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Rebecca Taylor

Golf for Life September 1 – 30, 2020

By News

The 27th Annual Golf for Life, presented by Coastal Community Private Wealth Group, will run for the entire month of September. The new format means even more people can enjoy playing this beautiful course on a day of their choice between September 1 and 30 with friends, family and colleagues while still experiencing the excitement of tournament play. There will be leaderboard tracking, draw and results-based prizes and more!

Fairwinds Golf Club has always been our host course and we are delighted to be partnering with them once again. Their generous support has helped ensure the longevity and success of our event in addition to providing a spectacular course for players. Plus they will be matching donations up to $10,000!

Funds raised through Golf for Life will support the new ICU at NRGH. Click here to learn more about the new ICU and our campaign to raise $5 million for all the medical equipment. Thank you for your support!

Golf for Life is $150 per golfer* and includes:

  • 1 round of golf at Fairwinds Golf Club
  • Golf Cart
  • One Mulligan
  • One bucket of balls to warm up with at the driving range
  • Sleeve of golf balls
  • Discounts from Fairwinds Golf Club
  • Entry into weekly prize draws
  • Eligibility for top and most honest golfer prizes
  • Charitable Tax receipt for $50

*Juniors (16 years of age and under) and Fairwinds Golf Club Members are $75 per person. Please call the Fairwinds Golf Shop at 250-468-7666 for Junior and Members tickets.

Register by Monday, August 17th and be entered to win two, one-way tickets with Harbour Air!

Women of the Moose

By Thank You!

Thank you to the Nanaimo Women of the Moose Chapter 197 for their generous $5,000 donation. The gift will be equally split between palliative care and the new endoscopy suite at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. To date, their giving total is close to $30,000! We are very grateful to the Women of the Moose and the many other service organizations in our community whose commitment helps fund even better healthcare for central Vancouver Island residents.

Comforting Quilts

By Thank You!

Thank you to Jonanco Arts Workshop for their donation of 13 beautiful quilts handmade by their talented members. Member Vicki Zoltay dropped off the quilts which will provide much comfort for NICU, VI Scan and End of Life Care patients.

Lemonade Fundraiser

By News

What better way to raise funds to support children in hospital than with a cool lemonade stand on hot days! River has already raised $80 for the Hospital Foundation and plans to continue selling lemonade throughout the summer.

The Hospital Foundation is a natural fit for her efforts as River wants to be a doctor someday. She has a doctor’s kit and is very interested in healing people’s wounds in a variety of ways including with band aids and ice packs.

River donated some toys at Christmas and we are delighted she has chosen to help children in need once again. Thank you River, you are awesome!

London Drugs Supporting Babies

By News

We are grateful to London Drugs for their Huggies No Baby Unhugged program support! With every Huggies Diaper purchase an LDExtras member makes between July 1 – August 31, 2020 a $2 Donation will be made to support a local Huggies No Baby Unhugged Hospital including Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! Learn more at

Gift in Memory

By Thank You!

Thank you to Avary Dyce for her generous donation of $1,000! Avary raised the funds through various activities including stands, birthday money and personal savings. Her late, great aunt Brenda Rositano worked for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for 19 years. Avary’s thoughtful gift is in her memory.
Photo: Avary Dyce and Janice Perrino, CEO,Hospital Foundation

Fundraising Fridays for Charity

By Thank You!

Thank you to Coastal Community employees for their $450 donation! The donation will help purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment for the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Through their Fundraising Fridays, employees across all of Coastal Community’s divisions raise funds for charities including the Hospital Foundation. To date, Coastal Community has donated almost $200,000 in support of our hospital!

Top left to right: Colin Duncanson, Kaitlyn McCorkell, Greg Scott Bottom left to right: Laina McLean, Katherine Evans, Ronitah Lunkuse

Shields Foundation Donates $100,000 to new ICU

By News, Thank You!

Recognizing the importance of critical care for central Vancouver Island residents, the Shields Foundation has made a $100,000 donation in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s $5 million campaign for the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).

Bob Shields, founder of The Shields Foundation, learned of the ICU project through his Nanaimo based company, Coastland Wood Industries. Coastland Wood Industries has been a strong supporter of the Hospital Foundation for well over a decade and their leadership team and employees alike have seen first-hand the impact large projects have on the delivery of healthcare in their community.

“In addition to our initial $100,000 gift, we are also going to put out an employee challenge to our Coastland group with every dollar donated to be matched by the Shields Foundation,” said Bob Shields.

The need for a first class ICU has never been more critical than through the on-going struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, in one way or another, has touched every community and every home. “At the heart of every healthy community is a strong, well equipped hospital and we are very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this project.” Bob added.

“We are so grateful,” said Janice Krall, Chief Development Officer at the Hospital Foundation. “Support from community leaders such as the Shields Family and the Coastland Wood team allows us to provide our exceptional healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art medical equipment to care for the most critically ill in our region.”

The current ICU at NRGH is 50 years old and serves over 400,000 residents who live north of the Malahat. The total cost to build the new ICU is more than $33 million and is a partnership between the Provincial Government through Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.

About Coastland Wood Industries

The Shields family has been involved in the marine and forest industry on the coast and, in particular, the Nanaimo area for over 50 years. Coastland Wood Industries has been a part of the Shields Family since 1998 when Bob’s father, Peter Shields, bought into the Company and helped it grow. They have built a strong foundation of community partnerships through their relationships with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the South End Community and the City of Nanaimo.

Congratulations Dr. Kenyon

By Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Kenyon for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine. The award honors a rural physician who has dedicated his/her/their career to serving one or more rural communities and has significantly impacted and/or influenced rural health provincially, nationally and/or internationally.

In addition to his outreach work in rural and remote communities, Dr. Kenyon’s dedication, passion, and hard work is regularly demonstrated through his roles as the lead physician in the ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC. Among his many accolades, he received the 2019 Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

From patient care to teaching and inspiring the next generation of physicians, Dr. Kenyon has an indelible impact on healthcare in our communities. We are very grateful for his incredible work and commitment.

Watch the video to learn more about the award and why Dr. Kenyon is the much deserving recipient of the Achievement Award of Excellence in Rural Medicine.

More Hats for Babies

By Thank You!

Thank you to the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association for the 86 knitted baby hats which are handmade by the members. The babies look just adorable in them and the parents enjoy receiving such a lovely and thoughtful gift.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation and Barbara Brett, Association member