Visit the Trees of Hope

Have you seen the beautiful trees in our food court? Each of these sponsored trees has been uniquely decorated by various business in Abbotsford. These businesses the opportunity to share in the spirit of giving, during the month of December. 100% of the proceeds from the Trees of Hope will benefit the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

From now until December 28th, you areinvited to view the trees by visiting Sevenoaks. Please fill out the People’s Choice nomination form, picking your five favorite trees. The tree that receives the most votes will receive a free ¼ page full color ad courtesy of the Abbotsford News recognizing the company’s support. Last year’s winner was the Crystal Gala Foundation! By entering you are entered to win a $100 gift card to Sevenoaks Shopping Centre. Draw will take place December 27th.

2011  Participating Businesses

Abbotsford Children's Theatre
Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford International Airport
Abbotsford News
Bobcat Country Equipment
Canuck Place, Abbotsford
Colwin Electric
Concord Security
Country 107.1
Country Tires
Crystal Gala Foundation
The Honda Way
Lee's Fine Jewellers on behalf of the Abbotsford Hospice Society
Marquise Facilities
MacAdams Law Firm
Prospera Credit Union
Re:Messaging Solutions
Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Tourism Abbotsford
University of the Fraser Valley
Uno Digital Screen Press Ltd.
Vancouver Career College
Windsor Security Limited

About the Abbotsford Hospice Society

In 2011 Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) celebrates 25 years of helping people who are dying and providing free support services to families. In addition to helping those who are living with a terminal or life-threatening illness, AHS provides programs to comfort children, teens and adults on their very personal journey of grief and loss. Services offered by specially trained volunteers and team members include one-to-one companioning, support groups, family counseling, expressive therapies, music and play for bereaved children and equine facilitated grief support for teens. Additionally, AHS offers a comprehensive lending library designed to support patients and families, along with public education, outreach and community referrals.

AHS will build a facility to house its existing Resource and Support Center and Holmberg House hospice. This residence is designed for people age 19 and older that will allow families to stay together in the same community. The name Holmberg House honours the life and legacy
of David Holmberg Jr., an Abbotsford resident, whose family has made significant
financial contributions to hospice, including the Campus of Care project.

The design of the Holmberg House, on the Campus of Care, will involve a home-like building, while offering the necessary medical care, to accommodate the person who is ill as well as family and friends. The two storey building will house the hospice residence with ten private patient suites each opening onto a private balcony overlooking gardens and a patio. Family members will be welcome to stay overnight. Hospice staff will prepare home-cooked meals on site and meals are provided in the dining room. Additionally, the family quiet room, living room, sanctuary, library and outdoor gardens will provide calm, peaceful and private spaces.

AHS will form part of an innovative partnership with Canuck Place Children's Hospice and Matthew's House children's respite centre to create a one of a kind Campus of Care in Abbotsford. AHS has taken a huge step towards helping make Abbotsford the very best city to live in, a city that cares for all of its citizens including those children, teens, adults and families who are facing challenge in its many forms. The Campus of Care, with the three facilities, will set a high standard and will become a model for other communities; in fact it will most likely become a North American leader in hospice and respite care.