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Awards & Recognition

The Ellen Kearney Crean Lifetime Service Award

Terry Androsky - 2018

For compassionate and heartfelt service to the BC Bereavement Helpline 2011 - present. Thank you Terry for your deep compassion for the bereaved and your heartfelt service to BCBH. You touch all of us with your kind words, wisdom and intelligence.

Linda Prochaska - 2017

For unprecedented and dedicated service to the BC Bereavement Helpline 1988 – present.

Thank you for your years of service. Your warmth and compassion is a gift to all those bereaved in British Columbia.

Jo-Ann Turner - 2015

The accomplishments of the BC Bereavement Helpline would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Jo-Ann Turner. From the BC Bereavement Helpline’s inception in 1988 until 2014, Jo-Ann served on the Board as President and Treasurer and led this organization with compassion and integrity.  

Jo-Ann was a leader in the field of bereavement over the two and a half decades she dedicated to the Helpline. She grew BCBH from a small organization on a “shoestring” budget to a leading provincial services provider that, by 2014, had touched over 40,000 BC residents.

On behalf of the Helpline, and the thousands of bereaved individuals who have benefited from its services, we would like to thank Jo-Ann for her years of admirable service and commitment.


Jo-Ann Turner Volunteer Service Award

Christopher Ducharme

In 2015 Christopher Ducharme was awarded the Jo-Ann Turner Volunteer Service Award for his dedication to the BC Bereavement Helpline and BC Victims of Homicide. As founder, Chris took the BC Victims of Homicide from the point when it was apparent there was a need to be filled to one of the first programs dedicated solely to those who have lost a loved one to homicide.

Through his personal experience, Chris has made an indelible stamp on the success and history of the BC Bereavement Helpline. On behalf of those who have suffered traumatic losses and all those who have, and will continue to, benefit from BCVOH programs, we would like to thank Chris for his inspiration, dedication and years of hard work.