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NDHF CEO Barney Ellis-Perry

Exciting Cancer Care Announcement

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NANAIMO, BC – April 16, 2024 – Today the Government announced the details of the greatly anticipated new Cancer Center for Central Vancouver Island. We are excited about the new cancer treatment center as it will enable Central Island residents access to care closer to home. The Foundation is here to support the improvement that will be needed at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as the host site for the cancer center. We want to ensure that the full spectrum of care is available from diagnostics through to post treatment care.

Learn More:
New BC Cancer Centre in Nanaimo moves forward
Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Aims to Bring Cancer Care Closer to Home with Foundation Campaign

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Dufferin Place Awarded Celebration of Excellence

Dufferin Place Awarded Celebration of Excellence

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Pictured (left to right): Kathryn Houlihan, Tania Arantesdesousa, Jennifer Eskes, Emily Pridham, Allison Fontenla, Roslyn Raina, Donna Dawkin, Kate Crossland, Sam Spence.

Dufferin Place Long-Term Care Home in Nanaimo – which is operated by Island Health and supported by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation – is celebrating a win. A Celebration of Excellence award was presented to the Care and Food Services team at a joyful event on March 7, where thanks were offered to all those who endeavored to make change happen for the residents that call Dufferin Place home.

As a long-term care home, the primary focus for those who work at Dufferin Place is the wellness of their residents. When staff recognized that meal service could be improved, they got to work brainstorming a solution.

Together, the Care and Food Services team developed a new system in which residents can now choose items off of a mobile dining-cart within the dining room. Where residents previously had plated meals delivered to them on trays, this change provides a newfound sense of autonomy at meal time. Item choice and portion size is up to residents to decide and they are free to decline anything they do not want to eat.

The shift has been a resounding success, with more residents now actively choosing to dine in the dining room. Dufferin Place staff have also perceived an increased sense of independence and social engagement amongst residents.

Congratulations to the Dufferin Place Care and Food Services teams!

Fuel Good Days! September 19

By Celebrate!, Events


NANAIMO, BC – September 12, 2023 – After the success of 2022’s event, Mid Island Co-op is again partnering with the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation (NDHF) for Fuel Good Day this September 19th,2023 across the Central Island.

Ten cents from every liter of gas pumped on Fuel Good Day will directly support enhancing critical care for residents north of the Malahat by tripling capacity for critical care.

“Mid Island Co-op is pleased to partner with the NDHF again in a committed effort to elevate tertiary care treatment for central Vancouver Island, shared Mid Island Co-op CEO Ian Anderson “We are very proud to have supported the first stage of the recently opened ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and now we get to support our community further with Phase 2 of the High Acuity Unit. This year our Salt Spring and Harewood locations will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser and we will be collecting donations across all our sites. The Mid Island Co-op leadership team will also be on location at various gas bars to help wash windows, connect with the community, and raise awareness about Fuel Good Day as one of our most impactful campaigns of the year.”

This year, residents have even more opportunities to participate in Fuel Good Days and give where they live. From September 12th through September 19th Mid Island Co-op Liquor locations are donating $1.00 from every bottle of Route 19 wine and six-pack of My Island Beer to NDHF. Mid Island Co-op Liquor locations can be found here.

“We are honoured to be the recipient of Mid Island Co-op’s Fuel Good Day and it’s contributions will directly support state of the art medical equipment for the critical care spaces at NRGH serving over 450,000 Central Island Residents,” shared Barney Ellis-Perry, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation CEO. “I personally will be out September 19th washing windows and meeting our amazing community to thank them for supporting our local health care community.”




Estate-Planning Seminar

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Join us for a presentation by Michelle Munro, Fidelity’s Director of Tax & Retirement Research, to learn more about topics such as:

• Estate-planning considerations: Learn more about assets in multiple jurisdictions, testamentary trusts, alter ego trusts, estate freezes, as well as probate, U.S. estate tax, and digital estate planning.
• Tax-planning considerations: This presentation will give an overview of the taxation of small businesses, and how tax-efficient investments can be used in such businesses, including a review of the passive investment income measures impacting owners of private corporations.
• Tying it all together with a discussion around Charitable Donation as part of a broader Tax-Efficient and Estate Planning Strategy.

Additionally, Mike Delves, MNP Partner and Business Advisor, will be speaking about the proposed changes to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) rules for 2024. Learn more about the proposed complex changes and how they will impact clients.

Limited spaces available, RSVP to by September 29th.



In Loving Memory: Robert McCormick (1947-2022)

By Memorial Tributes

Rob McCormick, dearly loved by his family and many friends, died peacefully on Thursday December the 29th at the age of 75 years. His courage, hope and faith during his two-year cancer journey was an inspiration to others.

Rob, who was so full of life and enthusiasm, was one of a kind, an unforgettable personality. Outgoing and with a joyful sense of humor, he was quick to spark debate and encourage conversations.   His life showed kindness, generosity, and care towards others.  He is described by many as intelligent, insightful, thoughtful, positive, creative, and a loyal friend.

His family will always remember his love and dedication, his broad set of talents,  and his passionate, refined interest in food, cooking and entertaining.  Rob was always the life of the party, a trendsetter in fashion with his collection of hats, and he loved to dance.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 51 years Anne, his son Jordan (Emma) and daughters Tonya (Devon Chouinard) and Natasha (Jimmy Towers) and two loved granddaughters Keira and Sienna McCormick.

He made the world a whole lot brighter and left an imprint that will live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Light the Trees 2022 Results!

By Celebrate!, News, Thank You!

Thank you!
Because of the generosity of our donors, we are thrilled to announce that we raised $1.3 Million dollars for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital during Light The Trees. Thank you to the 1,700 donors who gave over 2,000 gifts, making this a record-breaking fundraising total for us. But, we are just getting started! We have committed to $5 Million dollars for the future High Acuity Unity at NRGH, and have some great events and programs coming in 2023 to help us get there. Stay tuned!

Happy Birthday, NRGH!

By Celebrate!, News

Happy birthday Nanaimo Regional General Hospital!
“Born” on Jan 6, 1963, the hospital has been a fixture of health and wellness in our region for over 6 decades, serving over 440,000 island residents north of the Malahat. In lieu of gifts this 60th birthday, it’s asked that donations can be made to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of the future High Acuity Unit in the new ICU. An essential addition to the hospital that provides the best possible care for our most critically ill and injured patients.

Helmet Head is Back Again!

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Helmet Head is back again with another amazing toy donation for our hospital! Thank you so much to everyone who contributes multiple times per year to the Helmet Head Canada motorcycle toy drive! This is their fifth delivery to us this year alone. Amazing!

Giving Tuesday

By Celebrate!, Congratulations!, News, Thank You!

We are so excited to announce that with the help of our friends and neighbours, we raised $140,456 for the new Sentimag System at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital on our first ever Giving Tuesday initiative!
An incredible group of community leaders, including our Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, the Nanaimo Foundation, the Tom Harris Community Foundation, the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival, and the Abreast of Life Dragon Boat Team united to make a difference for our hospital this holiday season! Together, they have made significant gifts toward the purchase of the Sentimag System that will support people experiencing breast cancer in our region.
We are so grateful for this amazing show of support. Thank you so much to everyone who has now made the purchase of this essential piece of cancer treatment equipment, as well as a year’s worth of operational costs, possible.