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Kin Kindness Day

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Thank you to the Nanaimo Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs for choosing the hospital for their recent Kin Kindness Day! Ten of their Kin members and their families provided patients, families and staff at NRGH with 285 hot beverages and paid for approximately 120 hospital patron’s parking for 2 hours! They also gave out Hospital Foundation teddy bears to children who were at the hospital for care that day. Such incredible and heartwarming generosity!

Trillium Auxilliary

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After 37 years of supporting seniors at Trillium Lodge in Parksville, the Trillium Auxiliary is winding down.


Established on May 5, 1982, the Auxiliary and its dedicated volunteers have had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of hundreds of Lodge residents.

With an average of 55 members throughout the years, the Auxiliary made the daily lives of residents of the Lodge more comfortable and enjoyable. Their commitment has been unwavering; from operating the Tuck Shop and hosting special teas to helping to fund a bus for excursions.

Their support often went to the more personal level including providing a small Christmas gift to each of the residents and personalized birthday cards which often featured a special poem. One of their most recent projects was funding the installation of sunshade blinds on all the windows to increase the comfort for residents.

With their membership now down to 16, there just aren’t enough members to do all that needs to be done to keep the Auxiliary running. They will continue to operate the small Tuck Shop though as it means so much to the residents to have access to their favourite treats and little gifts they can purchase for their loved ones.

“The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation would like to thank the Trillium Auxiliary for their long and tireless support of Trillium Lodge in Parksville” said Janice Perrino, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation CEO. “The funds they have raised and the thousands of hours they have volunteered to enhance the lives of the Lodge residents and to help staff deliver even better care is just incredible.”

Residual funds and any future gifts will be held in trust by the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and dispersed to Trillium Lodge as needed for two key areas: provision of select personal items to residents who could not otherwise afford them, and funding for monthly activities that keep the residents active and engaged.

Photos with Santa Donation

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Thank you to Country Club Centre for their generous $4,330 donation! Country Club Centre sets up an elaborate winter scene each year so children can get a memorable photo with Santa. Photos were by donation making this a great community effort!
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Kyla Arnink, Administrative Assistance, Country Club Centre

A Ton of Teddy Bears!

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The students and families of Randerson Ridge School donated a whopping 440 teddy bears! Isabella, a student at Randerson, presented the idea to her school after she and her sisters donated bears to the Foundation. Her Teddy Bear Drive was very well received with PetSmart in Duncan being the biggest donor! Children receiving medical care at NRGH and VI SCAN will get much comfort from these cuddly toys.

Front Row: Ella, Jacob, Grace, Alessia, Gianna. Back Row: Jackie, Colton, Isabella,  Natasha and Roxana

Quilts Providing Comfort

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Thank you to the Parksville Quilters Guild for yet another generous and colourful donation of quilts and other items! These comfort items make a big difference for our littlest of patients. They will be given to babies and young children who are receiving care in the NICU at NRGH and VI SCAN (Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Program).
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation and Chris Kotzian, Comfort Quilt Coordinator, Parksville Quilters Guild

Christmas Display Brings in Donations

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Thank you to Ted Aeberhardt, Brittnee Aeberhardt and her husband Adam Long for their generous $173 donation! Each year they offer treats by donation to the public who stop by to view their spectacular Christmas light displays. Ted has been decorating his house since 1994 with his daughter and son-in-law joining in more recently. Brittnee works in the Medical Device Reprocessing department and Adam works in the kitchen at NRGH.

Quilt for NICU

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Thank you to Sharon Dickinson for this beautiful, handmade quilt for the NICU at NRGH! The blanket will help provide much comfort to a family and their baby.

RBC – A Strong Legacy of Community Support

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Thank you to the RBC Foundation for the incredible $20,000 donation for cardiac equipment at NRGH and Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville! Once the project is complete, cardiac exam wait times will be reduced by as much as 50% and 95% of cardiac pre and post-surgical and procedural care will be able to be delivered in our community!

RBC Foundation, RBC and RBC Dominion Securities have a strong legacy of supporting the community and the local hospital. Collectively, they have donated over $400,000 over the years to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of better healthcare in our community. Incredible!

Vancouver Island Mack Gift for Cardiac

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Thank you to Vancouver Island Mack and their employees for their generous $1,250 donation for our cardiac campaign! Funds were raised through their Christmas party including items made and auctioned off by staff. This year marks nine years of giving!