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
The results are in!!
This year, the Bike-A-Thon raised $20,842, bringing the Grand Total to over $150,000!
Since 2010, the Bike-A-Thon has raised funds to support healthcare initiatives in Northern BC through the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
The 10th Annual Bike-A-Thon, sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, that took place Saturday August 31, 2019 have totalled their funds and are making their presentation to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation today.
Each year the group departs the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple at 8 am and cyclists of all ages bike all the way to Purden Lake where they all enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society.
The participants 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.
“We are truly grateful for the generosity and ambition shown for healthcare by everyone.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Each year they continue to direct their donations to an area of greatest need and focusing on healthy messages to youth is ideal. Our hope is that what is learned through this program is retained and shared with family and friends so that everyone benefits from great lessons learned at a young age.”
Over the years they have supported our areas of greatest need, including our regional Cardiac Campaign, Optos OCT-SLO for the eye clinic, Spect CT Scanner, and a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room. This year’s Bike-A-Thon was in support of The Spirit of Healthy Kids program; a partnership between Northern Health, The Prince George Cougars and the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. A program delivered to elementary school aged students focusing on healthy messages and proactive healthcare. This program is designed to teach youth about making healthy choices, being active, reading and of course being kind and giving back in the community.
"It is important that the money raised stays here locally to help, and that our event draws the community together," said Gordie Powar, the Bike-A-Thon Coordinator. "I would like to say a 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."
The bus shelter is complete! Residents of Quesnel travelling on the Northern Health Connections Bus are now able to keep out of the elements thanks to a partnership between the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD). In 2018, the Spirit of the North approached the hospital district to partially fund a request that had been made by management at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital. The CCRHD committed to cover 40 percent of the cost and, with the generosity of donors to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, the other 60 percent was funded. The bus shelter now provides a safer and more weather-protected location for patients and passengers to wait while enroute to healthcare locally or to the lower mainland. This represents a total project of close to $14,000.
“We appreciate when we can partner with local agencies on something that makes sense to affected residents,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “This will provide a much better solution for the long term.”
“It is great to see this bus shelter come to fruition as it has been a long-standing request from the community. Supporting and helping fund healthcare-related projects in the region is one of our main goals at the hospital district,” states Bob Simpson, chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.
Michael Lundin (Coordinator of the Northern Clinical Simulation Centres, Northern Health), Sean Kehler (Vice President Commercial Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank), Colby Christie (Clinical Simulation Technician, Northern Health), Selen Alpay (Board President, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation), and Tim Carmack (Regional Vice President B.C Interior and North, RBC Royal Bank) are proud to see the arrival of the new SimBaby at UHNBC!
The SimBaby training simulator will be used part of the Northern Clinical Simulation lab training for healthcare professionals.
Thank you to the RBC Foundation for such a substantial contribution!
On May 2nd, Spirit Day took place where $50,115 was raised in support of funding a Calming Room at UHNBC! With the generosity of our donors, sponsors, fundraising initiatives, and volunteers, Spirit Day was a success!
We couldn't thank everyone enough who participated in Spirit Day and initiated improving mental health and wellness assessment and treatment in the North!
Dr. Marijo Odulio, Physician Lead Obstetrics and Gynecology and Selen Alpay, President Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation performing the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Back again for 2019, Copper Falls is continuing their newly established tradition of creating a beautiful custom home, with the proceeds being donated to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to support better health outcomes in the North. This year along with their contractors, they are creating a 2525 sqft fully developed home in the Aberdeen Glen area! Progress on the project can be found at www.spiritofthenorth.ca and https://www.copperfalls.ca/the-copper-project.
Last year, Copper Falls approached Spirit of the North with the idea of donating the proceeds from the sale of a custom home. This was the beginning of what we fondly refer to as the Copper Project. Once the sale of last year’s 3084 sqft. rancher house was completed in late September, a donation of $90,000 was made to 3 major areas of care: Breast Health Imaging, a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room and 4 Ortho Video Operating Room Towers. All 3 of these campaigns have been fully funded and closed off due to amazing donations of our donors!
“We live and raise our children in Prince George, and want the best services available if and when it is needed” said Jeff Stewart and Brent Scheck, co-owners at CopperFalls. “Healthcare has touched us in many ways already and it is our way of doing what we do best and working with those who support us to collectively have an impact…. It shows collaboration in the biggest way.”
The 3 focuses were chosen by the Copper Falls staff and many of their contractors. They all have been touched by healthcare. A dedicated Maternal OR means that other surgeries such as hip or knee replacements, tonsillectomy and cataracts or elective surgeries aren’t being postponed or cancelled when an emergency birthing situation arises. The Breast Health Imaging Equipment is state of the art equipment, intended to make UHNBC a one-stop breast health imaging centre to reduce wait times and increase recovery time. The Ortho Video OR Towers now allows for less downtime in surgery, better images when performing a procedure which would result in quicker healing times and less invasive surgeries.
“We are so delighted to work with such an amazing team. They had a vision, shared that vision with their sub trades, contractors and suppliers, built a first class home -- and added a huge amount of generosity, and the success will be enjoyed by many. We are truly touched to be their charity of choice.” said Judy Neiser Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.“Its humbling to have so many very incredible people come together for such an amazing project.”
Participating organizations supporting Copper Falls in this project are as follows:
For further information, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office at 250.565.2515.
The Prince George Fire Fighters 2019 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 9th, 2019 draw. The draw took place at the Prince George Harley-Davidson shop on Vance Road at 4:30pm.
The 1st prize winner of the 2019 Harley Davidson Fat Boy 114 Softtail was Keri Friesen.
The 2nd prize winner of a $500 Harley Davidson gift certificate was Terry Kleinstuber.
The 3rd prize winner of a $250 Harley Davidson gift certificate was Ron Fosti.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and will be used for a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at UHNBC. Over 1150 live births occur at UHNBC annually and up to 20% are considered high risk meaning that they are emergency C-Section or twin births. This means that when an emergency delivery is required an existing operating room needs to be prepared in a matter of minutes. A Dedicated Maternal Operating Room will mean a safer entry into the world for our littlest patients, more piece of mind for families as they plan for this special day, and less disruption to scheduled operations at UHNBC. This is the final fundraiser toward the Dedicated Maternal Operating Room, as this completes the funding necessary for this project. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this.
This is the 22nd successful Harley Davidson Raffle, and the Spirit of the North is proud to announce that more than $950,000 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
“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.