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Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society

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The Society's TERMS of REFERENCE

PURPOSE:  The Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society exists to provide a coordinated effort for the purchase of enhanced equipment and special services.  Such equipment and services are to be used by continuing care, palliative and hospice clients living in their homes or publicly funded facilities in the Tri-Community area.

HOW/WHY:  Donations are received throughout the year as well as during the annual fundraising event that encompasses and lights the following symbols for the Light Up Your Life campaign:  The Murals (Stony Plain), Doves of Hope (Spruce Grove), Wave of Hope (Seba Beach), Circle of Hope (Parkland County), and the Tree of Hope (Wabamun).  In combination or in addition, other fundraising efforts may also contribute to heightening the awareness of palliative/hospice and continuing care in our communities.  

WHO:  Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society
Structure: Membership is open to any individual who believes in the worth of raising funds to benefit palliative/hospice care clients, and who is willing to adhere to the beliefs and values of the Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society.
The Board of Directors is elected annually from that Membership.

WHEN: Meetings will be held monthly or as required throughout the year.

Revised: April, 2016
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Donations are gratefully accepted throughout the year and may be sent to:

        Light Up Your Life
        4405 South Park Drive
        Stony Plain AB T7Z 2M7

Charitable Business Number 86282 5544  RR0001
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The Light Up Your Life Society 
Board of Directors and Members at Large
Back Row (L-R):  Ann Bumback, Karen Harasymchuk, Val Campbell, Zoie Perina, Sylvia Baron, Wendy Bergersen, Dorothy Balkwill, Shirley Groleau and Betty Chickloski
Front Row (L-R):  Lee Peters, Sharon Cornelius, Linda McCreath, Daphne LeGrow and Jean Shaul
780-962-8503
lightupyourlifesociety@gmail.com
The Light Up Your Life Society is a group of dedicated and compassionate volunteers from within the Tri-Community area of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Parkland County, Alberta Canada. Our caring Directors and Members at Large work to promote awareness of palliative/hospice and continuing care by raising funds to enable the purchase of enhanced equipment and special services in order to assist clients and their families.  

We hope you enjoy reading the story of how we came to exist, and how, through the generous support of Tri-Community residents like you, we continue to grow and help people in need.

History of the Society by Linda McCreath, Director/Past Chair
Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society


Our Beginnings in Stony Plain
In 1992, through the vision of the Coordinator of the Parkland Palliative Care Program (PPCP) in our area, and because of a need for additional financial support for the fledgling program, the Town of Stony Plain and the Heart of Town Business Association were approached with a unique request to light the Murals in Stony Plain. For a minimum $10.00 donation in support of palliative care, one of the clear lights would be illuminated, representing the memory of the loved one.  The Murals became the first symbol of the Light Up Your Life campaign.  

The First Donation Boxes
Subsequently, a small Palliative Care Committee was formed to coordinate this fundraising effort. The first campaign ran, as it does today, from November to December, and enthusiastic volunteers wrapped shoe boxes in Christmas paper with a hole cut in the lid. These were the first donation boxes! They were placed in many business locations and the residents of Stony Plain embraced the campaign, donating several thousand dollars! Lack of security notwithstanding, not a single donation went missing. 

In the next year the donation box design went “high-tech” with hand-crafted, wooden boxes … still not locked, but secure within the business locations which agreed to support the campaign.

There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied by such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance."  

-Joseph Addison​
Spruce Grove Joins the Campaign
Moving forward three years, the City of Spruce Grove became part of the fundraising effort, and the “Dove of Hope” symbol was created as the symbol for Spruce Grove. Local artist, Cindy Barratt, was approached to create a design for the Dove. Her expertise and creativity gave us the Dove as it is today. A large scale Dove made of rebar and decorated with garland and lights was constructed by a company called Christmas Images/Metal Urges. Over the years, two more Doves of Hope were added, and placed in various locations in Spruce Grove during the annual campaign.

Expansion of the Campaign Continues with Wabamun and Seba Beach
As the PPCP encompassed support for individuals needing palliative care in the wider Parkland County region, Wabamun and Seba Beach area were added over the next few years. The “Wave of Hope” (Seba Beach), and the “Tree of Hope” (Wabamun) symbolized the campaign in these communities.

The Society Logo and County of Parkland
In 1996, a young high school student participated in a competition to design the Light Up Your Life logo to embrace all the symbols of the campaign. The last symbol, the “Circle of Hope” representing the County of Parkland, completed all the areas supported through the PPCP. And thus, the “circle was complete” … 

Incorporation and Charitable Status
In April, 2004 in response to a desire to become a separate entity, and self-sufficient in meeting the needs of our donors, the LUYL Committee became incorporated with charitable status under the name of the Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society (BN 86282 5544 RR00011). The 10-member, volunteer Board of Directors administers all organizational and financial aspects of the Society.  

The Present Day
The 2017 campaign marked the 26th anniversary of the first         “shoe-box” donations, and the 25th Anniversary of the LUYL Society. The dedicated Directors and Members at Large continue to give freely of their time to coordinate, not only the Annual Campaign, but other events such as the Silent AuctionLuncheon for Light Up, and the annual Raffle. We take advantage of every opportunity we are given to raise additional money for this very worthwhile cause.

We continue to establish and foster relationships with our Community Partners (businesses, service clubs and individuals), and because of their support, and the fact that we are volunteer-run, the LUYL Society is proud to say that on average each year 97% of all funds raised are used to directly support the people in need in our own communities. According to the Society’s Terms of Reference, the beliefs and values we hold dear guide us in raising funds to benefit palliative/hospice and continuing care clients in the Tri-Community area, and in raising awareness of the need for emotional and moral support to people and their families at a very vulnerable time in their lives.


DIRECTORS:
​Sharon Cornelius, Chair
Karen Harasymchuk, Vice-Chair
Dorothy Balkwill, Treasurer
Daphne LeGrow, Secretary 
Linda McCreath, Director/Past Chair
Jean Shaul, Director
Shirley Groleau, Director 
Ann Bumback, Director 
Val Campbell, Director 
Jenn McNalley, Director 

If you are interested in becoming a Member-At-Large in the Society, 
please contact Sharon Cornelius at 780-962-8503.
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The Light Up Your Life Society is proud to have received a number of awards and nominations for our work over the years.  Please visit our Awards page for the details.
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