Kalein Centre

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The Kalein Centre lit up the night with our inaugural Festival of Lights event held December 6th. We hosted more than 70 guests who came out to honour loved ones. Thank you to the beautiful voices of Glacier Harmonies Choir and a big thank you to our local sponsors and partners: Nelson District Hospice Society, Columbia Power, RHC Insurance, Superior Bath & Lighting, Kootenay Co-op, Thompson Funeral Services, Maglio Building Centre, Kootenay Woodstoves and Cowan Art Supplies.
Vancouver Foundation supports Kalein Centre with a gift of $10,000
The Kalein Centre is extremely grateful to have received a $10,000 gift in support of the development of a ‘Liminal Learning Lab’ from the Vancouver Foundation.  Through dialogues, workshops and seminars, the Lab will explore, develop and test new community based approaches in end of life care.  In its pilot year, the Lab will bring together health care professionals, allied health services, the social sector and community agencies across BC. We will explore and test ways to support people in the dying process and influence the quality of end of life care. We will host a series of workshops that explore and test new ideas on how to innovate and more effectively deliver end of life care. Thank you to the Vancouver Foundation for enabling the Kalein Centre to launch this important initiative. Please contact us for more information.
BC Centre for Palliative Care supports Kalein Centre with a gift of $5,000
The Kalein Centre is pleased to announce a partnership with the BC Centre for Palliative Care in support of our first Think Tank Session as part of the 2017 Liminal Leadership Lab initiative. This project has been made possible by the BC Centre for Palliative Care, The Seed Grant Program. Kalein will deliver two think tank sessions in 2017 that will draw together thought leaders, community organizations, practitioners and policy makers to advance discourse on palliative care and envision a new approach that can ensure British Columbians have better access to quality, compassionate care. Please contact us for more information.
Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program
A Partnership of Nelson District Hospice Society and the Kalein Hospice Centre Society
We are pleased to announce the opening of the Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program commencing in March 2017. The Day Hospice is designed to provide programming for upstream adult palliative care clients and respite for their caregivers. Clients facing the emotional, physical and spiritual issues of a terminal diagnosis or end stage chronic illness, will benefit from this program. The 8-week sessions will focus on providing social support, complementary care and health care system connections for palliative clients.  This will increase quality of life, access to care, reduce social isolation and increase the ability to stay at home longer.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Palliative Care for a grant of $30,000 to be used in increasing access to palliative care services. To see the full media release, click here: http://www.bc-cpc.ca/cpc/news/ These funds have been used to create an accessible washroom and other space improvements at the Kalein Centre.
We are engaged in fundraising efforts to ensure that families and patients get the care they need for their journey ahead.
To get involved, please make a donation in support of the Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program.    DONATE NOW
Doris Barwich 
Doris Barwich MD CCFP(PC)
Executive Director, BC Centre for Palliative Care
We asked Doris Barwich to comment on her work and how the work of Kalein Centre is supporting palliative care:
What inspired you to get into this line of work?
“I have been a palliative care physician and a health care leader for more than 20 years, starting in a free-standing hospice in Cape Town, South Africa and eventually ending up in British Columbia. I enjoy getting to know people and helping support their goals for living well with a serious illness. I also enjoy working with others to create positive change, not only at a clinical level, but also in the health system and society as a whole.”
Why has BC-CPC decided to support the Kalein Centre’s Think Tank Sessions as part of the 2017 Liminal Leadership Lab?
“The evolution of the palliative care field is at a stage where drawing together front-line providers, thought leaders, policy advisors and others connected to the field, will be productive and allow for innovative ideas to be put into practice.”
In your opinion, what is the most important work that Kalein Centre does?
“Kalein can be very effective as a host for learning events that help to advance the field of palliative care by bringing key people together.”
What do you wish other people knew about when it comes to palliative care?
“That it is all about quality of life — living as well as you can, for as long as you can. Having your best possible day despite the presence of a serious illness.”
What is your hope for the future of palliative care in this province?
“That everyone living with a serious illness would have access to all the supports and services they require to live well and die well.”
Writing Through the Grief – Wednesdays – February 15 – March 15, 2017 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Writing is a powerful tool to transform grief and loss. Gather in a safe space and explore your stories using guided writing prompts, journaling, inspirational poetry, and take home tools. Carve out time to remember those you have loved even years after your loss, or take time to apuse and tap into your grief and remember your departed. All skills welcome. Join facilitator Rayya Liebich for this program.
Register by Fri Feb 10 by calling: 250 352-3331 or email: info@kaleinhospice.org
Death Cafe – Spring Series – Wednesdays – March 29 / April 26  / May 31 
Death Cafe is part of an international movement started in 2011, which now has over 500 registered Cafes around the world. As the founder saw it, “Western society has long outsourced discussions about death to doctors, nurses, priests and undertakers. The result is that we have lost control of one of the most significant events we ever have to face.” http://deathcafe.com/
Our Death Cafes are a facilitated process that uses a question to initiate conversation between people in small groups around issues related to death, dying and living fully.
For more information about our Death Cafes or to register please call 250 352-3331 or email: info@kaleinhospice.org
Over the past year, the Kalein Centre has made significant progress toward increasing quality care services for our community. The Kalein Centre is growing to meet the needs of our community and to ensure that we maintain our ability to provide the best physical and emotional support that we can for individuals and their loved ones. We have enhanced our programs to include new approaches and collaborative efforts. Two of these initiatives are outlined above. These include a new Day Hospice Program launching in March 2017 and the Liminal Learning Lab that will feature two think tank sessions later this year that will convene thought leaders and explore community based approaches to care. We rely on support from the community to continue to provide quality dialogue, care and education programs. Thank you for your continued support and don’t hesitate to contact me to find out more about the Kalein Centre or any of these initiatives.
Kim Bater, Executive Director
Phone: 250 352-3331
All programs and events are held at the Kalein Centre unless otherwise noted.
402 Richards St. West