The British Columbia Bereavement Helpline is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!
In June of 1988, a small, non-profit society, founded by Ellen Kearney-Crean and a group of her associates, received its registered charitable status. This Saturday, June 1st at the beautiful Stewart Stephenson Modern Art Gallery on Robson Street (at Jervis), we will be featuring a live band along with a young and engaging M.C. to honour the dedication of our volunteers and members over the past 25 years. (RSVP 604-738-9950)
The Helpline has received over 37,000 callers since its inception. What started as a small group of approximately ten bereavement support groups in the Lower Mainland has grown to a network of over 300 bereavement support services in 86 cities in the province, and is unique in North America!
Throughout these 25 years, the Helpline has hosted internationally-renowned speakers, trained hundreds of volunteers to respond to the needs of the bereaved, attended community workshops and provincial conferences, offered educational workshops, and sent specially-trained counsellors to support someone in an emergency when no one else could be found.
We welcome your inquiries about volunteering, donating or attending our special events. Please contact us for more information and/or to join us at this momentous celebration of our service to the bereaved over the past 25 years.
Contact: Karen Ratchford (604-738-9950)
On Site Contact: Christopher Ducharme (604-562-1020)