The Chemainus Health Care Foundation successfully held its 2021 annual general meeting May 31 on the Zoom platform to respect the public health orders and the well-being of the members.
In her report to the membership, President Kathleen Hepburn noted that despite the pandemic the board has remained focused and held seven virtual meetings in 2020. During those meetings decisions were made to provide funding for many health-care related needs in the community, mainly focused on the needs at the Chemainus Health Care Centre in urgent care, laboratory, X-ray, the adult day program and residential long-term care.
Notably, residential long-term care received funds to acquire the technology needed by residents to stay connected to their families as in-person visiting has been severely restricted during the pandemic. CHCC Long-Term Care Manager Annette Kyndt, who attended the AGM as a guest, thanked the foundation for “immediate help so that residents could continue to connect with their families.”
The biggest foundation commitment made in 2020 was to replace the aging bus used to transport participants to and from the adult day program. Board member John Marriott did an extraordinary amount of work to procure and customise the bus to ensure it met the needs of passengers and drivers. As in the past, the bus remains the property of the foundation and has a five-year agreement with Island Health that will ensure the continuity of service. The Chemainus Legion’s Poppy Fund and many private donors were also thanked for contributions to the project.
The foundation also continues to provide financial support for high school graduates, mature students and CHCC staff for training in human health care. “I hope the community understands the broad scope of programs funded by the foundation,” Hepburn commented.
She expressed the foundation’s appreciation to its many donors, the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, The Steeples Housing Society, Don Bodger with the Chemainus Valley Courier and to all the health care workers in the community. In addition, Hepburn made special mention of board member and friend, Joan Roberts, who passed away in 2020. Thank you was also expressed to former board members Dean Killam and Rondeau Fenton, both of whom made the community better during their time volunteering for the foundation. Mandeep Sindhi has decided not to seek another term as treasurer, yet promises to be available for support when needed and was thanked for his recent work.
Hepburn was re-elected as president, with John Marriott, Hiram Beaubier, Helen Fowler, Bill Cleary, Linda Rankine, Paul Edwards and Kellie Chadwick rounding out the board.
Hepburn’s complete report is posted on the foundation’s website at chemainushealthcarefoundation.ca under the News tab.
While 2020 was extraordinary, the foundation has risen to the challenge and will continue its mission to support excellence in health care for the residents of Chemainus and area.