Community embraces the triumphant return of Festival of Trees

DEC 22, 2021

Community embraces the triumphant return of Festival of Trees

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The much-anticipated return of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 28th Annual Festival of Trees is being hailed an immense success!  The return of the ten-day signature event for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was embraced whole heartedly by the community and region as a whole through public viewing hours, as well as scheduled events such as the Canadian Tire Fashion Show, Northland Dodge Santa Breakfast, and MediChair Seniors Lunch, among others.  Although final numbers are still being tallied, we are confident that we are close to raising the funds required to support the next steps needed to for a Regional Cardiac Care Centre for the North.

“We did it!!!” said Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the north Healthcare Foundation.  “This year, more then ever, we have seen the significant role that healthcare plays in each of our lives.  We are so truly grateful for the support we receive year round and this particular event seems to touch the heart and soul of what is so badly needed for patients in the North.  Each and every donation, no matter how big or small, collectively is making an impact to help further Cardiac Cares Services throughout the North- something we can all be proud of and being able to move this event forward was nothing less than a huge accomplishment for those who support us.”

Currently, Northern Health is the only health authority in the Province that does not have its own interventional cardiology service.  Funding from this years Festival of Trees will be designated to centralized Cardiac Diagnostics and Clinics, a Cardiac Care unit, Pacemaker Services, Device Outreach and Follow Up Services.  With its aim of helping recruit cardiology specialists to support the expanding cardiac services, this project is sure to have a positive impact locally, as well as throughout the North.

“The incredible support we received from the community was inspiring. It really was a ‘Homegrown Christmas’ celebration, and one that was heartwarming to all involved given the past 20 months’ said Neiser.

Donations are still being accepted in the office and online, and fundraising is still available through the Michael’s Jewellers Diamond draw, the longest running sponsor of the annual event.  Tickets are just $20, with a chance at winning a custom ring designed by the team at Michael’s Jewellers and can be purchased online at festivaloftreesdiamonddraw.rafflenexus.com.

While the pandemic, coupled with supply route issues, increased costs for the annual event, organizers are already looking ahead at 2022 to welcome the community once again.   Our new normal will be interesting but we are so encouraged by the support received this year.

For more information, please contact Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation at 250-565-2515 or visit www.spiritofthenorth.ca