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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

Congratulations Dr. Kenyon

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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.

Nancy Scott Retires

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Congratulations to our colleague Nancy Scott who will now be enjoying a well-deserved retirement! She was the first person people saw when they came into our office where she greeted everyone with the same warmth and welcoming smile. From assisting donors and keeping the office supplied and running, to helping at events and wherever an extra hand was needed, Nancy has contributed to the success of the Hospital Foundation in so many ways over the past 14 years. Staff and donors alike will miss her dearly. Nancy, we wish you all the best for your retirement and next adventure in life!

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