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$3 million funding to help palliative care

By Angela Brown, Portage Daily Graphic

A recent funding announcement of a large donation to benefit palliative care nationally is positive news to local providers in the Portage la Prairie area.

The federal government reported a total of $3 million was to be given out to Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association for a three-year initiative. The project will involve developing community-integrated palliative care models.

"It will be interesting to see how it will benefit the programs across the country," said Pat Chimney, volunteers' co-ordinator with Sunset Palliative Care, based in Portage la Prairie.

She added anything that can benefit palliative care services is always appreciated.

"The need is immense," Chimney said. "Community awareness is so important, and we do a lot of that."

Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Hoeppner said the new funding will help the work of hospice palliative care across Canada.

"I am very happy about it," she said of the announcement.

Before Hoeppner was elected to the position of MP, she was involved in doing volunteer work with palliative care herself at Boundary Trails Health Centre in Morden/Winkler.

"After being elected, I was on one of our committees that looked at palliative care .," said Hoeppner. "It's a non-partisan issue. It is an issue that no matter what party you are from, no matter what your political leanings are, we all recognize that there is a time when family members or loved ones are nearing the end of their life and they need special care. They need to be able to be cared for - whether it is at home, or in hospital - but where they are comfortable, with their families around them."

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