“Our mission is to nurture our trusted relationships with our generous donors, healthcare and community partners, and champion exceptional health outcomes for Northern BC."
INTEGRITY - though transparency we will uphold our foundation's reputation
COLLABORATION - to be purposeful in our community partnerships and relationship building
STEWARDSHIP - to fullfill the wishes and interests of our donors; inspire charitable calls to action
LEGACY - cultivating a lasting donor impact on healthcare delivery in Northern BC, for today and tomorrow
About SPIRIT OF THE NORTH HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
What We Do
The Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was created to provide people meaningful opportunities to contribute to improving healthcare within the service area of the University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George (UHNBC). The community has responded in a very generous way.
In the 20 years since the Foundation was created, more than $27 million has been contributed towards capital equipment and improvements, and support of education of healthcare workers and medical staff.
In the north, for the north
The great majority of funds have been invested directly into UHNBC and its staff. However, since changing its name and expanding its mandate in 1998, the Foundation has issued grants throughout northern British Columbia. This is a practice it intends to build upon so that the funds are spent where they will both serve the interests of the donor and do the most good for the health of the people in the region.
A key part of delivering stronger healthcare throughout the region will be in enhancing services provided through the UHNBC. As the primary referral centre for northern B.C., it is imperative that it be a focal point for quality healthcare for the people of the region. It is an entirely unique situation as Prince George is far more distant from any other tertiary care facility than any other regional hospital in the province. Nowhere else is the next regional hospital a six to 10 hour drive away.
The people of northern B.C. have come to realize that gifts to the Foundation are making a significant difference in their quality of life. Over the years, the Foundation has provided funds, in whole or in part, for such major pieces of equipment as a permanent MRI, Cat Scan, ophthalmology lasers, digital radiographic suites, ultrasound units, a burn tank, a gamma camera and crash carts. It has also funded major renovations to Jubilee Lodge and the Maternal Child Centre of Excellence at UHNBC.
What People Are Saying
"Giving is the Difference, that makes the Difference"
— Cathy Ulrich, CEO Northern Health
"Knowing that we are helping to make our amazing community stronger and a better place to live for everyone is a great feeling"
— Copper Falls Custom Homes
"We could not do this without such tremendous support – we are truly thankful"
— Judy Neiser, CEO Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation
"I have always felt very privileged to live and work in this great community, so giving back in a small way through the lottery is an easy decision for me"
— Marzena Motz, Northern Health
"It is important that the money raised stays here locally to help, and that our event draws the community together "
— Gordie Powar, the Bike-A-Thon Coordinator