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
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.