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. 



Chemainus Health Care Foundation


The Foundation is pleased to announce winners of the 2019 high school scholarship and bursary awards. The recipients are: Hanna Pachet, Morgan Bottomly and Samantha Price pictured here with Hiram Beaubier who presented the awards on behalf of the Foundation. Congratulations to these accomplished and motivated students.



The Foundation is part of the Community


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation continues to engage in community activities. It is a small way of saying “thank you” to all those who give so generously to improve the health services available in the area.


The Foundation won “Best Themed Entry” for its float entered into the 2019 Chemainus Parade (the theme was Old MacDonald’s Farm). The imaginative decorations were made by participants in the Adult Day Program at the Health Care Centre. Special thanks are extended to Dale, Jen, Sandi, Grayson and Sophia who did so much to make sure the float was a success!




What was accomplished and The Year ahead.

(Highlights of the Board Report to the AGM of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation May 27, 2019)


The AGM was preceded by a significant donation of $100,000.00 from the Foundation to support the development of a hospice house serving the Cowichan Valley. This ten bed unit will finally provide much needed access to end-of-life and palliative care. It should be noted that the end-of-life sanctuary at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, funded jointly by the Foundation and the Auxiliary, will continue to serve the community.


Appreciation for those who assist the Foundation:

  • The management and staff at CHCC, who not only provide excellent care to residents and public, but also give the Board suggestions and supporting evidence to the requests for items and programs at CHCC
  • The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, who work cooperatively with us to achieve more for this community and its residents
  • Steeples Housing Society who provide us with space for meetings and records.
  • Mr. Don Bodger of our local newspaper who has been so helpful in reporting on our activities and successes.
  • Roan and Mark McMillan for setting up and overseeing our website



In 2018 the Foundation received $18,824 in cash donations, significantly down from 2017. The variability of donations highlights the challenges of budget management and long-term planning.


2018 Expenditures and Commitments

Chemainus Health Care Centre

The Foundation provided approximately $ 87,400 in support of equipment and programs for the CHCC and the Adult Day Program located at CHCC. This allowed the purchase of special equipment such as alarmed fall mats, a portable ultrasound and for a music program for Adult Day Care, as well as many other items. In addition, there were monies provided for specific requests, such as art work for the Quiet Room, and a special swivel seat for Physiotherapy.


Education and Training

The Foundation continued to support education and training opportunities for the delivery of health care.

  • High School Award winners at $1500 each were: Sarah Funk, Lauraen San Jose, Kyra Horsman and Julia Peterson
  • The Mature Student Award receipent of $1500 was Dakota Stevens
  • Up to $2500 was put aside for CHCC staff training requests – none accessed



The Foundation continued to provide $5000 to the Cowichan Family Caregivers Support Society. This service provides support to all ages of caregivers, from teens to seniors.

A representative of the Foundation always participates in the laying of a wreath at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day.

A Foundation group effort enters, decorates the ADP bus and participates in the Chemainus Summerfest Parade every year, winning first prize in 2018.



The Foundation continues to have no paid staff and has been very fortunate to have the use of free meeting and storage space. There are costs for audit review, insurance, advertising, legal fees, office supplies, mailing, website, etc. The fees for our website in 2018 were: $150. The necessary new accounting software (after 12 years!) = $408.79. Other administrative costs are in line with the past five years.





  1. In 2018, the Foundation was successful in completing the transition process required by the new (2016) Societies Act. This process highlighted the need to continue working on our Constitution and Bylaws which leads to a significant item on tonight’s agenda under New Business. This proposal will recommend major changes to our Constitution which reflects unanimous approval from the Board. Further work over the next year will develop detailed revisions to the bylaws and policy documents. Any proposed changes will be brought forward at the next AGM for discussion and direction from the membership.


  1. The Memorandum of Understanding with Island Health guiding the use and operation of the Foundation’s bus, used in support of the Adult Day Program, expires this August. The possible replacement of the ADP bus will be a high priority for consideration in the 2020 budget allocation. A review of what type of bus is needed to meet the needs of the clients and staff, will be completed during this coming year and based on the input from the program. Bus replacement may involve fund raising.


  1. It was anticipated in last year’s report that a Memorandum of Understanding, proposed by Island Health, for all foundations would be concluded in 2018. This did not happen but work is on-going. The Foundation will review a further draft from Island Health and decide whether to sign in 2019/2020.


  1. It was hoped that exploratory discussions to look at modifications to the physical structures at CHCC would be further ahead. This will remain part of the Foundation’s focus this year.





$100,000.00 for Cowichan Hospice  House Project


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to provide $100,000.00 dollars in support of the Cowichan Hospice House Project. The Project is an ambitious undertaking to build a 10 bed centre that will meet the special needs of people at the end-of-life. For over 35 years Cowichan Hospice Society, through professional counsellors and trained volunteers, has provided care for people living with advancing illness and for people in grief. However, the Cowichan area is the only community of its size on Vancouver Island not to have a dedicated Hospice House. The new centre will provide a welcoming environment in which expert medical care, emotional, spiritual and practical support can be given to those facing life threatening illnesses and for their families.


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation has long been supportive of increasing end of life facilities for residents of Cowichan. In 2011 the Foundation and Chemainus Auxiliary jointly funded the construction and equipping of an end of life sanctuary at the Chemainus Health Care Centre; for several years the one room was the only such facility serving the Cowichan Valley.


“This will change with the completion of the Hospice House Project.” said Kathleen Hepburn, President of the Chemainus Health Care Foundation. “Through the generosity of our donors from this small community we know the $100,000.00 will go to fill a significant gap in the health care available in the region. The need is now and growing as the population continues to age.”


Jamie Goodman, President , Cowichan Hospice Board welcomed the donation from the Foundation noting that the Society has committed to raising $10 million dollars to open and provide whole person care. “We are getting close to the target and contributions from this community of Chemainus have been extremely important. We hope to see groundbreaking by fall, 2019 with doors opening in late 2020.  We are also pleased that the end-of-life sanctuary funded those years ago at the Health Care Centre will continue to be available as hospice for special care.



Investing to improve patient services


The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce the recent purchase of two important pieces of equipment for the Chemainus Health Care Centre.  Both will improve the service to patients using the laboratory or the Urgent Care facilities.

Improving the “waiting room experience

The first is a digital numbered ticket system for the Lab. There is now a clear, bright, electronic display of the number of the next person to be served.  In the past, it has been difficult for staff to make sure people waiting in the hallway could hear their number being called, or for people to know exactly where in the line-up for service their number was.  It is hoped this new addition will prevent such misunderstandings and better inform people waiting to see the technicians.  



Better diagnostics for the Community

The second purchase is a portable ultrasound for Urgent Care. This unit, which can easily be brought to the patient’s bed side, will provide the latest technology for helping to assessing soft-tissue health or injury. This will greatly assist the physicians to determine the appropriate treatment and stabilization of patients presenting in Urgent Care. It will also mean that patients can be assessed in Chemainus rather than having to travel to out of town facilities for thorough diagnosis.



The Chemainus Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health facilities and services available to the residents of Chemainus and area.



End-of life care in Cowichan: a present and growing need

Cowichan Hospice is a not-for-profit society providing care for people living with advancing illness, including their families and for people in grief. This is an important part of the integrated end of life care currently provided in the community. The Chemainus Health Care Foundation, in cooperation with the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, has funded the construction and equipping of an end-of life sanctuary at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. This one suite is simply insufficient to meet the urgent needs of residents of Cowichan. Hospice House is an important initiative by the Cowichan Hospice Society to fill this critical gap in our health care services.

Most people wish to be cared for at home at the end of their lives Unfortunately for many families, it’s not possible. The emotional and physical toll is just too much, and many people face the end of their lives without privacy or dignity in a crowded hospital room. Cowichan Hospice, staff and volunteers of the society do an amazing job of providing compassionate care, emotional support, information, and companionship to people and their families dealing with advancing illness and grief.

What we don’t have in Cowichan is a Hospice House; a place to live well at the end of life. A place to die with support, safety and dignity, in a home-like setting. A place where expert medical care is provided focused on a person’s own goals and priorities.

Cowichan Hospice needs your help. Cowichan Hospice is raising the funds to build Cowichan Hospice House. Island Health will own the facility and cover medical staffing and facility operating costs and Cowichan Hospice staff and trained volunteers will provide psycho-social care as well as practical support for patients and family members. With a goal of $10 million, to date Cowichan Hospice has raised funding and pledges of $7.35 million!

Together we can make caring easier. Open your heart to hospice. Help to build Cowichan Hospice House, a place where families can spend precious time together in a home-like setting with expert care. Together we can bring hospice beds to Cowichan and enhance care for the whole family.

 Our community deserves excellent end of life care.

To learn more about Cowichan Hospice House please visit