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right here at home in the North,
-- where we live, work, and play"

Coast Inn of the North’s Wine Lovers Pacific Coast Experience a Tremendous Success

Oct 2, 2018

Understanding that healthcare touches everyone and that the University Hospital of Northern BC's desire is to attract, retain and train healthcare professionals, Friday's SOLD OUT Wine Lovers Event in support of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was once again a tremendous success!!  Chef Alden Kiland provided a five course culinary delight paired with carefully selected wines that provided the flavours, sights, and smells of the pacific coast to an amazing crowd that opened their hearts and wallets to raise a record number for this event at $74,072 for healthcare right here at home in the North, where we live, work, and play.

Coast Hotels partnered with the Jim Pattison Broadcast group years ago to initiate this event and it seems as though each year the evening doesn't disappoint.  A huge thank you to all who attended and supported the event.  Proceeds will go to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to support much needed learning equipment at the Northern Clinical Simulation Lab at UHNBC.  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." This includes the purchase of a newborn training simulator, a SIM NewB and potentially other simulation equipment.

 "We are so proud of our relationship with Spirit of the North," said Coast Inn of the North General Manager Arun Mutalik. "They make huge contributions to our quality of life and we love celebrating the work they do. While the event allows us to showcase the talents of our team, it is the community who humble us with their incredible generosity.  We are honoured to host this event and we will continue the journey."

 "The evening was amazing – it always is", said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.  "The energy in the room was exciting and we are so thrilled with what this partnership for healthcare has done once again.  The Coast Inn of the North, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the generosity of those who attended really made for a perfect evening with great outcomes for healthcare in the North and education in the North. Detecting early with a more accurate diagnosis is key to treatment and the better educated or healthcare professionals are the better the long term results will be."

For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.

Directing Your Donation

Aug 31, 2018

Many thanks to Steve and Ann Marie Henderson for their generous donations to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to enhance education at the Northern Clinical Simulation Lab at UHNBC, and to UNBC for the Northern Leadership Campaign which benefits the Family Nurse Practitioner students. Better training for the North where we live, work, and play. Thank you! 


RBC Foundation makes significant contribution to support healthcare education in the North

Jun 6, 2018

RBC representatives, Sean Kehler and Tim Carmack presented a cheque in the amount of $50,000 to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation that will be directed to the Northern Clinical Simulation Program at UHNBC.

In 2012, the Northern Clinical Simulation Program represented a collaboration between Northern Health, UNBC School of Nursing and the UBC Northern Medical Program. Today the program brings leading edge
technology to northern BC to enrich the education and skills for clinical staff, physicians, and medical students in many disciplines. Clinical simulation combines state of the art robotic patient simulators with operating and debriefing technologies to enable a safe environment for learning and skills development.

To do this a broad range of simulators from birthing, newborns, pediatric, maternal adult and task trainers are required over and above typical equipment found in most areas of the hospital. Over the years much
of this equipment has been heavily used throughout the region and is in need of replacement and newer and more advanced models have become available. Additional equipment to enhance the educational value is always being sourced as well. Funding provided by RBC Foundation will be put towards funding a new, state of the art infant, known as SimBaby.

“This is a program that isn’t fully understood and in many ways the value and impact isn’t fully appreciated beyond the centre itself.” said Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Knowing that
students and current healthcare professionals from many disciplines in the healthcare system and in the community can experience first hand clinical situations in advance of real life occurrences allows skills to build, and best practices to be formed long before they are ever in a real life situation. It truly is an advanced way to learn and we are happy to work with the Northern Clinical Simulation and RBC Foundation to collaborate on this significant donation.”

Ford Prince George Motors Donation!

May 28, 2018
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Prince George Motors (FORD) has chosen to donate $25,000 to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to be used to support better patient outcomes in the north! The funds will be directed to Spirit of the North’s latest capital campaign that will see a dedicated maternal operating room at UHNBC. Recognizing that UHNBC is the birthing centre for the north with an average of over 1150 births per year, the need to have a dedicated O.R. has been identified as an area of greatest need. This project has a cost of $322,000. Their donation will go a long ways towards making a difference in the overall project.

Thank you Prince George Motors!

“This is an amazing contribution to a great area of concern for surgical patients.” Said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “Emergency and high risk births can’t be planned, but when they arise they can affect many other areas of service in the surgical department. This is an area that has been identified by Northern Health as a need and we are doing what we can with donors to see that there is less disruption of surgical services by having one operating room reinstated and dedicated to maternal patients. It truly is a win-win for all patients.”
Photo credit for the picture: Brent Braaten

Cawsey Nursing Education Fund Winner!

May 15, 2018
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Congratulations to Lauralee Cruch, the first recipient of the Emery and Geraldine Cawsey Nursing Education Fund! Lauralee will be going into her fourth year of the Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN) program this year.

Nursing has been her lifelong dream and once graduated, she plans to stay right here in Prince George to carry out a successful career. Through the generosity of Emery and Geraldine’s gift, Lauralee is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of improving the relationship between healthcare and our community.  

At Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation we  endeavour to see our donor’s philanthropic wishes realized.

Today was a special day for healthcare in the North! 

2018 Spring Grant to Northern Health

May 8, 2018
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Pictured L-R: Frank Everitt (Board Member, Northern Health), Penny Anguish (COO,Northern Health (NI), Colleen Sparrow (President, Spirit of the North), Selen Alpay (Director, Spirit of the North) and Judy Neiser (CEO, Spirit of the North)

On behalf of our many generous donors, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is pleased to present Northern Health with a Spring Grant totalling $709,539. This grant, together with the autumn grant, brings the total funds presented in the past fiscal year to Northern Health and many healthcare related partnerships to nearly $1.3 Million.

This grant to Northern Health was comprised of funds for equipment, education and enhancements to healthcare throughout the region. This includes funds for equipment placed in Mackenzie (automated medication dispensing unit, acute hospital and IPT furniture), Fort St. John (hemodialysis transonic monitor), Fraser Lake (cancer care pumps and syringes), and UHNBC (otoacoustic emission system, constellation vision system, OT pressure mapping system, cardiac pacemaker monitors, enteral feeding pumps, bone density measurement machine and the peripheral equipment for the new breast health imaging centre. 

“Spirit of the North is grateful to our many donors who so generously provide funds to better health outcomes in the region.  The funds are graciously received through our sustainable supporters, sponsors, and those who support the events that are hosted as part of the Spirit’s community giving.  Through these donations we are able to support Northern Health, other specialized healthcare agencies, and the education of healthcare workers,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North. “We could not do this without such tremendous support – we are truly thankful.”

For further information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at 250.565.2515, or visit our website www.spiritofthenorth.ca

Spirit of the North surpasses their goal raising $62,096 on Spirit Day!

May 7, 2018
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Spirit Day held on May 3rd was a great success surpassing our goal of $60,000 with a final total of $62,096.  As part of an overall campaign to fund four ECHO Ultrasounds with 4D capabilities for better detection, diagnosis, and treatment for cardiac related illnesses, we are still accepting donations, but we are one step closer after yesterday’s amazing response.

“It is so rewarding to see our community and surrounding area support equipment that is so badly needed for the north,” commented Judy Neiser CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.  “Any time we can fund state of the art equipment that will allow enhanced services to patients in the north, it is a win-win for everyone.”

We are grateful to our event sponsors The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (CKPG News, 101.3 The River and 99.3 the Drive), Northland Dodge, RBC Royal Bank, Dick Byl Law, Allnorth Consulting, Rivers Edge Services, Westwood Pub, Quizno’s and Carl’s Jr. We are also thankful to Tim Hortons at UHNBC, Karahi King Restaurant, and Panago Pizza for providing food and drinks for our volunteers and guests. Thank you to our volunteers who made the day run so smoothly. We also want to thank those who shared their experience with cardiac related illnesses.  Their stories made a big impact and we are grateful for the open and heartfelt way in which they relayed their messages.

Dr. Haidir Hadi, cardiologist and physician lead on this campaign has been passionate in his requirements to tend to the needs of his patients since he arrived in Prince George over 8 years ago.  “Physicians look at equipment and services available when they are choosing where they want to work”, he said “having this state of the art equipment will help attract and retain specialists as well as serve to reduce patient waitlists which are currently up to 6 months.”

Anyone still wishing to give to this campaign is invited to drop by our office in the Atrium at UHNBC, contribute online at www.spiritofthenorth.ca or mail in their donation to 1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George, BC V2M 1S2.  Please contact us at (250) 565-2515 for more information on how you can support better health outcomes for patients in the North.

First Responders Gala a Huge Success!!

May 4, 2018
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When Nancy and Pat Harris along with Rose and Bruce Perrin purchased a tree through the 2017 Festival of Trees that was designed and created by the Coast Inn of the North, they saw beyond the tree itself, to what was “under the tree”.   Our good friends at Coast Hotels provided as part of the tree the opportunity to sponsor a First Responders Gala.   This was partly due to the amazing response throughout the fires that ravaged the Cariboo area last summer and saw over 10,000 evacuees making Prince George their home for close to 8 weeks.  It also was in recognition of the work they do on a regular basis for all of us in the Region.

Wednesday night first responders from many different organizations, both career and volunteer, were invited to attend a dinner to be recognized as our hometown heroes.

 “Whether you are paid staff or volunteer, whether it is your career or what you do in your spare time, what everyone has in common tonight is that all of you deserve to be thanked for what you do” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and M.C. for the evening. She went on to relay the story of how the tree was so generously bid on and purchased at the 2017 Festival of Trees hosted by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation annually. The dollars raised through this event fund state of the art equipment throughout the region and make a difference over and above what the provincial medical system can provide. “The generosity from this event together with the donors, sponsors and supporters throughout the year is why Spirit of the North is able to provide equipment, education, and enhancements to healthcare throughout the region.” She said.

Also on hand to provide their appreciation were Shirley Bond MLA Prince George Valemount, Mike Morris MLA Prince George Mackenzie, Art Kaehn Director for Electoral Area E and Chair of the Regional District Board and His Worship Mayor Lyn Hall who provided their extended appreciation to everyone for their bravery and strength in how they approach their role in the community.

“The event was everything I had hoped it would be” said Rose Perrin, “I think it is the start of something really important to continue and I can’t thank the Coast Hotels and Spirit of the North enough for how this came together, everyone is really having a great time and they deserve to.”

Another Toy Donation!

Apr 9, 2018

Another wonderful donation for Paediatics was dropped off, this one with an international flare! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Little Ones with Very Big Hearts

Mar 22, 2018
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Here is a wonderful feel good story! thank you so much Stella for your contribution! 

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