Media Release

Sea to Sky Hospice Society Opens Endowment Fund with Whistler Community Foundation

Investing in social and emotional support, bedside vigils and bereavement care is crucial to the strength and resilience of Sea to Sky residents

For Immediate Release – Whistler, British Columbia, February 25, 2021

In February, Sea to Sky Hospice Society became the latest charity to shape an endowment fund with Whistler Community Foundation (WCF) as a long-term investment in compassionate care for Sea to Sky residents living with life limiting illness or grief.

With an initial investment of $10,000, Sea to Sky Hospice Society looks to grow the endowment and use the annual proceeds of the investment to support programs offered throughout the Sea to Sky corridor. Programming has been fine-tuned over the years by board, staff and more than 60 volunteer members who realized a dream to provide a dedicated space for hospice care with the addition of The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Sea to Sky Community Hospice.

Although we are a familiar presence in Squamish, we want all Sea to Sky residents to know that we are there for them and their loved ones as they navigate the end-of-life journey. Now more than ever there is a need to provide a safe and accessible layer of support to those in need. The Whistler Community Foundation has a deep understanding of community issues and we are excited to build opportunities together.

Jennifer Dunkin, Board Chair, Sea to Sky Hospice Society

After meeting with the WCF team to learn more about community foundations, the Sea to Sky Hospice Society Board of Directors recognized the benefits of pooling their investments with other charities, like Whistler Adaptive and Whistler Search & Rescue. The partnership also offers the potential to expand awareness of the hospice society throughout the northern part of the corridor.

Donors and fund holders at community foundations across Canada take the long view by supporting local charities through the creation of endowment funds. Funds, such as the Sea to Sky Hospice Society Fund, allow for continuous growth and giving and provide solutions that strengthen our community now and into the future.

Agency [Endowment] funds are a financial planning tool that ensures an organization will be around in the future to carry out its mission. We are delighted to welcome Sea to Sky Hospice Society to the Community Foundation family.

Sue Lawther, WCF Chair

People who wish to contribute cash or securities to the Sea to Sky Hospice Society Fund are welcome to use the Canada Helps digital platform by visiting whistlerfoundation.com/give or for offline arrangements, such as cheques and securities, reach out to Claire Mozes at cmozes@whistlerfoundation.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Claire Mozes
Executive Director
Whistler Community Foundation
cmozes@whistlerfoundation.com
604-935-8080 (voicemail)

Or

Leslie de Bie
Director of Fundraising & Communication
Sea to Sky Hospice Society
604 892-0303
leslie.debie@seatoskyhospicesociety.ca

About Sea to Sky Hospice Society

Established in 1986, Sea to Sky Hospice Society is a non-profit community service whose mission is promoting and providing compassionate care for all Sea to Sky residents with life limiting illness and ongoing support for their loved ones. Support is provided by a dedicated volunteer team at no cost to the individual. 

Sea to Sky Hospice Society invites you to follow their programming at seatoskyhospicesociety.ca

About Whistler Community Foundation

The Whistler Community Foundation is the steward of money gifted to the community and provides grants in the areas of environment, arts & culture, social service and education.

Our vision is to be impactful in supporting the charities and organizations that address evolving community needs.