Vancouver Yukoners’ Association had been looking for a project on which to spend the 2013 Silent Auction proceeds. It seemed our bench project had run its course. We have two by the Yukon River, one in Whitehorse and one in Dawson City. “Instead of putting another bench in the Yukon,” mused one member to another, “why not sponsor a couch or some such item at a local cancer treatment site? At every meeting, we hear of someone coming down from the Yukon for treatment.”
A few phone calls and emails later, and the realization that in-kind donations to health care agencies have to match their needs list, we had a site and a need.
As we understood the Jean C. Barber Lodge in Vancouver was well used by Yukoners, we put forward a proposal to replace the lodge’s leaking freezer. Our members were delighted to respond. Arrangements were made with Trail Appliances in Vancouver to deliver and remove old fridge, with no cost for removal service.
The common room freezer was promptly replaced. Ice packs and ingredients for patients’ liquid diets were once again secure. The lodge staff was relieved and delighted.
When we presented the donation plaque, we were offered a tour. We expected a simple room and board facility; we were amazed at the quality, comfort, amenities and philosophy demonstrated there. There is a full-service eating area, access to TV and Internet, as well as medical staff for support and help.
The lodge provides respite for someone coming down from a small community in Yukon. One has only to cross a side street to the Vancouver site of the BC Cancer Institute.
Thank you to supporters of Vancouver Yukoners’ 2013 Silent Auction, who made this donation possible.
Vancouver Yukoners’ Association