Hotel Restaurant Workers' Union Generosity Impact Palliative Care in Buchans
A beautiful, home-like Palliative Care room is now available for patients and families served at the A.M. Guy Memorial Health Centre thanks to the generosity of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union members within our province.
These unionized workers had contributed $45,000 over the last two years to the South and Central Health Foundation, in memory of deceased member Albert Phillips Jr., to help fund the peaceful palliative care room that has been created. Central Health and our provincial government partnered with these generous donors in this wonderful success story.
For the past 18 years the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, Local 779 has gathered for a Christmas meal in Buchans. They gather in memory of Albert Phillips Jr., a union worker who tragically lost his life in a drowning accident. Every year Local 779 donates to countless good causes in Albert’s memory.
It was an emotional moment for Director of Health Services, Pam Brace, as she toured union representatives through the new Palliative Care room. Ms. Brace states, “It’s difficult to put into words just how much these two donations will mean to the people of Buchans and surrounding communities. To help patients at their most vulnerable time by offering them peace and comfort is such a kind gesture. Our staff rallied around this generous donation and, along with the support of Central Health and government, we have created a well-planned space that honors the people who may need to use it in the future”.
Bell Aliant Invests in Community Mental Health Initiative
In June of 2016, a $5,000 gift from Bell Aliant launched an innovative, new program for people living with mental illness throughout Central Newfoundland. This donation supports the introduction of a Bike Sharing Program coordinated by the staff of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team with Central Health's Mental Health & Addictions Services. The funds have been used to purchase five adult bicycles (including helmets and locks) that will be used both in a group setting and loaned out to clients experiencing serious and persistent mental health issues. This newly developed leisure programming is the first of its kind in the region. The ACT Team supports over 60 clients with severe and persistent mental illness who live in the Grand Falls Windsor, Bishops Falls, Badger and Botwood region.
Teck Duck Pond Supports Mental Health Project
Teck Resources Duck Pond Operations presented our charity with a generous gift of $30,000 for the health and well-being of individuals served at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre.
This gift will be used to revitalize a double patient room within the Mental Health Unit at the CNRHC. Two new, beds tailored specifically to a mental health environment, new furnishings, new bed linens and draperies along with a complete bathroom update and various safety and comfort items will help to provide as home-like an environment as possible.
Teck Resources Ltd. has been a valued supporter of the South and Central Health Foundation since 2006, sponsoring the annual Golfing for Green Charity Tournament, as well providing a gift to enhance emergency communication systems throughout the Buchans region. Teck's mining operations in central Newfoundland are winding down in the near future.