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Speaking of People

Patient Art Review 

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted art critics and appreciators on May 24 for a Patient Art Review. The event included two panels of children and youth – all BC Children’s patients or siblings –who offered their opinions of art destined for the walls and hallways of the new Teck Acute Care Centre, to open in 2017. This is all part of the Children’s Healing Experience Project, an initiative to enhance the environment of the new hospital with art and technology installations.

About 20 young patients, ages five to 18, reviewed and commented on artwork by artists who submitted their resumes for the project. The children’s comments will play a huge role in the selection of artists and guide the artwork commissioned.

The younger crowd showed enthusiasm for pieces that inspired creativity, curiosity and interactivity, while the older cohort emphasized the need for simplicity, a subtle range of colours, and preferred images that illustrated a respect for culture and heritage. Though the groups focused on different aspects, they shared one thing in common: they all admired images that reminded them of home.

Their feedback will be shared with BC Children’s medical professionals and other stakeholders, and will play a dominant role in the final art selection. Over 600 artists from across Canada submitted their interest between March and May through a public call for artists. A big shout-out to the children and youth who shared their keen insights and artistic acumen!

Kids and families gave their input on some of the artwork destined for the halls of the new hospital during two patient panel review sessions in May. Their opinions on artistic themes and colour choices will join those of caregivers and stakeholders as deciding factors in the décor and design of the Teck Acute Care Centre, to open in 2017.

Going bald for BC’s kids

More than 500 family members, friends and staff gathered at BC Children’s Hospital on May 14 to shave their heads or cut off their locks in support of kids coping with cancer at the 17th annual Balding for Dollars Main Event. More than $50,000 was raised for cancer research, patient and family outreach, and bursary and education programs. The participants included BC Children’s Hospital oncologists Dr. Rod Rassekh and Dr. Bjorn Baadjes. Dr. Baadjes, who once wore long locks, sacrificed them all for the kids (see before and after photos, above). Thank you to the brave shave-ees.

Pediatric oncologist Dr. Bjorn Baadjes allowed his patients to cut his admirable locks in support of childhood cancer research at the Balding For Dollars event. Many other brave participants followed suit, including oncologist Dr. Rod Rassekh.

Ocean Radiothon

Through the generosity of the Vancouver Island community, the 14th annual Ocean 98.5 Radiothon for Kids raised $123,880 for BC Children’s Hospital. On May 13 and 14, Ocean 98.5 staff took over Centennial Square in Victoria to share stories about Vancouver Island children who received treatment at BC Children’s Hospital and to raise funds for an acute critical care ventilator for the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Our deepest thanks go out to the staff at Ocean 98.5 and their listeners for their continued commitment to BC’s kids!

Victoria’s Ocean Radiothon was a roaring success, thanks to the generosity of donors from across the Island and the efforts of families and kids like Emma Locke. She and her family have raised more than $1,500 so far for BC’s kids.

Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital

Spring is a busy time for the Auxiliary to BC Children’s Hospital as it marks its annual silent auction, with all proceeds going to BC Children’s Hospital. On April 26 and 27, the lobby of BC Children’s Hospital was lined with coveted goods from loyal, local donors as bidders vied for a variety of gift cards, spa certificates, Canuck player jerseys, Swarovski crystal figurines, jewelry and toys. The event is a popular one among hospital staff, patients and families, and reached the $10,000 goal, to support programs such as Child Life’s therapeutic clown, the Family Support Resource Centre, Mental Health patient outings and the Social Work Emergency funds. Then in May, the Christmas spirit came a little early for Auxiliary members when the group held its annual vote for the Holiday Card program. This year’s winners included a new painting by perennial favourite, artist Rod Charlesworth. 

Celebrating AMPCO’s partnership

As BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Official Environmental Print Partner, AMPCO GRAFIX provides in-kind printing discounts to help promote the foundation’s fundraising events and campaigns. AMPCO GRAFIX is committed to conducting business in a manner designed to protect and restore the environment. The company has been a donor to BC Children’s Hospital for 25 years and a print partner since 2012. BC Children’s Hospital Foundation relies on the support of community partners like AMPCO Grafix to help provide the best possible care for BC’s kids, and we are grateful for their support and ongoing commitment.


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