For 15 years, Terri Odeneal was the face of the Comox valley Hospice Society.
She worked tirelessly as the organization’s executive director, and was pivotal in the introduction of the Comox Valley’s first end-of-life care beds, in 2015.
“It’s about helping people and their families live every day,” Terri said. “It’s living while dying, grieving and caregiving. You want to be able to support people to live every day absolutely to the fullest. And people can do that when they’re supported.”
““Fifteen years ago, Terri Odeneal joined us and led CVHS from very tenuous circumstances into the present wherein our rich continuum of services is highly appreciated and regarded by those in our community and by our care partners,” said board chair, when it was announced earlier this year that Terri had stepped down.
“Terri was so passionate about every endeavour she took on,” added Comox Valley Record editor, Terry Farrell. “From her work with hospice, to special services over the Christmas season to help people who are grieving the loss of a loved one, every time Terri reached out, I knew it was for something of importance to the community. She was never expectant, and always appreciative. Her selection as Unsung Hero is fitting.”