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Nelson hospice takes next step

The former Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery at 402 West Richards Street is going to be rededicated as the Kalein Hospice Centre on September 22. - Bob Hall photo
The former Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery at 402 West Richards Street is going to be rededicated as the Kalein Hospice Centre on September 22.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

The long-held dream of a hospice centre in the central Kootenay region takes another step forward this month when the former Sisters of the Precious Blood monastery at 402 West Richards Street is rededicated as the Kalein Hospice Centre.

Residents from all central Kootenay communities are invited to join together for this family friendly event on September 22 at 2 p.m. The highlight of the afternoon will be the land dedication at 3:30 p.m.

“This dedication is an offering to residents from throughout the region to establish their own personal connection with the grounds, and with the legacy of hospice care and education that will grow from the centre,” said event organizer Amy Garvey.

Those who wish to participate are asked to bring a stone symbolizing the memory of a loved one who has passed that can be added to the Land Dedication Circle.

Throughout the afternoon, there will be opportunities to tour the building and grounds with members of the Kalein board of directors, learn more about the history of the property and review the most current development plans for the centre, participate in interactive activities, and more.

Information on all regional community hospice services will also be available at the event.

“While the Kalein Hospice Centre is located in Nelson, our goal over time is to see the centre become an important resource and supportive partner for all the hospice societies present in our region,” said Garvey.

The vision of the Kalein Hospice Centre — to provide residential hospice care, and a centre for dialogue and education within a single campus setting — is unique in all of Canada. Community involvement is central to the success of the vision and this open house event will be a first opportunity for most central Kootenay residents to connect with the project.

For more information contact Amy Garvey at amy@kaleinhospice.org.

 

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