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Giving Tuesday

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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.

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Congratulations to the team at Laird Wheaton GM for winning our 2022 Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Car Dealership Challenge! The team won an awesome advertising prize package by purchasing the most cookies during Smile Cookie week! All proceeds to the new ICU at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Thank you!
Thank you to the prize donors, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo & Voyager Magazine, and the Business Examiner.

The Peddlin’ Prof peddles past his goal!

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We are so blown away and grateful to Dr. Trevor Cradduck, the Peddlin’ Prof, for his amazing bike ride fundraiser in support of the new Intensive Care Unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! During August, Dr. Cradduck set himself a goal of riding 500 km and raising $2,000 for the hospital, and he exceeded both with 761 km ridden and $2,750 raised!
In addition to his fundraising for NRGH, Dr. Cradduck is a longtime volunteer of the Lifeline (the wearable call button for seniors when they need help, for example if they fall in their home). Dr. Cradduck worked in the Check-In Program, which is a scheduled check-in call service for Nanaimo seniors. He is a former Lifeline committee member and Past Editor of the program’s newsletter, “Seniors Connections” as well as a delivery driver for Lifeline unit install (and sometimes delivery rider if he took his bike). At 86 years young, Dr. Cradduck is an inspiration to us all to keep moving, and keep giving.

Roots to Read Launch

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This week at NRGH, Paediatrician Dr. Jane Pegg and Family Doctor Dr. Bill Ehman celebrated the launch of their passion project, Roots to Read – NRGH Newborn Literacy Program. The program aims to support language and literacy development in children. Snuneymuxw Elder Lolly Good, whose Hul’q’umi’num name is Shxuysulwut, started the event off in a good way with a prayer and a welcome song.
The Roots to Read program will provide a book bag to every newborn at NRGH that will include two new books, as well as caregiver tips and guidance for families to encourage healthy literacy and connection with their baby. “Literacy is one of the most important determinants of health,” Dr. Ehman told the group gathered to celebrate the launch. “The brain is like a system of roots,” added Dr. Pegg. “Early stimulation encourages growth.”
The program has been successful in getting off the ground, and we are hoping that financial support from our community will keep it going. The program is run by volunteers, including representation from NRGH’s Perinatal team, Obstetrics providers including midwifery, the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Literacy Society, Strong Nations Bookstore and PacificCare. Support with beautiful hand made book bags is ongoing from our sewing community, including Parksville and Qualicum Quilters, Nanaimo Auxilliary and many others!
We have had a solid start and and an exciting launch. However, the program’s sustainability is entirely dependent upon ongoing financial support with donations from our community. Donations to Roots to Read are a great way to celebrate a new birth in your family, and support a strong literacy beginning for all newborns. For every $20 you give, another book bag is funded.
If you would like to make a donation towards this program, contact us by phone at 250.755.7690 or on our website at Donations are tax deductible.

Chelsea Carne Joins Hospital Foundation as new Director of Development

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Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is excited to welcome Chelsea Carne to our team. Chelsea joins us on February 28, 2022 as our new Director of Development. She brings with her years of experience in relationship building, communications and donor relations from Vancouver Island University. Chelsea, we are excited to welcome you and have you join our team.

Pat Docherty Memorial fundraiser

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A huge congratulations to the friends and family supporting the Pat Docherty Memorial fundraiser. Together they raised a record $82,555 towards the critical care medical equipment for the new ICU at NRGH. Thank you to this incredible group for having now raised a total of $137,910 for our hospital. Photo: Ed Neave, Wes Zannet & Don Slaughter, event organizers

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