Inspirational Stories

Behind every donation and every act of kindness and caring is a cherished relationship with Burnaby Hospital. Here are some of the stories of those who have benefited from the generosity of our donors, or given their time or financial support in pursuit of medical excellence at our hospital.

Dr. Kenneth C. Hill, the Spirit of Philanthropy

Super-Dads at Burnaby Hospital

Super-Dads at Burnaby Hospital

Burnaby Hospital is proud to have many amazing dads, from our friendly volunteers to our hard-working ER staff. Leading up to Father’s day this week, we want to feature a few of our all-star dads.

Every day is a different day for him in Burnaby Hospital’s busy Emergency Department. A Registered Nurse, Tristan Newby relishes in the fact that his days are never typical; in fact, far from it. In any given day, he might provide care to a patient with a GI bleed, a psychiatry patient who needs support, or even a crying infant with a fever. Each visit by these patients marks a significant moment. And as a new father, Tristan knows a thing or two about significant moments. There was no greater significant moment for Tristan than when his son, Logan, was born. And while his training has prepared him for his daily life in the ER, he muses that “becoming a parent is a life transition that someone can never be prepared for.”

Letters

Dear Burnaby Hospital,

When we received the call from Tim’s work place, that he had been seriously injured and was taken to the hospital, I must admit that I had several visions of long waits, delays, or staff who were unable to attend to him.  The vision of a grinding machine embedded into our son’s hand was not a pleasant one.

Tim's Story: A Grinding Tale

Tim's Story: A Grinding Tale

Tim Owen's day was just like any other. That is, until he landed in Burnaby Hospital's emergency department.

When Michael Owen and Colleen Walton received a call from their son Tim’s workplace telling them he had been seriously injured and was taken to Burnaby Hospital, Michael admits he had visions of long waits, delays, or busy staff unable to attend to him.
“Thankfully, that wasn’t the case”, says Tim, recalling the day a grinding machine became embedded into the palm of his hand.

Dr. David Yap, Emergency Physician, Burnaby Hospital

Dr. David Yap, Emergency Physician, Burnaby Hospital

How long have you been working in the Emergency Department?

I started working at Burnaby Hospital in 2003. Prior to that, I was working in Toronto and in Burnaby, going back and forth. But I’m originally from here—born and raised in the Lower Mainland. And my family is here so I eventually decided to come back, and I found Burnaby Hospital ‘home’.