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Rebecca Taylor

Woodgrove Donates Gift Cards

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Thank you to Woodgrove Centre for their generous donation of $5,000 worth of gift cards! The gift cards will be used to raise funds for medical equipment and patient comfort items.

“We have a commitment to investing in our community by supporting local initiatives, specifically those that focus on education and well-being of young people, health and safety, the environment, and social welfare. The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation covers many of those highlighted areas. Everyone in our community is affected by their work in some way, whether it’s from personal need at NRGH or seeing a friend or family member receive medical care. They’re working hard to raise the necessary funds to ensure that our community has access to proper care we all need.” Heather Fisk, Marketing Manager, Woodgrove Centre

Photo: Heather Fisk, Woodgrove (centre) with Janice Krall (left) and Rebecca Taylor, Hospital Foundation

Ladies’ Auxiliary Makes Final Gift

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Thank you to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 257 Lantzville Ladies’ Auxiliary for their donation of $580 for the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. The Ladies Auxiliary recently closed after 47 years in service to the Canadian Legion, veterans and our community. They have been a faithful contributor to the Hospital Foundation with total giving reaching over $34,000! We greatly appreciate and thank each and every member for their time, effort and generosity they have given over the years in support of better healthcare for our community.

Employees Continue Successful Fundraiser

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Thank you Vancouver Island Mack and Island Aggregates for their generous $3,820 donation! Staff raised $1,910 through their annual Christmas staff party and other activities and the company matched the funds raised. To date, they have donated over $13,000!

Part of the funds raised are through a staff draw. For a number of years, Island Aggregates employee Raymond Williams has made beautiful handmade items in wood for the draw.

“I enjoy creating with wood, so I am happy to make items that can be raffled at the company Christmas party. I made a project for one of my first Christmas parties with Vancouver Island Mack and Island Aggregates, and it was very well received. The company donated the money raised, and then some, to the Nanaimo Hospital [towards the children wards].

People began asking what I was making for next year, so I continued the tradition. I do not care for TV. I mill my own wood, and I enjoy working in my shop. I have made cedar chests, toy boxes, chairs, deacon benches, and park benches. The park bench proved extremely popular this year, we over exceeded in ticket sales which Richard Mayer and family matched. I do not know what I will make for this year’s party, but I will think of something, and it will raise even more money for a great cause. ” Raymond is in the below photo, second from the right

Ladysmith FOE Support Surgical Suite

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The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie Ladysmith President Ian Brown and Ladies’ Auxiliary #2101 President Donna Shannon presented a donation of $249.50 to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Hospital Foundation. The funds will be used towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Our thanks to all of the members for their continued support! To date, they have donated over $27,000 for better healthcare in our community!

Tribute Festival Continues Support

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Thank you to Vancouver Island Tribute Festival for their $1,581 donation! They are presenting their fabulous event once again on May 9th in Parksville with proceeds supporting the Hospital Foundation. To date, they have donated over $21,000 to support better healthcare for our community! Visit their Facebook page for details on their upcoming event featuring exceptional performers.
Photo: Sharon Schienbein and Sherry Judson with Foundation CEO, Janice Perrino (in centre)

Santa Photos Popular Once Again!

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Thank you to Country Club Centre for their generous $4,621 donation! In 2017, Country Club Centre launched a Christmas campaign that put a new spin on the “Photo with Santa” that helps raise funds for local, not-for-profit organizations.

Ready Set Santa takes guests on a delightful journey through Santa’s Winter Garden, including photo opportunities with a 1930’s vintage sleigh, grazing reindeer and a six foot tall snowman complete with gently falling snow. Of course, children also spend some quality time with Santa along the way, discussing the important business of being a good person and Christmas list details. Guests took on the role of director and photographer for their family photos with their own photo devices, free of charge. Santa’s elves were also available on set to snap all your special moments on a DSLR camera and load them on to a keep sake USB for a charitable donation.

“Country Club Centre believes it is important to contribute and give back to our community. The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital affects everyone in the community at some point in their life and we think that is a very important reason to continue to support The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation during our annual Christmas campaign. We are thrilled to know that our donation enables NDHF the ability to purchase critical medical equipment right here in Nanaimo. ” Gina Marwick, Marketing Director

Photo: Gina Marwick and Kyla Arnink, Country Club Centre, with Janice Krall, CDO, Hospital Foundation (in centre)

Variety Continues Support of Families in Need

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Thank you to the Variety – The Children’s Charity of BC for their recent commitment of $9,000 to support children and their families who must travel to Nanaimo to receive medical care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. No family should ever face a financial burden so their child can get the medical care they need. Grants from Variety help lower income families cover travel costs so they can focus on supporting their child and not worrying about how to pay the bills.

The grants help cover the costs of accommodation, food, transportation and specialty items such as car seats for premature babies. Their generosity helps many families each year and, to date, Variety has donated over $750,000 to support better healthcare for children living in Central Vancouver Island! We are so very grateful.

Photo: Members of the Perinatal, NICU and Paediatric Departments at NRGH. Front row: Pat, Deborah, Shannon, Alix, Wendy & Colleen. Back row: Carolyn, Trina, Vanessa, Kathy, Alesha, Lizzy, Cassidy & Emily

Cardiac Project Update

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Renovating and re-purposing existing hospital spaces is a very complex process involving numerous internal departments and services. Extensive planning and coordination is critical to ensure there is minimal impact on patients and staff. The renovation of the Cardiac Department at NRGH, a Hospital Foundation funded project, is a prime example in progress. As the cardiac department has to continue to operate within the existing space, renovations must occur in a specific sequence and only in a few areas at a time. Here is a sneak peak at the work underway by the hospital’s skilled Facilities Maintenance and Operations team. Thank you to all who donated to make this vital project a reality! More updates will be shared over the coming months.

SHINE Nanaimo 2020 Tickets Now On Sale!

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Volume Studio Productions is bringing together an all star cast of local musicians, dancers, performers, and more….. supported by Nanaimo’s top hair stylists, makeup artists, and clothing outlets, to the Vancouver Island Conference Center on April 11, 2020!

In the spirit of the “Life in the Day of”, SHINE NANAIMO will take guests on a theatrical extravaganza of music, dance and fashion, to raise funds and awareness for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. This creative initiative will provide a platform for Nanaimo’s artistic community to express themselves on their own terms all in the spirit of giving back.

For event details and a link to purchase tickets, please visit:

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Supports New Surgical Suite

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Nanaimo for their generous $5,000 donation! The funds will go towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. Once complete, wait times will be reduced for procedures such as colonoscopies, used to diagnose serious illnesses including colon cancer.

Photo: Janeane Coutu, President, Rotary Club of Nanaimo and Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation