Current Affairs

Meet the next generation of Health Care Providers
The Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 high school scholarship and bursaries awards. They are:


Jordynn Jany whose goal is to become a Medical Receptionist.
Tristram Nisbet who is aiming to be  a Community Mental Health worker.
Wei-Ling Taylor who aspires to become a Health Care Assistant.
The Foundation wishes to congratulate these students and acknowledge their accomplishments to date. The need of the health care system for qualified personnel has never been greater. We thank Jorydnn, Tristram, and Wei-Ling for responding to this urgency.  And we thank our many donors who make these educational awards possible.

A warm welcome to newly appointed Board members

Paul Edwards, Linda Rankine and Joan Roberts have stepped forward to offer their services to the community by joining the Board of Directors of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation.

Paul Edwards brings a strong background founded in the pharmaceutical and vaccine business, coupled with working with elected health officials, health-care ministry staff and regional health authorities, largely in the public health arena. He has served on the Boards of the Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society and the Nelson Area Society for Health. In addition, he has done volunteer work for BC’s Senior Advocate. Paul is active in other areas of the community serving on the board of the Steeples Housing Society and helping out with the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society. He brings an interest in housing and transportation as they relate to health-care.   

Linda Rankine offers an impressive background in financial management and community volunteering. Until her retirement in 2015 she was a CPA working in financial management for large organizations in the Vancouver area including the BC Cancer Agency and the Provincial Health Services Authority.  She also volunteered with Junior Achievement BC grade 12 programs fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.  Working for these organizations gives her an understanding of the responsibility communities have in providing support for their residents.  In particular, she has a passion for helping seniors to ensure a quality of life beyond the basics provided by our provincial health care system.  Her goal with the Foundation is to improve health care and experiences for patients and their families in our community.

Joan Roberts has a wealth of experience to offer. She was educated in England qualifying as an RN and Midwife. Joan then served in the Canadian High Arctic as a nurse in Broughton Island; the only medical person in the community and for hundreds of miles around. She then furthered her education, completing the BSN degree at the University of Victoria. Joan offers an impressive background in the field of health care. She worked for Island Health for many years and was the Manager of the Chemainus Health Care Centre. She has a strong history of volunteering in the community, being active in many local organizations. She has served on the Board for the past 10 years and is intimate with the management of the Foundation. She brings this rich experience to the Board and is able to provide a valuable insight to the needs and trends of institutional care and community-based health services. Her professional training and experience will better inform the Board as it prioritizes funding requests.

Notice to Members

Annual General Meeting Delayed

The Annual General Meeting of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation, usually held in May, is being delayed until further notice. This is in consideration for the health and well-being of all members and of the special protocols now in place surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Annual General Meeting will be set a time when directives and recommendations set forth by the Provincial Health Officer, the B.C. Health Minister, and Canada Health guidelines in regards to COVID-19 deem it safe to do so.

In the meantime the Board of the Foundation continues to manage the affairs of the Society in accordance with the conditions of the Societies Act of BC and the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society. This includes regular board meetings by teleconference, formal agenda, recorded minutes and financial reports and audits. All such records will be available for examination by members, when conditions permit.

When a new date has been set for the Annual General Meeting notification will be sent to members by regular mail.

Please continue to monitor this section of the website for up-dates and information about the activities and the undertakings of your Board.

Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you donors

2019 ended and 2020 began with generosity. Donors, who are the core of the Foundation’s work, continue to respond to the needs of the community. Individual donations and donations through estates underpin everything the Foundation does. The benefits that flow from such generosity are seen in the expanded programs and services at the Health Care Centre and throughout the community. The large projects such as the End-of-Life Suite, the Adult Day Program bus and the new X-ray are visible in the community. The smaller projects such as the electronic numbering system in Urgent Care, bathing units in Residential Care, out-door space for the dementia wing are less obvious but no less important.  None could be done without the generosity of loyal donors. A bulletin board at the entrance to Residential Care of the Chemainus Health Care Centre captures part of past projects supported by donors.

The 2020/21 Budget responds to health care needs in the community

The Board of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation has approved its operating budget for 2020/21. Support for the health services in the community remains strong, thanks to the generosity of our many donors.

Funding for counseling services for those caring for loved ones at home continues. This is an on-going need as the strain of looking after family members can be a significant challenge. In some instances those providing the support are just in their teens.

Through our close cooperation with the Chemainus Auxiliary, together, we have been able to meet all the requests for program and equipment requests of the Chemainus Health Care Centre for this year. This includes Residential Care, the Urgent Care Unit, the Laboratory Services and the End-of-Life Suite.

The 2020/21 budget renews our commitment to education and training. A commitment was made for providing one scholarship and three bursaries in support of students going on to pursue a career in health care. In addition, the Foundation will be offering financial assistance for a mature student also wishing to enter service in health care. And finally, funding has been identified to support additional staff training at the Health Care Centre. Two staff members will be pursuing training which will improve the care available to residents. Responding to the present and future need for qualified health care workers is a priority for the Board.

The Adult Day Program, which operates in space renovated by the Health Care Foundation, is receiving funding for equipment and programs to support the participants.   The Foundation is in the final stages of discussions with Island Health for the purchase of a new bus to service the transportation needs of the Adult Day Program. This will be a major expense for the Foundation, but one that is needed as the subscription for Adult Day programs continues to rise.

Congratulations Steeples Housing Society!

Three new units of badly-needed affordable housing have been added to the Community. This is the end result of hard work, long-range planning and careful budgeting by the Steeples Housing Society. The units are adjacent to the Steeples Assisted Living Complex but operate independently. The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to have provided the land to enable the project and sees adequate housing as an important part of health care.