and honouring the dignity of those affected by the end-of-life experience.
We know that 2013 will be a year of reunions, reflection, celebration and appreciation for everyone in the Crossroads Hospice Society family of supporters. Once again, thank you to the members of our communities for your support: You help to provide the foundation on which Crossroads Hospice Society’s programs and services are built.
Robert Tanaka, President, Crossroads Hospice Society