Big thank you to Westjet for their donation of the flight for 2 anywhere Westjet flies !!

Tickets can be purchased from any Palliative Care Volunteer, or call Judi Smart @ 250-793-4066 or Save on Foods at our table at various times.

|Only 2000 tickets sold.  Draw Date is September 8, 2018 at the Moose FM Block Party




Planning your future healthcare takes teamwork – who’s on your team?

When you think about teamwork, what comes to mind?

Working together toward a shared vision.

Keeping communication open and honest.

Having leadership and guidance to know what to do.

We don’t always think about our health as involving teamwork, but it does! We need those near and dear to us, who are present during our appointments, and who care for us at home when we’re not well. We need different healthcare providers with their own expertise that informs what care we receive. This teamwork requires us to communicate and coordinate with many different people.

But what happens when we can’t speak for ourselves? Someone else has to lead the talking, coordinating and decision-making. If that happens, our team needs to carry on without our direction, based on their best guesses of what they think we want and need.

That’s where advance care planning comes in—the process of reflecting on and discussing our wishes for care with our team before that day comes when we can’t tell them what we want. It also involves deciding on someone who will take the lead in making decisions for us if we can’t speak for ourselves—our Substitute Decision Maker. Like any good team, it’s about strong communication and planning to get everyone on the same page ahead of time.

The question is: who is on your team and what vision for your care do you want to share with them?

This April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day, the perfect time to assemble your team and tell them your plan. Every team has a plan that provides direction—sport teams have their playbooks, choirs have their sheet music, organizations have their workplans. You can share any stories of the conversations you have had on social media with the hashtags #TeamSupport and #ACPDay2018.

Fort St John & District Palliative Care Society is proud to celebrate National ACP Day on April 16th and we hope that you will participate with us by sharing resources and having these important conversations with your team. If you go to, you can learn more about advance care planning and find free downloadable resources such as workbooks, videos, wallet cards and conversation starters. The website is run by the Advance Care Planning in Canada “Speak Up” initiative, dedicated to helping all Canadians start planning for their future care. You can find information about the different provincial/territorial legal requirements for advance care planning and designating substitute decision makers. There are also toolkits available for healthcare organizations and health professionals who wish to mark National Advance Care Planning Day with an event or activity.

The Fort St John and District Palliatiative Care Society would like to thank all the folks that showed their support and generously donated at the North Peace and Area Fall Fair.

These are the winners of the baskets:

Kids basket: Ann Grover

Ladies Basket : Tamara Clarke

Barbecue basket: Austin Tallman

We look forward to participating again next year!

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It's not easy trying to find volunteers willing to sity by those in their dying days. "It's tough, " admits Kathleen Merk of the Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society. 

It's tough, and it also needs training. In the photo above, Bruce Christensen of the Fort St. John Elks Lodge #288 hands FSJ Palliative Care Society Chair Randy Merk a cheque for the group's efforts. The funds will help put volunteers through a 20 hour course to learn how to spend time with and comfort those in their last stages of life.

"You can't just pick somebody off the street to visity someone who is dying, " Kathleen Merk says. "There's a lot to learn."

PHOTO AND ARTICLE COURTESY: Matt Prepost, Alaska Highway News


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