More than 500 people gathered at the Caruso Club on Sept. 12 to help the hospice celebrate its fifth anniversary and to honour volunteers and staff who provide care and comfort to those in their final days of life.
Emceed by hospice board chair Léo Lefebvre and board member Abbas Homayed, the event was a celebration that also helped raise funds for the facility, which must generate hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to cover operating costs.
Dressed as angel, complete with wings, shiny robe and halo, hospice volunteer Gerry Lougheed Jr. auctioned off a number of tantalizing items, much to the delight of the crowd.
And while the evening was about recognizing Maison Vale Hospice, it was also about honouring and remembering the more than 700 families who have used its services since 2008, said executive director Léo Therrien. He thanked those families for “journeying with us.”
“The reason we’re here is to honour the families of the hospice and remember the residents who have lived with us,” he said. “It’s been a privilege to take care of you … and to provide a home away from home.”
At 11,000 square feet, Maison Vale Hospice is located on South Bay Road, with a view of both Bethel Lake and Ramsey Lake. Although a palliative care facility, it looks like a large lake house, offering residents all the comforts of home.
All 10 private bedrooms are equipped with special beds, private bathrooms and large bay windows. For family members, there is a family room, children’s room, sacred space, living, dining and laundry areas and a deck overlooking Bethel Lake.