Every once and a while, something very special happens in my community, I don’t normally write about local events, but I just had to share this one with you. History was in the making this morning in Abbotsford, B.C., Canada, I had the opportunity to arrive early and take some snaps of the site where the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will take residence. It’s on the west side of the Campus of Care where the recently opened Abbotsford Regional Hospital is located, another milestone achievement I might add.

The Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was named Dave Lede House by Canuck Place officials during this mornings media event, which was held at the foot of the construction site, it was a perfect day, the Sun was shining bright, the skies were almost cloudless, and the turnout was simply amazing. It was an honor for me to be there.

To date, 9.8 Million has been raised towards the second phase target of 13 million. It should also be noted that The Dave Lede Foundation donated 2.5 million this morning, Dave also heads The Ledcor Group of Companies which is building Canuck Place in Abbotsford.

The official Press Release is at the end of this post.

Here’s how to contact Canuck Place:

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
102-33255 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 2B2

T 604.504.1913
F 604.504.1915

Email: cpabbotsford@canuckplace.org

Website: http://www.canuckplace.org

Here are a few pictures taken from my Android Galaxy S smartphone, I’m not going say much here, but simply letting the pictures speak for themselves:

Picture By Rick Rake of The Fraser Valley Twitter News Network (TNN)


The Beginning of Canuck Place

Part Two of The Beginning of Canuck Place

Dave Lede With Son Richard

The Dave Lede Foundation Donates 2.5 Million

Abbotsford City Manager Frank Pizzuto & Mayor George Peary

The Incredible Rick Rake (TNN)

Diane Delves of Quantum Properties Inc.

This was a very special day for Abbotsford, there were many, many more dignitaries on hand, and even more from the community supporting the efforts put forth here this day. It was simply a special time in Abbotsford this morning, you would be proud.

Here is the official press release:


New Abbotsford Canuck Place Children’s Hospice to be named – Dave Lede House

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 out 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.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice
102-33255 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 2B2

T 604.504.1913 F 604.504.1915

EMail: cpabbotsford@canuckplace.org

Website: http://www.canuckplace.org


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