This morning we were touched by the generosity of the Brownridge Family and Brownridge & Company Insurance Services Inc. who together have matched the commitment made by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, PG Cougars Alumni and the PG Cougars Society of $10,000 for wildfire evacuee emergency needs.
“We have a long standing relationship with both the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation as well as the PG Cougars and were impressed with their collaboration to provide assistance in support of our neighbours in the Cariboo region,” commented Gord Brownridge, President of Brownridge & Company Insurance Services Inc, and spokesperson for the Brownridge family.
Late last week the Prince George Cougars Alumni Association in conjunction with the Prince George Cougars Society and the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation announced that $10,000 will be donated locally to wildfire evacuees in support of the BC Wildfire relief effort.
“We couldn’t help but recognize the impact that the wildfires were having on the well-being of individuals and families,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “These are people who in good times support us through their donations to healthcare. It was only prudent to recognize that as a healthcare foundation, they need us to step forward too. We are touched once again by the Brownridge Family and their corporate arm. Their generosity is amazing, and we appreciate the trust they place in us. This is what partnerships, relationships, and community is all about – people helping people.”
“The PG Cougars are fortunate and extremely grateful to have incredible partners like Brownridge & Company Insurance, who are simply amazing and inspiring in the way they support our community, “ commented Andy Beesley, PG Cougars VP of business. “ It’s people like Brian & Gord Brownridge and their whole company who make our city a better place to live, and words can’t express how much we value and respect them”.
The Prince George Cougars Alumni Association in conjunction with the Prince George Cougars Society and the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation have announced today that $10,000 will be donated to local wildfire evacuees in support of the BC Wildfire relief effort. This announcement comes as all three organizations prepare for the sixth annual Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament that kicks off today at CN Centre and continues tomorrow at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club.
“Contributing to this cause is extremely important from the alumni’s perspective,” comments Cougars Alumni Association President, Tyler Brough. “We have felt so much support over the years from hockey fans all over Northern British Columbia and the main purpose of our Alumni Association is to give back and make a difference in a region that has impacted all of us so positively. There are members of our Alumni Association that have been directly affected by the B.C. wildfires and we couldn’t be happier that proceeds from this weekend will be benefiting both local healthcare and those impacted by the wildfires.”
“The Prince George Cougars Alumni Association, the Cougars Society and Spirit of the North are excited to work together all weekend to raise money for charity,” adds Prince George Cougars Vice President of Business, Andy Beesley. “We recognize the extreme difficulty these wildfires are causing families and communities and we’ve committed this donation to help those in need.”
“We share the concern for those displaced during the fire evacuation and are happy to partner with the PG Cougars Alumni and PG Cougars Society to provide assistance during this time,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “As a healthcare foundation, this is what partnerships and community is all about – people helping people.”
Members of the Auxiliary to the University Hospital of Northern BC were on hand this morning to present the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation with $150,000 to support the Breast Health Imaging Centre here in Prince George.
“This is amazing. Quite a few months ago the mayor had issued a challenge to organizations within the city to do something to honour Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “So, we couldn’t have picked a better partner to work with – the Auxiliary is a significant funding partner of ours.”
Last fall a capital campaign for $500,000 was initiated to support the peripheral equipment needed to complement new digital mammography units funded by the Province of BC. The addition of this peripheral equipment will create a one-stop breast health imaging centre at UHNBC to serve residents of the North. Fundraising began at Spirit of the North’s signature event, the 2016 Festival of Trees. Another incredible donation was made through proceeds from the Miracle Theatre performances held in February and March. There were many other private donations along the way and this donation from the Auxiliary to UHNBC is the final $150,000 needed to complete funding for the Breast Health Imaging Centre.
Linda Hohn, past president of the Auxiliary to UHNBC, says the money was raised through sales at the Auxiliary Gift Shop at the hospital and the downtown Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. “This is wonderful,” she said. “The breast imaging clinic is going to make it so great for women and men to be able to get the care that they need immediately. There won’t be a waiting period, it’ll be right now and that’s what we’ve been waiting for.”
Along with celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, it was also great to celebrate such an accomplishment for two organizations who care so much about bringing the best of care closer to home in the North.
For more information, or to support our current fundraising projects, please contact the Spirit of the North office (250-565-2515) or visit our website (www.spiritofthenorth.ca)
After a one year hiatus, Spirit of the North’s annual radio fundraiser returned for a 12th year under the banner of Spirit Day.
With the stellar support of our broadcast partner the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (101.3 The River, 99.3 The Drive and CKPG News) and nearly 70 volunteers, Prince George truly united in the spirit of giving throughout the 11 hour radio campaign. When all was said and done, we reached a final total of $70,756.30 as last minute donations trickled in online after the radio campaign signed off for the day!
All funds donated through Spirit Day will be directed toward funding for a suite of 4 ultrasounds with ECHO capabilities for cardiac diagnostics and emergency care at University Hospital of Northern BC. This was the initial kick off to an overall campaign valued at $500,000 – thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and donors, Spirit Day was an incredible success!
Purchasing this suite of ultrasounds will have significant impacts on cardiac patients of all ages, reducing wait times and expanding access to ECHO testing. We will continue to direct funds to the Regional Cardiology Strategy, as our area of greatest need, until the full funding has been accomplished.
We are grateful to our event sponsors The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (CKPG News, 101.3 The River and 99.3 the Drive), Northland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Rivers Edge Services, and the Auxiliary to UHNBC. We are also thankful to Tim Hortons at UHNBC, Karahi King Restaurant, and the Auxiliary Gift Shop at UHNBC for providing food and drinks for our volunteers and guests. We also sincerely appreciate those who shared their journey through cardiac related illness. Their stories made a big impact and we are grateful for the open and heartfelt way in which they relayed their messages.
“We truly appreciate the generous support of our sponsors, volunteers and our valued donors, who made Spirit Day such a wonderful success,” commented Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirt of the North. “Our community has once again shown that they give generously -- from the heart; their gifts of time, energy, and hard earned dollars will have a significant impact on cardiac patients in our community.”
For more information please contact Judy Neiser, CEO – Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation at 250-565-2515. To donate online, please visit our Canada Helps Page
Sadly, few of us have been untouched by breast cancer. Joined by Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Chair, Colleen Sparrow, these beautiful women in white from the Northbreast Passage Dragon Boat Society, have all been in the same boat. A huge thank you for their generous donation of $2,500 to the UHNBC Breast Health Imaging Centre, scheduled to open later this year.
“This centre with its state of the art equipment and support will make the frightening experience of a positive diagnosis a little bit easier and we are so pleased that it will be opening soon.” says Barbara Old, President of the Northbreast Dragon Boat Society.
This one stop centre will provide centralized, rapid-access care for patients in Prince George and surrounding communities that will consolidate breast screening through state of the art digital mammography diagnostics, ultrasound, and treatment all in one location, eliminating the need for multiple visits across different sites.
“We are thankful that those who have experienced this situation first hand are supportive of this fundraising effort,” says Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “They are our best advocates for what changes were needed and how this approach supports a better standard of care for patients in the North.”
For more information about our work in the North, or to donate, please visit www.spiritofthenorth.ca, or call our office 250-565-2515
Photo Credit: T. Moore Photography
Through the generosity and hard work of many individuals and corporations a fleet of 62 rehabilitation wheelchairs have arrived at UHNBC.
This morning the entire fleet was brought out and launched by sponsors and supporters who collectively raised over $102,000 through campaigns such as September Casual, Bike-A-Thon sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, and Boogie with the Stars. All of these events were held between August and December 2016 in support of mobilizing patients at UHNBC.
“Working in collaboration with Northern Health this area of greatest need embraced the hearts of so many who value patient’s mobility. Understanding that the road to recovery often requires transition from bed to chair and then hopefully full mobility. This was a great cause and we were happy to get behind and support it.” – Colleen Sparrow, Board Chair, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
After a multi-year project by the Occupational Therapy Department at UHNBC to evaluate patient needs and assess the quality of different wheelchairs, three different sizes of Helio Light wheelchairs were selected. These chairs were manufactured by an award-winning Canadian company and purchased through local supplier PG Surg-Med. They were ordered in a sunflower orange color that is unique to UHNBC so they can easily be spotted should they stray from the hospital. This truly was a partnership to ensure that input was provided from all who would utilize this equipment, and the community support was amazing.
“We are so happy to see that this fleet has arrived and will go into circulation soon. This is only made possible through the generosity of so many who support Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. The real pat on the back is to the community, the donors, sponsors, supporters and those who believe in giving to see that healthcare in the North is advancing and meeting the needs of patients at UHNBC. – Judy Neiser,CEO, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
For more information contact Judy Neiser, CEO, 250-565-2522
Pictured L-R: Cathy Ulrich, CEO Northern Health; Charles Jago, Board Chair Northern Health; Jim Meier, Director Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation; Colleen Sparrow, Board Chair Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation
On behalf of our many generous donors, sponsors, and supporters who truly believe in better health outcomes for the North, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Staff and Board members were pleased to present a cheque in the amount of $880,285.05 to Northern Health Authority today.
With a mandate to fund equipment, education, and enhancements to healthcare in the service delivery area to UHNBC, the following is a list of items funded with these proceeds:
|2 Angel Lifts||UHNBC|
|2 Ceiling Lifts||UHNBC|
|Basketball hoop, folding chairs and table||UHNBC Nechako Treatment Centre|
|Vitals Machine||UHNBC Eating Disorders Clinic|
|Holmium Laser||UHNBC - Surgical|
|Optos OCT Scan System, Optical Tomography||UHNBC Optical|
|Centrifuge||UHNBC - Microbiology|
Malditoff Mass Spectrometer
|UHNBC - Lab|
|Broda Chair||UHNBC - IMU|
|Alenti Hygiene Lifts||UHNBC|
|Bio Med Freezer 17.0 Cubic Feet||UHNBC|
Emergency Social Services
|Regional - Social Services|
|Custom Burn Garments||Regional Burn Fund|
|Courtyard Revitalization||Quesnel - Dunrovin|
|Billirubin Meter||Prince Rupert Hospital|
|Blood Pressure Monitor||Parkwood - Hemodialysis|
|Alcon- Centuriion Ozil Handpieces (7)||Terrace - Mills Memorial|
|Rhapsody Bathing System Tub||Kitimat General Hospital|
|Portable Ultrasound||Fort St. James - Stuart Lake Hospital|
|Ultrasound Chair||Fraser Lake Health Facility|
|Audiometer||Dawson Creek - Audiometry|
This brings the total granted in this fiscal year to just over $1.2 Million.
“No amount of words can express how thankful we are for the support we receive,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North. “We are so very grateful to our sponsors, donors and everyone who attends events and participates in fundraisers to ultimately strengthen healthcare in the North. We respect that donors have a choice in where they donate, and we are so thankful to the region for embracing the Spirit of the North in their philanthropic wishes. Giving really does make a difference.”
Working closely with the Auxiliary to UHNBC, they are responsible for contributing $160,755.31 of this amount. They are an amazing group that provides funding, but also so many volunteer services for patients at UHNBC. We are fortunate to work with many of the Auxiliaries in the region to bring the best of care closer to home in the North.
Moving forward this year there is no end to the wish list for equipment and enhancements to healthcare that is needed in all facilities. We are excited to close in on the final dollars required for the Breast Health Imaging Centre at UHNBC that was launched during the 2016 Festival of Trees. Additionally, we are launching a campaign that will see great changes in emergency response to cardiac patient’s needs with a Regional Cardiac Strategy campaign for $500,000 which is set to kick off the last week of May during our rebranded Radiothon that will take place on Spirit Day – June 1st. This will focus on the purchase of state of the art Echo-Ultrasounds for UHNBC.
For more information, or to donate funds to support healthcare in the North, please contact the Spirit of the North Foundation office at 250-565-2515
The Prince George Fire Fighters 2017 Harley Davidson Raffle, in partnership with Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, was a resounding success with all 3,500 tickets again sold prior to the Saturday, March 11 draw. The draw was completed at the Prince George Harley-Davidson shop on Vance Road at 4:30pm.
All proceeds from the raffle are donated to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and will be used to purchase a new Hamilton G5 Ventilator which will be used in several areas of the hospital, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department and Post Anesthetic Care Unit. These ventilator units are versatile instruments, capable of assisting the entire patient population, from neonate to adult, with a customized level of respiratory care.
This is the 20th successful Harley Davidson Raffle in the partnership between the fire department and the foundation, and the Spirit of the North is proud to announce that more than $850,000 has been raised through this annual fundraiser.
"The membership of the Prince George Firefighters IAFF local 1372 are a group dedicated to making our community a better place through both the on-duty work as well as off-duty fundraising activities. I would like to thank our members, management team, Costco wholesale, Canadian Tire and Harley Davidson of Prince George for their efforts and contributions. Also, a special thanks to the Spirit of the North, whose partnership with us on this event ensures its continued success and benefit to everyone in our community." – Mark Dorval, Prince George Fire Fighters Harley Davidson Raffle Committee Chair
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to annually work closely with such prominent emergency response individuals in the community. Our partnership with the Prince George Fire Fighters Union Local 1372 has a long standing record of making a difference for equipment purchased in the region along with the work we collectively do to generate funds for burn survivor garments on an ongoing basis.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “Without their dedication of time and energy for the project, along with the contribution of space form local retailers and our partnership with Harley Davidson of Prince George, we wouldn’t be able to see these exciting results. This is community spirit at its best.”
For further information please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office at 250.565.2515.
The Spruce Kings may have fallen in a 5-2 game to the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday night, but they pulled out a huge win for St. John’s Hospital in Vanderhoof.
Saturday’s game night sponsor was the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op, and Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was honoured to partner with them in an effort to raise $3,200 to fund a set of surgical instruments for use in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) procedures at St. John’s Hospital.
“We at Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op believe that investing in our communities makes us stronger. We are proud to have been able to join with the Spruce Kings in supporting the Spirit of North Health Care Foundation to raise money to purchase surgical equipment for St. John Hospital. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great cause.” – Allan Bieganski, General Manager, Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative Association.
Fundraising started early in the evening as the Treasure Cove Casino generously donated $1,000 toward the goal, and FreFlyt Industries Inc. added $200. Many in the crowd purchased Spirit Bears to help toward the goal, and the Spruce Kings donated the proceeds of their 50/50 draw.
“Thanks to the kindness and goodwill of the Vanderhoof Co-op, the Spruce Kings and the fans, we are delighted to say that the equipment has been funded in full,” said Annette Stevens, Donor Relations Manager for Spirit of the North.
“We were so thrilled to be part of this fundraising event for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. It was great to see such a huge crowd out supporting this,” said Lu Verticchio, Business and Marketing Manager, Prince George Spruce Kings. “Thanks to Vanderhoof Co-op, Treasure Cove Casino, FreFlyt Industries Inc., and the fans … this benefits the entire region.”
For more information about our work in the North, or to donate, please visit www.spiritofthenorth.ca, or call our office 250-565-2515
Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is proud to present Festival of Trees PG each year. This is our largest annual fundraising event and a wonderful opportunity to share what we do with the community. Whether you volunteered, donated, sponsored or visited, Thank YOU for being part of another great year!
The moment that many have been waiting for has finally arrived! We are excited to partner with local ticket provider Central Interior Tickets for sales of tickets to select Festival of Trees events!
Tickets for these events are available online:
Of course, you may still purchase your tickets by visiting us at the Spirit of the North office, or calling 250.565.2515!
Also new this year is a second dance. Our Dance and Dine Among the Pine event has become so popular with business groups that we have added a second dance to serve community members and groups of friends who want to celebrate the holiday together! This event is perfect for anyone who loves to two-step, waltz and reel.
On Saturday November 26 Dunkley Lumber presents a Holiday Dinner and Dance at Festival of Trees. The evening will feature a Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings, live music by local favourite Cariboo Thunder (a country-western dance band), door prizes and a dessert bar.
Tickets for the Dunkley Lumber Holiday Dinner and Dance are $50 (age 55+ pay $45) until November 1. After November 1 tickets are $55/$50.Tickets for this event are available at the Spirit of the North office, or by callng 250.565.2515
We hope to see you at the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees as we celebrate Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation's 25th birthday!
Saturday, September 10th was a special evening at the Coast Inn of the North as they held their annual Wine Lovers Dinner in support of Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. We are thrilled to announce that the Wine Lovers World Tour was a resounding success! Chef Alden Kiland provided a six course culinary delight paired with carefully selected wines to a sold out crowd that opened their hearts and wallets to raise over $66,000 for healthcare in Northern BC.
The evening kicked off with Spanish-influenced tapas and a special sangria cocktail before launching into 6 courses of delectable food paired with wine from Italy, Argentina, Portugal, New Zealand and the Okanagan. The clafoutis dessert, a sweet, Yorkshire pudding-inspired shell filled with peaches and topped with vanilla gelato, was paired with Warm Apple Pie Wine from our local Northern Lights Estate Winery.
“We are so proud of our relationship with Spirit of the North,” said Coast Inn of the North General Manager David McQuinn. “They make huge contributions to our quality of life and we love celebrating the work they do. While the event allows us to showcase the talents of our team, it is the PG community who humble us with their incredible generosity. We are honoured to host this event and we will continue the journey.”
“The evening was incredible”, said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “The energy in the room was exciting and we are so thrilled with what this partnership for healthcare has done once again. The Coast Inn of the North, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the generosity of those who attended made for a perfect evening with great outcomes for healthcare in the North for our littlest patients.”
A raffle was held during the event for two prizes:
1st Prize: Round Trip Airfare for 2 people to Victoria, one night at the Coast Victoria Harbourside, and Dinner for 2 at the Blue Crab Seafood House was won by Richard George.
2nd Prize: Round Trip Airfare to Victoria for one person with Pacific Coastal Airlines was won by Mark Carrico.
For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.
The Coast Inn of the North presents their Annual Wine Lovers Dinner in support of Spirit of the North on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Join us for a special cocktail hour, followed by six courses of exceptional gourmet fare!
This year's very special "Wine Lovers World Tour" marks a departure from the tradition of featuring a single winery. Chef Alden Kiland has prepared a delightful menu from start to finish - tapas and cocktails to dessert and cheese - and artfully paired a range of wines from around the world with each course. Some offerings on the evening's wine list may be familiar, while others will be rare finds, including a very special wine from Argentina to be paired with the main course. Dessert will feature our very own local Northern Lights Estate Winery's Warm Apple Pie Wine.
The event will feature a live auction and silent auction and proceeds from the event will be used toward the purchase of 12 Neopuff Infant Resuscitators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University Hospital of Northern BC.
Each Neopuff bears a price tag of just over $1,300, and are the standard of care recommended in all major infant resuscitation protocols because they provide the ability to control the air pressure being forced into an infant's lungs. This control eliminates the risk of pneumothorax ("blown lungs") if too much air is forced into the lungs, which can occur with manual resuscitation efforts and can lead to death or permanent respiratory issues.
The NICU at UHNBC sees an average of 30 infants and premature babies each month, approximately 70% of whom will require some respiratory assistance at birth. Acquisition of the 12 Neopuff units will ensure that each room in the NICU is outfitted and every infant will have access to this gold standard of safe respiratory care.
Please join us for an exceptional evening of fine food and wine and help our tiniest patients get a safe start in life! Tickets are $150 and are available at the Spirit of the North office or the Coast Inn of the North.
Bike-a-Thon Participants starting out for the 6th Annual Event
The 7th Annual Bike-A-Thon, sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016. All of the funds raised will go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to purchase healthcare equipment in our local hospital.
Starting at 8 am at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple (4298 Davis Road), cyclists of all ages will bike all the way to Purden Lake where they will be treated with a picnic provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society. The participants will then bike back to Prince George in the afternoon. Not only does this event raise funds for a great cause, but it is a great way to get out for a day of fun, fresh air and exercise.
For the seventh consecutive year, all proceeds will be directed to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. In its first six years, the Bike-A-Thon has raised nearly $62,000 for Spirit of the North.
This year, money raised by the Bike-A-Thon will form a portion of the funds needed to replace a fleet of specialized wheelchairs for patients undergoing rehabilitation and therapies at UHNBC. The wheelchairs are customized to fit to each unique patient and are used daily in our hospital by individuals who are in recovery from strokes, traumas, and surgeries. 62 wheelchairs are required with a price tag of approximately $100,000.
"It is important that the money raised stays here locally to help, and that our event draws the community together," said Gurdeep Powar, the Bike-A-Thon Coordinator. "I would like to say special thanks to Dr. Mann. I couldn't do the event without him, and thank you to all of the participants who help us and work hard on this."
Everyone is welcome to participate in this event. If you wish to take part in this year’s Bike-a-thon or donate towards their efforts, please contact Gurdeep (Gordie) Powar at 250-552-3816.
Bike-A-Thon Participants and and Organizers present $22,242, the proceeds of the 6th Annual event, to Spirit of the North CEO Judy Neiser
We are seeking a professional, skilled and dedicated individual to join our Foundation in a permanent , full time position as the Foundation Accountant. The position reports to the CEO and works closely with all members of our dedicated team. The Foundation Accountant is responsible for producing the Foundation’s monthly financial statements, ensuring all donations and grants are accurately accounted for, and supporting the annual audit. We are a small team with a big mandate in garnering support for bringing the best of care closer to home in the north.
Key Responsibilities & Competencies:
Please reply directly to Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the North by May 25, 2016
While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates who are short listed will be contacted.
Attention all photographers:
Enter your very best photos of our Aurora Borealis for a chance to have your photo featured on Festival of Trees print and online material this year!
Winner(s) will have their photo featured and attributed on print/online material, and will receive 2 Adult passes or 1 Family pass to the Festival.
Email your entry to email@example.com or visit our Facebook post (below) and enter in the comments.
Contest is open for submissions through March 31, 2016 with winner(s) to be chosen by April 4, 2016.
Winner must be able to provide a high-resolution digital copy of their photograph to Spirit of the North.
Greg Houston, Harley Raffle Committee Chair presents Spirit of the North CEO Judy Neiser with the proceeds of the 2016 raffle
The Prince George Firefighters - Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 2016 Harley Raffle was a resounding success with all 3,500 tickets again sold prior to the Saturday, March 12 draw. The draw was completed at the Prince George Harley-Davidson shop on Vance Road at 4:30pm.
The 1st prize winner of the 2016 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide was Chantal Morton of Prince George.
The 2nd prize winner was Ken Coombs of Quesnel, winning a $500 gift certificate to the Harley Davidson shop in Prince George
The 3rd prize winner was Talwinder Sidhu of Terrace, winning a $250 gift certificate to the Harley Davidson shop in Prince George.
All proceeds from the raffle are donated to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and will be used to complete funding for the OptosOct SLO System and California UWF Unit, a suite of optical diagnostic equipment for which fundraising began at the 2015 Radiothon. The equipment is on order with delivery expected this spring. This is the 19th successful Harley Raffle for the two partnered groups and the Spirit of the North is proud to announce that more than $780,000 has been raised through this annual fundraiser.
“We are so pleased to be the charity of choice for this fund raiser that is so broadly embraced by the community and the members of the Prince George Fire Fighters Union Local 1372” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “Without their dedication of time and energy for the project, along with Costco’s contribution of space and our partnership with Harley Davidson of Prince George, we wouldn’t be able to see these exciting results. This is community spirit at its best.”
For further information please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office at 250.565.2515.
The $1,000 Canfor Healthcare Education Scholarship provides financial support to northern students enrolled in healthcare education programs at post-secondary institutions in BC. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2016!
Celebrating the 22nd Annual Festival of Trees in conjunction with the City’s 100th Birthday provided a natural opportunity to harness the root industry in Prince George with a Lumberjack theme. Final numbers for funds raised will be announced soon, but at this time Spirit of the North is able to confirm that the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser was once again an overwhelming success thanks to the support of our amazing community.
Festival of Trees is an opportunity for Spirit of the North to engage the community as a whole in a fun filled, holiday event, with all proceeds used to improve healthcare in the North. Without the support of our sponsors, donors and volunteers, and the general public, Festival of Trees would not be possible and we are so grateful for the way our community comes together each year, donating time, tangible items, and funds to support our mission.
Hundreds of volunteers gave thousands of hours in the course of setting up, running and dismantling/delivering Festival of Trees over the course of the past 17 days. Together with our volunteer organizing committee, the volunteers are the engine that makes Festival run!
“No amount of words can express how thankful we are for the support we received for this event,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North. “We are so very grateful to our sponsors, donors, volunteers and everyone who attends this event to ultimately strengthen healthcare in the North. We respect that donors have a choice in where they donate, and we are so thankful that the community has embraced the Spirit of the North in their philanthropic wishes.”
A new layout, 116 decorated trees and 53 wreaths meant that this was the largest Festival of Trees in its 22 years!
Thanks to sponsor Accent Dental, Story Time was brought to the Festival daily, Canadian Tire brought the Green Magic photo team to several events, and Bryant Electric came on board to be the first electrical sponsor in Festival of Trees history – it takes a lot of power and connections to light up so many trees!
Also new this year, was a truly special philanthropic effort. Northland Auto Group designed ten Miracle Mirror Trees, five pairs of matching trees. Three of these pairs of trees were in the silent auction, and two were in the live auction. The winning bidder of each pair of trees was able to keep the first tree, while the “mirror” tree was donated to a family chosen by the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Several events were sold out well before the Festival even began this year. The Dance & Dine Among the Pine event, a dinner and dance perfect for small and medium sized groups sold out in October and was so popular the committee is considering adding a second event! The Houg Slaney Fashion Show sold out days before opening, while the Medichair Senior’s Luncheon and Scotiabank Senior’s Tea sold out well in advance of each event.
The morning events, the Northland Auto Group Family Brunch and TD Teddy Bear Breakfast, were also sold to capacity. We are thankful to the staff of the Prince George Civic Centre and Eurest Dining Services for the wonderful job they do in helping to set up each event and preparing each meal.
This year’s Gala Fundraising Auction event, with 251 people attending, raised over $300,000!
The auction this year had 13 unique items (including an incredible outhouse built by 3D Wood Design, a Bourbon Trail Experience and Santa Himself) 10 fabulous trees, and a Mystery Tree that turned out to have a car under it!
Shirley Gratton’s famous Christmas fruitcake was sold twice during the auction, raising a total of $25,000 to help Spirit of the North in their mandate to bring the best of care close to home in the North.
Gala attendees also responded generously when Foundation CEO Judy Neiser presented an opportunity to fund a much needed Maldi-Tof Mass Spectrometer at UHNBC, providing over $120,000 in donations within 10 minutes of the request. With the generous support of our valued donors, Spirit of the North is well on the way to funding this piece of diagnostic equipment.
Auctioneer Jim Jungers from Stokes Auction Group did a fantastic job again this year, running a fast moving auction and engaging each group of guests.
Ten days of holiday excitement, entertainment, visits from Santa and something to warm everyone’s heart in an amazing winter wonderland has been a success once again.
Next year we will be celebrating Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 25th anniversary at the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees.
For more information, or to donate funds to support healthcare in the North this Christmas season or at any time throughout the year, please contact the Spirit of the North Foundation office at 250-565-2515.
In just less than two months, the Civic Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 22nd annual Festival of Trees kicks off November 20-29th.
Earlier this year, Spirit of the North set a goal of having 100 decorated trees on display during the event as a way to celebrate Prince George’s centennial anniversary. In order to make this goal a reality, the Festival Committee has put together tiered sponsorship options, so everyone, on any budget, can take part.
“We are at the half way point” says Festival Coordinator, Shirli-Gene Sadowick “over 50 trees have been confirmed. Some sponsors are new; others have been with us since the start. We really encourage your business, organization, class, sports team or family to play a part in Festival this year. Show your community pride, by taking part in this annual family tradition.”
We are also excited to bring Prince George a whole new level of online information. This month we will be launching a brand new website focussed strictly on Festival of Trees (more to come on that soon!). The new website, along with our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FestivalofTreesPG) will ensure everyone knows what’s going on during Festival.
Tickets for all events such as the Fashion Show, Senior’s Tea/ Lunch and brunches go on sale at the Spirit office on October 1. General Admission will be available at the door during the 10 day event.
Our volunteers, sponsors and donors are vitally important to the success of this magical event and the work of Spirit of the North. Without their generous support, we would not be able to carry out our mandate of bringing the best of care closer to home for patients in the North.
Don’t miss out. The deadline for tree sponsorship is October 23, 2015; if you would like to sponsor a tree, have questions or would like to play a role in Festival, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at 250-565-2515.
Paint it Pink: an Evening of Hope is a fundraising gala with proceeds going to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. The evening will be a glitz and glamour-filled event hosted by Citizen Special Events, with silent and live auctions, giveaways, fine dining, and dancing.
The highlight of the evening will be rockstar Bif Naked who will be sharing her inspiring story of cancer survival. Bif’s appearance at the event is being generously sponsored by Canadian Tire.
Tickets are $95 each or $850 for a table of 10. Tickets are on sale at the Prince George Citizen 150 Brunswick St., or the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at the University Hospital of Northern B.C.
For information, call Norm at 250 640-6670
The Punjabi Canadian Senior Society’s 6th Annual Bike-A-Thon will take place on Saturday, September 12th. All of the funds raised will go towards Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in order to help healthcare in the north.
Starting at 7 am at the Senior Centre, volunteers of all ages will bike their way to Purden Lake where they will be treated with a picnic provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society. The participants will then bike back to their starting point that after noon. Not only does this event provide funds for an amazing cause, but it is always a great way to get out and exercise.
For the sixth consecutive year, all proceeds will be directed to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to create the best of care, close to home in the North. In the past five years, the Bike-A-Thon has successfully raised almost $40,000.
This year, the funds from this event will be put towards Spirit of the North’s annual Radiothon, as they work their way towards funding the OptosOCT SLO system along with a California UWF unit. Young and old alike will benefit from the comprehensive diagnostic capabilities that this equipment provides. Specializing in measuring and recording the progression of retinal disease and the effects of today’s new and emerging therapies it is needed for many diseases and conditions of the eye.
Some of the most highly effective and crucial areas of use are:
This new, state of the art equipment will provide diagnostic information that is crucial to make medical decisions regarding patient care and follow up. It has been endorsed by Dr. John Konkal and Dr. Andrew Lukaris and many other Optometrists and eye care professionals.
If you wish to take part in this year’s Bike-A-Thon or donate towards their efforts, please contact either Gurdeep Powar at 250-552-3816, or Major Varaich at 250-552-1123.
It’s like Christmas at the Festival warehouse as Trees for the 2015 event have arrived! Have you registered to sponsor a tree yet?
Thanks to Devyn and Kate for all your help in the warehouse this morning.
All proceeds from this event go to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.