The Jacques Bouchard Foundation has set out to raise $250,000 and to increase awareness of its work. The foundation’s mission is to help ensure quality private services at the end of life. Fewer than 10 per cent of palliative-care cancer patients die at home, according to a communiqué from the foundation, whereas considerably more say that is where they would prefer to be.
The foundation was created in 2007 by Caroline Bouchard in memory of her husband, Jacques Bouchard, who died in 2006. The Bouchard family had help from the palliative care team at the CLSC des Faubourgs. “My husband spent the last moments of his life holding my hand, in the peace and comfort of our home,” Caroline Bouchard said in a statement on the foundation’s website.
The foundation began assisting patients in 2009. In 2015, the foundation assisted 300 patients with palliative home care so that they were able to die at home.
“After Jacques died, in May 2006, I made a commitment to establish a foundation in his memory, in co-operation with physicians Serge Daneault and Robert Marchand,” Caroline Bouchard said in a statement. “Its mission would be to help severely ill patients make a wish come true — often their greatest — as life nears its end: to die peacefully at home.”
In addition to the CLSC and hospital network, organizations including NOVA Montreal, the Palliative Home-care Society of Greater Montreal and the Michel Bernard Foundation are involved in palliative-care home services. But because these services vary from region to region and can be limited even when they are available, some families are obliged to look for funding sources or to pay for these services out of their own pockets.

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When I caught up with renowned Quebec actress Pascale Bussières, she was on a break from shooting a documentary about the music industry that will air on Telé Québec. She is an ambassador for The Jacques Bouchard Foundation and I wanted to get her thoughts on this wonderful entity which allows severely ill patients and their families to experience their farewell more gently in the privacy of their own homes.

“My own father died at home from cancer in 2011, with my mom and I by his side,” Bussières said. “He was sick for three years. For the last six months we moved him back home and took advantage of different people at the CLSC to help out. I wish I knew about the Foundation back then.”
The Foundation was created in 2007 by Caroline Bouchard in memory of her husband Jacques, a prominent Canadian advertising executive and the founder of the firm BCP. He passed away at home in 2006. ‘‘My husband spent the last moments of his life holding my hand, in the peace and comfort of our home,” Caroline says. “It’s a chance everyone should have – one that makes all the difference in the difficult times surrounding the death of a loved one. Many of our patients are in their 40s, as well as teens and children.’’
In 2015, 300 patients were assisted with palliative home care by the Foundation, allowing them to pass away in the peace of their home surrounded by loved ones. Partnering with CLSCs, the mission of the Foundation is to ensure access to quality private services at the end of life. Access to palliative care at home can be a challenge. In Quebec, only 9.7 percent of palliative care cancer patients die at home. Yet, if they had the choice, up to 80 percent say they would prefer to pass away in their home.
Palliative home care programs vary from region to region. Some healthcare centres provide only a limited number of professional services and support hours at home. Once this quota is met, patients must find other sources of funding. Some people pay for home care out of their own pockets. Others may have private health insurance or receive assistance from social and community organizations in their area. The Jacques Bouchard Foundation was formed to deal with situations like this.
“I know my father’s case he was a lot more secure living his final days at home ,” Bussières says. “And for me, I got to actively participate in his last moments. When he passed, we put music on and stayed with the body to say a final good-bye. It helped me a lot with the mourning process.”

Besides Bussières, filmmaker Denys Arcand and Olympic gold medallist Alex Bilodeau are also serving as ambassadors for this non-profit Foundation capital campaign. The organization of volunteers depends on donors’ generosity. Already operating in Greater Montreal, the Laurentides and Montérégie, the Foundation’s plans for expansion, as well as its mission to support more end-of-life patients, drive the 2016 capital campaign.

By Mike Cohen / The Suburban October 16th 2016

We’re delighted to announce that creative chef Marc-André Jetté will be working his magic for us during our cocktail-benefit event under the glass roof at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on September 15. Ex-chef at Les 400 Coups restaurant and founder of his own new enterprise, Marc-André: le traiteur, he joins us in a cause he really believes in. “I was deeply moved by the testimonials of people whose lives were touched by Caroline Bouchard’s dedication and hard work at her foundation. It’s a real honour to be part of a team supporting a cause that contributes so much to Quebec’s evolution as a caring society.” Marc-André will put all his creativity to work ensuring that the friends of the Fondation Jacques-Bouchard enjoy a truly memorable dining experience.

More than 400 supporters turned up for the 8th Fondation Jacques-Bouchard cocktail-benefit on Tuesday, September 15 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The poster art event was a huge success, emotionally and financially.

Special thanks to Anne-Marie LaBerge, vice-president of branding and marketing communications at TELUS, for her commitment, her support and her ongoing interest in the foundation. Hats off as well to Altitude C president Ianik Lajeunesse, a true maestro at conducting events and without whom nothing would have been possible..

Thanks, as ever, to our donors and loyal partners..

Thanks for being there on September 15 for the Fondation Jacques-Bouchard and for making our fundraising event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts such a great success.

Our 8th cocktail-benefit raised over $250,000 in donations and services, enough to help in fulfilling our mission of supporting those nearing the end of life to spend their last moments surrounded by their loved ones, in the peace and privacy of their own homes. Once again I had the good fortune to see how much our cause really touches us all.

After the success of our fundraising event, the Foundation’s awareness campaign will move ahead even more quickly. Donations can now be made directly on our website, with an English version of the site to be launched in the next short while.

And the art featuring the faces of Quebec celebrities – what was on show at the fundraising event – is now available online. Poster versions are $100.00, canvas versions: $850.00. Fill out the order form and get yours today.

You support and generosity are, as always, much appreciated.

Caroline Bouchard