Holiday Outreach A Success

On Christmas Eve, members from our community came together to offer comfort (clothing, food, a warm fire and peer support) to those who are grieving and in need on the downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia. Camp Kerry team member and recipient of a 2018 Courage to Comeback Award, Joshua Dahling, starting this tradition more than two decades ago, but this year he decided that it was time to pass on the torch so that he could focus on other projects in our organization.

Josh explained that an overwhelming sense of joy was felt when he saw the response from so many our alumni that wanted to get involved in carrying on this tradition – some of whom have been participating in this particular event with him since 2009. He also stated that he believes healing and a true sense of gratitude is experienced when one participates in community service; that the holiday season can be wonderful for those who are grieving because so many people truly provide gifts that keeps on giving – compassion, love, friendship and more. Josh’s dream is for every Canadian to one day have access to bereavement care services, and thinks that such community outreach projects could partially contribute to achieving this goal.

Special thanks goes out to Jaqueline for taking on the torch this year and also to all of those who participated as well! 

If you would like to get involved or contribute to our outreach projects in your community then please contact our office.