Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Mature Student Award

The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to offer an opportunity for financial support to a student pursuing post-secondary education leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate in the provision of human health care.


A grant of $1,500.00 is available for 2019 to an individual, who is a resident of Chemainus or area, and who is resuming or starting their post-high school education after an absence of two or more consecutive years. 


For details and an application form please click on the Education section of this website.


Applications may also be picked up at Reception in the Chemainus Health Care Centre. Applications must be received by or post marked June 17, 2019.



$100,000.00 for Cowichan Hospice  House Project


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to provide $100,000.00 dollars in support of the Cowichan Hospice House Project. The Project is an ambitious undertaking to build a 10 bed centre that will meet the special needs of people at the end-of-life. For over 35 years Cowichan Hospice Society, through professional counsellors and trained volunteers, has provided care for people living with advancing illness and for people in grief. However, the Cowichan area is the only community of its size on Vancouver Island not to have a dedicated Hospice House. The new centre will provide a welcoming environment in which expert medical care, emotional, spiritual and practical support can be given to those facing life threatening illnesses and for their families.


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation has long been supportive of increasing end of life facilities for residents of Cowichan. In 2011 the Foundation and Chemainus Auxiliary jointly funded the construction and equipping of an end of life sanctuary at the Chemainus Health Care Centre; for several years the one room was the only such facility serving the Cowichan Valley.


“This will change with the completion of the Hospice House Project.” said Kathleen Hepburn, President of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation. “Through the generosity of our donors from this small community we know the $100,000.00 will go to fill a significant gap in the health care available in the region. The need is now and growing as the population continues to age.”


Jamie Goodman, President , Cowichan Hospice Board welcomed the donation from the Foundation noting that the Society has committed to raising $10 million dollars to open and provide whole person care. “We are getting close to the target and contributions from this community of Chemainus have been extremely important. We hope to see groundbreaking by fall, 2019 with doors opening in late 2020.  We are also pleased that the end-of-life sanctuary funded those years ago at the Health Care Centre will continue to be available as hospice for special care.



Investing to improve patient services


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce the recent purchase of two important pieces of equipment for the Chemainus Health Care Centre.  Both will improve the service to patients using the laboratory or the Urgent Care facilities.

Improving the “waiting room experience

The first is a digital numbered ticket system for the Lab. There is now a clear, bright, electronic display of the number of the next person to be served.  In the past, it has been difficult for staff to make sure people waiting in the hallway could hear their number being called, or for people to know exactly where in the line-up for service their number was.  It is hoped this new addition will prevent such misunderstandings and better inform people waiting to see the technicians.  



Better diagnostics for the Community

The second purchase is a portable ultrasound for Urgent Care. This unit, which can easily be brought to the patient’s bed side, will provide the latest technology for helping to assessing soft-tissue health or injury. This will greatly assist the physicians to determine the appropriate treatment and stabilization of patients presenting in Urgent Care. It will also mean that patients can be assessed in Chemainus rather than having to travel to out of town facilities for thorough diagnosis.



The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health facilities and services available to the residents of Chemainus and area.



End-of life care in Cowichan: a present and growing need

Cowichan Hospice is a not-for-profit society providing care for people living with advancing illness, including their families and for people in grief. This is an important part of the integrated end of life care currently provided in the community. The Chemainus Health Care Foundation, in cooperation with the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, has funded the construction and equipping of an end-of life sanctuary at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. This one suite is simply insufficient to meet the urgent needs of residents of Cowichan. Hospice House is an important initiative by the Cowichan Hospice Society to fill this critical gap in our health care services.

Most people wish to be cared for at home at the end of their lives Unfortunately for many families, it’s not possible. The emotional and physical toll is just too much, and many people face the end of their lives without privacy or dignity in a crowded hospital room. Cowichan Hospice, staff and volunteers of the society do an amazing job of providing compassionate care, emotional support, information, and companionship to people and their families dealing with advancing illness and grief.

What we don’t have in Cowichan is a Hospice House; a place to live well at the end of life. A place to die with support, safety and dignity, in a home-like setting. A place where expert medical care is provided focused on a person’s own goals and priorities.

Cowichan Hospice needs your help. Cowichan Hospice is raising the funds to build Cowichan Hospice House. Island Health will own the facility and cover medical staffing and facility operating costs and Cowichan Hospice staff and trained volunteers will provide psycho-social care as well as practical support for patients and family members. With a goal of $10 million, to date Cowichan Hospice has raised funding and pledges of $7.35 million!

Together we can make caring easier. Open your heart to hospice. Help to build Cowichan Hospice House, a place where families can spend precious time together in a home-like setting with expert care. Together we can bring hospice beds to Cowichan and enhance care for the whole family.

 Our community deserves excellent end of life care.

To learn more about Cowichan Hospice House please visit