Campbell River Hospital Foundation

Organization Mission Statement

To provide and assist in providing the Campbell River Hospital and Yucalta Lodge with medical and other equipment and to encourage and provide technical training and education for staff members as deemed appropriate by Island Health.

The organization serves the following population

North Island Hospital Campbell River Campus serves a population of approximately 54,000, including Campbell River, the North Island and Discovery Islands.

The funds donated will be used to

Sowing Seeds... For Food

Our hospital not only delivers patient care, but also works with community partners to address both health-related and social needs. Good food nourishes and restores our bodies, and making that food accessible is integral to our health and healthy food system. 

The Campbell River Hospital Foundation is asking our community to support the Food Forest and Community Garden at Campbell River Hospital. 

"By offering space to the community for the garden, our hospital is working to elevate community connections and essentially aiming to "put the commuity back in community hospitals," Christina Rozema, Site Director, CRH."

As greater interest is placed on food literacy and positive food relationships, there is a pressing need to outline spaces and places that can hone food literacy. They also serve as an environmental intervention to chronic disease management through encouraging participants to walk, physically engage in garden activities, understand local and health food and subsequently acquire and consume local, healthy food. 

For the Soul 

Studies also suggest that being in settings with plants or other nature for even a few minutes can promote measurable restoration and help to reduce stress. The Food Forest design will include seating areas as well as a gazebo, all wheelchair accessible for patients, their family and loved ones that is peaceful, surrounded by nature and outside the hospital setting. 

The design will include approximately 2000 square feet of planting beds, fruit trees and a variety of plants to attract bees, butterflies and birds. It will be surrounded by a fence constructed of wire fencing and cedar posts, along with a solid wood gate. To support the Food Forest and Community Garden, the Foundation aims to raise $45,000 for the initial phase, which will include infrastructure and planting of two-thirds of the garden area to be planted. In the future, phase two is estimated at $25,000 and includes the last third of garden planting, additional trees and seating.

The organizations current sources of funding are

Campbell River Altrusa and Grieg Seafood.

 

Visit their website for more information: crhospitalfoundation.ca

 

This nomination has been reviewed by the 100 Women Who Care committee and meets all criteria.