March 9, 2016 – VANCOUVER, BC – The Canucks for Kids Fund has made a significant donation of $1 million to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the creation of a Canucks-themed playroom in the new Teck Acute Care Centre (Teck ACC) opening in 2017.
The playroom is designed in tribute to the Vancouver Canucks and will serve some of the hospital’s most critically ill and medically complex patients and families. It is being constructed on the seventh floor of the Teck ACC, in the heart of the new BC Children’s Hospital.
In addition to the playroom, the $1 million donation from the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) will also support child and youth mental health initiatives, and programs within the hospital’s Child Life department.
“Our goal is to help as many children and families as possible in BC each year, so we are very grateful for the opportunity to extend our long-standing relationship with BC Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Paolo Aquilini, President of the Canucks for Kids Fund. “On behalf of our players, coaches, management and fans all over BC, we hope the new playroom will provide a happy escape from daily treatments and the supporting mental health programming will improve the lives of children for years to come.”
“The important work of the Canucks for Kids Fund is deeply woven into the fabric of our hospital and in our community. We are immensely grateful for this extraordinary commitment,” said Teri Nicholas, president and CEO of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. “The new playroom will benefit so many children and families and most importantly, provide them with a space removed from medical treatment and enjoy the healing benefits of play.”
The CFKF share a longstanding partnership with BC Children’s Hospital. They have funded childhood diabetes research, urgently needed equipment, and various mental health initiatives – as well as provided the hospital with substantial in-kind and promotional support. Players, coaches, and staff make regular visits to the hospital, bringing smiles to hundreds of patients and their families.
About Canucks for Kids Fund
Since its inception in 1986, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) has granted more than $50 million to charities throughout British Columbia with the support of fans, donors, players, employees and sponsor partners. Serving more than 121 different charitable organizations, the CFKF is dedicated to assisting charities that support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.
The CFKF’s core beneficiaries, Canucks Autism Network (CAN), Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation are providing vital resources and life-saving care to families all across this province.
About BC Children’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at BC Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.
Currently under construction, the Teck Acute Care Centre (Teck ACC) will house all inpatient and acute care needs for pediatric medical services beginning in November 2017. This new facility will include medical/surgical inpatient units, an emergency department, medical imaging and procedural suites, a hematology/oncology department and a pediatric intensive care unit. In addition to this, the Teck ACC will be a bright, modern facility with single-occupant patient rooms, access to natural light and gardens.