PRESS RELEASE - ABBOTSFORD, BC – March 7, 2011 – Dave Lede announced today that he will be donating $2.5 million towards the Capital Campaign to build a new Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Abbotsford. In recognition of the generous donation, made through the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation, the new Abbotsford Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will be named – Dave Lede House.
“The Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation have a long history of supporting paediatric initiatives across North America,” said Dave Lede. “Our corporate culture at the Ledcor Group of Companies reflects that of my family foundation and it involves supporting the communities in which we operate, and through our gift to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, we are able to reach children and families across BC.”
“We are so grateful for the generosity and support of Mr. Lede,” said Filomena Nalewajek, Chief Executive Officer of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. “His ongoing support of our program and his leadership on this project are invaluable to our efforts of reaching all children and families that need our care.”
The Canuck Place expansion will help meet the growing need for pediatric palliative services in the province, and particularly in the Fraser Health region where 46% of families currently served by Canuck Place reside. The new hospice will more than double the physical capacity of Canuck Place from the existing nine beds and four family suites to include a 10-bed, 2,800-square-metre (30,000-square-foot) facility, with suites for five families. By locating the hospice in Abbotsford, the program will be available closer to home for many families in the Fraser Valley and the Interior of B.C., lessening their need for travel.
Canuck Place offers a comprehensive continuum of care to over 400 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families throughout British Columbia. The program is unique offering world-class health care within a home-like environment. With comfortable surroundings, personalized programs, caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers, it is a place for children and families to come in their time of need.