Dr. Valorie Masuda (far left), Jamie Goodman, president of the board of directors of Cowichan Hospice and Rob Hutchins (far right), chair of Cowichan Hospice House Task Force recently accepted a $100,000 donation from Greg and Judy Adams and Steve and Lisa Carlson. Fundraising for the massive project continues. (Warren Goulding/Citizen)

Tim Hortons owners donate $100,000 to Cowichan Hospice

There is a long list of charities and organizations in the Cowichan Valley that are in need of financial help. And Greg and Judy Adams, Steve and Lisa Carlson have helped many of them out at one time or another.

But their latest donation is not only large, it is motivated by the recognition that Cowichan Hospice touches many families in the Valley at one time or another.

“For Judy and I, Steve and Lisa and all our employees, we know that our grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles need the comfort Hospice provides at the end of life,” explains Adams, who recently presented a cheque for $100,000 to Cowichan Hospice.

“We’ve got abut 300 employees and we know that we’ll all be going through this at some point in our lives,” he says.

“What Cowichan Hospice does for people in the Valley is so important.”

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Adams says the financial boost for Cowichan Hospice’s $10 million fundraising campaign was made possible as a result of the success of the Tim Hortons outlets he owns and operates in the Valley. He says Steve Carlson is an integral part of the operation, overseeing the three restaurants in Duncan as well as Mill Bay, Cobble Hill and Lake Cowichan.

“This donation from Greg and Judy Adams and Steve and Lisa Carlson gets us that much closer to our goal of building Cowichan Hospice House and providing key hospice services to individuals and families in Cowichan,” said James Goodman, president of the Cowichan Hospice Board.

“These two couples are great supporters of the community, both individually and through their businesses and we are delighted that they see Cowichan Hospice House as an important service for people in the Valley.”

Campaign Chair Rob Hutchins says the push to raise the final $400,000 got much easier with the recent donation from the Adams and Carlson families.

“They set a standard with their outstanding community leadership and this gift brings us closer to our goal,” Hutchins said.

Fundraising for the new facility to be built on Cairnsmore St. in Duncan began in 2018 and the campaign has been an overwhelming success in a short period of time.

Cowichan District Hospital Foundation has donated $2,075,690 to the project.

A sod turning event is expected to take place some time this summer.

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