Miracle Weekend 2015
Message from the Chair
I have had the good fortune to work in a number of communities in the province of British Columbia. Each of these communities is unique, and many of them are a long way from metropolitan Vancouver.
Through these travels, I have seen first-hand how BC Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of care to the children of this province, and I know how comforting it is for all parents to know that the hospital will be there for them. Across the province and in Vancouver proper, children are getting the benefit of caring staff dedicated to helping them get better. Courageous patients and their families who fight through obstacles to overcome their illnesses or injuries, and the caregivers by their side, are what make BC Children’s Hospital a one-of-a-kind facility. It is through their hard work, dedication, and the generosity of British Columbians that we will achieve our fundraising goals and continue to provide the excellent level of care that our children deserve.
I encourage all British Columbians to take part in Miracle Weekend, and support the urgent needs of BC Children’s Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the Child & Family Research Institute. Through participating in events like Jeans DayTM and Slo-Pitch and ChildRun, or by starting your own fundraising events or giving at the register when you’re shopping, you will make a difference.
Thank you for being a part of Miracle Weekend.
Allen Bordeleau, Overwaitea Food Group
Chair, 2015 Miracle Weekend
Meet our Champion Child!
Meet seven-year-old Hans Gabriel Rana, our 2014-15 Champion Child taking part in the Champions presented by Walmart Canada program. This Children’s Miracle Network program honours remarkable children who have triumphed despite severe medical challenges. I’m proud to be this year’s Champion Child for BC Children’s Hospital as part of the Champions presented by Walmart Canada program.
I was born with a special kind of heart and because it’s so special and rare, it needs a little help. The doctors and nurses have been so good to me at BC Children’s Hospital. Even when I had my surgeries, I was only a little scared because all the people at the hospital helped me to not be afraid. Now, I like going to my checkups at the cardiology clinic because then I get to visit my favourite nurses, Connie and Marcia.
In November, my family and I got to go to Toronto and Orlando. I met other kids and I made new friends. In Toronto, we went to the museum and saw dinosaurs! In Orlando, we went to Disney World and I got to ride in a parade! It was so much fun! My favourite ride at Disney World was Big Thunder Mountain. I went on that ride with my mom and dad, and my friend Ben and his family. They’re from Alberta.
As Champion Child, I hope to help other kids at the hospital by helping raise money. I also tell my story to people so that they understand how BC Children’s Hospital helps kids like me. I want kids to know that they don’t have to be scared at the hospital and that all the doctors and nurses are really nice and are there to help.
Thank you to Walmart Canada for giving me the chance to be the Champion Child and thanks to everyone for donating!
Meet the Miracle Weekend team:
Miracle Weekend Executive
Allen Bordeleau, Overwaitea Food Group
Dr. Mary Bennett, BC Children’s Hospital
Miracle Weekend Fundraising Cabinet
Todd Shewfelt, RBC, Chair
Todd Laycraft, TD Bank, Vice-Chair
Constance Baechler, RBC, Chair
Sheila Louis, ActiveState, Vice-Chair
Chinese-Canadian Miracle Weekend
Thomas Lee, RBC, Chair
Clara Kan, Co-Vice-Chair
Credit Unions, Insurance & Financial Services
Valerie Mackey, Aldergrove Financial Group, Chair
Lesley Bernardin, G&F Financial Group, Vice-Chair
Hospital Liaison Committee
Debbie Cain, BC Children’s Hospital, Chair
Jennifer Farr, BC Children’s Hospital, Vice-Chair
Cynthia Curll, BC Hydro, Chair
Jason Weber, Estrella Gold Corporation, Co-Chair
Jeff Hanman, Tarsis Resources, Co-Chair
Real Estate & Development
Roger Steers, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Chair
Matt Walker, Avison Young, Vice-Chair
Retail & Wholesale
Shawn Loftus, Overwaitea Food Group, Chair
Kendall Andersen, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Chair
South Asian Community
Suky Cheema, BDO Canada LLP, Chair
Akash Sablok, Sablok & Sablok Notaries Public, Vice-Chair
Miracle Weekend Operations Cabinet
David Rooney & Nia Vekris, Co-Chairs
Carolyn Davies, Chair
Christina Papadimitriou, Chair
Brina Soni, Chair
A.K. Hudani, Chair
John Chandler, Chair
Carol Miller & Louise Schmiing, Co-Chairs
Communities For Kids
Kathy Berg & Andrea van Rossum, Co-Chairs
Barbara-Anne Kalugin & Steven Kalugin, Co-Chairs
John Abbott & Richard Mintz, Co-Chairs
Shanna Hamilton & Elizabeth Olsen, Co-Chairs
Upper Fraser Valley
Pat Johnson, Chair (Interim)
Corleen McNolty & Michelle Roberge, Co-Chairs
Cherie Calliet & Lisa Baumeler, Co-Chairs
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