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, CEO for 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 9 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, 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.
In partnership with Vista Radio, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation held its first ever Duck Drop on January 27, 2019! Generously sponsored by Canadian Tire, Aberdeen Helicopters, and the City of Prince George and supported by so many who have a soft spot for our littlest patients at UHNBC, over 450 Ducks were dropped from a helicopter onto a target of a small children’s wading pool. What could be more exciting than this on a chilly day in January!!
This years’ lucky ducks are:
The 1st prize winner of the WestJet Voucher and $2000 was Barry Whitfield. Duck #298
The 2nd prize winner of the Canadian Tire Gift Card and $500 was Bryan Shelford. Duck #431
CN Centre Rodeo Grounds was the site of a flurry of ducks being dropped, the draw raised close to $25,000 towards a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at UHNBC! Currently UHNBC is the birthing centre to over 1150 babies annually. Many of these births are considered high risk and require a fully functional, safe, and for an emergency delivery. There are 8 fully functional operating rooms, none that are currently dedicated to maternity. This means that the reality is often, too often, scheduled surgeries are postponed, or moved when the OR has to be readied for an emergency C-Section or twin delivery. The addition of the Dedicated Maternal OR 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. Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is happy to support this endeavour on behalf of its generous donors.
“This project seemed like a natural fit for our donors, as the benefits are direct to infants but also to any surgical patient, and families in general. Thankfully has been generously supported” commented Judy Neiser, CEO for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “This is one of the many fundraisers supporting this project and we are overwhelmed with how well it was received. With a total commitment of over $300,000 we are anxious to close off the funding to see that it is completed soon. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports advancing healthcare in the North.”
For further information on this story or how you too can become a supporter for of this project, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office in the Atrium at UHNBC or call us at 250.565.2515.
Pictured (L-R): Curtis Mayes, Community Giving Coordinator; Spirit of the North, Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the North; Kyle Wightman, Integrated Marketing Executive, Vista Radio; Barry Whitfield, Duck Drop Winner; and his granddaughter
Four Orthopedic Video Operating Room Towers have arrived at UHNBC! This need was identified in the Fall of 2018 and funds were successfully raised by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation through The Copper Falls Project that wrapped up in November and those who generously supported the Festival of Trees 2018. This is incredible turnaround time, that speaks to the need in a very big way! We could not have done this without the tremendous support and generosity of our Donors.
With a total cost of $325,000, the four new towers supplied through ConMed will replace the current towers which are 10 years old and not reliable. This upgrade will result in faster, safer, less invasive surgeries which will lead to better patient outcomes and faster recovery times. It also provides state of the art equipment that helps attracting and retaining specialist in this area.
Working with the Orthopedic Surgeons for the region they identified a need for state of the art and more reliable equipment to help address their extensive patient waitlists. Hips and knees that need replacement, tears in a rotator cuff, and repetitive strain injuries cause incredible pain and suffering for many. This newer and state of the art operating room equipment will allow for less downtime in surgery, better images when performing a procedure which will result in quicker healing times and less invasive surgeries. This means everyone benefits from a more active lifestyle, less pain, and are back to doing what they love sooner.
“We are delighted to work with Northern Health and the supplier to bring these here so quickly. The generosity of everyone that supported this was overwhelming and really made it possible to have them here, and set up so quickly.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Training on the new equipment is taking place right now – so we are excited!”
For further information on this story or how you too can become a supporter for of healthcare projects in the North, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office in the Atrium at UHNBC or call us at 250.565.2515.
We are so pleased to be the recipients of $25,000 from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #43 in support of funding a new Arjo Rhapsody Tub for Jubilee Lodge at UHNBC. This is provided from funds raised during their annual poppy campaign.
Next time you see the opportunity to give in support of purchasing a poppy know that it is a sign of respect and support to honor Veterans, but also that funding goes into the community in support for those in care as well. Margaret Storey, (RCL #43 Past President) and Margaret Goings (RCL #43 President) presented Judy Neiser (CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation) these funds at their General Meeting on Monday night. "We are truly thankful for these funds and delighted with the impact they will have on patients in long term care."
The results are in!!
This year, the Bike-A-Thon raised $18,220, Bringing the Grand Total to over $130,000!
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 9th Annual Bike-A-Thon, sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, that took place Saturday September 8, 2018 have totalled their funds and made their presentation recently.
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 are treated with a picnic 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.
“This is an extremely successful event, which has grown steadily over the years,” said Judy Neiser, CEO of Spirit of the North. “We are very appreciative of the Bike-A-Thon participants and coordinator’s work in support of healthcare in our community.”
Over the years they have supported our areas of greatest need, including our regional Cardiac Campaign, Optos OCT-SLO for the eye clinic, and Spect CT Scanner. This year’s Bike-A-Thon was in support of our current campaign to raise funds for a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at the University Hospital of Northern BC.
Currently at UHNBC in Prince George there are 8 fully functional operating rooms, none that are currently dedicated to maternity. This means that the reality is often, too often, scheduled surgeries are postponed, or moved when the OR has to be readied for an emergency C-Section or twin delivery. The addition of the Dedicated Maternal OR 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.
"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 Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 25th Annual Festival of Trees was a huge success! Celebrating this journey with so many who continue to support healthcare in the North didn’t disappoint, with many coming back from far away to celebrate this milestone, the ten-day event was a huge draw for the community as a whole. Although final numbers are still being looked at, close to $700,000 in total raised. This will go a long way to fund the much needed Ortho Video O.R. Towers that UHNBC had identified as a need. Thank you for taking the opportunity to celebrate these 25 years with you!
This year saw many of our classic events sold out well in advance, such as the Seniors’ Tea, Seniors’ Luncheon and Fashion Show. All 3 of those sold out in record time, and will be returning in 2019! New events, such as the Namaste to Start your Day- Morning Yoga, was also very well received, as well as our collaboration with the City of Prince George for the fireworks along with their civic light up. It was a year to behold!
“Each year brings a bigger sense of accomplishment along with a bigger responsibility to see that our donors and supporters wishes for better healthcare are honoured.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “We are so truly grateful for the support we receive and feel it is a privilege to see these dollars at work in the community to help create better health outcomes for patients in the North. Each donation no matter how big or small collectively is making an impact.”
As always we want to thank our sponsors, donors, designers, corporate partners and the many volunteers who helped make this possible. We truly could not have done it without you!
And for those of you that would like to get involved next year, we would be grateful for your involvement, and details can be found at the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office in the atrium of the University Hospital!
Thank you so much for such a great year, and we hope to see you Nov. 22-December 1, 2019, for our 26th Annual Festival of Trees “Home for the Holidays”!
Photo Credit- Trevor Moore