Charitable Projects of the British Columbia Commandery - Hospice / Palliative Care

The BC Commandery has long been active in raising funds through the activities of the Order for palliative care and in assisting the terminally ill in more direct ways, through for example, community outreach volunteering. During the period that BC lottery income was made available by the Province for charitable activities, substantial sums were transferred to the Saanich, Duncan and Victoria hospices on Vancouver Island, which used these funds for a variety of projects assisting the needy in these areas.

Victoria Hospice Society

The charitable activities of the BC Commandery have, in recent years, been undertaken by Chev. Dr. Paul Loofs KCLJ(J), CMLJ a longtime member of the Commandery and a well-known figure both in Canada and Latin America for his numerous humanitarian and social development endeavours. Dr. Loofs has had a long association with the Victoria Hospice Society, having been an active fundraiser for many years and from 2008 when he and Chev. Prof. David Ruddy started to give $1,000 per year to the Society in the name of the Grand Priory in Canada. These annual donations have continued unabated since that time and the substantial monies raised have been used by the Victoria Hospice Society in supporting their 17-bed inpatient facility and the more than 300 trained volunteers who provide companionship, support and spiritual counselling to those requiring end-of-life care in the Victoria region.