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The Salish Sea Hospice Project is registered under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.


The Salish Sea Hospice Project does not dispense medical advice. All information on this site is for educational purposes only. Individuals are responsible for any and all decisions affecting their health and well-being.

Dale Presly - Founder

It's the late 60’s. I drop out of high school. I leave my birth place in Calgary birth and move to Victoria, on the west coast of Canada. I study TM, Tai Chi and enroll in night school then on to the University of Victoria. I begin to sit with dying people as a psychology course requirement. I study art therapy. I drop out of university, move to Santa Fe to study oriental medicine. I return to Canada and graduate with B.Sc. in Psychology. I run a group home for street kids. I work as a potter. I get married. We move to Japan to teach English. I return to Canada. I become an artist. I am hired to run a Community College learning center with the Nuu-chah-nuth people on Flores Island in the Clayoquot Sound. I study GIS and map making at SFU. I become a mapping consultant to the Indigenous treaty process. Our son is born.  My youngest brother dies of HIV/AIDS. My marriage collapses. I go bankrupt. I study Reconnective Healing. I travel to California to become an Esalen massage therapist. I volunteer with hospice. I give workshops exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness. The mother of my son dies at home. I companion her death Diane Palmason and I found the Salish Sea Hospice Project.

Diane Palmason - Founder

Diane is a founder of the Salish Sea Hospice Project. Since graduation from Queen’s University some decades ago, Diane’s journey has led her from teaching high school in Northern Quebec to coaching adult runners in Colorado, Washington State, and the Comox Valley, with leadership positions along the way in Toronto and Ottawa.  Her coaching qualifications came partly from certification in both Canada and the United States, but also from her 35-year experience as an internationally competitive Masters runner. After moving to Comox, she spent six years facilitating the Comox Valley Parkinson's Support Group. With Dale Presly they began exploring another approach to dying care. Her ongoing learning includes participation in Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School where he asks us, “To be hugely grateful for…being alive, and knowing how good that is, and knowing that it will end."

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