Jax’s journey: a year of growth

Last year, we introduced you to Jax, a middle-schooler facing challenges associated with cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia, and autism spectrum disorder. Now 13, he lives in Sidney with his devoted...

Why I give: Pat’s legacy of compassion

At 90 years young, Patrick, also known as Pat, embodies a legacy of compassion in his Campbell River community. In addition to a 30-year career as a brewer, Pat served...

Meet our team: How fatherhood brought Amgad closer to our mission

To celebrate Leave a Legacy Month this May, we’re introducing our new Major Gifts and Legacy Giving Officer, Amgad Zaky. Like you, Amgad is deeply passionate about the health of...

From grids to gardens: How one BC Hydro employee inspired his community to give back

In Campbell River, where the hum of power grids meets the tranquility of coastal living, Andrew, a communications protection and control technologist at BC Hydro, discovered the impact of community...

What it means to put the health of Island kids first

For nearly 100 years, we’ve been supporting the health of Island kids. And in that time, our organization has been known by different names. Our programs have evolved to support...

How Bear Essentials helped this dancer hear her melody

In the heart of Victoria, 11-year-old Abi isn’t just a middle schooler and competitive dancer; she’s a young girl grappling with an unexpected adversary — hearing loss. Her journey began...

A culture of compassion

In a retirement community nestled in the West Shore, a remarkable woman named Beth resides, embodying a life rich in gratitude and compassion. Her story is one of a deep...

Then and now: How Bear Essentials is improving Jackson’s life

Jackson, called “Jax” by his family and friends, has an infectious laugh and an amazing “go with the flow” attitude.  A happy twelve-year old, Jax lives with his parents Tracey...

How giving forward changes lives: Margaret’s gift to future generations

Margaret Smith lived on a quiet street in Cordova Bay, in a house with views of the lush, green Cordova Bay Golf Course on one side and the ocean on...

How this volunteer-turned-employee appreciates the value of a simple act

It all starts somewhere. A friend of a friend, a colleague, a family member – someone tells you about an opportunity and you jump on it. That’s exactly what happened...

Meet Island kid Talia: How this Comox Valley family receives critical support from Jeneece Place and Bear Essentials

Talia is described by her mom, Kelsey, as a happy and kind-hearted girl who loves My Little Pony and the Disney movie Moana. Talia turns ten this month and since...

How a shift in the philosophy of care helped transform the lives of children and their families

This story is part of a series that celebrates the legacy of the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, paying tribute to the origins of Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver...