A $1 million donation has boosted the Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign well over the top of its $8 million goal, bringing the fundraising initiative to a successful conclusion.
Celebrating the conclusion of the Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford fundraising campaign were (from left): Jane Shury, New Beginnings campaign; Vikki Smart, ED Primary Health Care NW; Corinne Bernier Delainey, Fundraising Lead, Saskatchewan Hospital New Beginnings campaign; David Dekker, presenting the $1 million dollar cheque on behalf of Gordon and Jill Rawlinson; Linda Shynkaruk, Director of Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford; and Chris Odishaw, New Beginnings campaign.
Gordon and Jill Rawlinson today contributed $1 million in support of patients and staff at the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB) provincial psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. In recognition of the generous donation, the main lobby and central hub of the new SHNB will be known as the Gordon and Jill Rawlinson New Beginnings Centre. The area is a welcoming and inviting gathering space for patients, staff, family members and friends for visiting, celebrations and events.
The Rawlinsons are well known throughout Saskatchewan for their strong presence across the provincial radio industry, and their generous support of local communities. Their donation to the New Beginnings campaign was made by long-time friend and colleague David Dekker of North Battleford.
“We thank the Rawlinsons for their extraordinary kindness,” said Herb Cox, MLA for The Battlefords. “Their dedication to the community and the province is commendable, and their contributions will enhance the lives of Saskatchewan people for years to come.”
Scott Livingstone, CEO of the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), thanked the Rawlinsons and all those who supported the patients and staff of the new SHNB through the New Beginnings campaign. “Through your generosity and commitment to the patients of SHNB - some of our province’s most vulnerable individuals – they and the staff who care for them have been able to settle in to an up-to-date, appropriate, home-like environment that will without doubt bring out the best in patient care and recovery.”
SHNB is an innovative multi-ministry partnership between the Ministries of Health, Corrections and Policing, Central Services, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority to help address mental health needs in our province. The new hospital replaces the original Saskatchewan Hospital, which had been in use for over a century.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Rawlinsons and everyone who has donated to the New Beginnings campaign, we have been able to fully furnish and equip the new SHNB with modern, appropriate items that meet the latest safety and infection control standards – everything from patient beds, tables and chairs, to dietary equipment, machinery for patient programs, and health care equipment including an onsite digital x-ray machine,” said Linda Shynkaruk, Director of Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford.
“We are humbled and deeply grateful for the amazing support of individuals, businesses, and organizations across Saskatchewan and beyond,” she added.
Corinne Bernier Delainey, fundraising lead for the New Beginnings campaign, thanked each and every donor for their contribution. “They all matter. Together, they moved us ever closer to our $8 million target. The Rawlinsons’ contribution, along with other recent donations including $50,000 from the Rural Municipality of Turtle River in northwest Saskatchewan, has pushed the campaign over the top,” Delainey stated.
“We’ve reached just over $9 million in total. This creates a legacy fund and an avenue for further donations to Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford to support mental health care into the future,” said Delainey.