The Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley is committed to walking with families facing loss of a loved one and the grief surrounding the experience. But it takes time to train up volunteers, and space to host services, and a paid director to manage operations. The society relies on several fundraisers through the year to help manage the costs. Tickets are on sale now for one of the most popular of its fundraisers, the Butterfly Barn Dance.
Event chair Daneve Mcaffer says fundraisers like the barn dance go a long way to supporting the hospice society’s annual programming. The society offers end of life vigils, bereavement support through group sessions and one on one walk and talks, anticipatory grief support for friends and family facing a loved one’s imminent death, specialized support for children and youth, as well as for First Nations. And it is all offered for free. There are approximately 48 volunteers working through the hospice society right now.
Ms. Mcaffer says they continually see transformation in the people they help, as clients get the assistance they need to move forward after a death in their lives. She says, for example, she recently ran into a woman who had been in her support group about three years ago, who is now living a fulfilling life. Another has been able to make small but steady steps forward into life without her spouse.
“People come in and they’re devastated,” she says. But after working with hospice society volunteers, Ms. Mcaffer has seen people learn how to “get on with this new normality.”
The 7th annual Hospice Society Butterfly Barn Dance will be at Brady Creek Ranch, a restored barn south of Invermere on Saturday, August 24th. Brady Creek Ranch has been owned by the Davidson family since 2010, but was established by James Brady in 1885. It is a rustic venue with a stunning backdrop of Lake Windermere and the Canadian Rockies. The owners have very generously donated their space for use by the Hospice Society for this year’s event, reports event coordinator Dodie Marcil.
Ms. Marcil urges the public to pick up their tickets soon for the event, which promises to be a good old fashioned barn dance and dinner.
“It’s a great way to kick up your heels and have a great time. It’s a gorgeous view, and it’s for a very worthy cause,” she says.
The dance features the much-requested band Valley Forged, a classic rock crew that has played for the barn dance five years running.
Attire is comfortable dance wear. Dressing in gingham or denim to fit in with a barn dance is encouraged, but the idea is to dress for fun and hopefully for some fancy footwork.
The event starts at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Edibles Acres is catering this year, with hamburgers, greens, fresh salads and homemade brownies. There will be gluten free and vegetarian options available. Tinhorn Creek Wine and Over Time Beer Works will be for sale.
There are 150 tickets available for the barn dance. Tickets are $50 each and are available at Sobeys, the hospice society office, or Mountain Styles in Fairmont Hot Springs.
Brady Creek Ranch is located seven km south of CastleRock at 2175 Westside Road.
Be sure to mark your calendars now for October 17th, when the Hospice Society will be putting on a brand new fundraiser – a fashion show featuring Avenue clothing and Summit Shoes, happening at the Columbia Valley Centre. More details to follow on this event.