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Festival of Trees Countdown Now On!

Sep 28, 2015
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In just less than two months, the Civic Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 22nd annual Festival of Trees kicks off November 20-29th.

Earlier this year, Spirit of the North set a goal of having 100 decorated trees on display during the event as a way to celebrate Prince George’s centennial anniversary. In order to make this goal a reality, the Festival Committee has put together tiered sponsorship options, so everyone, on any budget, can take part.

“We are at the half way point” says Festival Coordinator, Shirli-Gene Sadowick “over 50 trees have been confirmed. Some sponsors are new; others have been with us since the start. We really encourage your business, organization, class, sports team or family to play a part in Festival this year. Show your community pride, by taking part in this annual family tradition.”

We are also excited to bring Prince George a whole new level of online information.  This month we will be launching a brand new website focussed strictly on Festival of Trees (more to come on that soon!). The new website, along with  our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FestivalofTreesPG) will ensure everyone knows what’s going on during Festival.

Tickets for all events such as the Fashion Show, Senior’s Tea/ Lunch and brunches go on sale at the Spirit office on October 1. General Admission will be available at the door during the 10 day event.

Our volunteers, sponsors and donors are vitally important to the success of this magical event and the work of Spirit of the North. Without their generous support, we would not be able to carry out our mandate of bringing the best of care closer to home for patients in the North.

Don’t miss out.  The deadline for tree sponsorship is October 23, 2015; if you would like to sponsor a tree, have questions or would like to play a role in Festival, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at 250-565-2515.

Join us to Paint it Pink on Oct 2

Sep 11, 2015

Paint it Pink: an Evening of Hope is a fundraising gala with proceeds going to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. The evening will be a glitz and glamour-filled event hosted by Citizen Special Events, with silent and live auctions, giveaways, fine dining, and dancing.

The highlight of the evening will be rockstar Bif Naked who will be sharing her inspiring story of cancer survival. Bif’s appearance at the event is being generously sponsored by Canadian Tire.

Tickets are $95 each or $850 for a table of 10. Tickets are on sale at the Prince George Citizen 150 Brunswick St., or the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at the University Hospital of Northern B.C.

For information, call Norm at 250 640-6670

Punjabi Canadian Senior Society’s Helping to Enhance Healthcare in the North with their 6th Annual Bike-A-Thon

Aug 24, 2015

The Punjabi Canadian Senior Society’s 6th Annual Bike-A-Thon will take place on Saturday, September 12th. All of the funds raised will go towards Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in order to help healthcare in the north.

Starting at 7 am at the Senior Centre, volunteers of all ages will bike their way to Purden Lake where they will be treated with a picnic provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society. The participants will then bike back to their starting point that after noon. Not only does this event provide funds for an amazing cause, but it is always a great way to get out and exercise.

For the sixth consecutive year, all proceeds will be directed to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to create the best of care, close to home in the North. In the past five years, the Bike-A-Thon has successfully raised almost $40,000.

This year, the funds from this event will be put towards Spirit of the North’s annual Radiothon, as they work their way towards funding the OptosOCT SLO system along with a California UWF unit. Young and old alike will benefit from the comprehensive diagnostic capabilities that this equipment provides. Specializing in measuring and recording the progression of retinal disease and the effects of today’s new and emerging therapies it is needed for many diseases and conditions of the eye.

Some of the most highly effective and crucial areas of use are:

  • macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • stroke patients
  • injuries directly to the eye
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinal holes, tears and detachments

This new, state of the art equipment will provide diagnostic information that is crucial to make medical decisions regarding patient care and follow up. It has been endorsed by Dr. John Konkal and Dr. Andrew Lukaris and many other Optometrists and eye care professionals.

If you wish to take part in this year’s Bike-A-Thon or donate towards their efforts, please contact either Gurdeep Powar at 250-552-3816, or Major Varaich at 250-552-1123.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

Aug 14, 2015

It’s like Christmas at the Festival warehouse as Trees for the 2015 event have arrived! Have you registered to sponsor a tree yet?                           

  • $400 for a 5′ tree (you design your own tree)
  • $900 for a 7′ tree (you design your own tree)
  • $1,200 for a 7′ tree (we find you a magical designer who gets $300 to purchase decorations)

Thanks to Devyn and Kate for all your help in the warehouse this morning.

For more information on sponsorship, please contact: {mailto address="festivaloftrees@northernhealth.ca" encode="javascript"}

All proceeds from this event go to Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.

2015 Canfor / Spirit of the North Scholarship Recipient

Jun 30, 2015
Congratulations to the winner of our 2015 Canfor/ Spirit of the North Scholarship, Andrew Schulz. Along with an outstanding academic transcript, Andrew’s commitment to volunteer work and his desire to help his community are what made him an excellent candidate. Outside of school, Andrew is a part of the Fraser Lake Volunteer Fire Department, participates in annual science fairs, from local to International levels, as well as helps in numerous ways at the St.Andrew’s Parish. In the fall, Andrew plans to attend UNBC where he has been admitted to the Bachelor of Health Sciences Biomedical Program, with the ambition to become a medical doctor for the North. It is our pleasure to give this award to such a goal-orientated, successful young man. Great work Andrew!

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Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation
1475 Edmonton Street
Prince George, BC
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T. (250) 565-2515
F. (250) 565-2595
Toll Free: 1-877-565-2515

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