The BC Centre for Palliative Care was pleased to host Dr. Tomoyuki Dobata and Dr. Satoko Hotta from Japan for two days of shared learning about how BC is adopting and adapting the concept of the global Compassionate Communities movement.
Dr. Eman Hassan, our executive director, invited several Compassionate Community Champions in BC to share their experiences with our Japanese guests. On December 12th, Camp Kerry, New West Hospice Society, and Compassionate Neighbourhood Health Partners Society met with Dr. Dobata and Dr. Hotta and each explained how they were able to create and mobilize compassionate, supportive networks for individuals and families affected by various illness and end-of-life issues. On December 13th, Melody Jobse, Community Engagement, accompanied the guests in a visit to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the provinces’ hospice palliative care provider for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Later in the day, Dr. Dobata and Dr. Hotta where inspired to meet with L3 group which included young adults whose serious illnesses have not stopped them from living full, independent lives.