$11,000 gift provides Canuck Place furniture

Children's hospice in Abbotsford benefits from Envision Financial Community Endowment

Monica Ismirnioglou and Shayan Saed

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford has purchased new furniture for its library and family lounge, thanks to an $11,000 gift from the Envision Financial Community Endowment.

The gift is one of 33 grants the endowment has awarded this year to organizations delivering programs to vulnerable populations.

Canuck Place’s Dave Lede House is located on the Campus of Care on Marshall Road next to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

The hospice supports more than 600 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them.

Seline Kutan, executive director of the First West Foundation, said the completion of the library and the family lounge is the culmination of four years of co-operation between the organizations, starting with the $150,000 capital contribution, as well as donations of $33,200 in grants from 2011 to 2015.

First West Foundation is the philanthropic arm of First West Credit Union of which Envision Financial is a regional division­.

The quiet space at Canuck Place features a library filled with children’s books and resources, including grief and bereavement books, and a relaxing respite for employees in the form of a nursing lounge and staff room.

“With the support of the Envision Financial Community Endowment and the First West Foundation, children, families and staff at our Dave Lede House hospice have an inviting, warm and quiet space to go,” said Susan Poitras, co-ordinator of counselling and bereavement at Canuck Place.

“We really wanted to help nourish the well-being of both patients and employees at Canuck Place,” said Susan Byrom, senior manager of community investment at Envision Financial.

“Knowing the Envision Financial Community Endowment has furnished rooms our organization funded in 2012 closes the circle for us. We’re committed to contributing where we can to support the important work Canuck Place does for B.C.’s sickest kids and their families.”

Just Posted

Flavelle to run for council

Frequent Abbotsford council observer seeking his own seat

GOLD: A brand-new socially conscious piece of theatre

Burlesque-theatre show, part of The Goddess Movement, comes to Abbotsford

Longtime pals release game backed by Kickstarter campaign

Zebulon: Galactic Control created by Abbotsford pair

Cannon tournament raises over $7,500

Annual touch rugby event a success in 2018

City to participate in ‘Smart City’ initiative

Aim is to make Abbotsford more attractive to foreign investment

B.C. wildfires 2018: Hazy skies impacting crews in spotting new fires

18,000 people are on an evacuation alert, with 3,000 homes under an evacuation order

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Mt. Hicks fire 15% contained, continues to burn north of Agassiz

The fire, suspected to be caused by a vehicle with a flat tire, not threatening any structures

Police responding to ‘unfolding’ incident in Maple Ridge suburb

Helicopter, dog team, guns drawn and 16 police vehicles at Maple Ridge property

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

Most Read