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Local man supports 100 Mile Hospice with recyclables

Roger Doucet has raised around $4,000 for hospice since 2019
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Roger Doucet has raised around $4,000 for hospice since 2019 by donating refundable bottles and cans. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Ever since the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society helped him through the loss of his wife, Roger Doucet has done his best to give back to them.

For the last several years Doucet has taken to donating all of his recyclables to hospice. In that time he’s raised around $4,000 for them, or roughly $1,000 a year.

“They helped me and I thought it was a good thing to do,” Doucet, 89, said. “It feels great. If I could do more, I would.”

Doucet is a retired lumberyard dispatcher who spent most of his days driving a forklift and fulfilling orders. He retired in 1990 and went travelling with his wife Jocelyn in their fifth wheel visiting Alaska, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

In 2012 Doucet said that Jocelyn was diagnosed with lung cancer. He remarked she had always been a smoker, despite his protests, and her diagnosis was upsetting for the entire family.

Doucet and Jocelyn were put into contact with hospice through the hospital and they began to offer them home care so he could still run his errands. Due to her condition, the doctors wanted to keep her in Fischer Place but Jocelyn didn’t like that option, so Doucet, with hospice’s help, got a hospital bed from Kamloops and installed it in their home so she could stay there until she passed way in 2017.

“She was happy. She died happy anyway,” Doucet recalled. “(Hospice’s help) meant a lot because you know I couldn’t do it all by myself. They would offer to come babysit if I had something to do.”

After her funeral, in 2019 Doucet said he was looking for a way to pay hospice back for their help and kindness. One day Doucet noticed one of hospice’s volunteers, Anne Marie Brown, picking up recyclables from the side of the road.

“I thought ‘my goodness that’s a lot of work’ and she was getting on in age. One day I just surprised her and brought her a whole bunch of bags (of recyclables) and ever since I’ve done that,” Doucet said. “I think it’s very important to support them because they are a self-sufficient group. They help the public and they expect the public to help them as much as they can.”

At the time his grandson had moved back in with him who enjoyed drinking. This meant they would collect two garbage bags of cans and bottles every few days. As he began to donate them more of his friends and relatives would pass along their bottles to him as well, according to his daughter Lyanne Griffiths.

“It’s important (to support them) because hospice does a really good job helping with grief counselling. Grief counselling is essential because everybody will die at one point and without the grief counselling part of hospice I think it would be disastrous in the community,” Griffiths said. “They helped the family transition and it really helped Dad to work through the stages (of grief) while it was happening with Mum.”

Griffiths noted her father was also inspired to help hospice after her sister Loraine Doucet passed away suddenly in 2019.

Doucet remarked he used to be a lot more active in the community but recent health challenges have narrowed the scope of what he can do. Doucet still does his best to take his dogs out for walks every day, noting they keep him going.

“I have my days. Some days are good, some days are bad,” Doucet remarked

He encourages anyone able to support hospice to do so, whether it’s through taking part in their summer 50/50 draw or donating their own bottles. Griffiths added that many of her father’s neighbours have begun to follow his lead and drop off their bottles at Brown’s home on Jens Street as well.

Anyone looking to donate or get involved with hospice is invited to contact Tracy Haddow, hospice’s executive director, at tracy.hospice@shaw.ca or at 250-395-7680.

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Roger Doucet has donated hundreds of bottles and cans to the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society since 2019. (File photo)


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