The Roey Award: 2019 Recipient is Denis Fafard

The Roey Award: 2019 Recipient is Denis Fafard

The Roey Award, initiated in 2016, recognizes a Coast Hospice Volunteer each year who upholds the vision, the wholeheartedness, and the compassion that Rosemary Hoare embraced and shared with out organization for 25 years.

This award recognizes a person who is passionate about Hospice, about being present with others-be that companioning persons with serious illnesses or those who are grieving a loves one’s death; a person who doesn’t shy away from bearing witness to another’s pain. It recognizes a person who has some longevity in our organization, who goes the extra mile, and shines out as an extraordinary volunteer in our hospice community.

2016 Eric Zasberg

2017 Caron Hawrychuck

2018 Esme Stokhuyzen

2019 Denis Fafard

Rosemary Hoare was one of the founding members of Hospice who recognized, in 1985, that we needed a way to provide hospice services on the Sunshine Coast. She was a stalwart supported of Hospice on the Coast, driving up and down the coast in rain and sleet and snow, to visit people who were dealing with a serious illness or grieving. She has an incredible knack of being able to hear a person into being; listening to what they said; hearing the essence of the issue and upholding the sanctity of each person she met. She was able to walk the tightrope between the volunteer Board and volunteers who worked directly with clients. She has a big heart, gilled with loving care and compassion.

We are thrilled to be able to honour the following persons who do, indeed, uphold the vision of a volunteer organization that leads from a place of grace and presence and compassion.


The 2019 Roey Award Recipient

Denis Fafard (pictured above) began volunteering in 2011.  He established himself as an advocate for families and individuals and was the eyes and ears for the Volunteer Coordinators, being able to talk with families and quickly analyze what was needed in any situation. He was also supporting the elderly folk in his neighbourhood, before he even began volunteering with us.  Denis showed skill and presence in vigils and continues to give us his time for vigils even as the President of our Society.

In 2012 Denis jumped into assisting with Volunteer Orientation.  He co-taught 2 orientations in 2013 and the orientations in 2014 and 2015.  In fact, it was this experience which inspired him to create the GRACE model, which is still taught in our orientation and forms the basis of our presence with clients.

By 2013 Denis was sitting on the Board of Directors and he jumped in and became the captain of a ship which needed helming during a time of upheaval, using the same moral compass that he shares with Roey – he believes in the goodness of people, he is a humble servant of compassion and he values an organizational structure that supports our clients in the most meaningful and heart-based way possible.

As the President, Denis has remained connected to our beginnings.  He attends in-services, delights in meeting the new volunteers and actively mentors new board and front-line volunteers.    He has a very keen mind, a fabulous sense of humour and the ability to synthesize and coordinate the information he is given and shares.

Elana Robinson, Manager of Hospice Services says, “As a staff member who has the privilege of working directly under his leadership, I can attest to his openness, his empathy and his kindness.  It is not often that I have had the pleasure of working for someone who is so deep and wise, and yet so generous.  I have seen Denis give without any expectation of reciprocity, time and time again.”

Denis begins every Hospice Society with a meditative intention – a reminder of why the Board is doing what they are doing.  He consistently maintains Roey’s practices, presence and vision.

Pictured Above: Rosemary Hoare 

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