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December 2016

Quilters Guild Gives to Comfort Children

By March 8, 2022

A very heartfelt thank you to Pat Clements and Bonnie Dormuth from the Nanaimo Quilters Guild Society for bringing in much needed quilts to the Foundation today for the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (VI SCAN) program.

These beautiful blankets will help provide comfort for the most vulnerable members of our society and we are so grateful to the Quilters Guild for their kindness.

Island Choir Shows Christmas Spirit

By March 8, 2022

VOX Ensemble went above and beyond this past December to get everyone into the Christmas spirit and help a good cause.

On December 21st and 22nd at the Black Goose Inn and the Fox & Hounds respectively they hosted a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol with traditional Carols.

Choir Director Peter Orme received excellent care this past year at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and when it came to choosing a charity for the benefit performances he knew right away he wanted it to be the Hospital.

Thanks to this talented group donating their time and talent each performance was sold out and they raised $1,800.00 to go towards the purchase of the new CT scanner at NRGH.

The VOX Ensemble is a group of dedicated singers from around Vancouver Island who perform throughout the year and donate the proceeds to charity. “Our music-making not only gives the gift of music to our audiences, but also raises awareness and funds for various charities” says Orme.
To learn more about the ensemble visit

Rotary Club of Lantzville helps fund Christmas Campaign

By March 8, 2022

Rotary Club of Lantzville President Don White, and Director of Community Services Dale Werezak, came by to give Janice Perrino a $3,000 donation for the first Annual Christmas Campaign to fund urgently needed medical equipment at NRGH.

The Rotary Club of Lantzville was able to support our campaign due to fundraising the club does throughout the year such as their annual golf tournament in June and serving beer at the recent 5K Foam Fest at Arbutus Meadows.

The group meets Thursday mornings at the ABC Restaurant; if you would like more information visit them at

Martial Arts Fundraiser Gives to CT

By March 8, 2022

CJ Martial arts has been a great supporter of our Foundation events over the years and this past November they held one of their own; a Movember beard showdown and a BJJ Rollathon.

Owner Cara Denney stopped in with $500 raised at the event to help fund the CT Scanner at NRGH. Thank you CJ’s for your dedication towards a healthy community.

Kids helping kids

By March 8, 2022

Uplands Elementary School hosted a ‘Festival of Trees’ to help sick children in the community. Students decorated Christmas Trees and auctioned them off to raise money for the Paediatrics Dept. at NRGH.
Students Ella and Eric presented Nurse Maya and Paediatrics Clinical Coordinator Trina with an incredible $505.00.

Cobs Bread Supporting Healthcare

By March 8, 2022

To celebrate their 1st Anniversary in business Cobs Bread Pleasant Valley owners Alison & Mike Humphries decided to donate 20% of their sales that day to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

This afternoon they presented Janice Perrino with a cheque for $806.73 for the Christmas Campaign to purchase medical equipment at NRGH including the new CT scanner.

The Humphries and their staff are no strangers to giving; all the baking left over at the end of the day is donated to local charities.

Thoughtful Gifts for Sick Children and Their Parents

By March 8, 2022

In December of 2012, retired nurse Karen Langer paid a visit to the Paediatrics Ward at NRGH with handmade, crocheted stockings filled with toys, goodies and games for sick children as well as care packages for their worried parents.

Ever since then, Karen has made it an annual tradition and this year is no exception. Karen is motivated by her daughter and grandson, who faced heart surgery decades apart; she knows the stress parents face and how frightened the children can be.

Karen has also recruited the staff at the Terminal Park Starbucks to help out; they supplied the ingredients for the care packages as well as a bountiful gift box of treats for the nurses on the floor. Karen’s generosity is just extraordinary!

Teddy Bears for Children

By March 8, 2022

One of our favourite Santa’s helpers; Archie Hannah came in to see Janice at NRGH to deliver teddy bears to comfort sick children in our community.

Archie started doing this as part of the Nanaimo Motorcycle Toy Run back in 1991 and has continued the tradition by coming in every year since. Thank you Archie!

Festival Supports Breast Cancer Diagnostics

By March 8, 2022

Front Row (from L to R): Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society Board members Ian Niamath and Camela Tang, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation CEO Janice Perrino, Save On Foods Managers Dave Madiuk and Fred Marsales Back Row (from L to R): Save On Foods Manager Keith Monsen, Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society Board Chair Heiko Behn and Board member Angela Behn

The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society recently gave $25,000 of proceeds from their 2016 festival to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The gift has been directed to the Medical Imaging Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) in support of breast cancer diagnostic equipment.

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of Nanaimo’s most successful summer events thanks to countless hours of donated volunteer time and the paddling spirit of nearly 100 dragon boat teams from across the west coast of Canada and the United States.

The next Annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for July 7 – 9, 2017 at Maffeo Sutton Park and the theme this year is ‘Silver Screen Classics’. To learn more go to

Benefit Performance helps healthcare

By March 8, 2022

A big thank you to the Nanaimo Theatre Group and the amazing cast of Aladdin & the Pirates for hosting a benefit performance on Sunday in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

They raised $2,080 in ticket sales to help purchase medical equipment at NRGH and put on a fantastic show that left the audience wanting more.