Photo (L to R): Director’s Samuel Ennis, Tracey McGinnis, President Paula Horky and Director Joan Collinge. In front is the Maxwell Family. Also pictured is Jay our therapy dog. Photo courtesy of Jim Peacock Photography.


In front of an excited crowd, Marcelle Moose of MNP drew the winning ticket for the Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) 4th Annual Ultimate fifty/50 raffle on Friday evening at the Kingfisher Resort and Spa. The winning ticket holder, James Maxwell, jubilantly expressed his disbelief and excitement on the 8pm phone call saying, “We never win anything—we just donate,” noting they had purchased their tickets at Canadian Tire.

James lives with his wife, Rosa, and two sons, Charlie (3) and Sammy (1), in Courtenay. By the next day, James and Rosa had made the decision they would use the money to buy a much needed safer new van for the family. And, in keeping with their generous spirit of community support, they will also be making a donation to the Comox Valley Hospice Society and Jeneece Place, a residence for kids needing medical care and their families in Victoria,” noted Paula Horky, President of the Comox
Valley Hospice Society. “It’s truly gratifying to see such generosity of spirit from people who understand the importance of making our community a great place to live and raise a family as well as a good place to die.”

Ms. Horky continued, “While many people think of hospice as support for our elders, the number of children and teens experiencing the death of a loved one is growing. Comox Valley Hospice Society is working to secure funding to increase supports for youth who are anticipating or have experienced the death of a loved one.” Sir Albert Aynsley-Green, on a recent CBC interview, stated, “Children are the ‘hidden mourners’ in our society – they can experience guilt, confusion, anger, loneliness which can impact all areas of their lives over decades.”

Whole person and family care provided by hospice is available only because of the kind generosity of this community who fund more than 70% of the costs every year. “We were so gratified to have such a wonderful community response as the raffle sold out early for the second year! And, we offer a huge thank you to raffle Platinum sponsors Daryl Robbins Notary/Account, DeLuca Veale Investment Counsel Inc., Mackenzie Gartside & Associates, Jane Denham/Remax and Waypoint Insurance” said Tracey McGinnis, CVHS Director and owner of Blinds and Bubble Boutique. “I used the $10 tickets as customer appreciation gifts that people enjoyed receiving. CVHS also deeply appreciates Gold sponsors-Berwick – Comox, Bodyworx Physiotherapy, Comox Valley Funeral Home, Ennis & Associates, Geek Tweaks, Kingfisher Resort & Spa, 40 Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery, Robert A Couture, the Comox Valley Record, 97.3 The Eagle and Staples – Courtenay as well as the many Friends of Hospice sponsorships.”

If you would like more information about hospice care in the Comox Valley, volunteering or how you can help build a compassionate community of caring, please visit or call 250.339.5533.


Terri Odeneal

MSN Executive Director , Comox Valley Hospice Society