Forget MAiD, issue is about leadership at Delta Hospice


Re: MAiD driving wedge in Delta Hospice, Oct. 31

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I have many issues with the article. Was the article to be about issues at Delta Hospice or the contentious issue of MAiD? I'm not sure where the reporter got his information or how he tied it into the AGM on Oct. 22. His statements are false.

MAiD was not part of the agenda and was never discussed by any speaker from the floor, the board of directors or candidates. MAiD was the topic of a previous AGM wherein the board had extensively polled the residents of Delta, Delta Hospice staff, board members and volunteers. Results were that MAID would continue to not be performed at Delta Hospice. It is my understanding that no further action has been taken, nor will it be, unless directed by Fraser Health.

To be blunt, none of the articles regarding the issues at Delta Hospice should have been made public. They are the result of the board's termination of the executive director. Every company, organization and society goes through administrative changes, which are required for any business to grow and flourish.

After many years, that change has come to Delta Hospice. It is time for change. Unfortunately, the innuendos, name calling and bullying is what the media is reporting. The bottom line is certain members are not making the welfare of the hospice a priority, but rather making it a personal grievance.

It was accurate to report on the letter from the acting executive director outlining inconsistencies in the handling of the operation in the past and that many staff and volunteers await the outcome to assess their continued involvement with Delta Hospice. We became staff and volunteers because we believe in our hospice and the care, support and services we provide to the most vulnerable of our Delta residents.

I ask members to remember what the hospice has done for our community and to come to the AGM with its growth and sustainability in mind. It will not flourish under the old ways.

Please put aside the misguided and misinformation you have received and remember that MAiD is not an issue now or in foreseeable future.

D. Mitchell




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