Community supports palliative care at annual breakfast raising $10,000
By: Rhonda Massad – mtltimes.ca
More than 350 supporters of the West Island Palliative Care Residence (WIPCR) came out to the eleventh annual breakfast at Table 09 restaurant in Pointe Claire, on April 29.
The glorious buffet included everything from eggs and bacon to croissants and beans. Guest of the free breakfast donated what they could raising more than $10,000 this year. The fun started at 6 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m.
“We may think of it as a sad place but it isn’t at all,” Pierrefonds-Foxboro Mayor Jim Beis explained. “For those of us who have had the privilege of sharing the last days with someone who needed the WIPCR, we can only celebrate what they have to offer someone in the their last moments of life.”
“It is thanks to the people who had the vision to open the Residence as well as the people who came out today to support it,” Beis said.
Co-founder Theresa Dellar agrees with Beis.
“Though I am the co-founder, it is the community that founded WIPC,” she stated. “Without the support of the community we simply would not exist.”
The West Island Palliative Care Residence is a non-profit institution, accredited by the Quebec government to provide palliative care health services. Opened in 2002 with nine beds, a 2012 expansion increased its capacity to 23 beds, making it the largest freestanding palliative care residence in Canada.