P.A. couple supports cause close to their hearts with $50K donation

(From left to right) Ralph Boychuk, Stan and Lizbeth Oleksinski and Marina Mitchell. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

Dr. Stan and Lizbeth Oleksinski understand how important it is to have a hospice.

The Prince Albert couple, who have been operating the South Hill Medical Clinic for the past 17 years, became the latest donors to the Rose Garden Hospice campaign Wednesday when they presented a cheque for $50,000 to board members Marina Mitchell and Ralph Boychuk.

“There (aren’t) a lot of … services in Prince Albert dedicated to palliative care,” Stan said.

“It will be nice to have a centre for our patients to be able to use.”

In addition to understanding the need for palliative care, the Oleksinski family knows how important a comforting atmosphere can be first-hand. Both of Lizbeth’s parents were in palliative care in Regina.

“We’re very aware of what happens at the end of life,” Stan said.

“It meant a lot for our family to have a place to gather together in the common area rooms and the way the staff is real caring is a real welcoming thing for families to go through,” Lizbeth said.

“it’s a very welcoming atmosphere Even though we know the end is near, you can still enjoy all of those last moments together.”

Knowing how much of a difference a comfortable experience can make was part of the reason the pair wanted to contribute.

“It’s a more comfortable setting for the public to go in the final stages of their journey through life. Whether it be cancer or lung problems or heart failure., there’s more to palliative care than just cancer,” Stan said.

“There’s definitely a need for our area.”

The Rose Garden Hospice is attempting to raise $4 million to construct the facility. A plot of land has been donated for their use on Marquis road. The province has promised to provide up to $2 million per year in operating funding beginning in 2021.