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. Over the years since, Salt Spring Island Health Services have grown and Salt Spring Hospice Society 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.
As we reach the end of 2018, Salt Spring Hospice Society is an all volunteer organization composed of a board of directors along with program leaders who co-ordinate a variety of community based services.

Salt Spring Hospice Society 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