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It’s official: we've just kicked off our 90th year of work transforming Island families’ access to healthcare as close to home as possible.

90 years of raising funds has given us 90 years of stories to share, so we’ll celebrate the big 9-0 with 90 incredible stories from Island kids, parents, clinicians, partners and donors who have made our history so far possible.

VICTORIA, BC  |  Tickets for the Kaleidoscope Ball, Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island's annual spring gala for parents and the kids they love, are now available for purchase.

The good folks over at Canadian Tire in Langford had a unique delivery to their store - two hard-to-come-by Hatchimals! Thinking carefully about how to best use these highly sought after gifts - the team decided to give one to a child at Ledger House, an island wide resource that provides acute, in-patient, hospital based psychiatric services for children and youth.

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is grateful for our three-year partnership with the Bayview Place | Island Savings Open for a total of $89,000 donated to benefit island children! Thanks to the Victoria Open Golf Society, Uplands Golf Club, Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada, tournament organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and community members who have made this event a successful fundraiser for Children’s Health Foundation year after year. 

We are extremely pleased to have Veronica Carroll MBA CFRE join the Children's Health Foundation team as Chief Executive Officer. She's off to a great start! 

When asked what Veronica wants Children's Health Foundation supporters to know, she immediately replied:

"My door is always open. Come by and see me and feel free to call or email. I want to hear from and connect with community and I'm excited to build relationships so we can work together to make wonderful things happen for children on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands." 

Check out the latest issue of Nanaimo Family Magazine! We are so pleased to have Noah Thompson, one of our Bear Essential recipients featured on page 6. Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island helped Noah's family with the purchase of a brand new wheel chair. Noah has cerebral Palsy, and his new wheel chair is sure to help him get where he wants to go.

Last Tuesday, more than 130 Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island donors gathered at Government House. It was our chance to extend our warmest thanks to dedicated supporters who invested funds in our programs (such as Jeneece Place), and the close to 30 programs and services we fund. Together we made a difference in the lives of 13,371 children and families this past year!

Here's a recap:

It was a gorgeous day for the 5th Annual Ride for Jeneece. Lots of enthusiastic riders came out and were generous in their giving to Jeneece Place.

The scenic ride started at the Quinsam Hotel in Campbell River and continued along highway 28, through the mountains to Gold River. A celebration and fundraising auction was waiting for the riders at Ridge Roadhouse in Gold River.

Riders from all over came to share stories, enjoy the scenery, and have a great time on the open road, all in support of Jeneece Place!

 

On Sunday July 17th, golfers came together to tee off for Jeneece Place at Highland Pacific Golf. Highland Pacific overlooks the majestic Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Thetis Lake Park. The course’s Pacific Nine and Highland Nine sport beautiful views and rolling fairways. The weather could not be better for a sold out tournament with 72 participants. The players set the tone for the day with their amazing camaraderie, great golfing, and generosity towards Jeneece Place.

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and the BC Women’s Institute are proud to present the inaugural Polly Scott Bursary to Ottalie Garvin!


Polly Scott Bursary 2016 Recipient,
Ottalie Garvin, excited to recieve her cheque.

Ryker is a three-year-old boy whose story we shared with you in our most recent direct mail. Ryker's story is an excellent example of the programs and services our donors help make available for children and youth with disabilities and health challenges living on Vancouver Island and in the surrounding region.

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Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island’s board and staff would like to congratulate and thank the Victoria Open Golf Society, Uplands Golf Club, Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada, tournament organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and commuity members on the great success of the 2016 Bayview Place Island Savings Open. We were thrilled to be able to share our commitment to youth mental health at this event. 

The Polly Scott Bursary honours the contributions the BC Women’s Institute has made to the creation and sustainability of Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and their long standing support of children with disabilities and health challenges. The bursary is named in tribute to one of the first children served at the original Queen Alexandra Solarium in Mill Bay— Othoa “Polly” Scott.

Vancouver Island Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers Local 276

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, Local 276 engaged its members by holding fundraising events to give back to the community in which its members work and live. It wanted to donate the funds raised to a charity that serves children in communities across Vancouver Island, because it represents around 500 men and women in the sheet metal and roofing trades on Vancouver Island.  They said Children's Health Foundation was a "perfect fit" for what they wanted to achieve.

On October 16, Jane Thomas left her 22-month-old son with her mother before heading to the Campbell River Hospital. She’d started to feel some pain in her abdomen, and, only 31 weeks pregnant, she wanted to make sure everything was okay with the baby.

We would like to acknowledge the work and dedication of Linda Hughes as she leaves her role as Foundation President and CEO and steps into a new chapter in her career. Linda has had a long career supporting the well-being of children and youth both in BC and Alberta, and the Foundation board thanks her for her knowledge and leadership. In her tenure with the Foundation, Linda helped further develop many positive relationships on Vancouver Island including with Island Health and the Office of the Representatives of Children and Youth.

We were thrilled to be part of the Inaugural Bear Mountain Monster Run, held Saturday, October 31, 2015.

The rain stopped just in time for around 300 runners to trick or treat their way through a 1K, 3K, or 5K course and collect goodies generously donated by sponsors.

The love of the open road and a generosity of spirit brought motorcycle enthusiasts together on Saturday, August 22 for the 4th Annual Rotary Rally Ride for Jeneece Place.

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