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Got Heart? Did you know that Ian Watt will donate up to 5% of all listing commissions to Canuck Place Children's Hospice and you can help too. With every listing sold, Ian Watt will donate a guaranteed 1% of all listing commissions and should you wish to donate as well, Ian will match your donation up to 5% of the listing commission. Together we can accomplish our goal of raising $25,000 for Canuck Place Children's Hospice for 2008.

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Canuck Place Children's Hospice opened its doors in 1995, offering specialized care for children with progressive life-threatening illnesses and for their families. Thanks to funding support from individuals, organizations and corporations, hundreds of families from across B.C. have access to Canuck Place's services, at no cost to them.

Canuck Place was the first free-standing hospice for children in North America and its model of care has been used for many hospices recently established; including Roger’s House in Ottawa, Hospice Calgary, the Rose Cherry House for Kids in Toronto, the Light House in Montreal and other hospices in the United States and abroad.

The goal of this specialized care, known as pediatric palliative care, is to enhance the comfort and quality of life for both the child and their family. It is achieved through the combination of active and compassionate therapies. Palliative care strives to support children and families by assisting them in fulfilling their physical, psychological, social and spiritual goals while remaining sensitive to personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs and practices.
 Ian Watt (sporting the Canuck Place Charter Member Tie) with Ms. Jana Walker

     Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks on Canuck Place


Canuck Place provides a continuum of care that includes:

  • Respite Care 24 – hour care of children at the hospice, on a temporary basis, to allow their families time for rest and renewal;
  • Transition Care services for children in the program who can leave the hospital but whose home or community are not yet ready to provide the necessary services, i.e. wheelchair access, nursing or physical therapy;
  • Symptom Management active care aimed at managing the adverse physical and emotional symptoms of the child’s illness and/or side effects of treatments;
  • End of Life Care comprehensive services for both child and family when the child’s death is expected to be imminent.
  • Grief Support and Bereavement Care from the time of a child’s diagnosis, throughout their illness and after their death, counselling and therapies are offered for the child and their family members. Consultation and support are also made available to others involved in the child and family’s life.

At Canuck Place, paediatric palliative care is planned and delivered through the collaborative efforts of an interdisciplinary team including:


Canuck Place can accommodate up to ten children and four families during their stay. In addition to in-hospice care, consultation, education and support services are part of the Canuck Place program throughout the province.

Canuck Place is a story of courage and vision, and a shining example of the good that comes from individuals and organizations seeing a need in their community and working together to fill it. In this case, there was a need to provide another care option for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families – an option that would give families the added flexibility to access hospice care when hospital or home care could no longer meet their needs.  
This vision became reality in November 1995 when Canuck Place opened as North America's first free-standing children's hospice. To this day, it remains the model for children's hospices in North America providing hospice care free of charge to children and their entire families. Today, it is regarded as one of the leading children’s hospices in the world.


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