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November 2016

RBC Foundation Gives to Light the Trees this Christmas

By March 8, 2022

Janice Perrino (far right) accepts the donation from Kelly Bissell, RBC Regional Vice President North Vancouver Island; Matei Mateias, RBC Brooks Landing Branch Manager; Robert Lee, RBC Downtown Nanaimo Branch Manager; and RBC Brooks Landing staff, Elaine, Joel, Kaajal and Joni, celebrating their Annual Jersey Day.

The RBC Foundation has once again supported the health of Central Vancouver Island residents.

On December 1st RBC presented a $25,000 gift to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of their first annual Christmas Campaign ‘Light the Trees’. Through the month of December the Foundation will be lighting the trees outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) to show the progress of the donations coming in.

“This $25,000 donation will go to fund an ENT Microscope at NRGH, this is all part of our Christmas Campaign and we are so grateful to RBC for funding this piece of equipment that will help so many people”, said Perrino.

Kelly Bissell, RBC Regional Vice President of North Vancouver Island, explained “We are more than happy to be able to give in a way that really impacts the whole community. This gift is possible thanks to our clients, who will benefit from this investment into our hospital.” The RBC Brooks Landing branch recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary on November 24th and since partnering with Foundation RBC has contributed more than $300,000 to the health and wellness of the Central Vancouver Island community.

Tim Hortons “Smile Cookies” Fund Vital Equipment

By March 8, 2022

Tim Hortons staff deliver more than $21,000 to Janice Perrino (left) and Brenda Rositano (2nd from left) of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The gift is possible thanks to Smile Cookie customer purchases and the enthusiasm of staff.

Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada sell one dollar “smile cookies” for a week every September. The funds raised help hundreds of charities across the country. In Nanaimo, smile cookie contributions fund life-saving equipment for the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
This year, Tim Hortons staff delivered more than $21,000 to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The donation will add to the Foundation’s efforts to raise $500,000 for its inaugural Christmas Campaign and purchase one of two new CT Scanners for the Medical Imaging Department at NRGH.
Dave Milne, one of the local Tim Hortons’ franchisees, credits “Our guests and our staff. They made this donation possible.” Milne added, “The hospital is used by all of us, we hope this will help.”

Delta Zeta Ambassadors for Healthcare

By March 8, 2022

Janice Perrino, of the Hospital Foundation, receives a $1,000 donation for the new CT Scanner from Maureen Pamplin and Carol Haas of the Preceptor Delta Zeta – Beta Sigma Phi.

Thanks to members of the Preceptor Delta Zeta – Beta Sigma Phi who graciously donated $1,000 to the Hospital Foundation’s first- ever Christmas Campaign.

The Delta Zeta is thanks to their work as volunteer Ambassadors at the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting competition this summer.

Their donation will help Light the Trees outside of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital throughout December. Thank you for your gift, generosity, and hard work!

Survivors Give to Local Fight Against Cancer

By March 8, 2022

The Abreast of Life Dragon Boat Team of survivors delivered a $4,500 to Janice Perrino of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, for the local fight against breast cancer.

Driven by their own fight against breast cancer, the Abreast of Life dragon boat team continues to push themselves in support of diagnostic equipment for people facing cancer.

Each year they hold a fundraising golf tournament at Arrowsmith Golf Club to help Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) provide cutting-edge diagnostic equipment for cancer patients.

This year’s Scottish-themed event raised $4,500, bringing the team’s giving history to almost $35,000. Abreast of Life credits golfers and sponsors for making the gift possible.

The Nanaimo Wave Babes’ Fight Breast Cancer for All of Us

By March 8, 2022

The Nanaimo Wave Babes: Sue Flint, Pat Work, Kris King, Anita Sundberg, Vicky Scheltgem, Barb Parker, together with one of their sponsors Paul Shorting of Regional Recycling (missing: Woodgrove Centre and DBL Disposal Services) contribute $10,350 to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. DBL Disposal Services, Regional Recycling, and Woodgrove Centre, raised $10,350 for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

There is one clear focus for the Nanaimo Wave Babes Dragon Boat team, the survival of breast cancer patients. For more than a decade the team has paddled for both friendship and fundraising in an effort to provide progressive diagnostic equipment to the Medical Imaging Department in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

The team recently delivered an additional $10,350 to help purchase one of two new CT Scanners at NRGH. This brings their total contributions to more than $170,000 in the fight against breast cancer. The Wave Babes credit their many supporters including DBL Disposal Services, Regional Recycling, and Woodgrove Centre. The team fundraises by collecting recyclable bottles, scrap metal, and electronics at its “Think Pink” events three times a year; they also host an annual Plant Sale in the spring, and apply for community grants. Watch for Think Pink notices in the New Year.

Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club gives to Palliative Care Unit at NRGH

By March 8, 2022

Photo, left to right: Representing the Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club April Mathers (Secretary), Chris Frederickson (Fundraising Chair), Lyndsay Hunley (Field Day Chair), and Janice Perrino (CEO) of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

What an amazing group of ladies! The Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club hosts a “Field Day” fundraiser every second September. The popular event attracts women golfers from across Vancouver Island, and they “sell” men as caddies. This year they continued their focus on the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH with a gift of $3,500 thanks to raffles, participation costs, and silent auctions.
Organizers expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the golfers who attend each year, and also for sponsors who donate prizes and offer financial support.

The gift will purchase personal alarms for palliative patients who need to be monitored for safety, but are able to maintain some physical activity. The alarms will sound if the patient leaves their wheelchair, and thereby alert caregivers.

The Cottonwood Ladies Club have given almost $12,500 to the Palliative Unit through the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, since establishing the Field Day event more than a decade ago. Thank you!

UnitedUnited Floors Gives to CT Scanner

By March 8, 2022

Photo from left to right: Janice Perrino, CEO Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Jenna Mayzes and Darrell Mayzes, United Floors.

United Floors owner Darrell Mayzes and his daughter Jenna Mayzes presented the Foundation’s Janice Perrino with a donation of $1,500 to go towards funding the new CT scanner at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

United Floors is a family owned and operated business that has served the Nanaimo community for 30 years and the Mayzes family is so appreciative of the excellent care they have received from NRGH.