In the Spotlight
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For 35 years, the Burnaby Hospital Foundation has been helping to support the work done inside the walls of the city’s hospital, raising funds for new equipment, special training, capital expansions and more. Now, we're reaching beyond the hospital and into the community itself, to support the health and wellness of Burnaby residents long before they may need hospital services.
“These are some wonderful new initiatives under our community health and wellness program,” notes Cheryl Carline, president and CEO of the foundation. “The focus coming from Fraser Health Authority and from the Ministry of Health is to look at the community, to look at that health and wellness component as a whole both internally and externally. Ideally, we want to keep people out of hospitals, keep them healthy and happy and at home in their community; at the same time, if they need medical assistance, then we want to ensure it’s the right treatment at the right time in the right way.”
That’s a big order in a city as large and diverse as Burnaby, but one that the foundation is excited to tackle given the long-term benefits for residents.
“When we’re thinking of hospital foundations, we often don’t think outside of the hospital, but we know that there are pieces of the puzzle--having a safe place to live, having a social circle, being active, having sufficient food and healthy food – that can alter health outcomes for people,” says Cheryl. “So we’re looking at those and finding ways to participate and engage with the community.”
This has bloomed into supporting projects that focus on some of those “puzzle pieces”; for example, the foundation has partnered with the City of Burnaby on seniors’ wellness programs at recreation centres, and help fund a program with Burnaby Food First to help people learn about food security issues, as well as working to support the city’s task force on homelessness.
“There’s a wide spectrum of needs out there. We have a changing demographic with that boomer generation getting older, millenials coming along, and there’s no doubt that hospitals and health institutions will have challenges meeting the broad needs--for the first time in history--four generations existing together as the population ages and people live longer.”
Still, the core focus for the foundation continues to be the hospital itself just as it has been since 1982, when the foundation first began its charitable efforts.
“The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the hospital and the primary purpose is to raise money for equipment, for education and technology and for other projects,” says Cheryl.
In the past, the foundation has been instrumental in bringing in funding for a $4.85 million MRI suite, $100,000 neonatal resusciation units, and much more.
Our latest success was the construction of a second endoscopy suite within the hospital.
“Much of $600,000 provided for the endocopy suite was raised through smaller donations to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation--a gift of $10 here, $20 there, students at schools coming together and working on fundraising efforts--the generosity of many dedicated people,” says Cheryl. “We never want people to forget that it’s not just the big donations that make things happen here – every donation makes a big difference.”
The foundation recently marked its third year of hosting its signature annual gala.
“It’s really a significant event for us, and I hope we see it continue to grow.
See the interview on video here.
Photo credits: TwinLens Photography
Each November, Burnaby Hospital Foundation hosts its signature fundraising event. Every year, the Foundation's gala presents a "passport" to another global destination and another wonderful evening with friends and colleagues. In 2014, it was Paris; then, this past November, our guests found themselves in a New York state of mind amid the cosmopolitan buzz of the Big Apple. Some 300 gala attendees came together for an unprecedented evening of support for their community hospital.
It's not too soon to mark your calendars for this year's trip to Old Havana scheduled for November 18, 2016 at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Convention Center. Check back for information and details about your opportunity to add another global destination to your Burnaby Hospital Foundation gala passport. See highlights in the video.
On November 14, 2014 Burnaby Hospital Foundation presented its annual fundraising gala.
Guests at the Soirée À Paris enjoyed French-inspired food, music and entertainment as well as live and silent auction events. The Foundation’s “party of the year” did not disappoint. The gala was an evening filled with joie de vivre and globe trekking fun for all attendees.Read more