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The Order came to Canada with early French settlers and was formerly established in 1962 through the efforts of the Honourable John Keiller MacKay, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

The Order has been active in Calgary since 1964 through a range of initiatives across the spectrum of the Order's mandate with the focus on supporting hospice and palliative care in southern Alberta.

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Palliative Care

Since 2002, the Calgary Commandery has provided funding in excess of $500,000 to hospices throughout southern Alberta for specialized palliative care equipment such as beds and recliners, palliative room upgrades, workshop training for caregivers. and palliative care day programs.

As there is a continuing increase in those requiring palliative care, our support can only increase through the generosity of others.


Caregiver's Guide

Caregiver's Guide

In 2000, a joint venture initiative between the Calgary and Edmonton Commanderies and the Palliative Care Association of Alberta, we published A Caregiver's Guide - which is rapidly becoming a global standard reference guide for end-of-life caregivers, provided to them at minimal cost.

Since 2000, over 300,000 copies of the guide have been distributed in Canada. The guide is now in its 2nd national edition, translated into 9 languages: English, French, Chinese, Japanese, 2 Arctic languages, Slovene, Portuguese and Australian. Pending are Cree, Italian, Spanish and Czech.

Saint Lazarus Bears

The Calgary Commandery started the Saint Lazarus Bear Program, in 2008 to distribute teddy bears to hospices and palliative care units. The bears serve as companions that bring a smile to many and have many times become an emotional link between those nearing end-of-life and their children, grandchildren and loved ones.

More than 1,000 bears have been distributed in southern Alberta. Other Commanderies in Canada are now creating similar bear programs.

Saint Lazarus Bears