Feature Story                                                                                           Monday, December 9, 2013


A Healthy Dose of Money

CHHCF Gift of Health Breakfast raises over $21K

Released by Donna Dixson/Voice photos


Supporters dine on breakfast while listening to keynote speakers. Below, Eddie Gardner performs his Eagle Vision song after speaking about the importance of healthy food.


ndividuals, businesses and corporations showed up bright and early Wednesday morning for a great breakfast and to show their support for a local foundation dedicated to improving the health of citizens from Chilliwack to Boston Bar.


“We launched our Healthy Kids Initiative last year at this time and the program was an opportunity for us to announce our plans to the people that came out for the breakfast. I found it very exciting to realize that one year later,  it was our partners that were sharing their experiences and telling the story about the great work we are doing together in the community to support our local hospital and promote better health,” stated Donna Dixson, Director of Community Relations for the Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation.


With community partners set up in the hallway, and many of the CHHCF programs, events and initiatives on display throughout the venue, it was easy to see that much has been accomplished and the community has welcomed the foundation and its message.


Katrina Bepple, Program Implementation for the Healthy Kids Initiative was very pleased with the announcement by Susan Byrom, Manager, Community Investment for First West Credit Union that they are contributing 7500.00 to a school ambassador program.  “We simply have not had the resources to meet the need and the desire for us to bring the healthy living message  Live 5-2-1-0 effectively into the schools. This funding is not only going to provide the opportunity for us to get started in the spring of 2014, but more importantly, the investment by First West Credit Union is the best kind of endorsement that we are on the right track.”


Cheque presentations included 1000.00 from Prospera Branch Manager Tammi Wallace, 3000.00 from Chuck Keeling, which was a combined contribution from the Great Canadian Gaming Company and the staff at Chances, and 300.00 from the Ryder Lake Women’s Institute, presented by Nettie Boyd and Marion Webster.



Chilliwack-Hope MLA Laurie Throness was one of the keynote speakers last Wednesday. Below, Donna Dixson, Director of Community Relations and breakfast organizer.


“CHHCF  has an incredibly positive and mutually beneficial partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice (CDoFP) that represents 101 family physicians from Chilliwack to Boston Bar. We were thrilled when  ED Ken Becotte, came to the podium with a surprise $5000.00 donation to our Healthy Kids Initiative. Partnerships like these provide the opportunity for CHHCF to leverage and really maximize every dollar invested into our organisation, ” stated Donna Dixson.


CHHCF board member Mel Folkman provided some background on why it was so necessary to establish a LOCAL Hospital & Health Care Foundation and enthusiastically shared.


“We are doing something truly unique in this community and we can be really proud that we are effectively leading the way in how health promotion should be done at a local level.”


Tom Hoogendorn, a dairy farmer from Agassiz and well respected leader in the BC Dairy Industry brought the morning to a close by sharing his passion for healthy living. Easily relating to the audience with funny references to his Dutch heritage and the farming culture, Tom’s personal journey to better health started with a decision a few years ago to quit smoking, lose weight  and get fit.


He recently completed the Boston Marathon as an avid and competitive runner and is passionate about encouraging people to believe that the time for them to make similar changes is NOW. His inspiring message concluded with a challenge to the audience that the Live 5-2-1-0 message is a simple way to remember the right things to do for a healthier life whether you are a child or an adult.


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