Photo, from left to right: Staff and family pay tribute to loved ones with a Beer and Burger Fundraiser, earning $4,100 for the NRGH Cancer Clinic and Palliative Care Unit. (front) Sue Christiaens; Carol Roworth, Bud’s wife; Sylvia Wende. (Back) Liz Laird; Ingrid Tanasichuk.
Vancouver Island Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VIVRS) is a fortunate organization because it is run by a group of very compassionate individuals. They work diligently to create meaningful employment opportunities for people with “cognitive disabilities”. They also extend their good works into the community and recently held a Beer & Burger fundraiser at Fibber Magee’s and raised $4,100 for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, in support of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH).
The fundraiser, known as “Looking at Life”, was held in honour of 18-year-veteran VIVRS employee Bud Roworth and Eppie Brouwer, whose daughter Ingrid Tanasichuk has run VIVRS for the past two decades. Bud and Eppie were also “great friends” and passed away in 2011 and 2010 respectively. Because of the care they received in the Cancer Clinic and the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH friends and family split the donation equally between the two departments. More than 100 people turned out to support the group’s efforts, and to honour the difference both Bud and Eppie made to their communities. Tanasichuk emphasized, “The support of businesses and individuals has been wonderful. Many of the companies Bud found our clients placements in, were happy to support this cause and we are very thankful.”