$9,551 of $36,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 34 months
We are a not for profit agency that assists adults, children and families and friends in dealing with traumatic, sudden and unplanned loss and the resultant impact of grief. Our agency has been in existence for over 43 years. We started out in the basement of the YWCA with our then founder Elsie Palmer who was new to this work and started a group becasue there was nothing in the city of vancouver or the province. Not a professionally trainined therapist/counselor Elsie had passion, committment and persistence and she found space and widows to come to her drop in groups. Much gratitude was felt and not long after Elsie found support from the YWCA additional support  came via small grants from  bc government and as well we became a founding member of united way of the lower mainland.
We grew a little but always with the focus of helping those less fortunate.
The agency became a professional organization in the late 80's with all the therapists having post graduate degrees and all members of a professional organization. Elsie Palmer retired and we hired Lynette Pollard-Elgert who evolved the agency along with her board to be known for the exceptional work done not only at the client level but also in educating and training professionals throughout the province.
The 1990's were good to the agency in as much as we were able to  continue our program of helping those less fortunate to access professional services in grief and loss. The open door program fund allowed the agency over the years to see thousands of indiviuals who live in poverty or with few resources to access our counselling and groups. This was given to us by the BC Government and partially provided by the Unite Way. By 2000 we fell out of favor with the United Way, as grief death bereavment and traumatic loss was not where they were targeting their funds and our funding was cancelled with our  final allocations  completed by the mid 2000's.
In 2012 we had to lay off our executive director and office manager. The business operates on a board management model for governance and oversight and contract independent therapists.
There is no other service like ours in the province and would suggest most of Canada that has specialzed only in grief & loss and the resultant impacts. Professionals seek us out for help and guidance in working with clients from within and outside of Canada. We are the go to organization when a traumatic death happens to support the surviving victims. Our agency was at the forefront of support for two years with Pickton murders and worked tirelessly with the families and Crime Victims organizations and Crown Counsel.
If we are unable to secure funding we will have to close the agency doors to this program once and for all. We need enough money to pay the rent and utilites and the rest we can carry through client fees and small acts of kindness. However the big win would be to have 75,000 which would allow us to not have to say NO to running drop in groups for free and see at a minimum at least an additional 5 to 10 clients that we currently say No to each week.
Please help our agency.
dr cheryl l bucar, board chair & managing director
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Although we fell very short of our campaign goal we used every donation to it's fullest benefit for our Society clients. The donations were used for the provision of Direct Services to BC Residents in need of access to professional counselling and support services.
Thank you everyone.
Dr Cheryl L Bucar, Managing Director & Board Chair, Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC.
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Thank you to everyone that donated to this gofundme to help Living through Loss Counselling Society of BC over a very difficult time.
This fundraiser was officially closed off last year.
Thank you.
Dr Cheryl L Bucar, Managing Director & Board Chair.
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Although our campaign has stalled for the time being, this latest gift of generosity has demonstrated that there are very thoughtful and generous people that will provide support when they can. We appreciate all donations and without the monies that we have received todate our open door program would not have been able to helped the number of desperate people that we have. We have run a "free loss through death group" and seen 55 client hours for free and paid directly from this fund. Thank you.
We still have a goal of $36,000 for this campaign year so please if you haven't already donated, please share this campaign with your friends and family and ask for their support.
Thank you.
Dr. Cheryl L Bucar, Managing Director.,
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Thank you to all that have supported our campaign to date. Because of your support and generosity we have open our doors this evening to begin our 6 week "loss through death" group for no fee those who are unable to pay for any professional support, be it individual counselling or facilitated group support.
The crowdsourcing concept is a remarkable fundraising tool that works optimally when people share the information and importance to them personally for getting behind a particular campaign.
We are closer than we were when I started this in mid-February but we are still 75% of our goal amount.
Please share this campaign and if you have not already donated please consider how a small donation will matter in the lives of those that do not even have $25 or $30 to help themselves.
We have always been so proud of our agency's ability to offer an open door campaign to help those less fortunate. Please help us keep this program alive and our door open to help.
Sincerely, Dr. Cheryl L Bucar, Managing Director
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$9,551 of $36,000 goal

Raised by 56 people in 34 months
Created February 11, 2016
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Francine Robinson
7 months ago

I definitely can vouch that therapists and clients need to have supportive, comfortable chairs.

8 months ago

you guys never stop working ... I admire you ..

Barbara Long
31 months ago

I only wish that things had been a little better here in Alberta for I would have gladly contributed more.

connie lazarowich
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

You are simply the best!!!! Thank you for your friendship and generous donation. You gift will provide funds for 6 participants to attend free to our "6 week loss through death group" in late April-early May. Thank you.

allen sawkins
32 months ago (Offline Donation)

Every little bit helps so I am donating my fee for training the homicide module at our last professional training session in March. Thank you for the letting me part of the valuable and honorable work we do at this agency.

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