The Foundation has responded to the significant changes to health care policies that have occurred over the last 30 years and which continue to evolve. It has made significant contributions to ensure health care facilities and services continue to be available to residents of Chemainus and area.
This began with the major financial contributions to the construction of both the Chemainus Health Care Centre and the Steeples assisted living complex. It has continued with contributions to programs, services and equipment in these facilities and in the community. Over the years the Foundation has donated over two million dollars in support of resident and patient comfort and care. The benefits range from the warmth and enjoyment of the popular music program for residents through to major investments to respond to the growing need for end of life care and expanded space for the in-demand adult day program.
The Foundation has also made significant donations to other health services and facilities used by residents of Chemainus, such as equipment for the Cowichan District Hospital and a defibrillator for the Fuller Lake Arena. The Foundation also contributes to the Cowichan Family Caregivers Society, which supports caregivers struggling to look after loved ones at home.
The Foundation has established effective partnerships with other organizations to amplify the funding available for important but more costly equipment or construction. In particular, the Foundation works closely with the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary when responding to the health needs of the community.
The work of the Foundation is on-going. The need for local health facilities and services remains as Chemainus grows and the population continues to age.