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Kootenay Co-op dedicates funds to Nelson hospice

Support of a community-driven initiative to transform the way people embrace life, death and care came from the Kootenay Co-op’s Giving Tree program. Co-op members donated over $1,100 to the Kalein Hospice Centre. From left to right are John Howes and Brooke Leatherman from Kalein, the Co-op’s Marnie Christoffersen, Kalein’s Jan Wright and Sandi Leatherman, Kootenay Co-op’s Deirdrie Lang and Jocelyn Carver and Amy Garvey from Kalein. - Kirsten Hildebrand photo
Support of a community-driven initiative to transform the way people embrace life, death and care came from the Kootenay Co-op’s Giving Tree program. Co-op members donated over $1,100 to the Kalein Hospice Centre. From left to right are John Howes and Brooke Leatherman from Kalein, the Co-op’s Marnie Christoffersen, Kalein’s Jan Wright and Sandi Leatherman, Kootenay Co-op’s Deirdrie Lang and Jocelyn Carver and Amy Garvey from Kalein.
— image credit: Kirsten Hildebrand photo

This past holiday season, the Kootenay Co-op chose Kalein Hospice Centre to be their Giving Tree recipient. Through the charitable program, Co-op members donated over $1,100 to Kalein in what was the most successful Giving Tree in its 10-year existence.

Donated funds will support Kalein’s work to establish a campus where residential care for those at end-of-life, is fully integrated with a Centre of Dialog and Education focused on program offerings that explore what it means to live fully at all stages of life, including end-of-life.

Founded in 2010 as a non-profit charitable society, Kalein serves as a regional resource and support system for hospice societies, medical professionals and community residents in the greater Kootenay Boundary area.

Nationally, Kalein’s campus concept is unique and can potentially serve as a model for others. Globally, Kalein intends to grow in place and online, as a forum where recognized “thought leaders” from many different fields and disciplines will come together to explore and expand our understandings and approaches to life, death and care in a rapidly aging world.

Kalein is located at 402 West Richards Street on the site of a former monastery in Rosemont. The three acres of grounds and 10,000 square foot monastery building are the foundational elements of the centre.

 

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