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As 2015 comes to a close

December 2015

The end of the year is typically a period of reflection. A chance to look back and get some perspective on the last twelve months, after all, it goes by at the speed of life….

There are numerous highlights for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation in 2015. We were very excited to see the new Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility open its doors and welcome its long-term care residents into bright new surroundings, that better meet their needs. The people of Maple Creek now have one of the newest acute care facilities in the province and it should serve them well for generations. One of the most gratifying pieces of this story is the hard work and dedication of the people of Maple Creek and surrounding area to raise the money needed to equip and outfit their new facility. It opened its doors with absolutely everything it required!

Another big success for the Foundation this year has been the lab update in the community of Ponteix. The entire lab, all major pieces of equipment, have been replaced, ensuring that for the people in Ponteix and area that the Health Centre will be able to serve their needs for years to come. The Ponteix group has also worked hard to fundraise and have managed to gather all the funds necessary to provide this much needed new equipment.

The community of Leader is working with the Foundation to prepare for the new acute care area that will be added to the Western Seniors Home. When the construction begins, they will already be well on their way to meeting the fundraising needs for equipment. Cabri has also been fundraising and working towards buying a handi-van for transporting the community members who have difficulty traveling, including the residents of the Prairie Health Care Centre, much the same as the van that was purchased in Gull Lake.

Our largest project of the year by far has been the new long-term care homes in Swift Current. As much as $8Million will be required to purchase all the equipment and furnishings.The Foundation has been working hard to meet with donors and help them to understand how needed this new building is. We have had some terrific success thus far, but we will need the help of everyone in the area to make these new houses into homes. We know more community members can and will support this project, and to anyone who is considering it we would love to hear from you. Some of the equipment needs to be ordered up to six months in advance, and the construction is scheduled to be finished by May 1st, 2016. This is a large project, and a large ask of the community, but it is an enormous benefit to all residents of the area. Statistics show that the average person is more likely to need long-term care than the hospital, and current long-term care facilities in Swift Current have outlived their time.

As we look forward to an exciting 2016, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation would like you to know that we will be open Dec 29, 30 and 31 if you have plans to make a donation and need a 2015 tax receipt.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to working with you in the coming year to Keep Healthcare Strong.

Needed, more than you may know

November 2015

Have you ever had to stay in the hospital? Unfortunately for some, a hospital stay is a regular occurrence. There are quite a number of people who have had at least a stay or two in their lives. There are also quite a number of folks who honestly can answer that they never have stayed in the hospital, and likely never will. In fact, statistically the average person is more likely to require long-term care than a hospital. So why isn't long-term care something we think of more often?

The reasons for requiring long-term care may be one of the reasons it's not a more common topic. Whether it is because of illness, a life-altering injury, or any number of afflictions that come with old age, a larger percentage of the population will come to need long-term care than we want to think about. It's understandable that we don't want to think about it. Requiring long-term care means you need someone else to look after you. It means you and/or your family are no longer able to safely care for your daily needs at home. It is a tough pill to swallow.

The need for long-term care is undeniable. The need for the new homes currently being built is also very evident. It is a step forward, and a step away from the traditional facility or institutional long-term care. It is designed to give the residents a more home-like environment. It may be that you will need long-term care, wouldn't you want to be in a comfortable environment with privacy and dignity? It is extremely likely that you or someone in your family will require long-term care, so let's think about it, and make it as comfortable and welcoming as possible.

The truth of the matter is we have an opportunity right now to shape the future of long-term care. These new homes we are preparing are, in our opinion, as significant and important to the city of Swift Current and surrounding area as was the new hospital. We are equipping and furnishing the homes that so many of us will live in at some point in our lives. The Foundation and the Cypress Health Region want to provide a place that will give long-term care residents what they need. These homes will be in use for generations, they can be something we are proud of, a place we would prepare for ourselves if we needed long-term care. All we need now is your help. Please give to the A Welcome Home Campaign. To find out more visit www.drirwinfoundation.com/a_welcome_home.html, call us at 306-778-3314, or see us at our office, 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current.

Why do we give?

October 2015

It’s one of those things that is extremely personal for every one of us. Maybe you give to the Cancer Society in memory of a loved one. Maybe you support diabetes research because it runs in your family. Maybe you give to healthcare locally because you are hoping to provide the best care for your community.

If you take all of the reasons and refine them down to one common theme, we give because we want to help. It’s a trait that humanity has carried for all time. If a child is missing, a search party is formed. If a farmer is hurt or sick, his neighbours will help harvest his crops. If a community member’s home is devastated by fire, people will come together to offer support both financially and emotionally. It’s just one of those things that people have within them. They like to help. It feels good to help.

The good news is, there are always opportunities to help. Our main campaign this year, “A Welcome Home” campaign, is one of those opportunities. So who are you helping by supporting this campaign? You are helping residents of long-term care. It is important that we consider the word, resident. The people in long-term care are not patients. They don’t stay until treatment is completed and then go back home. This is their home. This is where they live. People from all walks of life and a variety of ages. We often think of long-term care residents as being elderly. While there are a significant number of older residents, there are also some very young. There are children. There are teenagers; there are people who for one reason or another, regardless of age, need long-term care.

How is supporting the ‘A Welcome Home’ Campaign helping them? Take a walk through any of the three existing long-term care homes in Swift Current, and then go and tour the mock-ups at Walker Place. How we are helping them is by providing dignity and privacy with larger resident rooms, each with their own private washroom. One resident per room. We are helping by giving them opportunity for a fullness of life where they can have options and make choices that fit their wants or needs. We are helping by giving them an environment which may help to maintain a level of independence and mobility.

We all may need long-term care at some point in our lives, us or someone we love. The ‘A Welcome Home’ campaign is designed to provide a home that any of us would want to live in should we need it. A place where we can feel good about moving a loved one into when the time comes. A place that is not a facility as much as it is home. Your help is needed to equip and furnish this home. Every one of us will need to help. To find out more about the project, visit www.drirwinfoundation.com or call 306-778-3314

It’s time to ring those phones again!

September 2015

Radiothon 2015 is coming up next week! Oct 1 and 2, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation, and CKSW 570, will be broadcasting from the atrium of the Cypress Regional Hospital raising money to Keep Healthcare Strong! This year’s Radiothon will be dedicated to our largest campaign of the year, Long-term care. As the largest fundraising event we are part of throughout the year, we have all benefitted from the success of Radiothon over its history, and we hope to be successful again!

Radiothon got its start in Swift Current in 2009. That was the year that the Foundation and the radio station first came together to help gather the money needed for a larger, (read – very expensive), piece of medical equipment. The need for these pieces of equipment is identified by the Cypress Health Region, but often the bigger ticket items don’t fit within the budget. In 2009, that piece of equipment was the digital mammography unit, for the early detection of breast cancer. Since its purchase and installation, it does on average, 544 Diagnostic Mammograms annually and 1,586 Screening Mammograms annually. In the following years, Radiothon has been used to help fund critical care equipment for the emergency department; the Simulation Lab which is used as a teaching tool to train physicians and the Remote Cardiac Monitoring System. The CT Scanner was purchase was aided by funds raised through Radiothon.

Last year Radiothon was designated toward the Holmium Laser purchase. A treatment tool that may be used in a variety of medical procedures including gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry and more, the holmium laser has been well used since its installation by urologist Dr. Francisco Garcia in the treatment of kidney stones and bladder stones. It allows Dr. Garcia the ability to treat any stone in any location with no surgical scars, and very little recovery time required.

For the 2015 Radiothon, we are looking to long-term care. The new home for residents of long-term care is being built adjacent to the hospital, and the Foundation is working to fund each of the 21 long-term care homes (each with 10 beds), and the 15 bed hospice. You will be hearing a lot more about this in the coming weeks and months, but the first big event will be Radiothon. We sincerely hope you tune in October 1st and 2nd, and donate generously to Keep Healthcare Strong in southwest Saskatchewan.

5 Things you may not know about the Foundation

July 2015

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has been around since 1999. In that time, we have gathered public support for healthcare projects in southwest Saskatchewan. Most southwest residents have heard of us and have an idea of what it is we do and why. There are some things about what we do that many people don’t know about. Here is what we consider to be the top five.

The Foundation runs the gift shop at the Cypress Regional Hospital. For years, the dedicated and hard working auxiliary group handled the hospital gift shop. When the new hospital was constructed, it included a larger gift shop At that time the Foundation entered into an agreement to look after it. Since taking it on, we have been able to provide a variety of gift items and confentionery for sale at the hospital, as well as create a couple of part-time jobs.

The Foundation also runs Rotary House! What is Rotary House? It’s kind of like a smaller version of Ronald McDonald House, located across from the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. There are six nicely furnished rooms that share a common TV area, common kitchen area, and two common bathrooms. It was built by the Swift Current Rotary Club and is intended to be used by those staying in town for medical reasons, either for themselves or their loved ones. Rooms are available seven nights a week at $45/night.

Scholarships are part of what we do! Our Skills Enrichment Scholarship Program is funded by an endowment set up by the Lee/Irwin fund as well as Dr. Dawood Moola. We provide scholarships to those interested in improving or acquiring skills related to healthcare, and looking to begin or continue working in the Cypress Health Region. If you know someone looking at furthering their education in healthcare, tell them to take a look at our SESP.

Your gift can be designated for specific purposes! Quite often a donor will have a specific reason for making their gift. They will have a facility they want to support, or a particular area of healthcare. We can and do accommodate those requests. If you have a particular desire to support long-term care for an example, your wish will be honoured, you just have to let us know what it is you want.

Finally, we are autonomous, and volunteer led. A lot of people don’t realize that we are not a part of the Cypress Health Region. We enjoy a close relationship and work exclusively with the Cypress Health Region as their primary fund-raising group, but we are self-directed. In fact, we are led by our volunteer board, a group of southwest residents who feel strongly about ensuring the healthcare you deserve is here when you need it.

If you would like more information about the Foundation, you can find us at 2051 Saskatchewan Drive in Swift Current, just across the street from the Cypress Regional Hospital. We are also online at www.drirwinfoundation.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/drirwinfoundation and on Twitter follow @drirwinfdn. If healthcare is a passion of yours, we would love to hear from you! There are always opportunities to Keep Healthcare Strong in southwest Saskatchewan.

Golfing for Charity, Have Fun doing good!

May 2015

In a year where we will be talking a lot about the new long-term care neighbourhood in Swift Current, we are going to switch gears just a little bit and talk golf this month.

Traditionally the Charity Golf Classic is held the first Friday in June, alternating between the Chinook Course and Elmwood each year. It is a fun day of golf that is not meant to be taken too seriously, an opportunity to enjoy yourself and feel good knowing that the proceeds will go to a good cause. Initially just a Foundation effort, we joined forces in 2012 with Swift Current Emergency Services sharing the work and the proceeds. This partnership has benefitted both groups, giving us a full roster of golfers and better sponsorship support.

This year we are happy to say that we are ready to go for next Friday June the 5th, with a shotgun start at 1PM. 18 holes of Texas Scramble golf, steak supper, the possibility of some prizes…. if you would like more information, call the Foundation office at 306-778-3314.

A big thank you to our sponsors. When so many great local businesses are willing to buy a hole sponsorship or donate a prize, it makes organizing the event easier. A huge thank you to our 9 time Heritage Sponsor, RBC Wealth Management – Fraser Kochan. Having local support like Fraser has provided, helps make the event a success on an annual basis, and pretty easy to organize. Thank you as well to our volunteers who continue to come out an support the tournament, it could not happen without you.

The Foundation’s proceeds from this year's tournament will be going towards Long-term care, and like the golf tournament we are going to need support from the community both with volunteers and financially. It will be a big job, but like any job when everyone pitches in it gets a lot easier. If you would like to find out more about the long-term care project, we would encourage you to take a tour of the full mock-up rooms at Walker Place, call 306-741-1885 to book a time. There is a lot of information on the new neighbourhood and what it will look like, as well as what a resident room will look like. If you have not yet seen the scope of the new long-term care project, it is well worth seeing. Drive past the Cypress Regional Hospital on Saskatchewan Drive, the new buildings are behind the hospital on the west side of the road.

If you have an event that you would like to suggest to the Foundation or assist the Foundation with, please call 306-778-3314.

The Changing Face of Long-Term Care

April 2015

With the Cypress Health Region offering tours of the new long-term care mock-up, I thought I would share the following article with you from our new Annual Report, available at the Foundation Office.

A new day is coming for long-term care in our community. Construction of a new care neighborhood has begun next to Cypress Regional Hospital, and when it is finished it will provide an excellent place for people requiring special care to live.

Our new long-term care home will be a set of 22 individual houses, which will help create a feeling of a neighborhood and a sense of home for our residents. The new homes will offer residents a beautiful open common area with comfortable furniture, a kitchen where their daily meals will be prepared and an outdoor area where residents can enjoy fresh air. Each resident will have their own room, with a private bathroom and shower and an opportunity to fill the room with personal belongings. This differs greatly from the current long-term care home, where residents do not have the same level of privacy, are often unable to go outside and in some cases share a bathroom with 21 other residents.

In the previous model of care, the life of the resident was made to fit into the schedule of the staff. While this was out of necessity, the new model of care focuses on the resident’s routine. Residents will no longer have to be up and ready for breakfast at a scheduled time along with all other residents or travel across an entire facility to get their meals. Now, residents will be able to maintain their own schedules choosing when they wake up or go to bed. Choosing when they shower or bath. Residents who enjoy cooking are also able to help in the kitchens of their individual homes with meal preparation. This new model provides an opportunity for residents to pursue their own interests, instead of having to join in with larger group activities in the community centre.

In an effort to create stronger relationships and a feeling of home, staffing for the new long-term care houses will also be changed. Long term care providers will be assigned to a specific house and remain there, creating an environment of comfort and familiarity for residents. As a result, it is likely that the caregivers will build stronger relationships with the residents, creating trust and understanding as well as being more able to meet the needs of the residents. At the same time with the new open design and obstruction free sight lines, the caregivers can respond quickly to any situation that may arise with a resident, such as a fall.

The present long-term care homes were not designed for long-term care and are therefore not providing the best environment for the residents who live in there. The Palliser Regional Care Centre was originally opened as a rehabilitation hospital, while Prairie Pioneers Lodge was designed to be a lower level of care home than what it is currently being used for. These buildings are aging, and the infrastructure is deteriorating. The staff provides the highest level of care that they can, but we can provide a better environment for these residents.

Our new home will give residents more freedom and less institutional structure; give them indoor and outdoor movement possibilities instead of long hallways; give them personalized care in a more family-style environment where they can have as many recreational opportunities as possible and a feeling of a home.

The long-term care neighborhood is being built with a P3 partnership and is expected to be completed in 2016. The Cypress Health Region will be responsible for furnishing and equipping these houses and turning them into the homes long-term care residents deserve. As the principle fundraiser for the health region the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has accepted the job of raising funds to make these new homes possible. We will be working hard over the next year gathering donations so that we can fully realize what promises to be the best care possible for these residents. We hope that you will consider investing in this project, and the care needs we see now and for the future. If you would like to know more, volunteer, or donate, please call or stop in to the Foundation office.

Antique Auction helping Long Term care

March 2015

If you have driven by the hospital lately, or to the new schools, you’ve probably seen the construction underway for the long term care neighborhood. The scheduled completion date is a little over a year away, and that means we have a lot of work to do.

The construction of these beautiful new homes is being done with a P3 partnership. Equipping them is the responsibility of the Cypress Health Region. As the primary fund-raiser for the health region, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has taken on the job of gathering money to purchase equipment that is needed. We are in the planning stages of a campaign to accomplish just that.

Our first event will be the Antique Auction, April 19th in the former Liquidation World location at the Wheatland Mall. Last fall we committed to offering this sale as a way to raise both money and awareness. It is a unique way for residents of the area to support the Foundation and its goals, without having to donate cash. It also gives those looking for a good home for their antiques an opportunity to see them put to good use. Often when it comes to downsizing a home, the question of what to do with these items becomes a bit of an obstacle. Sometimes it is a piece you have been given that is special to you, and you do not want to discard it, but you do not have room for it. Whatever the reason, if you would like to donate your antique or collectible items, you can do so knowing that they will be sold at auction to benefit the new long-term care homes. Keeping Healthcare Strong for those who require special care to live.

We are seeking items that include Furniture (sideboards, desks, chairs, hutches), Antique Mirrors, Toys, old Trunks, Artwork, Crockery, Enamelware, Dishes, and Depression Glass. There may be items not on this list as well, if you have something you would like to donate, we want to hear from you. We would like to thank Janelle Ibrahim of Fresh Vintage for helping us to evaluate what items will make good sale items.To date, we have had donations of furniture and toys and an extensive doll collection.

Ideally, we are asking donors to send us a picture and a description of the item they are donating. If that is not possible, please call us at 306-778-3314 and we will discuss arrangements to take a look at your item(s). The sale is coming up fast, please if you are considering a donation, let us know as soon as you can, so we can properly prepare for this sale. We hope to see you April 19th for the sale. Thank you for Keeping Healthcare Strong.

Who makes this possible? You do!

February 2015

It is a very simple question. Who helps healthcare in southwest Saskatchewan? The first response might be the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. To a point that would be a correct answer. It is our mandate to support the health region and all of its facilities. It would be very easy to leave it at that, but then you would not be giving credit where it is due.

The truth of the matter is you are helping healthcare in southwest Saskatchewan. While the Foundation sets up campaigns and projects to reach fundraising goals, it would all be for nothing if it were not for the donor. When we reach a fundraising goal, it is you who achieved the victory. Thank you! It is the generous spirit of Saskatchewan’s citizens that makes sure the healthcare you deserve is here when you need it. Need proof?

We went to the Canada Revenue Agency website and looked at the statistics regarding donating and volunteering. What we found is that across Canada, there are many people generous with both time and money. In 2013, 44% of Canadians volunteered their time 82% gave money to a charitable non-profit organization. The average annual amount of money donated nationally was $531. The total hours of volunteering in 2013 was nearly 2 billion. That is equivalent to 1 million full-time jobs. In Saskatchewan, we led the country in volunteering with 56% of us pitching in and lending a hand. We also were above average money-wise with an average $680 donated.

Something interesting to note when it comes to financial donations is donors aged 55 and older made up the majority of givers, claiming 35% of the donations. The number of volunteers is highest among young people, but the older volunteers put in far more hours. Also, in spite of the fact that 82% of Canadians are donating, the most money is given by the top donors, who make up 25% of the donating public. How much do the top donors give? 84% of donations given come from the top donors. Saskatchewan and Alberta lead the country in top donors by province.

In the coming year, we will be talking a lot about long-term care and how your help will be needed. While cash donations will certainly be needed, volunteering will also be very important. It should be noted that not all donations need to be money either. We are currently collecting donations of antiques for our auction April 19th, in support of long-term care. There are also numerous planned giving options that benefit both the charity and the donor! You can find out more about all of this on our website, www.drirwinfoundation.com, or you can call us at 306-778-3314. And Thank You for helping us to Keep Healthcare Strong in southwest Saskatchewan.

Long-term care

January 2015

2015 will be a year where you may hear a lot about Long-Term Care. The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation has made it our primary focus for fundraising for this year and the reason is the construction of a new long-term care facility adjacent to the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current. A two hundred and twenty-five bed complex that will feature twenty-one long-term care homes with ten beds each, plus one fifteen bed home that will see to a variety of shorter term stays including providing palliative care.

The previous long-term care facilities; the Palliser care centre, Prairie Pioneers Lodge, and Swift Current care centre; have served their purpose, and it is time to replace them. This is a very good thing. Our beloved family members who are no longer able to care for themselves will soon have a new home that meets all their needs. A new home that will have a caring staff that is dedicated to their well being. A new home that is a new standard in long-term care because it is set up and designed to be just that, a home.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Construction has begun on the new houses, and the ball is rolling, but it takes a lot to turn a house into a home. We will need to provide 225 beds to begin with, long-term beds, bariatric beds, and some hospital beds for the palliative. Each of these homes will require furniture. Chairs, sofas, armoires, TVs, dining tables, fridges, stoves, dishwashers..... it takes a lot to furnish a home. Plus there is also the community hall, activities areas etc.., the administration area, and the necessary daily operations equipment to keep things running smoothly. The cost for a lot of this equipment is also elevated by the fact that it is necessary to purchase ‘medical grade’ items. After all, you would want to ensure that every measure possible was being taken to keep your loved ones healthy, and safe.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation, as the primary fundraiser for the Cypress Health Region, has been given the task of fundraising to equip this new facility. We are working closely with the Health Region to establish what is needed, and what it will cost. It will be substantial. We believe that as a community we can and must step up to provide for those who require long-term care. We believe that the residents of this new facility deserve to have the best we can provide for them. We may all need to stay in long-term care at some point in our own lives. Would we not want to be given the best care possible too?

Very soon the Foundation and the Cypress Health Region will be releasing a fund-raising goal for this project. If you would like to help reach that goal, by donating money, or volunteering to help fundraise, call us at 306-778-3314

The end of the year, time to start again…

December 2014

It’s the inevitable passage of time, and it seems like it just keeps getting faster every year. With the end of this year, the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation thanks you for your support! This year your donations allowed for the update and/or replacement of equipment in many of the southwest medical facilities. Your gifts were able to purchase a Holmium Laser for use in the Cypress Regional Hospital, (only the third city in the province to have this remarkable tool). The Foundation was also able to support community driven projects in Shaunavon, Ponteix and Gull Lake, not to mention our association with the Southwest Healthcare Trust in Maple Creek. It has been a good year.

As we stand on the edge of 2015 looking forward, there is so much still to do. In fact, a significant part of the coming year will be preparing for the new long term care facility currently under construction. The Foundation stands poised to assist the Cypress Health Region with providing the necessary pieces to complete this new facility once construction is completed. This will be a massive project to undertake as we prepare the new home for 225 long-term care beds. The equipment required for this project also includes basic furniture for long-term care residents, cooking and cleaning equipment for them, the list of purchases will be long.

That is not to say that the job is too large. With your support, we can work together to ensure that the healthcare we all deserve is available when we need it. Our long term care residents in Swift Current have been cared for in the Praire Pioneer’s Lodge, the Swift Current Care Centre, and the Palliser Care Centre for many years now. Unfortunately, these facilities are all at a point in their existence where they have served their purpose, and now must be replaced. In Saskatchewan, we care for our seniors. We honour them for their hard work, their dedication to our way of life, and for paving the way for our future. We will never be able to repay them fully for all they have provided for us, but we can do our best to ensure that the care we provide for them is of a high-quality.

Our first planned event for 2015 is an Antique Auction which will be held April 19th. Currently, we are accepting donations of good quality antiques. These will be sold at our auction with the proceeds being put toward long-term care. If you have an antique, you would like to donate, please send a picture and description of the item either by email to office@drirwinfoudation.com or by letter to 2051 Saskatchewan Drive Swift Current, S9H 0X6. If you would like to find out more ways to support long-term care, please feel free to contact the Foundation office in 2015 at 306-778-3314.

Happy New Year! We have enjoyed your support in 2014, and we look forward to your continued support in 2015.

Is Planned Giving right for you?

November 2014

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt.

Sometimes it all just seems like it’s too much. There are so many demands on our time and our money that we just don’t know how we will get through it all. For most of us, it is a difficult and delicate balancing act to support our charity/charities of choice and manage our own needs. It does not have to be hard, it just takes a bit of planning. Planned giving is a way to make sure that the work of the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation continues in the future, without affecting your financial situation today. Often it can give you lucrative tax benefits as well.

Planned giving is a budgeted and planned financial gift to your charity of choice. Planned giving comes in many different forms with something to fit almost any lifestyle. If you want to investigate the possiblities, we recommend speaking to a financial advisor about which approach will work best for you.

Possibly the most common form of planned giving is a bequest made in a will. This type of gift allows the donor to leave a legacy, providing for causes they believe in after they are gone. The Foundation has benefited many times from this type of gift, allowing us to continue to purchase the medical equipment necessary for our health region, such as the CT Scanner. A bequest also can provide tax relief for the estate of the donor and their family, helping to offset taxes owing on final income tax.

Another great planned gift is the donation of stocks, bonds, or other publicly traded securities. These kind of gifts are excellent for charities, as they can be sold immediately and put to good use! A donor can give this type of gift to the Foundation, with a significant benefit for themselves since any tax payable on the capital gain is eliminated.

Other notable planned giving approaches include:

  • Purchasing/paying for a life insurance policy that lists the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation as its beneficiary
  • Making the Foundation the beneficiary of RRSP, RRIF or Annuity Proceeds
  • Residual Interest
  • Charitable gift annuity
  • Interest Free Loans
  • Strip Bond Coupons

Would you rather your money benefits healthcare? Or, be taken by the CRA? We can tell you that the residents in the Cypress Health Region would truly benefit from your gift, quite possibly someone you care about. Whatever you choose to do, we recommend seeking the advice of a certified financial advisor. If you have questions for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation about planned giving, or any of our projects, call 306-773-3314 or visit www.drirwinfoundation.com

One Benefit of Giving… Maximize Your Tax Savings!

October 2014

All right, I admit it is a little early to start talking taxes. The end of the year is coming up though, and there are some great reasons to make a charitable donation or two.

Did you know that if you make gifts of money or other property to certain institutions, you may be able to claim federal and provincial or territorial non-refundable tax credits when you file your income tax and benefit return? You will need to have an official donation receipt from the institution you gave to. What constitutes a gift? A gift is a voluntary transfer of property without valuable considerations. As in you do not expect to get anything back for it. You can however claim a tax credit based on the eligible amount of your gift to a registered charity for example. Also, it does not have to be cash. It could be a cottage, stocks, bonds, land and/or buildings. Check with your tax advisor to make sure that you qualify, and your specific gift would qualify. Alternatively check out the Canada Revenue Agency website.

The First time Donor Super Credit (FDSC) is an incentive you may want to know about, particularly if you have not claimed Charitable Gift Tax Credits for the past 5 years. It is a new credit that supplements the value of the federal charitable donations tax credit by 25% on donations made. That essentially means that you can get up to an additional $250 tax credit back with a donation of $1000. Currently, if you are claiming a charitable donation of $1000, you will get $404 tax credit on your return (federal and provincial). With the FDSC, you will see a $654 tax credit on the same amount. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has limited the total eligible amount to $1000 for the FDSC, and that applies to both you and your spouse or common-law partner. If you have been thinking about donating to charity or want some extra tax credit, this could be a great incentive to start giving!

There is no such thing as gifts that are too small to make a difference. To the Charity of your choice any and every gift received helps, and for taxation purposes if your gift to charity in 2014 does not impact your current tax situation, charitable taxation credits can be carried forward (used on future tax returns) for up to 5 years.

There are far more tax benefits to philanthropy, and even more benefits not related to tax credits. To find out more about how giving can help you save at tax time talk to your tax advisor, or check out the Canada Revenue Agency website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca (make sure to look for the Charitable Donation tax credit calculator). If your passion is healthcare and you want to know how and where you can help, you can find information about the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. and our projects and programs, http://www.drirwinfoundation.com or check us out on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to have your help Keeping Healthcare Strong in southwest Saskatchewan!

Information sourced from the CRA 2013 Gifts and Income Tax pamphlet.

The all Important 3rd party!

September 2014

A Night Out in Greece is coming up November 1st. An all out celebration of Greek culture, and one of the best parties of the year for Swift Current, Greek Night is always one of the most popular tickets in town. The night features incredible food, fantastic music and performances, dancing, and silent auctions and door prizes. All of it combines to make for a very fun and memorable evening, but it is also something more! It is a significant fundraiser for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation. The Greek Orthodox Community feels very strongly about giving back to the community and do so by supporting healthcare. The Night Out in Greece has raised over $700,000 for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation in the past 15 years. That money has been well used, purchasing much needed medical equipment.

Our appreciation for the Greek Orthodox Community for their support and dedication is enormous, it is a partnership we’d like to see continue on indefinitely! We would also like to develop and be part of more events throughout the year. We feel that we could add two or three more third party fundraising events to what we do. Do you have an event or an idea that you think would assist the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation? We would love to hear from you!

Third party events, like Night Out in Greece, are essentially an event created and run by a group outside of the Foundation staff, which we can then partner with and support. It is what allows us to be part of as many events as possible. It also gives interested groups a chance to host a fun event and provide some much needed support for their community. Money gathered for the Foundation is in turn used to Keep Healthcare Strong in the Cypress Health Region. It is more than supporting a current need, it is an investment in future generations. If you feel like you and your group would like to support healthcare, you can contact the Foundation office at 306-778-3314, or email office@drirwinfoundation.com.

By the way, if you are interested in tickets for Greek night, they are being sold from the Foundation Office in October and we will be making an announcement when they are available. Don’t wait, we would hate for you to miss out!

Donate your Antiques?

August 2014

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. will be raising funds for the new Long Term Care Facility. We will be using donations to purchase the necessary medical equipment to provide quality care for the residents of this new facility. To do this, we will need your help and support.

How can you help? Cash donations are always welcome, but right now we are also looking for your good quality antiques. Most of us have had to help a relative downsize into a condo, or possibly even into a long term care facility. The question often comes up of, ‘what do we do with all these things?’ You want to see your families’ valued pieces put to good use and enjoyed by someone who will also value them, and quite often you may not have room in your home to keep them yourself. Some are even paying a monthly storage fee to hold onto a loved one’s items. Why not donate them?

We are accepting donations of good quality antiques for an auction sale we are holding April 19th, 2015. You get to make a little more room for yourself, and find a good home for your treasured antiques, and you also get to donate towards a project that is vital to our community. Long term care is something that almost every family will need to have access to at some point.
Do you have something you would like to donate? We are trying to carefully evaluate and catalog items being donated. We are asking all those who wish to donate to email us a picture and a description to office@drirwinfoundation.com, or to mail us a letter at 2051 Saskatchewan Drive, Swift Current, S9H 0X6. We will be going through all donation submissions and will be in touch with donors as quickly as time allows. Arrangements will be made to move larger items, and we do have a storage space/sale space that we have secured with the Wheatland Mall that can be used for all our donations.

Unfortunately, the rules and regulations that we as a charitable Foundation must work within say that we can only issue receipts for items that have a current certified appraisal with them. If you have an certified appraisal or if you get your item appraised by a certified appraiser, we can issue taxation receipts based on the appraisal value.

We are very excited about the possibilities of this event, and we are looking forward to hearing from you. As items come in, we are planning on creating an online catalog that you can view, look for it on our website www.drirwinfoundation.com . If you have questions on the April 19th auction, or on the Foundation’s commitment to long term care, please call 306-778-3314

Not Just in Swift Current

July 2014

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. serves all of the healthcare facilities in the Cypress Health Region. We are often using your donations to acquire necessary medical equipment that is a little smaller, and maybe doesn’t get as much attention. Most people in the region have probably heard about the CT scanner that was purchased last year for the Cypress Regional Hospital. Most people probably haven’t heard about the pressure relief mattresses that the Foundation placed in all of the facilities. We work towards giving support wherever it is needed within the health region.

Earlier this year the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation began a campaign in Shaunavon to acquire some new equipment for the hospital lab. Equipment like a centrifuge which spins blood or urine samples so they can be properly analyzed; a hematology analyzer that can be used to not only analyze blood samples, but connect with the regional hospital to pass on those results to specialists; and a Piccolo which provides accurate blood chemistry analysis to the doctor or nurse practitioner so they can make treatment recommendations quicker. All needed equipment.

The people of Shaunavon responded with donations to support this project. Led by the Shaunavon Credit Union and the Shaunavon Co-op, who put a matching donations program in place each putting forward $10,000, the town of Shaunavon and the surrounding communities have raised just over $37,000 to cover the cost of this equipment purchase. July 31st will be the cut-off date on this successful fundraising campaign. Thank you to all those who donated to Keep Healthcare Strong in Shaunavon and area!

Another campaign is about to begin in Ponteix. The Foundation was approached by the Ponteix & Area Primary Health Care Committee (PAPHCC) to assist them in their fundraising campaign. They also are looking to replace old lab equipment that has reached the end of its recommended lifespan, and to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in the Ponteix area. Residents in the Ponteix area are receiving a letter in the mail outlining the need, and the cost of the equipment that the PAPHCC is seeking to place at the Ponteix Primary Health Centre. Information will also be available at the Ponteix Centennial Homecoming. Donations for the Ponteix campaign can be made at the Ponteix Royal Bank and the Ponteix Innovation Credit Union branch.

While we do need to consider larger projects for the Cypress Regional Hospital, which serves the entire health region, we also feel strongly that the facilities in our region’s smaller communities must also be supported. If you have any questions about the projects that the Foundation is working on, or if you have a project to suggest, you can call us at 306-778-3314 or email: office@drirwinfoundation.com

How do you donate?

June 2014

How it has been at our house: A reputable charitable organization approaches you and asks for a donation. You know it is a worthwhile cause; it may even be one that you regularly support. So you write them a cheque, and make it work into your monthly budget. Or maybe you just had an unexpected repair bill, and you cannot support them the way you want to. Maybe you give them whatever cash you have on hand. It doesn’t feel like it is the best way to do it though. It feels reactive, improvised. It is not planned.

How do you change that? Well, one option to consider is making an automatic payment off your paycheque. In the same way that you pay for any number of services; your plates on your car, your gas bill, your Netflix. It comes off automatically, and you never really notice it or miss it. In fact we aren’t asking you to donate $100 a month (although that would be great for us); a simple $5 payroll deduction set up with your employer can make a difference. First of all $5 a paycheque is not going to be a number you will worry about. Secondly, it adds up to a decent donation number, and it gives you a tax receipt to help you hold on to more of your money when you do your income tax. $5 per payroll on a bi-weekly pay period is $130 per year. It is not world changing, but it will help! If everyone in the Cypress Health Region did only $5 per paycheque or $130 a year, it would add up to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation being able to afford a lot more of the medical equipment required. And, $5 is just a starting point. If you would be comfortable with more, you get a bigger tax receipt, and you can help our health region that much more.

So how do you do this? You have to talk to your employer and get them to make the necessary arrangements. Just think, if you got a group together at your office to donate this way, your office could be working together to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in southwest Saskatchewan. For you personally, those sporadic, unplanned, spontaneous donations do not have to be the only way you give. You still can, but you can also feel good knowing that you are supporting the cause you want to in an ongoing, structured manner. It is no longer just a donation, now you are investing in something you believe is worthwhile.

Setting up a personal bank transfer to the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation is also an option that you can consider for a regular structured donation program, your financial institution can help with that. If you want to find out more about the Foundation, go to our website: www.drirwinfoundation.com

FORE! Charity

May 2014

It’s finally that time of year again. The time of year when it makes sense to work a little harder during the week, come in a little earlier Friday morning, and then leave early to spend your afternoon enjoying the golf course. That is at least what we are hoping you do June 6th. That is the day the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is hosting our 8th Annual Charity Golf Classic. This year we will be teeing it up at the Elmwood Golf and Country Club, with registration at noon, golf at 1pm and supper to follow. It’s one of our three major fundraising events in the year, the others being Night Out in Greece, and Radiothon.

It really is nice to have the support of the community for these events, and for the golf tournament the support is evident in the sponsors, and in the golfers. We are very grateful to have both return regularly! In fact our heritage sponsor, RBC Kochan Wealth Management have been with us since the start. Some of our golfers have too. In fact many of our sponsors and golfers have been with us for a number of years. To them, Thank You! To everyone else, there’s still room to get in on the fun!

We are once again joining forces with Swift Current Emergency Services, both EMS and Fire Department. Proceeds from the event will go to Emergency Services as well as the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation. It has been a partnership that has been beneficial to both groups.
When it comes right down to it, the adage that ‘many hands make light work’ is true. We all take a piece of the work and we all benefit. The volunteers who help out throughout the day are also invaluable. The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation is very grateful for all the help and support we receive.

Do you have an event, or an idea for an event that you would like us to partner with you to accomplish? We are always looking for more opportunities to join forces to further the Foundation’s goal of improving the quality and availability of healthcare in southwest Saskatchewan. We would love to talk to you about how we could work together! To contact the Foundation office, call 306-778-3314 or email office@drirwinfoundation.com

Not Only About Medical Treatment

April 2014

Likely by now you are aware of the Doctor Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. and what we do. We fundraise to help purchase medically necessary equipment for healthcare facilities in Southwest Saskatchewan; we provide scholarships to those looking to work in Southwest Saskatchewan in the healthcare field, and we work with the health region and local community groups on issues of patient care and comfort. We work to improve the quality and availability of healthcare for all residents of Southwest Saskatchewan. Did you know we are also working with local churches?

The Swift Current and Area Ministerial Association (SCAMA) and the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation recently began working together to ensure the existing “volunteer” supported Chaplaincy Program, presently operating at the Cypress Regional Hospital, continues and is consistent

So what is Chaplaincy? Chaplaincy is referred to as the ‘Ministry of Presence’ or ‘Spiritual Care’. A chaplain coordinates the spiritual care services for the hospital and is a direct link from the patients to their faith community. Often the chaplain is simply someone there to offer fellowship and to listen to patients and families, as well as doctors, nurses and all medical care givers. A chaplain provides visits and cares for those requesting spiritual care, and is a formal and informal resource, assisting hospital staff in addressing ethical, faith related, and spiritual matters, allowing the medical professionals to focus on the physical side of healing. In fact studies show that spiritual care can increase the rate of physical recovery making hospital stays shorter.

What church does the Chaplain represent? None of them, and all of them. Chaplain services are, in fact, across all denominations. The 22 member churches of SCAMA benefit from having someone regularly at the hospital sitting and visiting with parishioners offering support through being there. A ministry of presence. Often the patient is not necessarily an active member of any congregation, just a person who needs someone to listen to them and spend some time with them. Often the chaplain helps, comforts, supports and listens to the medical staff as much as the patients.

The Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation and the SCAMA believe that the work of the Chaplaincy Program is an important and worthwhile addition to the quality of healthcare. More information on Chaplaincy and how it can be supported will be available at Swift Current Churches shortly. We have set up an agreement where donations can be made through the Dr. Noble Irwin Foundation to support Chaplaincy. All contributions will receive a tax receipt and will be used specifically for the Chaplaincy Program. Contact your local church or the Foundation office for additional information.

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