Trail dedicated at Hospice House in memory of Jolene Crosina

Frank Crosina cuts the ribbon to officially open Cedars Christian Trail in memory of his sister Jolene at Hospice House. Bill Phillips photo
Frank Crosina cuts the ribbon to officially open Cedars Christian School Trail in memory of his sister Jolene at Hospice House. Bill Phillips photo

Frank Crosina got a little choked up Wednesday as a trail in honour of his sister, Jolene, was officially dedicated at Hospice House.

Jolene, who worked at Cedars Christian School, died of cancer last year and spent her last two weeks at Hospice. The Prince George Hospice Society approached Cedars Christian School about adopting a trail and having it marked with a sign in memory of Jolene. Since the fall of 2017, many Cedars Christian high school students have maintained the trail, keeping it clear for the Hospice guests to enjoy – part of Cedars’ ongoing commitment to the organization.

That official dedication was held Thursday.

“In the last while when Jolene was here, she was having some real tough times,” he said to close 100 Cedars Christian School students gathered for the dedication. “It was tough on our family … we made the decision to come to Hospice House. And, let me tell you, the last two weeks, they were glorious. We had, as a family, a great time. It was two weeks where we got to spend time with her, and she was happy.”

He said many friends came to see her during those last two weeks.

“You think about these places as being a tough place, but they’re not,” he said.

He said his sister was a great gift-giver and the trail is kind her gift to everyone else, and he thanked everyone who worked on the trail.

Hospice House executive director Donna Flood also thanked the Cedar Christian students for all the work they have done helping at Hospice.

“All of you who have come … you baked, and you raked, and you put up our Christmas decorations last year, and you work in the Resale Shop, it is a true gift to us,” Flood said.

The trail goes through a small wooded area behind Hospice House where visitors can go for a walk among the trees.

The Crosina family
The Crosina family.