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Windsor Plywood Foundation Donates $1 Million Dollars for the New ICU at NRGH!

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The Windsor Plywood Foundation has kicked off the 5th Annual Light the Trees with an incredible donation of $1 million dollars towards the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s new ICU.

Windsor Plywood Foundation has a long history of giving back to the communities they live and do business in. Just like their website reads “Here to Help since 1969”. With over 60 locations across Western and Central Canada and the Northwestern Unites States Windsor Plywood helps make our communities better. As true leaders, they have supported Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for over a decade, improving healthcare on our Island.

NRGH’s current ICU is one of the oldest in BC. In 2013, an external review said despite the challenges in an outdated facility, NRGH’s ICU ranks near the top nationally for positive patient health outcomes. The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is proud to be raising $5 million towards all the state of the art medical equipment in the new ICU.

The new ICU will be located between the existing Emergency Department and the Perinatal/Renal building on the NRGH site. Construction is expected to get underway in early 2021.

“The Windsor Plywood Foundation is delighted to make this contribution to the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. The people of Nanaimo and its surrounding regions have been a large part of Windsor’s success over the last 50 years and we are fortunate to be in a position to give back to these communities. We have seen firsthand how Central and North Island has grown, and how the need for a new and updated ICU has become increasingly critical. We look forward to this fantastic new addition to the residents of Central Island.” Says Cathy Brown, Executive Director, Windsor Plywood Foundation

“This is an extraordinary gift for the Hospital Foundation, taking us to $3 million towards the $5 million goal. We still have a lot to fundraise, but the Windsor Plywood Foundation took us over the half way mark and we know our communities will take us the rest of the way. The Windsor Plywood Foundation understands that nothing is more important than the health of our residents. We can’t thank them enough for their leadership with this inspirational donation.” Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

For more information on the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundations It’s Critical Campaign, or to Light a Tree by making a donation please visit

The Wenner Group

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Thank you to the Wenner Group for your continued sponsorship of our 5th Annual Light the Trees! Throughout December, community donations in support of our Hospital, help light up the trees at the entrance of NRGH!

Photo: Caleb McCaw and David Fenn, Electricians with the Wenner Group

Wolf Brewing Delivers

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Thank you to Wolf Brewing Co. for their gift of $1,000 for the new ICU at NRGH! They generously donated all the proceeds from their home delivery service plus added a donation to the total.
“It is with great honour that we pass on the proceeds of Wolf Brewing’s Home Delivery Service fees to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation – an amazing organization relentlessly dedicated to supporting our local community’s health care needs. This donation would not have been possible without the support of our customers and community that we are so grateful for! Thank you!”   Rob and Jody Regner, Owners, Wolf Brewing
Photo: Rob and Jody with Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation

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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.”

RBC Supports ICU

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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

Women of the Moose

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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.

Comforting Quilts

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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.

Gift in Memory

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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

Fundraising Fridays for Charity

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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