Health and Wellness Day

Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Doors open at 10:00am

Chilliwack Hospice Society is hosting an array of free workshops and presentations for those who are grieving or are interested in learning more about living well through grief and loss during a special Health and Wellness Day event, June 11. Register early to participate in one or more of our workshops, or drop-in to learn about our programs and services, meet our staff, enjoy some treats, and enter to win a few fantastic door prizes!

For more information, please contact Laurie McNaught, Community Outreach & Education Manager, at (604) 795-4660 or email [email protected]

Schedule of Events:


Facilitated by Emmy Kerr

Emmy has been practicing yoga for about six years. In January 2020, she received her Yoga Teacher Training (YTT200) certificate from Haven School of Yoga. The training received is Anusara-based which focuses on physical alignment of the poses and linking breath to movement.
Emmy says, “This line of training, combined with my background as a Registered Nurse, has allowed me to structure my yoga classes with a deep understanding of human anatomy and how to adapt the practice to suit each individual.”
Her passion lies in doing her best to make yoga accessible to everyone, not limited to their physical abilities. Teaching chair yoga has reaffirmed her belief that small yet consistent daily movement is the key to maintaining the momentum of the physical body.
We look forward to meeting you exactly where you are on your mat (or on your chair!)


Painting workshop facilitated by Rose Ross, Julie Anne’s Art & Custom Framing


Featuring author of Journeys of Grief and Loss, Dr. Maple Melder Crozier

Maple is retired from the University of the Fraser Valley where she was a professor for over 30 years in the Child & Youth Care BA Program of the Child Youth & Family Studies Department.  In that time, she taught thousands of young people on all the issues that happen in the lives of families, specializing in Expressive Therapies, Grief and Loss, Healthy Relationships, and Diversity.  She has written provincial curriculum and a textbook for their graduate program (Journeys of Grief and Loss) and has served as Department Head for the Department on three separate occasions.  She began her career working in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. Doing and presenting her research about youth has taken her to many countries of the world.

In addition to her BA in Biological Science and an MS in Education with an Educational Psychology option, she also attained a California State Counselor’s Certification, College Instructor’s Certificate, and a K-12 Teacher’s Certification. Her doctoral work was completed in 2003 researching Multiple Intelligences, and in addition, she holds a Narrative Therapy and Play Therapy credential.

Maple grew up in Victoria, lived for 10 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has lived in the Fraser Valley now for 30 years.  She has 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.  She is passionate about her family, NFL football, and footwear.

Her latest favourite quote is by poet Amanda Gorman: “There is always light.  If only we’re brave enough to see it.  If only we’re brave enough to be it.”


Facilitated by Betty Meizner, MA

Writing about your feelings, the act of putting pen to paper can be very cathartic throughout the grieving process. Journaling is a proven coping tool for exploring grief and other complicated emotions.
A mixed media artist, Betty Meizner enjoys experimenting with many different kinds of media including paint, paper, photography, assemblage, and encaustic mediums. With Betty’s guidance while “trusting the process,” you will create your own beautiful artistic journal to take home.


Moderated by Lucy Fraser, Director of Programs

Lucy and a panel of guest speakers will discuss how to continue living well through grief, loss, and aging.


Presented by Franceska Hills, Child & Youth Program Manager, and Jennifer Dacre, Bereavement Services Manager

Throughout the Day:


Relaxation treatments for new clients. Sessions are 30 minutes each, booked in advance. To learn more about our Relaxation Program, click here.

Including Chilliwack Learning Society Silver Surfers

It’s never too late to learn to surf! Silver Surfers is perfect for seniors who would like to learn how to use their tablets, laptops, and cell phones.

  • Surf the Internet;
  • Set up an email account;
  • Video chat with loved ones;
  • Play online games;
  • Learn how to download apps;
  • and so much more.


**Please review session start and end times before you register. Many of our workshops/presentations are being held concurrently. Please sign-up for one workshop/presentation in a given time period.**


All activities are free. Please pre-register to participate in any or all of our workshops below.

Intro to Chair Yoga with Emmy Kerr
Artistic Expressions of Grief with Miss Ross
Guest Speaker: Dr. Maple Melder Crozier, 'Journeys of Grief and Loss'
Artistic Journal Making with Betty Meizner (FULL)
Panel Discussion: 'Living Well During Grief, Loss & Aging'
Keynote: Jennifer Dacre and Franceska Hills, 'New Relationships After the Death of a Parent/Spouse'
Relaxation treatments for new clients. Sessions are 30 minutes each, booked in advance.