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October 2021

Longwood Brewery & Longwood Brew Pub

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This year in order to commemorate 106.9 The Wolf’s 20th Anniversary they collaborated with Longwood Brewery to create a special limited addition Platinum Blonde Ale. Together Longwood Brewery and the Longwood Brew Pub donated partial proceeds, totaling an incredible $2,000, of this special ale towards the new ICU at NRGH! Thank you to these amazing business leaders for their ongoing support of healthcare in our community. Photo: Joelle Goegebeur, Island Radio Promotions Director, John McPhail, Longwood Brew Pub, Tracy McLean, Longwood Brewery Owner and Janice Krall, Chief Development officer, Nanaimo& District Hospital Foundation

Tim Hortons

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Thank you to everyone at Tim Hortons! With the help of our entire community, this years Smile Cookie week was a sweet success. Thanks to our community’s support, Nanaimo’s Tim Hortons restaurants raised a record breaking $27,500.00 for the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Photo: Jan Krall, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Tim Hortons Craig McBride, Ryan Cruz, Dave Milne and Andrew Milne and Janice Perrino, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary

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The Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary is a dynamic group of nearly 250 men and women volunteers who have raised millions of dollars for the purchase of equipment and services at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). They raise money through their operation of two retail stores – the Hospital Gift Shop and our Thrift Store at Northridge Plaza – as well as running the Hospital staff 50/50 Lottery draw, and through sales of goods made by their Craft Group. Their prime focus is to be a caring organization which provides services and financial help for patient care and comfort items, for everyone who uses Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and to encourage support for the hospital within the community. They recently presented the Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $100,000 for the critical care medical equipment for the new ICU. We cannot thank this group enough for making such an extraordinary impact on our hospital. Photo: Janice Perrino, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary Members Angela Watters, Tammy Kettlewell, Phil Robling, Marlene Bell, Pat Sweeney and Muriel McNeil

Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club

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The Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club are such a special group that have been supporting healthcare in our community since 2005. On behalf of the group Shari Molchan presented us with a cheque for $1,920 for the new ICU at NRGH! To date they have donated close to $20,000 to our hospital. Your on going support is so greatly appreciated! Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Shari Molchan, Captain of the Cottonwood Ladies Golf Club

Thank You to Nanaimo Ardene Stores & the Starlight Foundation

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Every year our local Ardene stores partner with the Starlight Foundation to collect donations at the tills for seriously ill children and their families. This year they donated a new play system for our hospital’s pediatrics department that we know will be enjoyed by our young patience for many years to come. Ardene has donated close to $1.6M to Starlight thanks to the generosity of their teams and customers. Photo: Ardene employees Jade Carter, Nichole Milnes and Satori Schliekeiman and Sandra Hirota, Pediatrics at NRGH

Quilt Donation

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These amazing ladies have been quilting together for 30 years and have just donated 30 quilts to our hospital! These beautifully handmade quilts will make a difference for patients and long term care residence alike. This truly is a labour of love for these caring ladies. Photo: Peggie Sonnefeld, Alice Akins, Hope Jordan, Lynn Morrisey and Carol Denike

Thank you Carol Elder

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Thank you Carol for thinking of our littlest patients in making such sweet little baby hats. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity as will the families that will be receiving your special hats. Photo: Karen McCarthy, Development Administrator at Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Carol Elder

New Tim Hortons Northfield Location

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Thank you to owners Dave & Caroline Milne and their team at the new Tim Hortons Northfield location for giving out a free Coffee and Donut to VIHA staff this past Saturday. What a fantastic way to celebrate the new location and give back to our Island Health Heroes! Photo: Ryan and Cassie at the new Tim Hortons Northfield location

Thank you to PetSmart

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Thank you to PetSmart and their valued customers for your on going support of our hospital! They continue to donate stuffed animals for our littlest patience and long term care facility residences each year. Thank you! Photo: Andrew Whitton, PetSmart Store Leader, Sandra Hirota, Pediatrics NRGH and Michelle Kondo, PetSmart Cashier

Congratulations to Janet Fajardo!

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Congratulations to Janet Fajardo for winning the “Who Inspires You” Tigh-Na-Mara grand prize package donated by RBC Dominion Securities! “Janet is our floor 5 housekeeper. Janet is so lovely to work with. She is a busy bee but remains kind and approachable. She keeps a positive attitude even when I tell her I need to make some bed moves. We could not run this building without the wonderful work of our housekeeping staff. Thank you for all you do Janet!” – Sam Photo: Janet Fajardo with nominator Sam Harry