Masks result in $1,000 donation to South Cariboo Health Foundation


Brenda Devine (left) and Chris Nickless with the South Cariboo Health Foundation accept a $1,000 donation from Lorna Wiebe and Shelley Theriault. (Submitted photo)

A couple of local ladies donated $1,000 to the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) with the proceeds coming from a couple hundred masks they’d sewn and sold.

“We didn’t count them to tell you the honest truth,” says Lorna Wiebe. “We put them up at the Interlakes Market because when I went up there one day, I saw an employee wearing one. I had just started making some for friends and family.”

They asked if they could put them up by donation at the store and were told that of course they could.

Initially, they were offering them by donation but they ended up switching to asking $5 donations.

They’ve got about another 100 made again already, says Wiebe.

“We knew it was a need. COVID is not going away and as you watch the news, they say everybody needs to wear a mask on the ferries, on the busses and everything and we thought why not?

In addition to Wiebe, Shelley Theriault and Irene Jones helped make the masks.

They decided to donate to the South Cariboo Health Foundation because “we’re all getting older.”

“My husband had bladder cancer and has to use the hospital for that. It’s a need,” she says.

They’re planning to keep selling them until they run out of fabric, she says with a laugh.

“We’ve had to purchase the elastic ourselves but both Shelley and myself are quilters so we do have an abundance of fabric in our homes and we’ve been using our own fabric for this,” she says, “and of course our own thread and our machines and our time but that’s volunteer work and we do a lot of that around Deka Lake.”

They didn’t realize quite how much it was going to take off, says Brenda Devine, public relations and fundraising co-ordinator and consultant for the SCHF.

“I didn’t know we’d be getting this money but it’s really great,” she says. “Right now, there’s not a whole lot of fundraising, like the traditional style, so this is quite helpful for us and for somebody to take the time to be that kind and generous to us is quite nice. It’s really nice.”

They appreciate their dedication and hard work in sewing all the masks and giving the wonderful donation, she says.

“The foundation remains active in conjunction with the local hospital and we are still considering new purchases for their operations. As this year has been challenging we will still be planning for our annual Starry Nights campaign which starts in early November.”

Wiebe says they hope to donate again at Christmas time for Starry Nights.

100 Mile House Fire Rescue was pleased to present $2,500 each to the South Cariboo Health Foundation and 100 Mile House Hospice Society.


100 Mile House Fire Rescue was pleased to present $2,500 each to the South Cariboo Health Foundation and 100 Mile House Hospice Society. The funds came from the department’s calendar fundraising efforts. 100 Mile House Fire Rescue would like to give a big thank you to everyone that purchased a calendar. We are proud to serve our community!











New pediatric X-ray chair at 100 Mile hospital

Professional practice leader Timothy Palma (left) and medical radiation technologist Amy Dykstra (right) pose for a picture with the new X-ray chair along with the South Cariboo Health Foundation’s Kathy Coleopy, Brenda Devine and Chris Nickless. (Max Winkelman – 100 Mile Free Press)

The 100 Mile District General hospital has a new pediatric chair to do chest X-rays.

“We can do chest X-ray more efficiently and get the babies more secure,” says professional practice leader Timothy Palma. The South Cariboo Health Foundation purchased the unit which costs about $6,000.

“It’s for the security of the baby, that’s the number one thing. That’s why we asked the foundation to help us with this because we [didn’t] have one here in 100 Mile and there’s a lot of kids. We want good pictures so we can get a better diagnosis of the babies’ chest.”

In the first month of usage, they’ve used it six times, says Palma.

“We’re more confident now because the baby is secure and we can do the job faster.”

The chair is fairly easy to use and doesn’t leave any artifacts on the picture, says Palma, adding that he’s not seen too many tears so far.

Palma added it’s nice to have the modern one and that the old school models looked like a blender.

The chair can be used for children between about one and four years old.

“I would like to thank the foundation for giving us this equipment and the hospital and the community.”

The South Cariboo Health Foundation is a local charitable foundation that was created to support local community health facilities and health projects and to ensure that money raised or donated in the area remains in the community.


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100 Mile House District Hospital receives four specialized mattresses


Tracy Haddow (on mattress), the executive director of the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society, models one of four new specialized mattresses. Brenda Devine (public relations/fundraising coordinator for South Cariboo Health Foundation), Al Richmond (vice-chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District) and Chris Nickless (chair of the South Cariboo Health Foundation) stand behind. Brendan Kyle Jure photo.

Mattresses will be used for the critically ill

Four new mattresses have found their way to 100 Mile House.

  • BRENDAN KYLE JURE
  • Jul. 25, 2019 2:00 p.m.

100 Mile and District Hospital has received four new specialized mattress, two of two different types, due to fundraising efforts of the South Cariboo Health Foundation (SCHF) and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD).

“I’m just really pleased we were able to support the foundation and their continued work for the hospital,” said Al Richmond, vice-chair of the CCRHD. “I know people think they’re worth a lot of money but it’s high tech and it keeps people comfortable.”

The four mattresses were under $40,000 in total.

Chris Nickless, chair of the SCHF, said the most asked question they have gotten about the mattresses is regarding the cost and why the SCHF didn’t purchase them from somewhere like Sealy Canada.

“They don’t realize how high tech they are and how important they are,” he said.

Brenda Devine, SCHF’s public relations person, chipped in, saying the mattresses were usually for critically ill people.

Two of the mattresses are gel-based, while the other two are motorized air-filled with special functions, allowing for heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn its occupant.

“The other thing too, I think, is just a reminder for everyone to realize everything we raise in this community stays here,” said Devine.

Nickless jumped in, saying the SCHD was formed for exactly that same reason.

“Prior to the foundation being former, any money people donated to the 100 Mile Hospital or to Interior Health (IH), it could go to Trail, it could go to Kelowna, it could go to Kamloops, it could go anywhere IH services and we recognized people want the money to stay here, so bu donating to the foundation, it keeps money here.”


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100 Mile Hospice to receive four new specialized mattresses


The Hospice at the 100 Mile and District Hospital is receiving four new specialized mattresses, thanks to joint funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District. One of the four new mattresses will be on display at the Seniors Resource Fair at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House on June 20. South Cariboo Health Foundation photo.

“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll”

In with the new, out with the old.

The Hospice at the 100 Mile and District Hospital is receiving four new specialized mattresses, thanks to joint funding from the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.

“Our mattress inventory has aged and the many years of use have taken their toll,” said Tracy Haddow, executive director of the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society. “Two of our gel mattresses are no longer usable and two of their air style are failing.”

These new mattresses will help reduce the risk and management of potential bed sores.

“Some mattresses are gel-based and some are motorized air-filled with special functions such as heat control, pulsing and the ability to turn the person,” said Haddow. “These mattresses greatly improve comfort.”

Chris Nickless, chair of the South Cariboo Health Foundation, said the foundation is grateful of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Hospital District for their financial assistance with the project, as well as the donors who continue to assist in supporting the needs of the Hospice, Fischer Place and Mill Site Lodge.

According to Haddow, the cost of the mattresses was approximately $37,000.

The 100 Mile Hospice supports members of the community who are living with life-threatening illnesses and the families that care for them. The Hospice is able to help people advance in their illness through the lendings of specialized equipment.

One of the new mattresses will be on display at the Seniors Resource Fair at the South Cariboo Rec Centre in 100 Mile House on June 20.

Millar Hill, June 5, 2019

Jun. 5, 2019 11:40 a.m.

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Starry Nights purchases $16,000 Nordic wellness chair for long-term care centre

Members of the South Cariboo Health Foundation and the Fischer Place/MIll Site Lodge pose 
with the newly purchased Wellness Nordic Relax Chair.

(Brendan Kyle Juer Photo.)

The chair reclines, rocks, plays music, and has programs for relaxation, anxiety and restlessness

The South Cariboo Health Foundation had a successful Starry Nights fundraiser this year, purchasing a Nordic wellness chair with the proceeds as planned.

The Wellness Nordic Relax Chair, which cost $16,000, was donated to the Fischer Place/Mill Site Lodge (FPMSL) about three weeks ago.

“It’s the only one we have and it’s probably not something we would have been able to have without the foundation,” said Karen Brunoro, manager for long-term services at FPMSL. “It’s a wonderful tool and we’re really pleased to have it.”

The chair, recently made available in North America, is very helpful for residents, particularly those with dementia, said Brunoro.

She said the chair reclines, rocks, plays soothing music and has several programs to help with relaxation, anxiety, and restlessness.

“We’re having great success with it now since we put it to use,” said Brunoro. “The staff love it. They’re finding it really, really helpful in providing care.”

The chair is in use multiple times per day, Brunoro added.

“Right now we’re moving it as we need it, as we only have the one and the four different areas,” she said. “I know our staff would love to have more, but we’re lucky to have this one.”

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