Our Donors

Investors Group Gee & Associates give back

On Thursday, August 17, Investors Group Gee and Associates Private Wealth Management made their annual donation of $1,000 to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF). Since 2007, this team of consultants has donated over $17,650 to CVHF through private and matching donations, as well as through sponsorship of CVHF’s annual Golf Classic. From left to right: Duane Gee, Janet Gee, Lynn Dashkewytch (CVHF) and Keith Gibson.

Emterra Environmental presented a cheque for $2,332 to the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF) on June 28 to purchase two fetal link monitors for the labour and delivery department at the new North Island Hospital (NIH) Comox Valley campus. Funds were raised through Emterra’s Make Your Contribution at the CurbTM Community CareTM program and were presented by local Emterra manager Dave Ross (left) and VP of Operations, BC Ed Walsh (right) to Cathie Sturam, NIH site director, and CVHF’s Executive Director Lynn Dashkewytch (second from right).

Emterra Environmental purchases fetal link monitors for new hospital

Thank you Emterra Environmental for continuing to support our hospital’s needs through your “Make Your Contribution at the Curb” (MYCATC) Community Care program. This year they are donating proceeds from MYCATC to purchase two fetal link monitors for Labour & Delivery at the new hospital. Fetal monitors are used to keep track of a baby’s heart rate during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and to inform caregivers on the baby’s progress.

Through the MYCATC program $1 for every tonne of recyclables Emterra collects from residents in the Comox Valley is donated to our Foundation to purchase medical equipment for St. Joseph’s and the new hospital. Last year Emterra collected over 2,322 tonnes of recyclables in the community.

Who knew that recycling could help enhance or save a life?

St. Joseph’s Hospital staff show off the new portable GlideScope purchased for the Intensive Care Unit thanks to a generous grant from TB Vets Charitable Foundation last month. From left to right: Michelle Toole (Territory manager BC for Canadian Hospital Specialties), Lisadawn Shackleford (RN in ICU), Dr. Pedro Camacho, Craig Dickson (chief Respiratory Therapist) and Alana Drummond (clinical coordinator, ICU).

TB Vets donates new Portable GildeScope for ICU

On Sept. 1, TB Vets Charitable Foundation gifted the Comox Valley with a grant for $12,399 to purchase a new portable GlideScope for the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A GlideScope is a device that allows physicians to enable quick intubation for patients who: have difficult or restricted airways; are morbidly obese; or are affected by structural abnormalities. The GlideScope provides a consistently clear, real-time view of the patient’s airway, which enables faster and safer intubation.

The process of inserting an artificial airway (intubation) into a patient who is not breathing or is having significant difficulty breathing is a life-saving intervention that needs to occur efficiently and in a timely manner. Delays or difficulties could cause long-term or even fatal consequences, so TB Vets’ grant for a new GlideScope is a life-saving gift for the region.

“The staff of St. Joseph’s Intensive Care Unit would like to sincerely thank the TB Vets Charitable Foundation for their grant to purchase this GlideScope for our unit,” said Alana Drummond, clinical coordinator of the ICU. “We previously had access to a GlideScope, but it was located in the Emergency Department. There could be a delay of a few minute to retrieve the equipment, which would in turn leave the ER without immediate access to it.”

TB Vets has been supporting respiratory wellness in B.C. for over 70 years through its Key Tag program and other initiatives, and since 1996, they have donated over $145,000 in grants to St. Joseph’s Hospital, touching many lives in the Comox Valley from first breath to end-of-life care.

To learn more about the TB Vets Charitable Foundation, visit www.tbvets.org

Kelly Kuzyk (top row, left) and Bruce Stewart (middle row, right) pose with Rehabilitation Services staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital after donating $10,000 to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. Photo, left to right. Top row: Kelly Kuzyk (Courtenay Legion) and Peter Boray. Middle row: Nicole Holenstein, Andree-Anne Trudel, Joleen Ruault, Cathi St. Deni, Lyne L’Heureux. Bottom Row: Kelly Brimacombe, Katie Maximick (CVHF) and Kaylee Karson.

Courtenay Legion donates $10,000 to support Rehab Services

On March 21, 2017 the Courtenay Legion generously donated $10,000 to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation to support the purchase of new and innovative equipment for Rehabilitation Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

This specialized physiotherapy and rehabilitation equipment will assist those in our community needing mobility assistance after accidents, surgeries and sudden medical trauma such as a stroke. It will also encourage independence as patients work on strength training and mobility. This equipment will transfer to the new Comox Valley Hospital this September.

Since 1998, the Courtenay Legion has donated $150,000 to support healthcare in the Comox Valley, especially in areas that support our community’s seniors.

Thank you!

Dragonfly Community Acupuncture’s Brittany Allinson (Clinical Coordinator, co-owner), and Andrew Kerr (Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, co-owner) have donated three months’ worth of acupuncture treatments as prizing to Dab & Donate to Mental Health, a monthly music bingo fundraiser at the Avalanche Bar & Grill.

How acupuncture can give back to mental health needs

Did you know that acupuncture is good for your mental health? Dragonfly Community Acupuncture on 6th Street is a proud sponsor of Dab & Donate to Mental Health, offering free acupuncture treatments as prizes for the popular monthly music bingo event.

In their clinic, they treat a wide range of medical conditions, which include various mental illnesses.

“In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each organ is associated with a different emotion and it is also viewed that emotions are store in the muscles,” says Brittany Allinson, Clinical Co-ordinator and co-owner of Dragonfly Community Acupuncture. “By releasing physical pain, treating the muscles and various organ issues, acupuncture helps to alleviate emotional trauma and mental issues.”

Because the treatment can be so closely tied to mental health, Dragonfly Community Acupuncture generously donated three months’ worth of acupuncture treatments to Dab & Donate, a monthly music bingo fundraiser at Avalanche Bar & Grill.

Dragonfly Community Acupuncture aims to allow everyone access to acupuncture, regardless of their income, so they focus on providing alternative affordable health care such as group settings that make treatments more affordable. Also, clients on MSP Premium Assistance who are low income, are on disability or have First Nations status do not pay for treatments upon confirmation of their coverage, and MSP is billed directly.

“People with mental illness often live in chronic poverty,” writes the Canadian Mental Health Association. “Conversely, poverty can be a significant risk factor for poor physical and mental health. The relationship between poverty and mental illness is both straightforward and complex. Understanding this broader context is key to addressing poverty in order to promote mental health and support the recovery of persons with mental illness.”

“We want acupuncture to be accessible to anyone, regardless of their income,” Brittany says.

Thank you to Dragonfly Community Acupuncture for your support of mental health in our community!

Produce staff and manager Jeff Ackinclose (right) from the Crown Isle Thrifty Foods present a cheque for $1,613 to Katie of the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation. $1 from each pumpkin sold in October at both Courtenay Thrifty Foods locations went towards the purchase of new medical equipment for St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Thrifty’s ‘Pumpkins for Patients’ raises $1,613 for St. Joe’s

Thrifty Foods’ Downtown and Crown Isle locations in Courtenay once again participated in the store-wide Pumpkins for Patients initiative this past October, where $1 from the sale of each BC Pumpkin went to the community’s local hospital foundation.

After selling a whopping 1,613 pumpkins this October, Courtenay’s Thrifty Foods stores were able to donate $1,613 to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation to support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment at St. Joseph’s, then at the new Comox Valley Hospital when it opens next fall.

Since 2011, Thrifty Foods’ Pumpkins for Patients initiatives has raised over $17,387 to purchase medical equipment and technology for the Comox Valley.

Thank you, Thrifty Foods!

Comox Valley TELUS employees Jay (far left) and Mack (third from left) present a cheque for $4,000 to Maternal Child staff and Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation vice president Bill Anglin (third from right) and president Brenda Kelm (right) at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Monday, Nov. 14.

TELUS donates $4,000 for fetal maternal monitors in the Comox Valley

On Monday, Nov. 14, TELUS’ representatives dropped by the Maternal Child Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital to present a cheque for $4,000 to help purchase new Avalon FM30 Fetal Maternal Monitors to be used now at St. Joseph’s, then at the new Comox Valley Hospital once it opens next fall.

“At TELUS we give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities through the power of technology by funding projects that benefit health, education and the environment,” said Raymond Lawson, TELUS General Manager-Vancouver Island.

“We are proud to support the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation with funding to give those in the Comox Valley and North Island better health through the purchase of Avalon FM 30 fetal maternal monitors.”

The $4,000 grant was given to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation by the TELUS Community Action team, and was presented to CVHF president Brenda Kelm and Vice President Bill Anglin.

“We are very grateful to the TELUS Community Action team for this generous grant to support the growing needs of healthcare in the Comox Valley,” added Katie Maximick, Communications & Fund Development for CVHF.

“These fetal maternal monitors are very advanced and will be an invaluable addition to the already excellent service in the Maternal Child Unit at St. Joseph’s and will benefit the staff, new mothers and their babies for years to come.”

Teammates of the Hope Afloat Canada’s dragon boat team present a cheque for $2,300 to the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation on Friday, Oct. 28. Proceeds from their annual Tag Day go to the Cancer Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Hope Afloat Canada dragon boat team donate $2,300 to Cancer Care at St. Joseph’s

The Hope Afloat Canada dragon boat team presented a cheque for $2,300 to CVHF on Friday, Oct. 28 with funds raised from their annual Tag Day for cancer awareness held at various business locations in the Comox Valley.

Since 2003, Hope Afloat Canada and the Comox Valley Dragon Boat Society have raised nearly $27,000 for Cancer Care, Palliative Care and the Operating Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Grand Knight Arnold Lamb presents a cheque for $1,500 to Katie Maximick, Communications & Fund Development, from CVHF.

Knights of Columbus donate $1,500 to new beds at The Views

On October 18th, the Knights of Columbus Dr. T. Briggs Council 4597 donated $1,500 to go towards the purchase of new beds and specialty mattresses for The Views, St. Joseph’s Hospital’s complex long-term care facility.

Since 1997, the local Knights of Columbus have donated nearly $48,000 to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

This generous donation will go a long way to help the frail and elderly who call The Views home, and is another example of how important service clubs are to the Comox Valley. Thank you, Knights of Columbus!

Investors Group Gee & Associates’ Janet and Duane Gee (left) and Keith Gibson (right) present a cheque for $2,000 to Katie Maximick (second from right) of the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Investors Group Gee & Associates’ Janet and Duane Gee (left) and Keith Gibson (right) present a cheque for $2,000 to Katie Maximick (second from right) of the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Investors Group Gee and Associates Private Wealth Management is continuing its tradition of giving back to the community when consultants Janet and Duane Gee and Keith Gibson donated $2,000 to Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation earlier this month.

The $2,000 donation will go towards the Foundation’s current Residential Care campaign to replace beds and mattresses for frail and elderly residents living in The Views, St. Joseph’s Hospital long-term care facility.

Since 2007, Investors Group Gee and Associates have donated nearly $14,000 towards Comox Valley healthcare to help purchase medical equipment, building upgrades and departmental expansions at St. Joseph’s Hospital, such as the Cancer Care Unit expansion in 2014.


Q-S.H.O.P. donates to The Views

Thank you to Comox’s Quality Foods location and the lovely volunteers at Q-SHOP (Seniors Helping Other People) for donating half of 2015’s delivery service feeds to The Views, St. Joseph’s Hospital’s residential (extended) care facility. This donation will purchase a new specialty bed and mattress much-needed in the facility, which will greatly add to a seniors’ quality of life, including comfort, better rest, less aches and pains and improved safety. What a great way to support our community’s elderly living in residential care!


“I consider my monthly donation to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation as a gift to my family, my friends, my neighbours and my community. I realized the immense value in supporting St. Joseph’s health care during the many years of failing health that my parents endured. I continue to see family and friends receive invaluable care and services that even the smallest of donation can help support.”

When health is absent
Wisdom cannot reveal itself
Art cannot manifest
Strength cannot fight
Wealth becomes useless
And intelligence cannot be applied



“I try to give what I can, even if it is $10-$20 here and there. Every little bit helps, and no one can predict the future, so one day my family or I may need to use one of the many services/medical equipment to save our lives, and I am happy knowing that even my $10-$20 here and there can help someone, or my family if we should ever need it.”


“Why do I donate to the hospital? It’s interesting how an institution can weave its way through the tapestry of your life without your being aware of how large a part it has been, and is, playing. St. Joseph’s Hospital, for the past sixteen years, has been part of the fabric of my life in so many ways. For example, I do most of my community volunteering there.

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The Comox Valley

In appreciation it was a decision I made along with my wife before her passing to do something special for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation. I, with the help of Steve Hill, Director of Pastoral Care, and Foundation Executive Director, Lynn Dashkewytch, arranged a special tea for all the hospital staff. At this tea I presented the Foundation with a continuing bursary of $500 a year for the next five years in honor of my wife who, for 40 years, was an educator. It is of great importance that our local community shares what is possible to keep the community united. St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation disburses donations they receive to St. Joseph’s General Hospital to enhance services and support equipment needs for St. Joseph’s.

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Now that I work in health care, I see a lot on a day-to-day basis, good and bad, and while I may not necessarily have a lot of disposable income kicking around, there’s one thing I do have that, unfortunately, a lot of people don’t – good health. As George William Curtis said, “Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” He didn’t say, “Happiness lies in how much money you have.”

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Arnold and Jeanette

“Because I’m still here!” That was the straightforward answer offered by Comox resident Arnold. The statement is by way of explaining why Arnold, and wife Jeanette have chosen to donate to St. Joseph’s Hospital and how they hope others will do likewise.

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Jason and Meghan

While we may be very fortunate and might even sail through life with scarcely a glitch, everyday reality holds that all of us at some time need the services of our health-care providers. That was the case with Meghan and Jason Andrew who were briefly blindsided when their 11-year-old son, Max was diagnosed with Type One diabetes three months ago.

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Robert G. Miller

As a 20 year survivor of incurable follicular lymphoma it was necessary for me to take chemotherapy treatment, the first in the last 10 years, commencing last November. Along the way, some serious hurdles were encountered. It is with sincere appreciation that I recall the dedication of Drs. Astrope and Tinmouth in overcoming these potentially life-threatening challenges.

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