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Vanderhoof Co-Op Night at the Spruce Kings a Win for St. John’s Hospital

Jan 16, 2017
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The Spruce Kings may have fallen in a 5-2 game to the Chilliwack Chiefs on Saturday night, but they pulled out a huge win for St. John’s Hospital in Vanderhoof.

Saturday’s game night sponsor was the Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op, and Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation was honoured to partner with them in an effort to raise $3,200 to fund a set of surgical instruments for use in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) procedures at St. John’s Hospital.

“We at Vanderhoof and Districts Co-op believe that investing in our communities makes us stronger. We are proud to have been able to join with the Spruce Kings in supporting the Spirit of North Health Care Foundation to raise money to purchase surgical equipment for St. John Hospital. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this great cause.” – Allan Bieganski, General Manager, Vanderhoof and Districts Co-operative Association.

Fundraising started early in the evening as the Treasure Cove Casino generously donated $1,000 toward the goal, and FreFlyt Industries Inc. added $200. Many in the crowd purchased Spirit Bears to help toward the goal, and the Spruce Kings donated the proceeds of their 50/50 draw.

“Thanks to the kindness and goodwill of the Vanderhoof Co-op, the Spruce Kings and the fans, we are delighted to say that the equipment has been funded in full,” said Annette Stevens, Donor Relations Manager for Spirit of the North.

“We were so thrilled to be part of this fundraising event for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. It was great to see such a huge crowd out supporting this,” said Lu Verticchio, Business and Marketing Manager, Prince George Spruce Kings. “Thanks to Vanderhoof Co-op, Treasure Cove Casino, FreFlyt Industries Inc., and the fans … this benefits the entire region.”

For more information about our work in the North, or to donate, please visit, or call our office 250-565-2515

Thank you!

Dec 15, 2016
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Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is proud to present Festival of Trees PG each year. This is our largest annual fundraising event and a wonderful opportunity to share what we do with the community. Whether you volunteered, donated, sponsored or visited, Thank YOU for being part of another great year!


New This Year at Festival of Trees!

Oct 17, 2016


The moment that many have been waiting for has finally arrived! We are excited to partner with local ticket provider Central Interior Tickets for sales of tickets to select Festival of Trees events!

Tickets for these events are available online:

  • The London Fashion Show
  • Medichair Senior's Luncheon
  • Scotiabank Senior's Tea
  • Northland Auto Group Family Brunch
  • TD Teddy Bear Breakfast 

Of course, you may still purchase your tickets by visiting us at the Spirit of the North office, or calling 250.565.2515!

New Event

Also new this year is a second dance. Our Dance and Dine Among the Pine event has become so popular with business groups that we have added a second dance to serve community members and groups of friends who want to celebrate the holiday together! This event is perfect for anyone who loves to two-step, waltz and reel.

On Saturday November 26 Dunkley Lumber presents a Holiday Dinner and Dance at Festival of Trees. The evening will feature a Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings, live music by local favourite Cariboo Thunder (a country-western dance band), door prizes and a dessert bar.

Tickets for the Dunkley Lumber Holiday Dinner and Dance are $50 (age 55+ pay $45) until November 1. After November 1 tickets are $55/$50.Tickets for this event are available at the Spirit of the North office, or by callng 250.565.2515

We hope to see you at the 23rd Annual Festival of Trees as we celebrate Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation's 25th birthday!

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Photo ©Gillene Gauthier – Freeze Frame Images 2016

Wine Lovers World Tour a Resounding Success!

Sep 16, 2016
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Saturday, September 10th was a special evening at the Coast Inn of the North as they held their annual Wine Lovers Dinner in support of Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. We are thrilled to announce that the Wine Lovers World Tour was a resounding success! Chef Alden Kiland provided a six course culinary delight paired with carefully selected wines to a sold out crowd that opened their hearts and wallets to raise over $66,000 for healthcare in Northern BC.

The evening kicked off with Spanish-influenced tapas and a special sangria cocktail before launching into 6 courses of delectable food paired with wine from Italy, Argentina, Portugal, New Zealand and the Okanagan. The clafoutis dessert, a sweet, Yorkshire pudding-inspired shell filled with peaches and topped with vanilla gelato, was paired with Warm Apple Pie Wine from our local Northern Lights Estate Winery.

A live and silent auction were presented for the Wine Lovers guests thanks to several local businesses and artisans. For the first time at the Wine Lovers Dinner Fund An Item was included in the live auction and was well-received as guests enthusiastically raised their bid cards to pledge their support for the purchase of 12 Neopuff Infant Respirators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UHNBC. The Neopuff respirators are the standard of care recommended in all major infant resuscitation protocols because they provide the ability to control the air pressure being forced into an infant's lungs - a significant safety feature. The generosity of those attending handsomely surpassed $14,000 Fund an Item goal so we are happy to announce that additional funds received from the evening will go towards a dedicated ultrasound for UHNBC Mat / Child Centre of Excellence at UHNBC. 

“We are so proud of our relationship with Spirit of the North,” said Coast Inn of the North General Manager David McQuinn. “They make huge contributions to our quality of life and we love celebrating the work they do. While the event allows us to showcase the talents of our team, it is the PG community who humble us with their incredible generosity. We are honoured to host this event and we will continue the journey.”

“The evening was incredible”, said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. “The energy in the room was exciting and we are so thrilled with what this partnership for healthcare has done once again. The Coast Inn of the North, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and the generosity of those who attended made for a perfect evening with great outcomes for healthcare in the North for our littlest patients.”

A raffle was held during the event for two prizes:

1st Prize: Round Trip Airfare for 2 people to Victoria, one night at the Coast Victoria Harbourside, and Dinner for 2 at the Blue Crab Seafood House was won by Richard George.

2nd Prize: Round Trip Airfare to Victoria for one person with Pacific Coastal Airlines was won by Mark Carrico.

For more information, or to donate, please contact the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation Office by calling 250.565.2515.

Join Us for the Wine Lovers World Tour!

Sep 1, 2016
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The Coast Inn of the North presents their Annual Wine Lovers Dinner in support of Spirit of the North on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Join us for a special cocktail hour, followed by six courses of exceptional gourmet fare!

This year's very special "Wine Lovers World Tour" marks a departure from the tradition of featuring a single winery. Chef Alden Kiland has prepared a delightful menu from start to finish - tapas and cocktails to dessert and cheese - and artfully paired a range of wines from around the world with each course. Some offerings on the evening's wine list may be familiar, while others will be rare finds, including a very special wine from Argentina to be paired with the main course. Dessert will feature our very own local Northern Lights Estate Winery's Warm Apple Pie Wine.

The event will feature a live auction and silent auction and proceeds from the event will be used toward the purchase of 12 Neopuff Infant Resuscitators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University Hospital of Northern BC.

Each Neopuff bears a price tag of just over $1,300, and are the standard of care recommended in all major infant resuscitation protocols because they provide the ability to control the air pressure being forced into an infant's lungs. This control eliminates the risk of pneumothorax ("blown lungs") if too much air is forced into the lungs, which can occur with manual resuscitation efforts and can lead to death or permanent respiratory issues.

The NICU at UHNBC sees an average of 30 infants and premature babies each month, approximately 70% of whom will require some respiratory assistance at birth. Acquisition of the 12 Neopuff units will ensure that each room in the NICU is outfitted and every infant will have access to this gold standard of safe respiratory care.

Please join us for an exceptional evening of fine food and wine and help our tiniest patients get a safe start in life! Tickets are $150 and are available at the Spirit of the North office or the Coast Inn of the North.

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7th Annual Bike-A-Thon Happening on September 10!

Sep 1, 2016
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Bike-a-Thon Participants starting out for the 6th Annual Event

The 7th Annual Bike-A-Thon, sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society, will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016. All of the funds raised will go to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation to purchase healthcare equipment in our local hospital.

Starting at 8 am at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Temple (4298 Davis Road), cyclists of all ages will bike all the way to Purden Lake where they will be treated with a picnic provided by the Punjabi Canadian Senior Society. The participants will then bike back to Prince George in the afternoon. Not only does this event raise funds for a great cause, but it is a great way to get out for a day of fun, fresh air and exercise.

For the seventh consecutive year, all proceeds will be directed to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation. In its first six years, the Bike-A-Thon has raised nearly $62,000 for Spirit of the North.

This year, money raised by the Bike-A-Thon will form a portion of the funds needed to replace a fleet of specialized wheelchairs for patients undergoing rehabilitation and therapies at UHNBC. The wheelchairs are customized to fit to each unique patient and are used daily in our hospital by individuals who are in recovery from strokes, traumas, and surgeries. 62 wheelchairs are required with a price tag of approximately $100,000.

"It is important that the money raised stays here locally to help, and that our event draws the community together," said Gurdeep Powar, the Bike-A-Thon Coordinator. "I would like to say special thanks to Dr. Mann. I couldn't do the event without him, and thank you to all of the participants who help us and work hard on this."

Everyone is welcome to participate in this event. If you wish to take part in this year’s Bike-a-thon or donate towards their efforts, please contact Gurdeep (Gordie) Powar at 250-552-3816.

Bike-A-Thon Participants and and Organizers present $22,242, the proceeds of the 6th Annual event, to Spirit of the North CEO Judy Neiser

USBC Students Hold Fundraiser

Jul 28, 2016
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Recently the USBC (University Synthetic Biology Club) at UNBC received funds raised through direct donations and funding through Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.  “We’re closing the gap on what is required”, said coordinator Lon Kerr.  “We’re about half way there,” he said.

Earlier this year the students, who are raising money to attend an iGEM 2016 world class competition in Boston later this year, joined forces with Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation in their efforts to prove their theory which revolves around unlimited clean water.  They recognized that in some areas of the world clean drinking water is not always available.  Synthetic biology is a growing interdisciplinary field based around the application of programming life.  Developments in this field have led to benefits in healthcare, environmental and industrial fields.  Through the use of synthetic biology, their hope is to approach the issue of clean drinking water in northern BC.  Their project specifically centres around water as an invaluable resource and understanding that water becomes contaminated with leachate, heavy metals, and industrial run off that can pose a major health concern.  They plan to prove that reprogramming Escherichia coli to produce siderophores that will remove heavy metals from water.

Many individuals and corporate sponsors such as Integris Credit Union and Imperial Metals have pitched in to help this group meet their goal of $30,000 US to compete.  Recently over $18,000 was presented to the group which helps them register and order their supplies, and will help with immediate travel costs to get them on their way.   They are still actively raising additional funds for the additional costs to have their 10 member team represent UNBC, Prince George, and Canada in Boston in October.  On Friday, August 12th they will be having a  pub night at the Westwood Pub where proceeds will go directly to this cause.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Lon at (250) 552-5039.  Tickets are limited so advance purchase is recommended.

Anyone wishing to provide an outright donation to their project is encouraged to contact Lon or the Spirit of the North office at (250) 565-2515.  All donations will receive a charitable receipt and will be acknowledged in part as supporting their project.  A full copy of their proposal can also be obtained at that time.


We hope you see the healthcare value in clean drinking water and will support this educational initiative as well.

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Spirit of the North's 25th Annual General Meeting was held on June 18th, 2016 at the Coast Inn of the North.

St. John Hospital Receives Equipment for Physiotherapy Room

Jun 2, 2016
With the generous support of our donors, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation has supported several new pieces of equipment to enhance the physiotherapy room at Stuart Nechako Manor and St. John Hospital in Vanderhoof. The equipment includes a SteadyMate Walker, a tilt table, and a portable unit stocked with dumbbell weights, ankle and wrist weights, and resistance bands.  In total approximately $15,000 in capital and minor equipment purchases were made to enhance rehabilitation services.

The new equipment expands the capabilities of the physiotherapy room, providing the team with the right equipment to serve residents in the care of Stuart Nechako Manor, patients of St. John Hospital and outpatients from and in the community and surrounding area.

“This is a wonderful gift to the residents and the community at large,” said April Hughes, Health Services Administrator Lakes/Omenica, “It is also a great help, when recruiting physiotherapists, to have a dedicated studio and having the tools in place for them to do their job. We are very appreciative of the partnership with Spirit of the North.”

Spirit of the North is grateful for the opportunity to fund these enhancements, which allow quality rehabilitative care to be available close to home for residents of the Vanderhoof area.  “This request represented an opportunity to further enhance our role within the region,” said Judy Neiser, CEO of Spirit of the North.  “Our three pillars are equipment, education, and enhancements to healthcare, and in many ways this offered all three.  We are grateful to our donors who have supported this request to bring the best of care closer to home in our Northern communities”.

For more information, or to learn how you can get involved, please contact the Spirit of the North office by phone 250.565.2515, or visit

We're Hiring!

May 3, 2016
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We are seeking a professional, skilled and dedicated individual to join our Foundation in a permanent , full time position as the Foundation Accountant.  The position reports to the CEO and works closely with all members of our dedicated team.  The Foundation Accountant is responsible for producing the Foundation’s monthly financial statements, ensuring all donations and grants are accurately accounted for, and supporting the annual audit. We are a small team with a big mandate in garnering support for bringing the best of care closer to home in the north.

Key Responsibilities & Competencies:

•Manage all aspects of finances;
•Work in Raisers’ Edge and Financial Edge;
•Reconcile bank and investment statements;
•Produce draft financial statements, budgets and fund statements;
•Accurately account for disbursements, expenses and grants;
•As necessary support Foundation fundraising and community engagement team by tracking and reporting income and expenses;
•Prepare schedules and back up materials for the annual audit;
•A high degree of integrity and accountability is required;
•Able to organize and multitask in a fast paced office;
•Past experience in the Charitable Sector preferred;
•Knowledge of Raisers’ Edge and Financial Edge advantageous;
•We provide competitive wages and benefits, MPP, along with a flexible work schedule.

Please reply directly to Judy Neiser, CEO, Spirit of the North by May 25, 2016

While we appreciate all applications, only those candidates who are short listed will be contacted.

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On behalf of our many generous donors, the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation is pleased to present Northern Health with a Spring Grant...





Photo Contest!

Mar 21, 2016
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Attention all photographers:

Enter your very best photos of our Aurora Borealis for a chance to have your photo featured on Festival of Trees print and online material this year!

Winner(s) will have their photo featured and attributed on print/online material, and will receive 2 Adult passes or 1 Family pass to the Festival.

Email your entry to or visit our Facebook post (below) and enter in the comments.

Contest is open for submissions through March 31, 2016 with winner(s) to be chosen by April 4, 2016.

Winner must be able to provide a high-resolution digital copy of their photograph to Spirit of the North.

PG Firefighters Harley Davidson Raffle Sold Out Again!

Mar 14, 2016
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Greg Houston, Harley Raffle Committee Chair presents Spirit of the North CEO Judy Neiser with the proceeds of the 2016 raffle

The Prince George Firefighters - Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s 2016 Harley Raffle was a resounding success with all 3,500 tickets again sold prior to the Saturday, March 12 draw. The draw was completed at the Prince George Harley-Davidson shop on Vance Road at 4:30pm.Chantal Morton, winner of the 2016 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide with Greg Houston, Harley Raffle Committee Chair

The 1st prize winner of the 2016 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide was Chantal Morton of Prince George.

The 2nd prize winner was Ken Coombs of Quesnel, winning a $500 gift certificate to the Harley Davidson shop in Prince George

The 3rd prize winner was Talwinder Sidhu of Terrace, winning a $250 gift certificate to the Harley Davidson shop in Prince George.

All proceeds from the raffle are donated to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and will be used to complete funding for the OptosOct SLO System and California UWF Unit, a suite of optical diagnostic equipment for which fundraising began at the 2015 Radiothon. The equip