Bob McDiarmid, Jessica Aldred (CVHF Executive Director), and Dave Bell.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17, Courtenay donates to support healthcare for veterans, their families, and the Comox Valley community.

A donation of $34,250 was made to purchase specialized chairs and lifts from the Courtenay Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund. This gift will support the care provided at The Views at St. Joseph’s and at the Comox Valley Hospital. Over the past 23 years, the Courtenay Legion has contributed over $250,000 to support healthcare in our community. The generosity of the Legion has impacted areas of care such as rehabilitation services, long-term care, heart and lung testing, surgical services, the emergency department, and cancer care.

The Legion’s generous support of specialized chairs will enable individuals who need support with sitting up the opportunity to spend more time out of bed. This ability to sit for longer, without the risk of pressure wounds, means people can engage more with others and participate in meaningful activities. Their donation will also fund lifts to help ensure the varying physical needs of patients and residents can be safely met.

Bob McDiarmid, Branch 17 Poppy Chair, shared “the Royal Canadian Legion’s mission is to serve veterans, which includes currently serving military and RCMP members, and their families, to promote remembrance and to serve our communities and our country, aided by the generous donations to the Poppy Trust Fund.”

“On behalf of the Comox Valley Board of Directors, I would like to express our deep gratitude to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17, Courtenay for their generous support of healthcare to ensure veterans, their families and the greater community have access to the best possible care,” said Board President, Bill Anglin, in response to the generous donation.