White Rock Legion - Branch #8
at work giving back to the community.
White Rock Legion, Branch #8, made a donation of $10,000 from its Poppy Fund to the Surrey Hospital & Outpatient Centre Foundation on March 23rd, 2017. Shown here on the left receiving the cheque on behalf of Surrey Memorial Hospital is Yolanda Bouwman, Director, Major Gifts. Presenting the cheque is John Fletcher, President, Branch #8. In return, to show its appreciation and gratitude for the White Rock Legion's continued financial support of the Surrey Memorial, Yolanda presented Branch #8 with a plaque honouring it's current and past donations. While attending our General Meeting, Yolanda also made a presentation to explain developments in the thoracic surgery program at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Five new state-of-the-art pieces of equipment are being purchased to make Surrey the key centre in Canada for minimally invasive surgery. As a result, Surrey will become the centre for training Canada's next generation of thoracic surgeons. The new surgical teqhniques are hugely beneficial to patients undergoing lung, stomach and esophagus cancer surgery.
White Rock Legion, Branch #8, made a donation of $10,000 from its Poppy Fund to the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation on February 23rd, 2017. This donation will be applied towards the completion of a 200 bed senior care facility near the hospital. Presenting the cheque to Jim Bindon, Director, Philanthropy, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation is Branch #8 Poppy Campaign Chairman, Mark Bechard.
The BC Cancer Foundation accepts a $10,000 donation from the Royal Canadian Legion, White Rock, Branch #8 Poppy Fund, on November 24th, 2016.. Pictured here from left to right are, John Fletcher, Branch #8 President, holding the cheque are Becky Yost and Sue McCulloch, Development Officers, Gift & Estate Planning at BC Cancer and Mark Bechard, Branch #8 Poppy Campaign Chairman. The donation was gratefully accepted and will be used towards the purchase of equipment and facilities for Surrey Memorial Hospital.
On Sunday, June 19th, 2016, Branch #8 held a fundraising BBQ to aid the victims of the recent Five Corners Fire. The driving force in the success of this event was Nicole MacKenzie, and her team at MacKarino's Kitchen. Collectively a total of $5,200 was raised by members and attendees. Shown here, on July 1st, presenting the cheque to Kelly Ridding, acting CEO, Sources Community Resources Society are r-l Nicole MacKenzie of MacKarino's and John Fletcher, Branch President.
Members of the Branch Executive accepted an invitation to attend lunch at the Kent Street Seniors Centre on Friday, March 18th, 2016, to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of its "Fresh and Lively Friday" luncheon for seniors. A symbolic cheque was presented to the Centre, commemorating 20 years of giving by the White Rock Legion - Branch #8. Between 1996 and 2016 an accumulated total of $20,000 has been donated. Shown here proudly displaying the cheque, are from left to right, John Fletcher, President, Susan Comeau, 1st Vice-President and Executive Member, May Fletcher. At the microphone, addressing the Legion team, is Helen Neal, long-time and dedicated coordinator of the "Fresh and Lively Friday Luncheon" who was there to some 20 years ago to receive the first $1,000 donation from the Legion.