The Sew Wats came in to the Foundation office recently to donate eleven beautiful blankets for children treated at the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse Network (VISCAN). The blankets are used to help comfort children during treatment and assessment. When this thoughtful group of women heard about the need for the blankets they immediately began sewing for the cause. For 30 years the Sew Wats have met every Wednesday afternoon for tea and sewing. The Foundation is very grateful for your care and compassion for the most vulnerable of our community.
Wheel-O-Rama organizer Allen Felker came in to donate the proceeds from this one of a kind fundraiser he organized in mid-July. Felker’s vision was to host an all wheeled show in an effort to include ‘anything on wheels’. He had been attending various car shows on the Island and thought it would be a great idea to ‘throw the doors open’ and see what would happen. Felker also wanted to give back to the community he lives and works in and so he chose to give proceeds to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation to support our Hospital.
“This was a great family friendly event and we really appreciate all the hard work that Allen and his volunteers put in to support our Hospital,” said Janice Perrino, Foundation CEO.
Felker is already working on Wheel-O-Rama 2018; watch his website for updates http://wheelorama.ca
Shirin Anjarwalla has been busy all summer long raising funds and awareness for her Birdies for Health fundraiser that she initiated on her own to give back to her community.
Eight years ago Shirin witnessed her Dad’s recovery from a heart attack and the exceptional care he received from Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) so she made a decision that this year she wanted to raise money for heart health to honour her Dad.
Shirin raised $385.00 to help purchase Hearth Health equipment at NRGH and has pledged to raise money again next year. “We really appreciate what Shirin has done for this community she is just such an inspiration and we are thrilled that she wants to do this again next year,” said Janice Perrino, the Foundation’s CEO.
The Vancouver Island Tribute Festival presented Foundation CEO Janice Perrino with a cheque for $10,000 raised at the festival in May. Thank you to the organizers for all the hard work that went into making this such an outstanding weekend of music and entertainment and raising these funds for the CT Scanner at NRGH. Watch their website for next year's dates http://islandtributefestival.com
Last Fall Canadians proudly wore their poppies as a symbol of appreciation for the many men and women who devoted their lives to serve our country. Here in Nanaimo Joann Walton-Hatch of the Royal Canadian Legion Mount Benson Branch #256 recently delivered a portion of the money they raised through poppy sales to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The $3,000 will go towards the purchase of medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Since 1990 the Branch #256 has delivered almost $115,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for healthcare equipment and programs that benefit veterans and their families.
The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that Coastal Community Private Wealth Group will be the lead sponsor for the 24th annual Golf for Life Charity Classic to be held Friday, September 8, 2017 at Fairwinds Golf Course. This will mark the first time in over 10 years that this signature event has had the benefit of lead sponsorship.
Janice Perrino, Chief Executive Officer of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, states "Golf for Life’s ongoing success is due to the tremendous support we receive from our sponsors, and we are confident that this year's tournament will be one of the best and we will raise even more funds for the hospital.”
Being part of a collective effort to raise money to purchase medical equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital was a key motivator for Coastal Community Private Wealth Group to get involved.
"We know that local healthcare deeply affects individuals and families including our associates, our clients, and many more throughout our communities. This is why we are proud to join this effort," says Don Tamelin Vice President & General Manager of Coastal Community Private Wealth Group, "together we are committed to making a difference and supporting the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation raise funds for NRGH.”
The Coastal Community Private Wealth Group is a division of Coastal Community Financial Management Inc., which is a wholly-owned wealth management subsidiary of Coastal Community Credit Union. With this relationship, Coastal Community Private Wealth Group is Canada’s first integrated private wealth service offered in co-operation with a credit union.
The Golf for Life Charity Classic is in its 24th year and has raised over a Million dollars over the years to purchase medical equipment at NRGH. Participants and volunteers are encouraged to sign up early. To find our more how you can join or sponsor Golf for Life please check out the Foundation's web site, www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com or call 250-755-7690.
Every week the Berwick on the Lake Residents’ Council organizes internal fundraisers in support of local charities that are dear to their hearts. Recently they presented a cheque for $500 to Brenda Rositano of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation to help purchase equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. What an amazing group!
At a recent donor appreciation evening in Qualicum Beach, the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s CEO Janice Perrino and Board Chair Greg Scott presented a cheque for more than $2.2 million dollars to Marci Ekland NRGH Site Director and Island Health’s Board Chair Don Hubbard.
“It is important for our donors to see where their donations are going and for us to present a cheque like this is a true testament to the generosity of our communities when it comes to supporting their Nanaimo Regional General Hospital,” said Janice Perrino.
The multi-million dollar dispersal from the Hospital Foundation was used for the purchase of medical equipment and patient comforts and is over and above the close to $80,000 the Hospital Foundation provided for staff education to health care providers.
The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation is kicking off their Spring ‘Healthy Hearts’ campaign to raise another $350,000 to purchase items for the Cardiac Department as well as other urgently needed equipment.
The Parksville Qualicum Beach Elks Club #589 fundraises throughout the year to support healthcare initiatives on Central Island. This hard working group focuses their attention on building and strengthening the communities they live in while providing assistance to children and families in need.
The group recently delivered two gifts of $500 each to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, for the purchase of of medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and at the Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville.
Since 1912, the Elks of Canada have given countless volunteers hours to promoting and serving community needs across Canada. With over 250 Lodges and 11,000 members the Elks continue growing and helping wherever needed.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 focuses their charitable efforts on the needs of veterans in our community and last night, on behalf of the Legion, Roy Robertson presented Janice Perrino with a cheque for $2,000 to be used for the purchase of cardiac equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Since 2001 Branch #10 has contributed nearly $20,000 to help buy medical equipment that helps veterans receive quality healthcare
Throughout the year the Nanaimo Lions’ Club works diligently to help the communities we all live in. Today, Lions Club members, Leslie Smith and Claire Clark, delivered $500 to support the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s Healthy Hearts campaign to purchase cardiac equipment for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Front Row (from L to R): Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society Board members Ian Niamath and Camela Tang, Nanaimo Hospital Foundation CEO Janice Perrino, Save On Foods Managers Dave Madiuk and Fred Marsales Back Row (from L to R): Save On Foods Manager Keith Monsen, Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society Board Chair Heiko Behn and Board member Angela Behn
The Save On Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society recently gave $25,000 of proceeds from their 2016 festival to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. The gift has been directed to the Medical Imaging Department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) in support of breast cancer diagnostic equipment.
The Dragon Boat Festival is one of Nanaimo’s most successful summer events thanks to countless hours of donated volunteer time and the paddling spirit of nearly 100 dragon boat teams from across the west coast of Canada and the United States. The next Annual Dragon Boat Festival is scheduled for July 7 – 9, 2017 at Maffeo Sutton Park and the theme this year is ‘Silver Screen Classics’. To learn more go to www.nanaimodragonboat.com.
The Ladysmith Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #2101 recently presented $1,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’ CEO Janice Perrino for the purchase of vital medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The group gives annual gifts to both Cowichan District Hospital and NRGH as Ladysmith residents utilize both facilities. Since 1995 the Ladysmith Eagles have contributed $23,000 to healthcare needs at NRGH. Janice Perrino said ‘The Ladysmith Fraternal Order of the Eagles are a dedicated group who care very deeply about the health of our community. This long-term generosity is very much appreciated by our regional hospital.”
The Upper Island BC Hydro Power Pioneers brought their uplifting energy to the Paediatrics Unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital this week. They also delivered a $1,000 donation (split between Paediatrics and Maternity) as well as hand crafted blankets, mittens, hats and slippers for sick children visiting hospital. The volunteer group of BC Hydro retirees hosts a variety of annual fundraisers and contributes membership dues in order to support our most vulnerable patients.
Quality foods President Noel Hayward presented Nanaimo & District Foundation CEO Janice Perrino with a cheque for $22,500 to go into the Quality Foods Community Health Endowment Fund to benefit the health of all Central Vancouver Island residents.
Each January and February Quality Foods, in partnership with Becel and Dempster’s, donates 25 cents from each participating product sold. This year they raised $17,500 from that promotion. They also recently held a “Show Your Heart” promotion in partnership with Pepsi and raised an additional $5,000.
“The commitment Quality Foods has to its customers and employees is truly outstanding. Their loyalty to improving healthcare in our communities has made an incredible difference to the Foundation and in what we are able to do. We are very grateful for their support”. Said CEO Janice Perrino.
Quality Foods has been a supporter of the Foundation for over 22 years and have donated almost $300,000 to healthcare in our region.
From November 1st to December 31st in-store donations are collected from Long and McQuade stores across the country and delivered to local hospitals. Since 2013 the Victoria and Nanaimo Long & McQuade stores have directed their funds to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for Music Therapy at NRGH. This year Nanaimo store manager Jason Friesen presented Janice Perrino with a cheque for an unprecedented $9,300, bringing their total donations from this program to over $20,000. Now that’s music to our ears!
A big thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary #15 Fraternal Order of Eagles for donating $250 towards a sleeper chair for the palliative room at Dufferin Place. The sleeper chair will allow family members to stay comfortably with their loved ones at end of life.
The Ladysmith Health Care Auxiliary continues to contribute to the health and wellness of their community. In October the group donated $25,000 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation’s Christmas Campaign to help purchase one of two new CT Scanners for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). The new Scanners will dramatically decrease the amount of time it takes to scan a patient and have reduced radiation exposure.
“This organization is excellent”, said Foundation CEO Janice Perrino, “What a wonderful group for supporting healthcare initiatives at our hospital and our communities”.
Through sales at the Auxiliary Thrift Store, the group has been diligent in supporting local healthcare. Since 1997 they have given over $330,000 to the Foundation in support of NRGH, reaching almost every area of the hospital.
With the support of their customers, TELUS recently donated $20,800 to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation for their recent Christmas Campaign ‘Light the Trees”.
For the month of November 2016, TELUS ran their ‘TV for Good” Campaign where they donated $25 for every new Nanaimo customer signing up for Optik TV. The donation will fund urgently needed equipment at NRGH including the new CT scanner.
“Telus and giving back go hand in hand. It is obvious that they care about those in our community and are passionate about improving lives and supporting healthcare on Central Vancouver Island”, Said Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation.
TELUS is a strong supporter of British Columbia communities. Since 2000, TELUS, their team members, and retirees have contributed more than $10M and 3.76M volunteer hours to charitable organizations in BC. For more information, or to order TELUS TV, visit telus.com/tv or call 310-MYTV (6988).
The Longwood Ladies Stitch and Gab Group created these beautiful blankets for the Vancouver Island Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (VI SCAN) program. These blankets will help provide great comfort for children at risk and we are so grateful for their kindness.
A big thank you to the North Cedar Fire Department who raised $1,000 to go towards the purchase of the Digital Mammography Machine at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Funds were raised from the sale of t-shirts showing their support for women’s health.
VOX Ensemble went above and beyond this past December to get everyone into the Christmas spirit and help a good cause. On December 21st and 22nd at the Black Goose Inn and the Fox & Hounds respectively they hosted a dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol with traditional Carols. Choir Director Peter Orme received excellent care this past year at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) and when it came to choosing a charity for the benefit performances he knew right away he wanted it to be the Hospital. Thanks to this talented group donating their time and talent each performance was sold out and they raised $1,800.00 to go towards the purchase of the new CT scanner at NRGH. The VOX Ensemble is a group of dedicated singers from around Vancouver Island who perform throughout the year and donate the proceeds to charity. “Our music-making not only gives the gift of music to our audiences, but also raises awareness and funds for various charities” says Orme. To learn more about the ensemble visit www.deorgano.com.
For the month of October the Nanaimo & Parksville Thrifty Foods locations donate one dollar for every pumpkin sold to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation to support local healthcare.
This recent gift of $4,237 will help purchase medical equipment at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH). Janice Perrino, CEO of the Hospital Foundation, said “the dedication of Thrifty Foods to support progressive healthcare demonstrates the company’s vision to provide health and wellness for both its clients and staff.” Store managers emphasize that the donation would not be possible without their customers buying pumpkins each year. Dan Zapotichny, Thrifty Foods manager at Long Wood Station said, “It is with our customers’ help that this donation is possible. We give because everyone uses the hospital, if we can help make it an even better place, with better equipment we will. I cannot think of a greater target for our donation.”
Rotary Club of Lantzville President Don White, and Director of Community Services Dale Werezak, came by to give Janice Perrino a $3,000 donation for the first Annual Christmas Campaign to fund urgently needed medical equipment at NRGH. The Rotary Club of Lantzville was able to support our campaign due to fundraising the club does throughout the year such as their annual golf tournament in June and serving beer at the recent 5K Foam Fest at Arbutus Meadows. The group meets Thursday mornings at the ABC Restaurant; if you would like more information visit them at http://portal.clubrunner.ca/675.
Janice Perrino (far right) accepts the donation from Kelly Bissell, RBC Regional Vice President North Vancouver Island; Matei Mateias, RBC Brooks Landing Branch Manager; Robert Lee, RBC Downtown Nanaimo Branch Manager; and RBC Brooks Landing staff, Elaine, Joel, Kaajal and Joni, celebrating their Annual Jersey Day.
The RBC Foundation has once again supported the health of Central Vancouver Island residents. On December 1st RBC presented a $25,000 gift to Janice Perrino, CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation in support of their first annual Christmas Campaign ‘Light the Trees’. Through the month of December the Foundation will be lighting the trees outside Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) to show the progress of the donations coming in. “This $25,000 donation will go to fund an ENT Microscope at NRGH, this is all part of our Christmas Campaign and we are so grateful to RBC for funding this piece of equipment that will help so many people”, said Perrino.
Kelly Bissell, RBC Regional Vice President of North Vancouver Island, explained “We are more than happy to be able to give in a way that really impacts the whole community. This gift is possible thanks to our clients, who will benefit from this investment into our hospital.” The RBC Brooks Landing branch recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary on November 24th and since partnering with Foundation RBC has contributed more than $300,000 to the health and wellness of the Central Vancouver Island community.