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Royal Canadian Legion #10 Continues Support

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Thank you to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 Nanaimo for their generous $5,000 donation! The funds were raised through their annual poppy campaign and will support the new ICU at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. To date, they have donated close to $25,000 for healthcare in our community!
photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation with Laurette Jardine, Gaming and Distribution Chair, and Len Handley, Poppy Chairman

Tribute Festival Continues Support

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Thank you to Vancouver Island Tribute Festival for their $1,581 donation! They are presenting their fabulous event once again on May 9th in Parksville with proceeds supporting the Hospital Foundation. To date, they have donated over $21,000 to support better healthcare for our community! Visit their Facebook page for details on their upcoming event featuring exceptional performers.
Photo: Sharon Schienbein and Sherry Judson with Foundation CEO, Janice Perrino (in centre)

Santa Photos Popular Once Again!

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Thank you to Country Club Centre for their generous $4,621 donation! In 2017, Country Club Centre launched a Christmas campaign that put a new spin on the “Photo with Santa” that helps raise funds for local, not-for-profit organizations.

Ready Set Santa takes guests on a delightful journey through Santa’s Winter Garden, including photo opportunities with a 1930’s vintage sleigh, grazing reindeer and a six foot tall snowman complete with gently falling snow. Of course, children also spend some quality time with Santa along the way, discussing the important business of being a good person and Christmas list details. Guests took on the role of director and photographer for their family photos with their own photo devices, free of charge. Santa’s elves were also available on set to snap all your special moments on a DSLR camera and load them on to a keep sake USB for a charitable donation.

“Country Club Centre believes it is important to contribute and give back to our community. The Nanaimo Regional General Hospital affects everyone in the community at some point in their life and we think that is a very important reason to continue to support The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation during our annual Christmas campaign. We are thrilled to know that our donation enables NDHF the ability to purchase critical medical equipment right here in Nanaimo. ” Gina Marwick, Marketing Director

Photo: Gina Marwick and Kyla Arnink, Country Club Centre, with Janice Krall, CDO, Hospital Foundation (in centre)

Rotary Club of Nanaimo Supports New Surgical Suite

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Nanaimo for their generous $5,000 donation! The funds will go towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. Once complete, wait times will be reduced for procedures such as colonoscopies, used to diagnose serious illnesses including colon cancer.

Photo: Janeane Coutu, President, Rotary Club of Nanaimo and Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation

Dragon Boaters Reach $50K in Lifetime Giving

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Thank you to Abreast of Life dragon boat team for their generous $5,500 donation. To date, they have donated over $50,000 for healthcare in our community!

Their latest gift will help build the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. The new suite will help reduce wait times for colonoscopies, a vital procedure that can save lives. Used for diagnosing serious illnesses such as colon cancer, the sooner our loved ones can get a colonoscopy, the sooner they diagnosis and treatment.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation, Brenda Dutton, Patricia Boychuk, Bonnie Rowley, Karen Thompson, Lucie Gosselin, Rosemary Lysak, Susan Lanziner

Hospital Foundation Welcomes New Board Chair

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The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed a new Board Chair, Moira Jenkins. Moira takes over the role from previous Board Chair, Greg Scott. We thank Greg for his dedication as our Board Chair for the past four years and welcome Moira to her new position!

During his tenure, Greg provided exemplary leadership and vision for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board. He has been on the Board since 2008 and has served in a number of positions and on numerous committees to help the Hospital Foundation fulfil its mission. We look forward to his valued contributions as Past Chair this coming year.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the donors, the NDHF board, staff and volunteers, and Island Health staff for improving healthcare in the Central Island region. I am humbled and honoured to have had the opportunity to be Chair for the past four years. I am excited to see how the Hospital Foundation improves healthcare excellence on Vancouver Island in the years to come.”

Moira has been on the Hospital Foundation Board for four years and has served in a number of capacities, most recently as Vice Chair. We thank her for her service to date and look forward to her strategic leadership as we launch the biggest fundraising campaign in our Hospital Foundation’s history in 2020.

“It is an honour and a pleasure to be elected as Chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The board, staff and volunteers, under the excellent Board leadership of Greg Scott and with the tremendous work of CEO Janice Perrino and her dedicated staff, have achieved excellence in fundraising for healthcare in our region. It is a privilege to be a part of this passionate team. I want to personally thank our donors whose commitment to healthcare in our community is so appreciated. Your generous support allowed us to commit to $3.8 million in projects in the region last year. It is an exciting time for our hospital with the expansion of our cardiac and endoscopy departments and of course the important news of a new ICU.  We have lofty goals to support these and other projects. We again look to you and others to help us build a groundswell of support for healthcare here in the Central Island. Thank you for all your help.”

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is grateful for the hard work and commitment of our board. To learn more about Greg, Moira and the rest of our exceptional board members, please visit:

Support for Youth Activities

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Did you know? The Hospital Foundation funds more than just medical equipment and big projects. We also fund items that help improve the overall well being of our community.

We recently provided funding for the purchase of a ping pong table and paddles for Young Adult/Youth Group – Early Intervention Services; a service provided by Island Health’s Nanaimo Mental Health & Substance Use Community Services. Healthy activities for youth who are seeking support are vital and we are proud to contribute to this important area of care.

Photo: Staff members Kyla Smienk and Alyse Paquette

Longwood Brews Up Great Event!

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A big thank you to Longwood Brewery for their $2,000 donation! Funds were raised through their incredible event, Longwoodstock in September. The donation will go towards the new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH. This project is so important as up to 35% more colonoscopies will be able to be performed, a vital procedure that can prevent colon cancer if caught early. Learn more about our current campaign to raise the remaining $1 million needed to build the surgical suite at

Photo: Janice Krall, CDO & Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation; Tracy McLean & Harley Smith, Longwood Brewery; Dave St. Jean, Longwoodstock Festival Director

Purple Hats for Newborns

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Thank you to the Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association members who knitted these adorable hats for new babies at NRGH! They will help keep the babies comfortable and warm through the upcoming chilly months.

Photo: Janice Perrino, CEO, Hospital Foundation & Barb Brett, Parksville Qualicum Retired Teacher’s Association

RBC Supports New Surgical Suite

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Thank you to RBC for their generous $1,000 donation! The funds will support our campaign to build a new surgical suite for the Endoscopy Department at NRGH.

Approximately 2,500 patients are waiting for a colonoscopy at NRGH. Another 1,000 are waiting for other endoscopic procedures. Once the new surgical suite is complete, capacity will increase up to 35% greatly reducing wait times for patients in central Vancouver Island.

Reduced wait times are critical as colonoscopies make up 80% of the procedures and can be life saving. They are used to diagnose and, in some cases, can prevent serious illnesses such as colon cancer.

Photo: Kevin Krampl, Community Manager Nanaimo Market, RBC, Janice Perrino, CEO, Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, Kate Cooper, RVP Associate & Lorelei Crowhurst, Branch Manager, RBC