Monday, 25 February 2008

Why I am at Canuck Place

I don't know. I am happy I am there but I am not really sure why I am. I started back in 2004 (I think) when I contacted the House looking for somewhere to volunteer. Being a lifelong Canucks fan maybe I just gravitated to the House. I was in contact with Susan Dickson, the volunteer coordinator at the time. Susan retired 2 years ago after being with the house since it opened.
It was the only interview I have ever been in that I cried. She was very determined to make sure that the volunteers she got would work out. I saw her last year at the Gift of Time fundraiser and she said she was happily surprised to see me still around!

To be a family volunteer each person goes through a 30 hour orientation and education about the House, how the house is operated, bereavement education, music therapy, and a variety of other things to know when in the house.

If you are interested in becoming part of Canuck Place contact Leanne Freeman who is the Volunteer Services Coordinator.


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The Blog

My name is Malcolm and I was a volunteer at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada for nearly seven years. Now I support them by raising money by participating in the Canuck Place Adventure Challenges!

I said hospice. Not really a word that you associate with children but there you go. We will tell you about the house as this blog progresses with the hope that you will learn, and as you learn we hope that you will share. The purpose of the Adventure Challenge is to raise money for AND awareness about Canuck Place.

The name of each kid at the house you read about has been changed.

September 14th and 15th are the dates for the next Adventure Challenges.

You can sponsor me for the race here: Adventure Challenge
Maybe you should do the race?


Just a quick note about the names of the kids in the house that you will read about: they are made up!