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Hospice Boss Raising Awareness

Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ 3:43 AM

Prince George, B.C. – “Raising awareness.”

That’s what Donna Flood, the executive director of the Prince George Hospice Society, says has been the biggest challenge in the new role she took over January 1 this year.

“The biggest challenge for us is the awareness that we are a charity that relies on the donations of the community in order to keep our doors open,” she says. “That we are partially funded by Northern Health but we really need to have community donations.”

Donna Flood - photo submitted

Donna Flood – photo submitted

Flood notes “less than half of our operational budget is through Northern Health,” and that¬†“we have to raise well over $1 million a year to support our existence.”

On a typical day she says that still includes letting people know what they do, what the needs are, and even what the community wants.

“What do they want for end of life care? Are we looking at people wanting it in their homes, what can we do to support that or is it providing and expanding the care that we do over in the hospice house?”

In a bid to continue the work they do, she says they are “looking at ways to be the charity of choice, either through straight donations, bequeaths, and legacy.”

Flood isn’t sure area residents realize how fortunate Prince George is to even have a hospice house (with 10 beds).

“I would say maybe 25% of communities in B.C. have this service. A lot have hospice societies, but not very many have stand alone, independent hospice care. So we’re really lucky to have this.”

Aside from the financial challenges, she says getting people to discuss death can be a challenge in itself.

“A death denying culture is what we are, but unfortunately it’s going to happen to all of us.”

Comments

Hospice house is one place that anyone that needs to, would love to see a loved one taken care of.
That is one very special place and group of people.

I have to admit to some confusion when it comes to charities. Seems a lot of charities are really doing what we pay taxes for. Hospice care should be part of our regular medical care. You’d never see a charity funding maternity wards, why the other end? I guess it’s nice that charitable giving is voluntary, vs increased taxation to pay for everything government should do anyway, but it’s not efficient.

I was asked to participate in a fundraising event, where I bug all my friends to sponsor me, and I worked it out, and pretty much 50 cents of every dollar is going to fund the event, and then balance to the charity. And then the charity itself, a good chunk of the cash that goes to it, helps pay the salary of their full time fundraising coordinator.

And charities raise money based on emotional tugging of heart strings, not necessarily what’s best for the general welfare of the public. If Princess Kate decides she likes the charity for those who suffer from some rare disorder, billions head that way, meanwhile regular people, with regular problems, not sexy enough – no cash.

All that said, I think hospice is a well deserving charity, but I think it would be more efficient, if we paid the proper amount of taxes, to get the proper amount of services, and skip the middle person.

You are right of course , ski51.. and I to believe is the best charity in Prince George..

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