St. Lazarus - Calgary Commandery

Saint Lazarus Bears

The Calgary Commandery started the Saint Lazarus Bear Program, in 2008 to distribute teddy bears to hospices and palliative care units. The bears serve as companions that bring a smile to many and have many times become an emotional link between those nearing end-of-life and their children, grandchildren and loved ones. More than 1,000 bears have been distributed in southern Alberta. Other Commanderies in Canada are now creating similar bear programs.