With generosity of sponsors, donors, and grant funding we can continue to expand our programming. Together we can meet the ever-growing need and complexity of individuals and families by providing client services without a fee.


If you would like to access any of the programs and client services listed below please contact the PCSBV for more information via email at or by calling 403-707-7111.


Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. To support caregivers in the Bow Valley, PCSBV is hosting  COMPASS for the Caregiver in partnership with Caregivers Alberta

Our award-winning COMPASS for the Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving and is facilitated by someone who understands those challenges.

COMPASS for the Caregiver is a multi-session, interactive, workshop series presented by the Palliative Care Society of Bow Valley in partnership with Caregivers Alberta. This is an online program specifically for caregivers living in the Bow Valley area, including: Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Kananaskis and hamlets of Dead Man's Flats, Exshaw, Harvie Heights, Lac des Arcs and Mînî Thnî.

Compass for Caregiver

Session 1 "Being a Caregiver" | Thursday, June 6, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Caregiving can be stressful, isolating, and have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Understand your role as a caregiver and assess your strengths, challenges, and overall sense of self.

Session 2 "Managing Your Stress" |Thursday, June 13, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how stress can lead to burnout and what you can do to prevent or recover from burnout. We’ll explore how to shift our mindset and seek balance in caregiving.

Session 3 "Balancing Relationships" | Thursday, June 20, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Improve your communication skills to identify what you need, ask for help, and share the care. The hardest lesson as a caregiver is to regain your identity as a whole person by taking care of yourself first.

Session 4 "Navigating the System" | Thursday, June 27, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Increase your confidence in accessing services, reflect on your caregiving journey, and plan for the future to avoid the stress associated with uncertainty.

For more information please contact:

Bill Harder- PCSBV – Program Manager (


Personalized one-on-one or group consultations with PCSBV's specialist grief practitioners.


These dedicated volunteers help with palliative supports for individuals and respite care for family members along with grief companioning. 


A compassionate and welcoming space to connect to, learn from, and listen to each other. During these sessions it’s common to enjoy discussions around remembrance, resilience, and reflection. This drop in program is open to the public. 18+ years of age.


Upcoming Winter Dates: 


Location: Canmore Recreation Centre - 1900 8th Avenue Canmore - Participants meet at the front desk

Time: TBA


PCSBV‘s team of volunteers with specialist training providing support to families navigating dementia through caregiver respite, resource navigation, and quality of life activities.


Focusing on in-depth discussions with local, national, and international thought leaders covering a wide range of engaging topics.


These in-person groups are small to create a sense of refuge together. These workshops provide a way to express and explore the parts of sorrow which are beyond words.


Produced by members of the Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild, these bags are a gift from PCSBV to families grieving a recent death. Each bag is intended to transport home the personal items left behind by a loved one who has passed on. The bags are a sign of our compassion for the family and friends at this difficult time.