Even though we can't be together we can still stand together in the fight against COVID-19. In responding to our generous donors, we have set up a COVID19#safeathome Fund to provide emergency funding of Equipment, Education, and Enhancements to Healthcare for Prince George and Northern BC. We know healthcare truly does touch everyone and anticipate the needs will be great as we join the fight against COVID-19.
Link to donate: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/12869
With our immense appreciation. Stay Safe. #safeathome #teamspirit #letsworktogether
In response to the current COVID-19 crisis ,The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office must close temporarily. Please know that this choice was made in an effort to best support the well being of citizens here at home and reduce non-essential activity at the hospital.
We want our donors and partners to know we are continuing to work as best as we can, offsite. Please see the contact information below for any inquiries. If your wish is to donate during the crisis. Please do so with our online portal. https:// www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/ 12869 We believe the need will be great.
Everyone here at the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation would also like to take this moment to wish all of you, your families and co-workers continued wellness and to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our medical services personnel, in every capacity, for being on the front lines of this.
To contact the office call 250 565 2515 and someone will return your call no later than next business day.
When we take steps together we all come out ahead.
The Prince George Fire Fighters 2020 Harley Davidson Raffle, in partnership with Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, was a resounding success with all 3,500 tickets again sold out prior to the Saturday, March 14 draw. The draw took place at the Prince George Harley-Davidson shop on Vance Road at 4:30pm.
The 1st prize winner of the 2020 Harley Davidson Street Glide was Mike Provencal.
The 2nd prize winner of a $500 Harley Davidson gift certificate was Darryl Fiddler.
The 3rd prize winner of a $250 Harley Davidson gift certificate was Mike Bachand.
This is the 23rd successful Harley Davidson Raffle, and the Spirit of the North is proud to announce that more than $1,000,000 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 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
All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and will be directed to funding 2 portable echo ultrasounds at UHNBC.
“We are once again extremely happy to see that the hard work and continued commitment by the Members of Prince George Firefighters IAFF Local 1372 along with Len Hall and the staff at Harley Davidson has seen such a tremendous response. We really do appreciate our partnership immensely with these supporting groups along with the generosity of all of those who annually support this raffle. It is so satisfying to see the smiles on each of the winners faces and their comments that they were “only supporting a great cause”, and didn’t really think they would win are very touching. This is what makes community and supports the concept that healthcare really does touch us all. Funding of two portable ECHO ultrasounds is an amazing contribution to healthcare in the North.”
- Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation
For further information please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office at 250.565.2515.
On March 2, 2020 a cheque for $1000 was presented to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation which represented proceeds from the recent 50/50 draw on behalf of the BC Lymphedema Society. These funds will be directed to the Lymphedema Garment Fund held with the SOTN. If you too would like to direct a donation to this area of need, please see us today at www.spiritofthenorth.ca or contact us at (250) 565-2515. From left is: Paula Foley ( Lymphedema Support Group host) Margaret Jackson, (Live Well Prince George Society), Lila Reynolds, (Vice-President BC Lymphedema Association), Judy Neiser, (Chief Executive Officer, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation), and Janet Horning, (OT Department, University Hospital of Northern BC).
Operating room nursing staff at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital with the new scope. (Back row: Kelsey Trask, Khaliliah Wickham, Pier Borrel, Jennifer Martin; Front row: Erin Wright, Austyn Verissimo, Katrina Torio)
Dr. Philip Nel of Prince Rupert is getting a lot of use out of the new pediatric colonoscope that was purchased last year with the help of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
By Anne Scott
“It gives a technical advantage in the setting of more difficult colonoscopies,” says Dr. Nel, who’s a surgeon at Prince Rupert Regional Hospital, and also an instructor at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. “If I can’t get a colonoscopy done with the regular scope, I can often complete it with this one.”
Adding that this type of scope has become the go-to for facilities in Vancouver, Dr. Nel says it’s his impression that the scope leads to more success in completing colonoscopies in general, and also in avoiding the risk of ruptures.
The new scope also means patients in the Northwest don’t have to travel to Vancouver to access this specialized equipment.
You might expect a pediatric colonoscope to be smaller in size, but that’s not the case. Instead, it has improved flexibility and maneuverability.
“When we switch out and use the pediatric scope, we’re usually able to get around a difficult bend,” says Dr. Nel. “I’m very happy to say that this is definitely not a piece of equipment that will become redundant, and I would definitely consider buying another one.”
Despite its name, it can be used with patients of all ages.
The new scope was bought thanks to the help of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
“It’s a blessing that they are as generous as they are,” says Dr. Nel. “Without the charities, we wouldn’t be able to do what we’re doing.”
(link to original article- https://stories.northernhealth.ca/stories/spirit-north-healthcare-foundation-donation-helps-northwest-patients-get-care-closer-home?fbclid=IwAR1rT0Se5GE-p-pPZJuNEcZzzJuE1JoMah9bhybHv-3ixiWrLyeRELqevPw)
The Prince George Cougars, in partnership with CN, are excited to announce a unique promotion to celebrate CN’s 100th Anniversary, as well as the Cougars Family Day game on Monday February 17th against the Red Deer Rebels.
As part of CN’s sponsorship, they are buying every seat in the CN Centre, which will result in this game being free, yes FREE to the public. Additionally, “Little Obie”, CN’s popular mini train, will be providing free rides to the general public in the parking lot of the CN Centre starting at 11:30am. Puck drop for the game is 2pm.
CN was created by an Act of Parliament in Canada on June 6, 1919 and has since contributed continuously to Canada’s economy and prosperity. Through its evolution over the years — from a Federal Crown Corporation for 75 years to its privatization in 1995 — CN is the railway that uniquely spans North America from Eastern Canada to Western Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. For 100 years, CN has been serving Canada’s economy, from building the country to now moving over $250 billion worth of its customers’ goods annually, including the Prince Rupert port and many customers in Northern British Columbia.
“We are very excited to partner with CN to celebrate their important and significant history in our country and City, as well as to celebrate BC’s Family Day,” said Andy Beesley, Cougars’ Vice President, Business. “To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a WHL game that was free for the public. The Cougars are looking forward to a full building where collectively we can celebrate together and enjoy a great hockey game as well.”
“CN wants to improve the quality of life of the communities in which it operates,” said Fiona Murray, Vice President, Public and Government Affairs at CN. “CN has deep roots in Northern British Columbia and we are proud to partner with the Prince George Cougars for the Family Day game. CN wishes all who will attend, a safe and fun game. Go Cougars!”
CN Rail also will be donating proceeds from the chuck-a-puck contest and other fundraising initiatives around the Family Day game to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
“We are so proud to be partnered with CN along with the Prince George Cougars in celebrating 100 years for CN Rail. What could be more perfect than aligning Family Day with such a momentous occasion for CN, their staff and family members and better health outcomes for the Region.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare
Foundation. “We truly believe that healthcare touches everyone and promoting healthy lifestyles, wellness, reading, and giving back to the community at a young age through the Spirit of Healthy Kids program is an investment in a healthy future for the region. This will be a very exciting day for everyone!”
Along with the CN Centre name, fans thoroughly enjoy the CN themed Zamboni’s which will be in use during the game. In fact, one of the machines, the “Trainboni” as it has become known as, is decked out to resemble an old-fashioned CN locomotive.
Immediately following the game, there will be a FREE public skate with the Cougars until 6:00 pm. Take pictures and get autographs from your favourite Cougars!
Free tickets for Monday February 17th game versus the Red Deer Rebels are now available at www.ticketsnorth.ca, as well in person at the TicketsNorth Box Office in CN Centre. The promo code is “CNRAIL100”, and tickets are limited to a maximum of six per order.
Yesterday Mr. Harblas Sandhu and members of the Cariboo Gur Sikh Temple Society presented the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation a cheque for $6,500. Sean Kehler, Regional Board Member, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and Vice President, Commercial Financial Services, BC North for RBC, and Daryl Petsul, Health Services Administrator, Quesnel were on hand for this presentation. These were funds raised to support the area of greatest need at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel.
Mr. Sandhu explained that funding was generated to honor 550 Years of Sikhism and the birth of Guru Nanak. This is an investment in healthcare for the community as a whole.
“We appreciate when the generosity of local donations are able to make a difference in the community where these funds were generated. That’s what Spirit of the North prides itself in doing -- connecting local donations, to local needs.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “We will work closely with Daryl and Northern Health to determine what their area of greatest need is and this donation will go 100% to that equipment. We are truly grateful to the Sikh community for choosing to make a difference in healthcare.”
Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is once again delighted to receive the proceeds from the Smile Cookie Campaign held throughout all eight Tim Horton’s locations in Prince George. A total of $42,142.42 was raised from September 16th to the 22nd! Thank you to everyone who supported the event through the purchase of these yummy little treats. A special thank you to all the community members who came down to the Massey Drive Tim Hortons help the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation staff decorate on September 16th.
This year they are directing their donation towards the purchase of a new video laryngescope to be used at UHNBC. The Video Laryngescope is used to aid in difficult intubation of neonatal patients and children of all ages. Intubation is far easier and less invasive, when visualization is available, but this is a costly item. This improves patient safety, comfort and quality of care – a better overall experience for Children and their care providers.
“We are extremely grateful to Tim Hortons in Prince George, along with everyone who supported the event by purchasing a cookie – or two!!”, said Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “This brings their total to date to just shy of $400,000 over the 17 years that this campaign has been running with all funds directed to improve health outcomes for pediatric patients in the north. It is such a fun event for everyone.”
Pictured (L-R)- Dave Yarmish, Board Member; Danielle Greenslade, Spirit Staff; Wende Bracklow, Tim Hortons Owner; Darcy Bryant, Board Vice President; Judy Neiser, Spirit CEO; Selen Alpay, Board President; Connor Beebe, Tim Hortons Owner; Curtis Mayes, Spirit Staff; Linda Hohn, Board Member