Last week, the Elk Valley Hospice announced Sandra Boer as the new administrator for the organization.
Boer’s position will be part time, with her working 15 hours a week for the Elk Valley Hospice, which provides support to many residents of the Elk Valley.
“Hospice care encourages living fully to the end of life, with dignity and comfort, surrounded by a caring circle of support,” said Boer in an email to The Free Press. “Hospice is dedicated to offering compassionate care for terminally ill patients, their families and friends experiencing grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained, caring and sensitive individuals who provide understanding and friendship.”
According to Boer, the Elk Valley Hospice provides a range of support to individuals “adjusting to grief, loss and bereavement.”
“Hospice kiosk volunteers reach out to the community from the hospice kiosk located at the hospital,” she continued. “Anyone is welcome to drop by the kiosk for more information on hospice services or to support hospice by taking advantage of our small retail shop or making a donation.”
In the role as administrator, which is a three-month contract, Boer will be responsible for a variety of activities, including obtaining grant funding, managing projects and overseeing day-to-day activities.
“I will be working with the hospice team to reach out to the community to raise awareness of the free hospice services provided by a great team of dedicated volunteers. I will work with the Elk Valley Hospice Board to grow services, volunteers, donations and client base. We also hope to work with the Hospital Foundation this year to help raise money for a ceiling lift in the dedicated Hospice room at the Elk Valley Hospital,” she said.
Overall, Boer believes the Elk Valley Hospice is a strong organization and is looking forward to her new role.
“I believe Elk Valley Hospice is a great organization and I would like to help build on this foundation so that the community can benefit from it,” she said. “I will follow the direction and look for guidance, expertise and support of the Elk Valley Hospice board, hospice volunteers and health care professionals to help enhance and expand on the Elk Valley Hospice services when and wherever possible.”