Our Stories

Last year, the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department donated a "Firefighter for a Day" gift certificate to the Comox Valley Butterfly Ball Auction. The past weekend the winner of the gift certificate, Amy Thomas, and friends were out with the members of the Courtenay Volunteer Fire Department for an exciting day of Firefighter training!  You can see videos of the experience here:  

Today we had Janine Diddens come by to make a donation to the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. She presented us with this amazing Sesame Street Hanging Quilt!

This work of art was made with love and will be hung in a facility where it can bring many children happiness. We love unique donations like Janine's that show there are so many ways you can help children and give back to your community. 

Every month, kids arrive at Children’s Foundation of Vancouver Island’s office with bags filled with coins they raised through lemonade stands and birthday parties. It is truly moving to see how eager they are to support children who need a helping hand.

A few weeks ago we had Charlie and her brother Eamonn stop by to donate Charlie's birthday money! Big thanks to Charlie for helping us help children in need and spreading the joy of giving. What a wonderful tradition that she will be passing on to her younger brother. 

Making it easier for kids to smile — that’s the mission of Dr. Hugh Lamont, team orthodontist at Island Health’s Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic.

Finding out your child has a cleft lip or palate is shocking. You have so many questions — How will my child feed and get nutrients? When will he have surgery? Will his speech be affected? Will she be accepted by her peers?

Dr. Lamont has seen the plight of parents and kids hundreds of times over the course of his more than 30 years as an orthodontist.

The Saanich Police, with a little help from their canine friends, donated nearly $25,000 to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

The funds were raised at the 2013 Police Canine Championships, hosted by the Saanich Police hosted in September 2013.

Cat in the Hat Comes Back to the Queen Alexandra Centre

Dr. Robert O'Connor outside the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health.Dr. Seuss would have loved this story of coincidence and caring: with the help of a few generous Islanders, a 1957 first edition copy of his classic book Cat in the Hat, which he autographed and dedicated to the Queen Alexandra Solarium years ago, has made its way home after being M.I.A. for over 20 years.

The tooth fairy has her work cut out for her at the dental office of Dr. Matt Evans and Dr. Dawn Webster! $8,700 worth of melted gold from dental prostheses was donated to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island’s Jeneece Place. Dr. Evans and Dr. Webster topped up the donation to $10,000.

“Everyone should have an equal opportunity to do what they love,” says 17-year-old Seamus Maguire, explaining why he donates his birthday money to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island every year.

The idea to donate came to Seamus around Christmas time, just before his ninth birthday. “My birthday’s December 31, and because it’s so close to Christmas, I never feel like I need anything more,” says the grade 12 student at Reynolds Secondary School. “There’s someone out there who could use the money more than I could.”

In December, Shaun O'Leary stopped by the QAF with a big surprise!  Just a few years ago, when he was a teenager, Shaun received services at Ledger House.  He wanted to give something back to help other kids and decided to make a $1,000 donation.  His gift to the Gatekeeper Education Program will support early treatment of mental health disorders in children and youth.  
 

If you would like more information on how you can also become a donor please visit our donor page.

Len and Phyllis Dawkin have put smiles on the faces of 28 children by sending them to QA Summer Camp over the past five years. In August 2008, Phyllis and Len Dawkin began donating each month to the Foundation’s Hugs for Kids monthly giving program. Thanks to the generosity of this lovely couple, six children each summer attend a fun-filled two weeks at camp. Not only have the Dawkins funded the $350 camp fees for each child, they have a long history of supporting children by sending toys and treats to a Ukraine cancer hospital for many years.

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