About Us

At Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society, we support seniors, individuals, and their families to receive compassionate programs, education, and advocacy to improve quality of life from diagnosis to dying and grieving.

  • We are a voice for the community
  • We are an ear to public need
  • We are a hand in action

 

Where is Care Provided?

Care can be provided at home, in hospitals, in nursing homes, or in free standing hospices.

Palliative care considers that dying is an important part of living. It is essential to manage pain and other symptoms effectively so that those facing death can devote their energies not to fighting physical discomfort, but to embrace the time they have left with their loved ones.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a specialized client-centered end-of-life care involving comfort measure. It aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.

Palliative Care supports people living with life-threatening illnesses. It provides care for patients and their loved ones to meet each individual’s needs, such as:

  • Medical
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Practical

 

What programs and services does Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society provide?

GPPCS is always looking for opportunities to increase awareness of palliative care in our community and region.

GPPCS Events Committee works in the region to increase the awareness of palliative care. Service clubs, organizations, and groups may contact us at [email protected] to request us to attend a meeting to present.
We provide financial support for LEAP Training and volunteer training.
Information booths are set up in the community to provide information to the general public
We network with other agencies and societies to ensure they are aware of services offered to best suit the needs of their clients.

GPPCS advocates for end-of-life care resources in our community and region.

Please contact our office at [email protected] more information.

Is there any cost to your programs or services?
As a not-for-profit, we do not charge our clients with any of the services we provide. All we ask is when borrowing our equipment that it be brought back in the same condition when it left.
How is Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society funded?
Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society relies on fundraising events, donations from our community, and grants.
Are you located in the Prairie Lakes Hospice?
GPPCS is not located in Prairie Lakes Hospice. We have our own at office at:
Can I have a volunteer visit a loved one at home?
Absolutely! We have many volunteers who are trained to assist clients in the community and in Hospice. Contact our office for more info: [email protected]    780-897-0066

Meet our staff at GPPCS

Hope McNally

Hope McNally

Executive Director

Hope’s passion for Palliative Care started from an early age, when she was involved in caring for her grandmother and father.
Throughout the years, she has had many achievements in the health care community, from starting her own end-of-life home care with her mom, to working at the Spirit River Hospital for 19 years!
Hope started her Journey with Grande Prairie Palliative Care in 2017 as a Volunteer Coordinator. She then got promoted to Program Director in 2019 and took on the Executive Director role in 2020. 
Her main focus as the Executive Director is to build a standard of palliative care framework in Northwest Alberta. To advocate compassionate end-of-life care for community members, both in Grande Prairie and area.

 

Jancey Dolen

Jancey Dolen

Program Director

Jancey first came to the Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society as a practicum student in April of 2021 only expecting to be with us for 2 short months. Her contagious smile and warm heart won us over and we knew she would be the perfect addition to our team. She was offered the role of Program Director and has been with the society ever since. In May of this year, she will be an official registered social worker! 
Jancey is passionate about walking the journey with clients and their families in their darkest times and finds it an honour and privilege to be apart of somebody’s end of life and the journey that leads up to it.
She makes it her duty to visit every client who enters Hospice by offering comfort with a gift and a warm embrace.

 

Samantha Turvey

Samantha Turvey

Training Coordinator

Sam started her journey with Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society in 2021 as the Office Administrator. With a background in technology and communication skills, she was offered the Training Coordinator position to be able to expand her knowledge on Palliative Care, Dementia, and ACP to our volunteers and community members.
Sam is polite, considerate, patient and understanding. She goes out of her way to make others feel special, to make them happy and feel more confident in themselves.
Her main focus as our Training Coordinator is to educate about client care through training videos while creating a more confident volunteer team. She is eager to develop more content and workshops for the palliative care community in the near future.
Fallon Weislein

Fallon Weislein

Volunteer Coordinator

Fallon started her journey with GPPCS in 2022, having recently moved from Hamilton, Ontario. She is currently studying English and Cultural Studies in hopes of pursuing her childhood dream of becomming an English teacher for Junior High School. She is an old soul in a young person’s body who enjoys crochet, cross-stitch, and reading. She also believes pinapple DOES NOT belong on pizza.
Fallon has such a friendly presence about her and cares deeply about all our clients and volunteers. Since she has been with us she has hit the ground running, making sure our volunteers are comfortable in their role and even bringing back our volunteer meetings to have a safe space for everyone to meet, learn new skills, and communicate.
Dylan Lambert

Dylan Lambert

Office Administrator

Dylan is the heart of our team at GPPCS and the queen of our social media. She is the first person you see when you walk through our doors and greets every single client with such care and compassion.
Losing her mom to an illness at a young age was difficult for her to overcome but gave her the motivation and drive to want to help families and individuals who are going through the end-of- life journey.
Since being with the Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society, Dylan has made such an amazing impact. She has revamped our newsletters to communicate with the public about our programs, services, and opportunities, and acknowledges our volunteers and all the work they do for the community.

The Board of Directors

Brenda Henning

Brenda Henning

Board Chair

 

 

Kristen Yaceyko

Kristen Yaceyko

Vice Chair

Wade Page

Wade Page

Treasurer

 

 

Kelsi Hill

Kelsi Hill

Director

 

 

Laura Gray

Laura Gray

Director

 

 

Margaret Kosabeck

Margaret Kosabeck

Director

 

 

Tina McLean

Tina McLean

Director

 

 

Hetti Huls

Hetti Huls

Director

 

 

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“You matter because you are, you matter until the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die.”

-Dr. Cicely Saunders

About Us

At Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society, we support seniors, individuals and their families to receive compassionate programs, education, and advocacy to improve quality of life from diagnosis to dying and grieving.

  • We are a voice for the community
  • We are an ear to public need
  • We are a hand in action

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