By on December 27, 2012




Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Osoyoos and Oliver once again sponsored the Tree of Life fundraising campaign in September and October. The event helped raise $6,970, which was donated to the Desert Valley Hospice Society last Thursday at the Shoppers store located on Main Street in Osoyoos. On hand for the presentation were (from left) Sandra Shaw (hospice society board member), Dave Shaw (hospice society board member), Janet Shaw (hospice society board president), Desiree Martin (assistant manager of the Shoppers Drug Mart in Oliver and Tree of Life campaign co-ordinator), Steven Hopp (owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart in Osoyoos), Allison Varga, (Tree of Life captain for the Osoyoos store) and Ted Cronmiller (hospice society board member). Photo by Keith Lacey.

Thanks to the generous support of Shoppers Drug Mart and customers in Osoyoos and Oliver, it’s going to be a very merry holiday season for the Desert Valley Hospice Society and its board of directors.
During the last two weeks of September and first two weeks of October, customers at Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Osoyoos and Oliver were asked to make donations to the Tree of Life fundraising campaign. By making a donation, customers could purchase a leaf on trees erected in both stores.
Last Thursday afternoon, several members from the hospice society’s board of directors and staff and management from both stores gathered at the Shoppers Drug Mart outlet on Main Street in Osoyoos as a cheque for just under $7,000 was donated.
This is the fourth-consecutive year that Shoppers Drug Mart in Osoyoos has raised funds to support the Desert Valley Hospice Society, said store owner Steven  Hopp.
“I would like to give my sincere appreciation for the outstanding support we have once again received from Shoppers Drug Mart and all of the people who support this effort,” said Janet Shaw, president of the board of directors with the Desert Valley Hospice Society.
“It’s just amazing what you have been able to accomplish to assist our organization and we just appreciate it very much. We would also like to thank the people from both communities for making donations to this campaign.”
Because the hospice society depends on volunteers and donations to offer its services, a generous donation like this is much needed and very much appreciated, said Shaw.
“This is a significant donation and it will make a difference in allowing us to provide services to our clients and will help us a great deal in achieving our mission of providing the best in end-of-life care.”
The Desert Valley Hospice Society is a charitable organization committed to supporting excellence in the delivery of end of life care for residents of the communities of Oliver and Osoyoos. The goal of end of life care is the same regardless of setting – to ensure the best possible quality of life for dying people and their families, said Shaw.
As a society, it promotes public awareness and education of issues relating to hospice, palliative and end-of-life care, she said.
The organization works towards honouring the memory of persons whose lives have been lost due to illness by holding special events such as our annual “Celebration of Caring Hands”  and our annual “Hike for Hospice.”
Numerous volunteers and supporters of the society raise money on an ongoing basis to support the work of DVHS. With the support of our community partners we secure and manage donations in order to disburse funds which help to improve end of life care, said Shaw.
Through our partnership with the South Okanagan General Hospital Volunteer Co-ordinator trained hospice volunteers are provided to support and assist persons and their families requiring hospice, palliative and end-of-life care.
Hopp said Shoppers Drug Mart is committed to being a good corporate citizen and being able to help an outstanding organization like the hospice society is something staff and customers are excited about.
The Osoyoos Elks Lodge contributed $1,000 to the donation made last week and one local Osoyoos resident donated $500 towards the cause, said Hopp.
Shoppers Drug Mart has been sponsoring its Tree of Life campaign in Osoyoos for the past 11 years and for many yearse in Oliver.

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