Generous donation tops up care campaign

Craig Mearns’ donation gets Victoria Hospital Foundation effort to $25 million-plus

Craig Mearns said that no matter where you are in Greater Victoria, you will end up at one of the major hospitals should you get really sick.

That’s one of the reasons he has donated $256,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s Building Care Together campaign — helping top it up to $25 million raised since it started in 2011.

Mearns, a retired businessman from North Saanich and a municipal councillor, has served as a member of the Eldercare board of directors and on the cabinet of the Victoria Hospital Foundation’s last capital campaign. He has donated a total of $330,000 to the campaign and since 1989, has given $480,000 to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation.

“I know their needs,” he said, “and the quality of the work they do. It’s all about patient care.”

Money raised for the campaign will be used, stated a  Foundation media release, for the purchase of leading-edge equipment for the Royal Jubilee Hospital Patient Care Centre, including Smart Beds, vital signs monitors, telemetry systems, medication safety cabinets and more.

“The Jubilee is one of the hospitals where we end up if we get really sick,” Mearns said, noting he also contributes to local facilities like the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

Donations to the campaign, said Alan Lowe, Foundation board chair, have been matched by the Jim Pattison Community Matching Gift Challenge. That, Lowe said,  was a contribution of $5 million.

In all, some 3,200 people made donations, big and small, to the Foundation’s three-year capital campaign — and more money is still coming in.

“This was the largest campaign on the Island,” Lowe continued. “It feels like we have just won the gold medal here in Victoria.”

He said over the three-year effort, the Foundation has purchased all of the equipment they have needed to make the Jubilee Hospital’s Patient Care Centre top-of-the-line. Mearns’ donation and the matching funds allows the Foundation to cover the cost — and then some.

Campaign co-chair, Leslee Farrell expressed sincere gratitude to Mearns for stepping forward to make the gift.

“We are so very thankful for the incredible generosity of all the donors who have given to the Patient Care Centre since our campaign began in January of 2011, and we are deeply grateful to Craig Mearns for stepping forward to take us to our goal,” stated Farrell in a media release.

Learn more at


Just Posted

Algae bloom at Elk Lake prompts CRD advisory notice

Reappearance of blue-green algae lethal to dogs a constant concern for water quality

B.C. historian helped Viola Desmond make it on the $10 bill

Merna Forster of Oak Bay petitioned for years for a Canadian woman to be honoured on currency

Third rink needed immediately at Pearkes, say users

Only four ice pads for Saanich, Victoria groups

City of Victoria looks for emergency shelter options amidst bed shortage

My Place considered for tier-2 shelter during harsh weather

Vikes ready for Queen’s in Game 1 of national men’s rugby championship

From mid-terms to national championships, it’s a rugby life

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Good Food Summit plants seeds for food security

The Good Food Summit runs Nov. 22 and 23

POLL: Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

The Christmas lights are twinkling and holiday music is playing in local… Continue reading

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Wright said he was working in his yard when he heard a woman screaming.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Most Read