The Value of a Welcoming Community

One of the key differentiators of a community hospice is the setting – inside and out.  The renderings of the homelike building and the warm and welcoming rooms of the Roozen Family Hospice Centre are always met with smiles and nods of appreciation. But, the hospice experience will really begin before entering the building [...]

2019-12-17T16:21:41-07:00 December 17th, 2019|Home for Hospice Campaign, Stories|


Pilgrims was delighted to honour a few of our philanthropic  heroes that help make community hospice care available to our community at this year’s AFP philanthropy awards. PARKER POTHIER - YOUTH Parker Pothier first accessed our Expressive Arts for Grieving Children, Teens and Families as a young teen grieving the loss of his precious [...]

2019-11-27T21:03:38-07:00 November 27th, 2019|Events, Press, Stories|

Allowing Families to be Families

The buzz at this year’s Sunflower Fundraising Luncheon (Friday, October 4) was palpable, as a full house of 275 guests raised over $200,000 to help build Edmonton’s first residential community hospice. “The Roozen Family Hospice Centre will house our wrap-around support programs for the whole family, in addition to a 24/7 hospice palliative residence [...]

2019-10-21T12:31:38-06:00 October 16th, 2019|Events, Home for Hospice Campaign, Stories|

Construction Starts – A Good News Story

Almost 100 people joined us for the milestone Building Commencement Ceremony, on Monday, August 12, celebrating the construction start of the Roozen Family Hospice Centre. Garnet Clark, Pilgrims Hospice Society Board Chair, captured the excitement of the event: "Volunteers and champions, donors and client families, neighbours, construction partners, and community representatives coming together to [...]

2019-08-19T11:31:29-06:00 August 18th, 2019|Campaigns & Fundraising, Events, Press, Stories|

Susan’s Story

My work was my life. After taking early retirement, I had no focus or routine, and my illness made it difficult for me to leave home or meet new friends. I was struggling not just with my diagnosis but with loneliness and depression. I needed something to keep myself busy and engaged, and my husband, [...]

2019-07-16T09:47:21-06:00 July 11th, 2019|Client Stories, Day Program, Stories|

25th Birthday Founders Dinner

Celebrating 25 Years of Compassionate Care Over 100 friends and supporters gathered earlier this month for an intimate dinner to celebrate the 25th Birthday of Pilgrims Hospice Society and to honour the original Founders. From champagne on the patio to birthday cake, and collections of Pilgrims' photos over 25 years to portrait sketches by [...]

2019-06-27T14:39:26-06:00 June 27th, 2019|Events, Stories|

Benefitting the People of Edmonton

To mark CADTH’s 30th anniversary, the organization launched a new initiative – HTA Gives Back – at their annual Symposium, held in Edmonton earlier this year. Rather than purchasing thank you gifts for speakers and volunteers, they decided to redirect the funds to a local registered charity in Edmonton, as well as donate an [...]

2019-06-03T11:18:04-06:00 June 3rd, 2019|Press, Stories|

Volunteering: It’s a Joy – Carol Milner

Carol with Hospice Day Program client, Darlene For me, volunteering for Pilgrims Hospice Society as a massage therapist is all about the people. Offering a bit of comfort and a listening ear to those who are going through incredibly tough challenges. Massage can play an important part in end-of-life care, providing comfort [...]

2019-04-09T11:52:02-06:00 April 9th, 2019|Day Program, Volunteer Stories|