$50,000 gift for mental health education

BH Foundation CEO Kristy James, along with Mr. Xie and Ms. Wu (donors), Councillor James Wang, Dr. Juck, Dr. Wu, and other dignitaries, present a cheque for $50,000 to Burnaby Hospital Foundation to go toward Mental Health education. Back row: Lexa Hobenshield, Burnaby Hospital Foundation Board Trustee (Also in attendance were Dr. Lee and Dr. Nazif)

On July 20, 2018, Burnaby Hospital Foundation received a private donation of $50,000 from Mr. Xie and Mrs. Wu, to go toward mental health education.

Never before has the Foundation received a gift of this size, designated specifically to mental health, from members of the Chinese community. The gift was secured with the assistance of the Chinese Ambassador Society (CAS), which deserves a tonne of credit not only for facilitating this gift, but for so many of our initiatives and contributions this year.

This donation is very significant for Burnaby Hospital and the Burnaby community as a whole, as we find ourselves on the frontline of a growing crisis. Burnaby Hospital’s emergency department is already one of the busiest in the province, and treats 3,400 patients each year suffering from mental health and/or substance use issues.