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Hospice executive director earns praise

Chilliwack Hospice Society executive director was praised in the House of Commons this week as she prepares to leave for her new career in Vancouver.

Geri McGrath has overseen the society’s growth during the past several years, expanding programs and delivery services to individuals and families in the dying and grieving process.

This week that service was recognized in Ottawa by Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon MP Mark Strahl.

Said Strahl: “I rise in the House today to highlight the wonderful work of the Chilliwack Hospice Society and its outgoing executive director, Geri McGrath.

“Established in 1986, Chilliwack Hospice delivers a number of programs that help meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families during the dying and grieving process.

“Like most non-profits, the work of this organization depends on the efforts of dedicated volunteers. In the case of Chilliwack Hospice, they number over 200.

“Under Geri's leadership, the hospice has seen a major growth in programs and services. In 2008, it provided palliative care to 30 patients, and by 2012 the number had grown to 568.

“Sadly for Chilliwack, Geri has accepted a position with the Vancouver Hospice Society and will be spearheading their efforts to open their new hospice beds. Our loss is Vancouver's gain.

“I would like to thank Geri McGrath, her staff and the dedicated volunteers at Chilliwack Hospice for the compassionate care they provide to my constituents in their time of greatest need.”

McGrath’s last day with the society will be this Friday.

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