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May 2022

In Loving Memory: Dwaine James Barclay 1945 – 2022

By Memorial Tributes

Dwaine James Barclay beloved husband of Lucille, passed away April 22, 2022 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Assunta Barclay. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lucille.  Dwaine is also survived by numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British, Ontario, and New Zealand.

Dwaine was born at Pincher Creek, Alberta on May 26, 1945, the only child of Charles and Assunta. He grew up on the family ranch at Pincher Creek and spent many hours in his father’s shop tinkering, and at a young age brought electricity to the farm through the use of a windmill. After high school, Dwaine moved to Calgary and one of his first jobs was with Atco Industries. This job took him to numerous counties and his love of travel was ignited. His first business venture was a paint and wall paper store in Calgary. This lead to a purchase of a sign company which eventually evolved to Camtec Industries, where he designed and manufactured a computerized routing machine. He sold these machines around the world and was proud to say they were in 50 countries.

Dwaine earned his pilot license in 1969 and his hobby of flying and rebuilding of small aircrafts began.

Dwaine and Lucille retired to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island where Dwaine pursued his love of boating. He spent many hours on the water and loved his fishing trips with his buds. They continued to travel to many countries and eventually made their winter home in New Zealand.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Nanaimo Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers memorial tributes can be made to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, 1200 Dufferin Cres., Nanaimo, B.C. V9S 2B7, or online below.

Dough-Nation Day a Success!

By Celebrate!, News, Thank You!

We are so grateful to COBS Bread for their ongoing support. Every year the folks at Cobs run Dough-nation Day, where part proceeds from every pack of hot cross buns sold are donated to NRGH. Not only that, but customers can donate their points to the NRGH account at Cobs at any time! This year they knocked it out of the park by raising a whopping $3,415 during the month of March! The funds will support the purchase of critical care equipment in the new Intensive Care Unit, set to open next year. Thank you so much, Cobs!

Thank You, Nurses!

By Celebrate!, Kudos, News, Thank You!

May 8 – 14 is Nurses Week, which is a time for us to recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of the nurses that care for us and our loved ones. Please take a moment this week and thank a nurse in your life! We are deeply grateful to all the nurses in our community.

Janice Krall Appointed to Greater Nanaimo Chamber Board

By March 8, 2022
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce welcomed Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Chief Development Offer Janice Krall to their Board of Directors on May 3.
From the announcement:
“We’d like to give a big Nanaimo Chamber welcome to one of our newest Board Member’s, Janice Krall! Janice is currently the Chief Development Officer for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her seat on our Board. She has served on several diverse boards and community round tables and is known to be very passionate about her community! We are so fortunate to have Janice serving on our Board!”
Congratulations, Janice! We’re looking forward to the great things you’re going to do for our community.

May is Leave a Legacy Month

By News
Did you know you can leave a gift in your will to your favourite charity? A gift like this ensures future funding for charitable organizations that work to help make your community a healthier, safer, and more prosperous place. What will your lasting impact be?
May is Leave a Legacy Month. If you’ve thought about your estate plans, now is a better time than ever to talk to your financial advisor about the legacy you want to leave. For more information, please visit

Thank You, Physicians!

By Celebrate!, Kudos, News, Thank You!

May 1 is National Physicians Day. Physicians are critically important to the health of our community. We are deeply grateful to our physicians for their tireless work, compassion, and perseverance in the face of incredible challenges. Your dedication to the health and safety of others inspires us every day. Thank you for all you do.

Purple Hats Save Lives – Parksville-Qualicum Retired Teachers Association

By Celebrate!, News, Thank You!
Members of the Parksville-Qualicum Retired Teachers Association have knit hundreds of baby hats for the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s NICU and Maternity Departments since 2019. We want to thank to Suzanne Rush for dropping off close to 200 today!
Many of the hats are purple to remind everyone of the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which is a serious brain injury resulting from forcefully shaking an infant or toddler. To learn more about this, please visit

Thank you, Longwood Brewery!

By Celebrate!, News, Thank You!
Longwood Brewery partnered with Bayview Brewing and the Nanaimo Craft Beer Society to create the 7 Belles Saison, which they launched in honour of healthcare workers who have given us all so much during the pandemic. Because of the community’s support, $1,000 from the proceeds of that beer have now been donated to the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Longwood Brewery have been wonderful supporters of the hospital for the past three years. Thank you so much!
Pictured from left: Tracy McLean (Longwood Brewery), Alfred Elviss and Jonny Ludtke (Bayview Brewery), Harley Smith (Longwood Brewery), Janice Krall (Hospital Foundation), and Stuart Setch (Nanaimo Craft Beer Society).

Hospital Employees Union Gives Back

By Celebrate!, News, Thank You!
Members of the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) love to give back by donating a portion of their union dues to NRGH. On April 5, a few members presented Child Life Specialist Sandra Hirota with a donation of $500 in support of children’s toys and specialty items for the Paediatric department. Brave children who undergo medical treatments have the opportunity to feel like a kid again by being given the gift of play during trying times in their lives.
We are deeply grateful to the HEU for their care and consideration.
Pictured from left: HEU staff members Liz Thomas and Adrianne Kroll, Child Life Specialist Sandra Hirota, and HEU staff member Ashley MacFarlane.