Thank you to Newman’s Own Foundation for their gift of $6,474 towards state-of-the-art medical equipment for the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Their generous support exceeds over $100,000 to date and has funded numerous pieces of equipment for NRGH as well as Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville and Eagle Park Health Care Facility in Qualicum Beach.
With the support of organizations such as Newman’s Own Foundation, we are able to help broaden healthcare services, reduce wait times, and provide our incredible medical teams with the equipment and resources they need to continue providing excellent care for central Vancouver Island residents.
Paul Newman started Newman’s Own in 1982 with his personal-recipe salad dressing, which he bottled and sold, and then he gave away 100% of the profits to charity. To date, more than $550 million has been donated to charitable organizations all over the world—all from the profits of Newman’s Own food products. In fact, Paul Newman said, “From salad dressing, all blessings flow.”
Thank you to RBC Wealth Management for their generous $5,000 donation towards the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital! A long-time supporter of the Hospital Foundation and our local hospital, we are very grateful for their commitment to healthcare in our community.
Photo: Louise Gordon, Branch Administrator and Blake Simpson, Vice-President & Branch Manager, Central & North Vancouver Island, RBC Wealth Management, and Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation
Thank you to the Nanaimo Women of the Moose Chapter 197 for their generous $5,000 donation. The gift will be equally split between palliative care and the new endoscopy suite at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. To date, their giving total is close to $30,000! We are very grateful to the Women of the Moose and the many other service organizations in our community whose commitment helps fund even better healthcare for central Vancouver Island residents.
Thank you to Jonanco Arts Workshop for their donation of 13 beautiful quilts handmade by their talented members. Member Vicki Zoltay dropped off the quilts which will provide much comfort for NICU, VI Scan and End of Life Care patients.
Thank you to Avary Dyce for her generous donation of $1,000! Avary raised the funds through various activities including stands, birthday money and personal savings. Her late, great aunt Brenda Rositano worked for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for 19 years. Avary’s thoughtful gift is in her memory.
Photo: Avary Dyce and Janice Perrino, CEO,Hospital Foundation
Thank you to Coastal Community employees for their $450 donation! The donation will help purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment for the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Through their Fundraising Fridays, employees across all of Coastal Community’s divisions raise funds for charities including the Hospital Foundation. To date, Coastal Community has donated almost $200,000 in support of our hospital!
Top left to right: Colin Duncanson, Kaitlyn McCorkell, Greg Scott Bottom left to right: Laina McLean, Katherine Evans, Ronitah Lunkuse
Recognizing the importance of critical care for central Vancouver Island residents, the Shields Foundation has made a $100,000 donation in support of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s $5 million campaign for the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
Bob Shields, founder of The Shields Foundation, learned of the ICU project through his Nanaimo based company, Coastland Wood Industries. Coastland Wood Industries has been a strong supporter of the Hospital Foundation for well over a decade and their leadership team and employees alike have seen first-hand the impact large projects have on the delivery of healthcare in their community.
“In addition to our initial $100,000 gift, we are also going to put out an employee challenge to our Coastland group with every dollar donated to be matched by the Shields Foundation,” said Bob Shields.
The need for a first class ICU has never been more critical than through the on-going struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic, which, in one way or another, has touched every community and every home. “At the heart of every healthy community is a strong, well equipped hospital and we are very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this project.” Bob added.
“We are so grateful,” said Janice Krall, Chief Development Officer at the Hospital Foundation. “Support from community leaders such as the Shields Family and the Coastland Wood team allows us to provide our exceptional healthcare professionals with state-of-the-art medical equipment to care for the most critically ill in our region.”
The current ICU at NRGH is 50 years old and serves over 400,000 residents who live north of the Malahat. The total cost to build the new ICU is more than $33 million and is a partnership between the Provincial Government through Island Health, the Nanaimo Regional Hospital District and the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
About Coastland Wood Industries
The Shields family has been involved in the marine and forest industry on the coast and, in particular, the Nanaimo area for over 50 years. Coastland Wood Industries has been a part of the Shields Family since 1998 when Bob’s father, Peter Shields, bought into the Company and helped it grow. They have built a strong foundation of community partnerships through their relationships with the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the South End Community and the City of Nanaimo.
Thank you to the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association for the 86 knitted baby hats which are handmade by the members. The babies look just adorable in them and the parents enjoy receiving such a lovely and thoughtful gift.
Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation and Barbara Brett, Association member
Thank you to the Nanaimo Lions Club for their generous $5,000 donation towards the new Intensive Care Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. This gift, along with their recent $1,000 contribution, brings their support of healthcare in our community to a total of $37,000!
We are so grateful to the Nanaimo Lions Club and all service clubs from Ladysmith to Bowser who give so generously so that central Vancouver Island residents have access to more healthcare services right here at home.
Photo: Leslie Smith, Past President, Nanaimo Lions Club and Janice Krall, Chief Development Officer, Hospital Foundation