Foundation increases support for kids and families up Island

Children’s Health Foundation raises funds to support the health and well-being of children and youth

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island continues to expand its support for children and families in the central and north Island, and has added a second up island staff member, Anita Brassard, Central & North Island Community Relations. Brassard joins Laurie Fisher to help expand the Foundation’s reach up island.

Brassard brings to the team more than 20 years of experience working with children and families.

She has a history that is firmly rooted in the education and non-profit sectors. Most recently she held the position of Executive Director with YANA (You Are Not Alone), a non-profit organization that is located in the Comox Valley where she lives with her two daughters.

“The addition of Brassard to the Foundation team shows our commitment to supporting the health of children and families across the islands,” said Frances Melville, director of community relations at Children’s Health Foundation.

“We hope that with two up island staff members, the Foundation will be able to help more children who have special needs, first through our Bear Essentials Program and second through our community grants program.”

Of the 30 programs that received funding through the community grants program in 2013, 15 were located in the central and north Island. Children’s Health Foundation will disburse $705,484.00 in grants this year to programs that improve the health and well-being of children and youth on Vancouver Island.

 

About Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island:

 

Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island is a registered charity whose purpose is to raise funds to support the health and well-being of children and youth in need on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

The foundation owns and operates Jeneece Place and built the Sooke and West Shore Child, Youth & Family Centres.

With roots dating back to 1922, the organization was previously known as the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children. For more information, please visit www.childrenshealthvi.org.

 

About Children’s Health Foundation’s Bear Essentials Program:

 

The Bear Essentials program allows families to cover unexpected or extraordinary expenses related to their child’s health and special needs when their resources are inadequate to cover them and other community resources cannot be mobilized.

 

About Children’s Health Foundation’s Community Grants Program:

 

  • Children’s Health Foundation will disburse $705,484.00 in grants in 2013.
  • 30 programs on the Island will receive funding in 2013, up from 19 in 2012.
  • 15 of the 30 programs receiving grants in 2013 are located in the central and north Island.
  • 68 applications for grants were received this year, more than double the number of applications from 2012.
  • Since 1999, Children’s Health Foundation has donated $25 million dollars through its granting program.
  • The granting program was established in 1989.