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
For 25 years the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has celebrated the Spirit of Giving and the Holiday Season through the Festival of Trees. An incredible amount of energy goes into this 10 day event that sees more than 10,000 people through its doors each year. Over the 25 years more than $8 Million has been raised to support healthcare equipment at UHNBC.
Tonight in the kick off event sponsored by RBC Wealth Management, celebrating the many sponsors, volunteers, and those who support the event – a legacy gift is being presented to the City of Prince George. Commissioned by SOTN and RBC through the TimberKings and Pioneer Log Homes. This one of a kind original carved gift will adorn the Civic Centre this year, but also for many years to come throughout the festive Season.
“This is an event like no other”, CEO for Spirit of the North, Judy Neiser stated. “It involves the community in a way that no other event has – and for 25 years running. It really does have something for everyone – because we truly believe healthcare touches everyone!”
The project is now complete!! The house is SOLD!!! …. and very happy people will enjoy a beautiful home that we fondly have called for the better part of this year- the Copper Project. It is closure to what we all wanted; to build a first class home, engage trades and suppliers of goods and services, and give back to healthcare in the North- right here at home where we live work and play. On the direction of Copper Falls and their contractors, three areas of need have been identified for these funds to be directed to. “We are so happy to be a part of this project and be able to present $90,000 to make a difference in healthcare.” said Jeff Stewart, co-owner of Copper Falls Custom Homes.
Dedicated Maternal Operating Room- Prince George is home to over 1150 babies born each year. Many are considered high risk due to a condition or situation not controlled by anyone. This includes any C-section births. Having a dedicated Maternity Operating Room at UHNBC means that other surgeries such as hip or knee replacements, tonsillectomy and cataracts or elective surgeries won’t be postponed or cancelled when an emergency birthing situation arises. This room is scheduled to be open prior to the end of the year.
Breast Health Imaging Equipment- Few of us go through life without being touched by someone diagnosed with breast cancer. State of the art equipment has been purchased to create a one-stop breast health imaging centre at UHNBC. Components that make sure that each individual’s journey is respectful with minimized wait times between appointments and invasive procedures is key to getting back on the road to recovery or declaring a false positive sooner. The need for equipment in this area will continue.
Ortho Video Operating Room Towers- Working with the Orthopedic Surgeons for the region they know all too well that their patient waitlists are long. Hips and knees that need replacement, tears in a rotator cuff, and repetitive strain injuries cause incredible pain and suffering for far longer than necessary. Newer and state of the art operating room equipment would allow for less downtime in surgery, better images when performing a procedure which would 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.
For Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation this project was something that has never been done before. Over 30 contractors joining forces on one project to make a different to healthcare in the North. “No matter how big or small the contribution, collectively this is what makes a difference on what we are able to do for patients through the generosity of our donors.” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “We are deeply humbled by the generosity and commitment from everyone involved.”
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 $36,448 was raised from September 17th to the 23rd! Thank you to everyone who supported the event through the purchase of these yummy little treats.
For many years now Tim Hortons has offered the Smile Cookie Campaign to the community where the proceeds help improve local healthcare for our smallest patients. This year’s proceeds are to help fund a Dedicated Maternal Operating Room at UHNBC. This means 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.
“Who wouldn’t be smiling? Tim Hortons is an amazing corporate partner who gives so much to healthcare in the North,” commented Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “These cookies brighten everyone’s day. We truly appreciate everyone who supports this campaign and Tim Hortons for designating these funds to be used to help bring the best of care closer to home in the North. The cause they have chosen has such direct benefit for all patients in the North – we couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.
Our deepest gratitude to Veronica and her amazing staff at Vanishings Laser Esthetics Inc. While celebrating their 17th anniversary they opened their hearts and their business to customers where proceeds from this event would be directed towards the Dedicated Maternal O.R. Campaign at UHNBC through the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. Veronica presented $500 to us earlier this week -- Thank you so very much!!
This project will contribute to an ongoing campaign to see that high risk deliveries of our tiniest patients will be delivered in a dedicated maternal operating room. This is expected to open later this year. This is a win-win for all patients because having this operating room set aside for high risk births means that scheduled surgeries in the other operating rooms have a lesser chance to be bumped or rescheduled.
For more information about this campaign and others to help bring the best of care closer to home in the north please contact us at www.spiritofthenorth.ca (250) 565-2515.
The Prince George Hindu Cultural Society has provided a donation of $8,574.97 to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to be directed to educational tools through the Northern Clinical Simulation Centre at UHNBC. Always a strong supporter of education in the north, the Prince George Hindu Cultural Society is folding and understanding that healthcare touches everyone, they felt the balance of their remaining funds would be a nice closing gift to train healthcare professionals in the north.
“We sincerely appreciate the direction that Mr. Sharma and the Prince George Hindu Cultural Society has chosen in leaving a lasting gift.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Their passion for healthcare and education has made this donation a wonderful fit within the great work that the Northern Clinical Simulation Centre does in training healthcare professionals with state of the art equipment. As one door closes another opens and we are so proud to be a part of finalizing this chapter for such a wonderful society.”
Pictured are Shakti Sharma (centre) and Neena Madhok (centre right), both founding members of the society back in the 70s, along with Kumar Sharma, Darcy Bryant; Spirit of the North Vice President and Judy Neiser; CEO Spirit of the North. Other founding members were Brig Madhok, Paul Gupa, Dr. Umesh Khare and Inder Thakur.
Clinical Simulation is a valuable learning tool for physicians, students and clinical staff as well as first responders throughout the North. Clinical simulation is defined as “an attempt to replicate some or nearly all of the essential aspects of a clinical situation so that the situation may be more readily understood and managed when it occurs for real in clinical practice.”
For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.