On behalf of the Senior Leadership Team, we offer our deepest condolences and support to you and everyone who knew Thomus Donaghy, who was killed tragically while doing the work he loved as a volunteer at the Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) outside St. Paul’s Hospital on July 27.

Our concern and prayers go to his family, friends and anyone who knew Thomus at this time of great sorrow for them. At a memorial ceremony held earlier this week, Thomus Donaghy’s friends and co-workers came together to remember him. Tributes were also shared in the Tyee on August 4th

The loss of Mr. Donaghy comes at a time where harm reduction work, which Thomus dedicated four years of his life to at the OPS, is evermore so critical as overdose numbers in BC continue to climb, and as we face the dual public health emergencies of the overdose crisis and COVID-19 pandemic.  

This is an emotionally and spiritually trying time for all our staff, and particularly now for our people at St. Paul’s who are dealing with this sudden and tragic loss. Please know that there are psychological health and safety supports and services available to help you cope with such an incident.

These supports for staff and leaders include:

  • EFAP – 24/7 call: 604.872.4929 or 1.800.505.4929

  • WorkSafeBC Critical Incident Response – call the toll-free answering service: 1.888.922.3700 available every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Visit the PHC Staff Mental Health and Wellness Toolkit website 

  • Staff can also receive help by calling the PHC COVID-19 Support Line: 604.806.9925 or ext 69925 or by reaching out to a member of the Occupational Health & Safety team.

  • If you would like additional support for yourself or your team, contact Sandy Coughlin, Director of Occupational Health & Safety at: 604.806.8635 or email: scoughlin@providencehealth.bc.ca.

  • The Chapel (Room 345) and Meditation/Quiet-Space (Room 372) are available for staff on the third floor of Burrard building for contemplation and prayers. 

If you are experiencing difficult emotions, stress or anxieties please don’t wait to seek out support. 

This page last updated Aug 6, 2020 6:16pm PDT