About Us

Salt Spring Hospice and Bessie Dane Foundation was started in 1984 in memory of Bessie Dane, a retired nurse who did her own kind of hospice work. Our mandate was very broad, as support services on the Island were few. Over the years we have trained 185 volunteers, including nurses, home support workers, ambulance and clergy.

We became a Registered Society in 1989 under the Societies Act. During the past 23 years Salt Spring Island Health Services have grown and Salt Spring Hospice has changed to accommodate the needs of the Island. We have concentrated on palliative care and are the volunteer component of the Lady Minto Palliative Care Program. We now have an Office Administrator and an office which gives us a visual presence in the community.

Salt Spring Hospice is a not-for-profit volunteer organization serving the residents of Salt Spring Island.

We provide:

  • Support to patients recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, to those with a chronic or terminal illness, to their families, friends and other care givers and persons recently bereaved
  • Selection and training of volunteers to meet the needs of the Salt Spring Island Community
  • Ongoing education and upgrading for members and
  • Community awareness and education