4405 South Park Drive Stony Plain AB T7Z 2M7 lightupyourlifesociety@gmail.com 780-962-8503

2020 Campaign Update

A special appeal to our dedicated donors

The LUYL Society’s campaign goal for 2020 is $60,000.  Because of the difficulties and restrictions resulting from COVID-19 our campaign goal has been significantly reduced, and a number of our usual annual events (Silent Auction, Variety Show and Orient Luncheon) have been cancelled for this year only.  We are, however, proceeding with the annual campaign, and we thank you for helping us reach our goal to help support those in need in our own communities.


Light Up Your Life Annual Fundraising Campaign, Nov 1 – Dec 31

Donate at various business locations in Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Wabamun, Seba Beach and Parkland County Administration. By mail at:  Light Up Your Life Society, 4405 South Park Drive, Stony Plain, AB  T7Z 2M7;  or online at: www.lightupyourlifesociety.org


To date approximately $1.75 million has been raised since the first campaign in 1992, and since the creation of WestView HC Hospice in 2014, $270,000 has been given in support for beds, furnishings, special patient-centred projects, décor items, and the creation of the Light Up Your Life Hospice Garden.

We are also very appreciative of the support from the GREATER PARKLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at their Annual Awards Event (by invitation only) on Oct. 22, 2020. 

One other generous offer of support from GOSSAMER GALLERY & GIFTS, PIECES-PASSION for FASHION and KATHY MEANEY, VISUAL ARTIST is detailed below.  If you haven’t been out to visit these Wabamun entrepreneurs, please do … you will love what you find, what they have to offer and the artistic excellence of the Mural displays on the Dragonfly Centre … to be sure you will find a “Jewel in the Crown of Parkland County”!!


*MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THIS UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT*

Gossamer Gallery & Gifts / Pieces-Passion for Fashion / Kathy Meaney, Visual Artist – Fundraising Event

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 7th and 8th from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Dragonfly Centre – 5215 – 51 Avenue, Wabamun

10% of all sales will be donated to the Light Up Your Life Society’s 2020 Campaign

COVID-19 and Light Up Events

The current worldwide health crisis of COVID-19 is affecting all of us in so many ways, and is forcing all of us to do things differently.  As our loyal donors and followers know, we sponsor and engage in numerous events and fundraising activities with most taking place during the fall of each year.

We are sad to announce the cancellation for 2020 of three of our signature events:  our annual Spice Up Your Life Variety Show, our Silent Auction, and the Orient Family Restaurant Luncheon.  Our annual Raffle though is most certainly a go!  Tickets will be available from Light Up Your Life members beginning September 1, or by contacting Linda at 780-963-5691, if you wish to support us in that way.  And we will also continue our five annual Light Up events throughout the Tri-Municipal region.

Rest assured we are still working as hard as always to provide the items and services needed for palliative care in our communities.  Know that your donations are needed and appreciated more than ever!  You can continue to support our work by donating online or at one of our many donation box locations.  The 2020 Light Up Your Life campaign officially starts November 1 and our fundraising goal this year is $60,000.

Light Up Your Life honours health staff

The Light Up Your Life Society honoured the WestView Health Centre staff who serve and care for patients with a banner which was generously donated by wonderful LUYL friend and supporter, Tim Getzinger, owner of All Star Signs.

The Light Up Your Life Society installed a banner honouring WestView Health Centre staff on behalf of all those whom they care for and serve.

“Included in their message of gratitude are all the other essential service providers who continue to support WVHC, including delivery companies, suppliers, EMTs and pharmacies,” said Linda McCreath, Director of the Light Up Your Life Society in an email.

The society also donated electronics to help bridge the gap for families that can’t visit people in person.

“In an effort to help Continuing Care residents and hospice patients at WestView Health Centre keep in touch with family and friends during COVID-19 isolation, the Light Up Your Life Society purchased two iPads which will allow those in need to communicate with their loved ones,” McCreath noted.

Recreation therapist at WVHC Continuing Care, Michelle Svarich, said she is grateful for the gift and that she was excited to share this technology with those in her care.

Recreation therapist at WVHC Continuing Care, Michelle Svarich with the donated iPads.(The above article is from the May 7, 2020 edition of the Spruce Grove Examiner)

About Hospice Palliative Care

May 4th to 10th, 2020 observes the twentieth annual Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) addresses myths that circulate around Hospice Palliative Care in Canada.

Volunteer Luncheon January 2020

Your support is appreciated! Chair Sharon Cornelius expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the successful 2019 Light Up Your Life fundraising campaign. An “Appreciation Luncheon” was hosted by the Good Samaritan facilities at George Hennig Place on Jan. 17th. All equipment requested by WestView Health Centre Continuing Care, Hospice & Home Living, and the three Good Samaritan Care Centres in Stony Plain & Spruce Grove, as well as the completion of the LUYL Hospice Garden were fully funded. The total cost of everything was $98,000. We could not accomplish this without the volunteers who assist us in so many ways, including, of course, the Directors and Members at Large of the LUYL Society. The Society has been volunteer-run since 1992 and to date has raised approx. $1.75 Million, with $250,000 funding to WVHC Hospice since it opened in July, 2014.

Thank you to the members of our communities who so generously donated in 2019, and have supported the LUYL Society for the past 28 years!

Kiwi Nurseries Donation

Thank you to Kiwi Nurseries for their amazing Christmas Grotto, and support and donation of $500 to the Light Up Your Life Society. Our members were delighted by your enchanting display, and all that you offered to the children of our communities … We really “dig” you … pun intended!! Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to Christmas Grotto 2020! Everyone mark your calendars and plan to bring your children/grandchildren next year … your children will love it!! You, too, will be delighted and happy that you did.

Mrs Claus in Kiwi Nurseries Christmas Grotto 2019
Mrs Claus & elves
Mrs Claus reading to happy kids
Santa having a well-deserved nap
Mr and Mrs Claus 2019

2019 Seba Beach “Wave of Hope” Light-Up

The Light Up Your Life Society’s “Wave of Hope” was illuminated on Dec. 6th.  All five symbols of the 2019 Campaign have now been lit with each light representing the memory of a loved one. Thank you to the Seba Beach Golden Age Club members for their support over the past 20 years; for their generosity, an evening of great entertainment and good old-fashioned fun!  $1,329.00 was donated to the LUYL Society … With support like this we are confident that we will reach and exceed of campaign goal of $120,000.

Seba Beach Light Up 2019
Wave of Hope Light Up Seba Beach 2019

2019 “Tree of Hope” Light-Up in Wabamun

The Light Up Your Life Society’s “Tree of Hope” in Wabamun was officially illuminated on Dec. 4th, with each light representing the memory of a loved one. Generous residents donated $1,000.00 to the 2019 LUYL Campaign, bringing us ever closer to our goal of $120,000.00. Thank you most sincerely to the local Chamber of Commerce for their support and to all the people of Wabamun and area.

Tree of Hope Wabamun 2019
Wabamun Light Up 2019
Wabamun Light Up 2019 cheque presentation
Santa in Wabamun 2019