Despite being socially distanced by the sheer geographic size of the country, members of the Grand Priory in Canada have been able to continue with our mandate of service during the past four months.

As our primary focus has been the provision of funding and resources for hospice palliative care & end of life care, the scourge of COVID has meant that both our online Home Care Giver’s support programme and our publication ‘A Caregiver’s Guide’ have been much appreciated by families throughout the country. The practical information has helped many families as they navigate end of life in these unprecedented times.

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Commandery of the West
Chev. Chad Johnson, OLJ/Dame Diane Weissmuller, CLJ- Hospitallers
Dame Bea Hensleit – Grand Prioral Receiver
Chev. Steve Brock, KLJ- Hawaii / Pacific Territory Cadre Commander
TVR Father Marcos Gonzalez, SchLJ- Commandery of the West Commander

The Commandery of the West members prides themselves on being engaged with their communities. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for California on March 4, 2020 with San Francisco and surrounding Bay area identified as one of the first areas in California to be heavily affected. On March 5, 2020 Shirley Tamoria, OLJ MD was providing medical services with the St. Anthony’s Foundation clinic in San Francisco. The clinic cares for the primarily homeless individuals residing in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. The foundation provides up to 2,000 meals daily, clothing, social services resources, and provided basic medical care in a clinic.

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