Canuck Place Children's Hospice (Vancouver, BC)


  • Name:Christina Boliszczuk, Ms.
  • Title:Philanthropy Officer- Major Gifts

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  • Organization Name:Canuck Place Children's Hospice
  • Address:1690 Matthews Ave., Vancouver, BC
    Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2

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  • Main phone:604-730-3303

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  • Mission:
  • Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides innovative, holistic clinical care with compassion through our hospices, in hospitals and communities in BC and the Yukon.

    We provide respite, family support, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement services to newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions.

  • Overview:
  • Canuck Place is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider, offering integrated care to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Our pediatric palliative care team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, therapists, staff and volunteers provide 24/7 respite, pain and symptom management, end-of life care, and grief and loss counselling.

    We are a nationally accredited health services organization in Exemplary Standing, the highest level of accreditation as awarded by Accreditation Canada. We are also affiliated with the National Hospice Palliative Care Association and the BC Association of Palliative Care.

    In the last year, over 670 children and families from all over BC came to us with complex medical illnesses. We work together to develop and implement individualized care plans to address these needs and enable them to live full and dignified lives. We provide healthy meals, pain and symptom management, a safe and sanitary environment, professionally trained staff, specialized counseling services including music and play therapy, education, art and recreation therapy.

    However, our studies estimate that we are currently reaching only 20-25% of the children in BC living with a life-threatening illness. Over the last year alone, we have experienced an 11% increase of the children and families on our program. More children with a life-threatening condition, and the families who love them, need our specialized care.

  • History:
  • What began as the goal of one person has evolved into a shared purpose and a powerful collective vision. In 1988, Vancouver nurse Brenda Eng saw a need. Upon visiting England’s Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice, she returned determined to create a pediatric palliative hospice in British Columbia. The vision for Canuck Place was born.

    Inspired by this vision, others joined the cause. Brenda worked with Betty Davies to develop the program and the original model of care, as well as Lois Youngson at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She brought in George Jarvis, marketing executive, who helped her form HUGS Children’s Hospice Society, and together they rallied the community for support. Answering the call were The Vancouver Canucks Hockey Club and the Griffiths family, along with The Vancouver Sun, Variety Club, Loewen Group and Telus, as well as many other public and private donors.

    New Home
    With the money and programs in place, the vision now needed a home.

    Glen Brae Manor, a 16,000 sq ft mansion was built in 1910 by Scottish lumber and real estate baron, William Tait. After becoming a private school followed by a rest home, the house was eventually gifted to the City of Vancouver by subsequent owner, Elisabeth Wloskinski. She had just one condition: that the house be used for a purpose which would benefit the community.

    The City of Vancouver joined the growing vision by leasing the property to Canuck Place for $1 per year for 50 years. Slowly becoming a reality, the future hospice was renovated to maintain its original splendour and home-like environment, and to include the essential elements required to offer pediatric palliative care.

    Canuck Place opened its doors on November 30, 1995, to become the first free-standing hospice in North America, and living proof that a genuine need, combined with vision and a passionate group of caring individuals, can make any goal a reality. Through the support of the Provincial government, Canucks for Kids Fund who have granted over $28 million over two decades, many leading organizations and incredibly generous individuals Canuck Place has thrived. It takes a community to build provincial pediatric palliative care.

    In 2009, Canuck Place recognized that we were reaching only 20 – 25% of children and families in need of pediatric palliative care in BC. Armed with passion, experience and a growing team of inspired individuals and partners, we embarked on a quest to open a second hospice location. The vision for Canuck Place – Dave Lede House, located in Abbotsford, BC, was born. We are now in phase A of a two-phase plan to bring this second hospice to full capacity.

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Charitable
  • Canada Business or Reg #:133867523RR0001