Over 90 years of helping kids be kids
Our story begins 90 years ago with a parent fighting to bring care for her child closer to home—a cause that’s just as relevant on our Islands today.
Since our beginnings in Mill Bay, we’ve dedicated ourselves to transforming access to services for kids and youth with health challenges, supporting every Island family in finding care for their children—yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Edith Scott appeals to the Women’s Institutes of British Columbia to help her sick step-daughter access treatment.
The Women’s Institutes begin fundraising to build a children’s hospital on the Island.
Vancouver Island’s Mill Bay is selected as the site for a children’s hospital.
A contribution from the Royal Family inspires the name Queen Alexandra Solarium for Crippled Children.
The Solarium welcomes its first patient.
A splint and brace shop open at the Solarium.
To meet patient needs, the Solarium relocates to its current location in Victoria.
The G. R. Pearkes Centre for Children opens, treating patients with cerebral palsy.
The Queen Alexandra Solarium is renamed the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children.
The Anscomb House opens, treating patients with muscular dystrophy.
The Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children is established, now known as the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
The Rehabilitation Engineering Centre, later renamed the Fisher Building, opens, housing wheelchair, orthotic and prosthetic services.
Vancouver Island’s only child and youth mental health facility, Ledger House, opens.
Queen Alexandra Foundation funds the development of Child, Youth & Family Centres in Colwood and Sooke.
Jeneece Place opens, a home away from home for families traveling to Victoria for their child’s medical care.
Capital campaign launches to develop a youth mental health hub offering access to services and support under one roof.