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Joan Ryan Retires

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Congratulations to Joan Ryan on her retirement!

Thirty years after first volunteering with Lifeline, Joan is leaving a legacy of hard work, dedication and success. Joan was instrumental in the growth of Lifeline and over the years she grew with it; going from Coordinator to Manager to Executive Director and, most recently as she neared her retirement, to Director of Special Projects.

But it wasn’t just about expanding Lifeline services. For Joan it was also about the people. When asked what she will miss most about working at Lifeline, Joan stated, “the people and the impact we have on the lives of our clients.” Her favourite memories also reflect her joy of working with people. Many of them center around the annual client appreciation events where they are able to meet Lifeline clients and hear stories first hand about how valuable the program is to them.

In the three decades that Joan was at Lifeline she has had the pleasure of working with many incredible people. What asked if any in particular stand out, she said, “The first to come to mind are Ellen and Jean. We often travelled together to conferences and, when possible, took some vacation time to see the sights before returning home.”

Joan enjoyed working in a challenging environment, learning through professional development and integrating new technologies to better serve clients and run the program. She was also a mentor to a number of staff and volunteers including interns from the Vancouver Island University MBA program who helped Lifeline reach their goals.

Understandably, the one thing Joan said she doesn’t miss is getting up in the morning! She can now pursue her other interests on her own schedule including spending more time in her garden, continuing to help others with the skills she has learned as a trainer and reading more.

Between Rotary, of which she is a longstanding member, her hobbies and volunteering, Joan has a busy retirement ahead of her. And for those who know her, this is the perfect kind of retirement for Joan; a people person who loves to give back to her community.

Photo Above: Joan Ryan

Photo Below: Joan Ryan and Tammy Paton, Executive Director, Lifeline

Lynn Taniguchi Retires

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Congratulations to Lynn Taniguchi on her retirement! Lynn first started working with the Hospital Foundation in November 1999 and was an important member of the team until her last day in the office.

As the Development Assistant, so much of Lynn’s work was behind the scenes but it was integral to everything we do at the Foundation. Lynn took great pride in her work and as she put it: “To come into work, sit down and get at it was how I rolled. I had a job to do and I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.” She had the ability to tune out everything around her in our busy, and often noisy, office and focus on what needed to get done. She indicated that sometimes she was so focused though, it caused a few funny moments with her colleagues.

Over the years, Lynn had the pleasure of working with many people and she said that “to be able to learn and grow because of certain people and knowing they had your interests at heart is something she will not forget.”

When asked if she thought she would be with the Foundation for 20 years, she replied that she had previously been with Hyatt Hotels for 18 years so, in some ways, is a creature of habit. Although she won’t miss getting up at 5:30 am each day, she said she will miss the routine and daily interaction with her co-workers, many of whom who stand out in her mind. She joked that some days “I almost have to talk to myself to use my voice.”

Not one to plan things too far in advance, Lynn is taking retirement day by day and enjoying the freedom to take things as they come. She will be dearly missed but we wish her all the best for this exciting next chapter of her life!

Photo: Rebecca Taylor, Nancy Scott, Sue Ryan, Lynn Taniguchi, Janice Perrino, Moira Jenkins and Tammy Paton

Fairwinds Golf Shop Wins Award!

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Congratulations to Fairwinds Golf Club – Golf Shop for being awarded Regional Golf Shop of the Year for Vancouver Island! They received the recognition at the PGA of British Columbia’s annual awards ceremony. Fairwinds has been the host golf course of the Foundation’s annual Golf for Life Charity Classic and we are very grateful for their generosity over the past 25 years!

Reunion for Baby Lily and the NICU

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We were honoured to coordinate a delightful reunion for baby Lily, a #NICUpatient, & her mum Olivia, with Chelsea, one of the RN’s who helped care for her over a year ago. Thank you to Chelsea, Nancy (who was unavailable for the photos) and the rest of the #NICU team for taking such great care of NRGH’s littlest patients. And thank you again to the Lyle family for their generous donation!

Lucy Lytton Memorial Scholarship

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We were proud to be in attendance when Nanaimo Hospital Foundation supporter Roger Lytton presented the Lucy Lytton Memorial Scholarship to Ladysmith Secondary School graduates Mia Eilkinson and Shelly Ugalino. The bursary is awarded to two Grade 12 Ladysmith Secondary students who will be pursuing a career in a health field. Congratulations Mia and Shelly!

Peter Mansbridge congratulates Foundation’s CFO on award

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Foundation CFO, Susan Ryan had the honour of meeting Peter Mansbridge at the recent CPHR BC & Yukon Conference in Vancouver!

Mr. Mansbridge moderated a panel of industry leaders in the Executive HR Forum, was a keynote speaker and tirelessly signed books at the Tradeshow.

Sue is also the Chair of the Board of the CPHRBC and was honoured by her peers with a CPHR Fellowship.