Festival of Trees 2021

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2021 Festival of Trees

Full Circle Foundation November 24th/21 Announcement:

Thanks to the generosity of our community, our first annual Festival of Trees raised $21,100!!! 

We will donate $20,100 to our beneficiary the 
Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society and in honour of the legacy of the Diabetes Association Brooks & District, former stewards of the Festival, we will use $1000 to send a child to diabetes camp at Camp Jean Nelson this Summer! 

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Huge Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors of the Full Circle Foundation for their care and energy put into bringing back to the community Festival of Trees! Brooks and the area have the best volunteers!

PRHPCS cannot thank you enough for your choice of PRHPCS as your 2021 benefactor! This will be a huge boost to support for hospice palliative care in Brooks and area. Thank you!

Our Volunteers are so excited to be part of the Full Circle Foundation’s 2021 Festival of Trees @ The Brooks Heritage Inn and Suites. We are honoured for the opportunity to further the knowledge of our society in Brooks and the area.

If you are able to attend this event Nov 18 to 20th – we would be happy to see you there.

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Some of PRHPCS’ wonderful volunteers!
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Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society Table
New RaffleJUST for the Festival of Trees weekend – Draw Nov. 20th @ Jingle & Mingle.
May be an image of text that says 'FESTIVAL OFTREES Prairie Rise RAFFLE HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE SOCIETY 1st PRIZE: 2nd PRIZE: 3rd PRIZE: $500 $225 $100 PHOTO SESSION FROM "LET IT SNOW" CASH PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANDMADE SLED KARRIANNE FROM MiS Creationz Draw: Nov. 20, 2021 at Heritage Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Brooks 300 Tickets Printed Tickets: $10.00 Each License #586231 Must be 18 or over to purchase 003 Thank youfor supporting Hospice Palliative Care in Brooks and Area.'

Winners: The prizes were $500 cash – won by Bruce Parker, 2nd prize a Photo Session from  Photography by Karrianne valued at $225 won by Jackie Johnson and 3rd prize was A  decorative handmade sled from MiS Creationz valued at $100 won by Anne Blower.

Thank you to Full Circle Foundation, Photography by Karrrianne and MiS Creationz sponsors.

We had a total of 67 bulbs sold for the 2021 Trees of Hope campaign for a total of $1,005.00. The campaign runs until Dec. 10th. Forms available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Brooks Bulletin and Brooks Homecare Office.

For more event information contact Full Circle Foundation: Ashley Williams or Carmen Powell fcf4wellness@gmail.com REP rules in place – wear a mask and show your QRcode or rapid test within 72 hours to enter the event.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “palliative”? Hospitals?  End of life? Cancer? Hospice? Hearing “palliative care” can evoke so many thoughts & feelings for people, yet it’s a term that is sometimes misused or misunderstood. 

Palliative care is often synonymous with end of life, but Palliative care is actually so much more than that!  Canadian Virtual Hospice describes it as a “type of health care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness.” Palliative care helps patients to achieve the best possible quality of life , throughout  a serious illness and can include end of life care. This type of care ensures the best quality of life for those facing symptoms that impact things like their mobility, career, recreation and leisure options, physical and mental health, independence and pain management. With Palliative care, hope becomes less about a cure and more about living life as fully as possible.

This hospice palliative model has been adopted by the Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society (PRHPCS) and guides them as they work to promote awareness of the concept of hospice palliative care through workshops, guest speakers, and more. They also provide information and resources to the public, caregivers, and the medical community. While families can access palliative care through the public health system, there is a need for more education, support and resources. Families are often left trying to navigate through a serious illness or end of life care on their own and it doesn’t have to be this way. Support is absolutely crucial for those facing a serious life limiting illness and for those who love and care for them. The Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society is there to offer this much needed support to families in our community, while also educating about and advocating for hospice palliative care.

Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society is a non-profit  society, run by a volunteer board. All monies raised stay in our communities and go directly to supporting local hospice palliative care and awareness; be it for beds to enable people to stay home longer, support to help them through the journey or education for caregivers and our volunteers to help those who need services.

Full Circle Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to work with PRHPCS this year as we embark on hosting our first Festival Of  Trees event. As a committee we believe in the importance of palliative care. We know that there is work to be done in terms of the understanding around palliative and hospice care, as well as a need for funds to support the work that is being done in our community by PRHPCS. Festival of Trees allows us to address both of these areas in one fun filled & festive event. We have already gotten a glimpse of the passion and commitment the Prairie Rose Members have for their cause and we look forward to helping them share more of that with the community through the event. 

“We are a group that believes that life matters, right until the last breath” We are hoping that our events and activities get ‘palliative care talks’ happening around gatherings at coffee tables – to let them know there is help in the community when they get told news that no one wants to hear”  ~ PRHPCS  Member 

“Palliative care is not only for those on their end of life journey but for anyone who is facing a chronic disease with no likely hope for a cure.” ~PRHPCS  Member

In addition to the funds being raised for PRHPC through  Festival of Trees, we also wanted to shine a light on the specific programs and resources they offer in the hopes of raising awareness of the support that is available right here in our community. 

Current Resources & Programs:

  •  Public Memorial  Service twice a year for all those in the community who have lost a loved one. Provided in partnership with the Newell Christian Community NCC (Virtual services until Covid-19 Restrictions are removed
  • In-Home Bed Program: This popular program supplies four hospital beds and bedside tables free of charge to those palliative care patients who choose to have care at home. 
  • Palliative Care Rooms: There are three palliative care rooms in the Brooks Health Centre and one hospital bed in Bassano Hospital. They provide small refrigerators, kettles, microwaves, blenders, televisions, and recliner chairs for family use.  
  • Trees of Hope Campaign: This traditional holiday campaign lights the Trees of Hope at the Brooks Health Centre with donations made either as a Christmas greeting or In Memory of a loved one. Tree lighting takes place the evening of the  3rd Monday in November.
  • Grief Resources available at  www.virtualhospice.ca , www.ahpca.ca & www.stronger-lifeconnections.com
  • Comfort Bags: With community support they provide comfort bags for hospice palliative care clients. These bags contain not only small comfort items but also information on physical changes to be expected and information on resources that can be accessed.
  • Education: In the past they provided a yearly full day in-service for the community as well as lunch and learn sessions on various topics related to palliative care. Recently, they hosted a 6 session palliative care volunteer education course. They are planning on bimonthly education sessions for volunteers and may host another full day inservice in the Spring. For details and updates you can visit their website.

In addition to these resources,  the supporters and volunteers of Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society would love to one day see fully funded hospice care in partnership with community resources for Brooks and area. “Hope for Hospice Care” aims to make that dream a reality. 

Those involved with PRHPCS often have experience to share in terms of their professional or personal experience with death and grief. They are a group who truly listens to the needs of the community and brings their unique perspective along to help shape the work of the society.

“When my husband was dying 7 years ago I felt very alone and unequipped when it came to understanding the journey of dying and how better to support him and myself through this important time of life.” ~PRHPCS  Member

“I believe people are becoming more aware of our organization,  gradually feeling more open to discussion……Death and dying still have such a stigma in our society; something people seem to fear talking about, so it will be a long road to really help people. But I think the more we can talk about it, share the often beautiful moments in it: the pain but the treasured memories as well, the greater our organization and our community will be.” ~PRHPCS  Member

Serious illnesses, death and grief are a part of all of our lives. They are inevitably woven into each of our stories amongst the joy, excitement, triumphs, uncertainties and complications. End of life journeys will always be there,  part of the natural peaks and valleys of our lives. We don’t have to navigate those valleys alone. Let’s talk more openly amongst friends and relatives about what palliative care is and how someday it may become a part of your family’s story. Let’s increase our understanding of the importance of palliative resources for end of life care but also before ~ when the quality of one’s time is so important. Challenge others in their understanding of the term palliative and share your knowledge and experience with them.  The support and resources from Prairie Rose Hospice Palliative Care Society are an important part of our community and can be an important part of your family’s support system as well, if and when you need them. 

We are so excited to host our very first Festival of Trees in support of PRHPCS and we hope you will join us in celebrating the work that they do and coming together as a community to contribute to this important cause. We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with all of you in a way that helps others and simultaneously fills our hearts and hopefully yours as well! 

~ Carmen Powell  Full Circle Foundation