In Loving Memory of Piper 2016-11-10
Joan Klutcha wrote a beautiful article on the loss of her very precious companion, Piper. Please visit the link below to read the article which was in the North Shore news.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Our Story – Celebrating 10 Years
I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since Until We Meet Again went from merely a vision to reality. A reality, which turned out to be so much more than we dreamt it would ever be!
I remember when we found our building in North Vancouver and thinking, “Oh my goodness this space is huge, we will never use all of it”. I couldn’t image then, that in a few short years we would need to expand into the unit next door. It goes without saying, opening a second center in Victoria was completely off my radar 10 years ago, yet here we are with an expanded North Vancouver center and our new center in Victoria.
Over the last 2 decades pet cremation services have gone through significant changes. Twenty years ago there was a transition from primarily communal cremations to pet crematoriums offering individual cremations, also known as partitioned cremations. Ten years ago we saw a further transition from individual cremations to a cremation procedure during which only one animal’s body is present in the cremation chamber, a truly private cremation. Like Kevin and I, families wanted more for their pets. Until We Meet Again not only provides ethical cremation but also provides a place for families to celebrate their pet’s lives in creative and meaningful ways.
It has been exciting to be a part of our profession during this time of transition. Kevin sat on the Standards and Ethics Committee of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA) and the Accreditation Committee of the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories (IAOPCC). It has been an honour to work with these organizations in the establishment of sound business practices and standards among our ranks and on promoting the value of quality pet loss care to veterinarians and the public.
What a journey it has been! There have been so many highlights such as receiving our accreditation plaque and opening Until We Meet Again in Victoria but by far, the biggest blessing over the past 10 years has been the people! Pet parents have shared their lives with us and taught us about other cultures and faiths; continually reaffirming for us the steadfast power of the human animal bond.
Our veterinary family; wow, what a passionate group they are! We are continually touched by their dedication and the care they provide their patients and pet parents. We have learned a tremendous amount from all of them.
We are for the shared passion of our peers, from all over North America; peers we have meet through the IAOPCC and the PLPA who also contribute to and value new and elevated standards in our profession.
I cannot say enough about our phenomenal team at Until We Meet Again. We are indebted to each one for their hard work and care. The times they have gone above and beyond are too many to count. They have and continue to serve families with compassion and diligence. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated group working with us.
Our sons were 5, 7 and 9 years old when we started Until We Meet Again. They have been our constant companions and helpers along the way. We have tried very hard to have a work-life balance but as anyone with their own business knows, this can be easier said then done. We are so thankful for their patience, understanding and hard work.
It has been a privilege providing our service and support to pet families and veterinary clinics for the past 10 years and we look forward to continuing our care and dedicated services in many years to come!
We are so grateful to all that have shared this journey with us!
Kevin and Joanna Woronchak
Until We Meet Again is Officially Accredited 2015-10-01
We are proud to announce that Until We Meet Again is officially ACCREDITED! The entire staff at Until We Meet Again has worked together to complete the rigorous accreditation process. We are officially the first pet cremation facility in British Columbia to receive this distinction and in a largely unregulated industry, we are thrilled that accreditation is now obtainable! Kevin and Joanna were presented the official Certification and Plaque at the Annual Pet Loss Conference in Nashville TN last week!
UWMA Wins 1st Place at KIP Awards 2015-02-19
Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center is proud to announce, for the second year in a row, we have won 1st Place in the annual Keeping it Personal Awards (KIP Awards) held by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). The award was given in the category of Most Personalized Pet Service or Memorial for the event we hosted in memory of Oscar, Mia, Buddy, Teemo, Salty and Molly, the six dogs who tragically lost their lives to heat exhaustion after being left in a vehicle.
Pet Lover Show 2016-01-26
Join Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center at the Pet Lover Show, running from Friday February 27th-March 1st 2015. The event takes place at the Tradex in Abbotsford. For more information check out www.petlovershow.ca
Life is a Journey 2015-01-15
Douglas College Foundation Presents: Life is a Journey – Care for Pets Who Travel With Us Saturday January 24, 2015 from 10-11:30am New Westminster Campus: Room 4920 If life is a journey, then knowing how to care for pets that travel with us is part of that journey. It’s also the title of the fifth in a series of free sessions hosted by Douglas College Foundation to provide information on topics such as financial planning, insurance, housing choices, travel options and more. Life is a Journey – Care for Pets Who Travel With Us features Karima Vivraj, the owner of Bosley’s Pet Food Plus in New Westminster, presenting “Becoming Your Own Pet Expert”; Dr. Diane Boyle, an instructor in the Douglas College Veterinary Technology Program, presenting “Help Us Help Your Pet”; and Joanna Woronchak of Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center, presenting “Honouring Your Pet’s Story – Making Pet Aftercare Plans”. The session takes place Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the New Westminster campus of Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, Room 4920. Admission is free but registration is required. Click here to register online, or call Sherrill Cairns at 604-777-6175.
Grief Support 2014-11-27
Our December and January Grief Support Group Meeting will be held on different dates.The December Support group will be held on Monday December 1st 2014 and the January Support Group will be held on Thursday, January 8th 2015. Please call our office at 604-924-1160 to register for either of these evenings.
PET-A-PALOOZA, West Coasts largest outdoor pet friendly, pet festival,Vancouver at Coopers Park n Yaletown, August 24th. There will be over 50 exhibitors, ranging from holistic pet products, to amazing pet accessories and services, attractions such as Running of the Bulls, a hilarious 20 ft French and English Bulldog race where the dogs will compete for a year’s supply of bull wrinkles. See our events calendar for more information(under our services-> about us-> events calendar)
Delta Community Animal Expo 2014-08-09
Come and join us at the Delta Community Animal Expo this Sunday August 10th 2014 from 10am-4pm. It is a fun, family and pet-friendly event! Event vendors and activities include pet organizations and services, animal welfare exhibits, pet health and safety education, exotic animals, animals for adoption and the Tollie Fund Activity Arena. 5010 47 Avenue Ladner. Free Admission.
Pet Loss Support Sessions 2014-08-08
Three dates have been announced for six week Pet Loss Support Sessions: September 9th- October 14th 2014, October 28th – December 2nd 2014, January 13th – February 17th 2015. There is a fee of $150 for one series of six sessions with a maximum of 10 participants in each series. Please register early to reserve your space. The sessions are Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm at the Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center. For more information please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-549-9579
KIP Awards 1st Place Winner 2013 2014-06-13
Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center is proud to be a First Place Winner in the 2013 KIP awards for Most Personalized Pet Service/Memorial. UWMA, in a teamed effort with the Vancouver SPCA, was responsible for giving the Whistler Sled Dogs dignified and respectful final care and the resting place they deserved.