During the COVID-19 health emergency, many local restaurants and businesses have generously supported Lions Gate Hospital staff by donating snacks, drinks, and meals.

The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation has distributed these donations across many hospital departments and community care teams. The health care staff truly appreciate these donations which make their lives a little easier under difficult circumstances.

The economic impact of COVID-19 has created a greater need to reach vulnerable people on the North Shore. We’d like to help meet this need by sharing the goodwill and generosity with the community.

Through working with Quest Food Exchange, we would like to support local individuals and families in need.

If you are interested in making a food donation, we would be pleased to work with you. Please fill out the form using the link below and email it to: [email protected]. Your form will be reviewed and a member of our team will contact you to confirm and discuss your donation.

Food Donation Form

In order to minimize health risks, we can only accept food donations that are prepared in a licensed facility and individually packaged or placed in to-go containers.

We are truly grateful to everyone who has chosen to support hospital staff and the wider community with food donations. Thank you so much for your support.

Thank you very much to the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation for matching gifts totalling $100,000 to our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The total was met on Thursday April 9th, 2020. Thank you for helping us double our impact – turning $100,000 into $200,000!

Pyarali and Gulshan Nanji and their family of four children were among the thousands of Ugandans of Indian descent exiled from the country in the 1970s.

They were airlifted to Canada and initially lived in Montreal where they had to start their lives from scratch.

Thankful for the safe refuge given to their family, Pyarali and Gulshan made a pledge to give back to the country that gave them safe haven.

In 1991 Pyarali Nanji founded Belle-Pak Packaging Inc and today the company employs 200 people and supplies products for companies across North America.

The couple never forgot their promise, and over the years, they have donated millions of dollars to Canadian charities and health care facilities.

The $100,000 pledge to the North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund is the Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Family Foundation’s largest donation to date to LGH Foundation.

We have been working closely with the Lions Gate Hospital Emergency Operations Centre to coordinate hundreds of donations of supplies and equipment.

Thanks to the exceptional generosity of our community, we have reached our target for donated supplies. However, the situation changes daily, so if you have supplies you wish to donate to LGH, please contact us at info@localhost with details of the item and quantity. We will be in touch if the need for your item arises.

Alternatively, the British Columbia government is accepting donations directly here.

Please note at this time we are unable to accept donations of handmade items and services.

For Gift in Kind tax information, please review this Information Sheet.

If you are a restaurant owner and would like to donate food for the staff at Lions Gate Hospital, please read our food donation guidelines.

Thank you so much for your support.

Donating N95 Masks to Lions Gate Hospital Thanks to Elisa Wei who delivered several boxes of N95 masks collected by a group of friends to Lions Gate Hospital.

Dear Friends & Supporters,

COVID-19 is a unique challenge for us all. Many of you have reached out to LGH Foundation over the past few days in response to the news of the five LGH administrative staff who tested positive.

Thank-you for your heartfelt concern. Foundation staff are not among these people. The impacted individuals work in a separate office from the Foundation and are now at their respective homes in isolation. We wish them all the best at this difficult time.

We are following the advice of our health officials to play our part in slowing down the transmission of COVID-19. Our offices are now closed to visitors with the majority of Foundation staff working from home. Although we are working in different locations we remain available to answer your questions and we will continue to reply to your emails and voice messages in a timely manner. We ask for your patience as there may be delays in tax receipting and general correspondence.

We offer our sincere gratitude to frontline staff at LGH for their selflessness and dedication to keeping our community safe and well.

All scheduled meetings to be held at LGH are cancelled until further notice.

During these challenging circumstances, we are committed to working closely with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to ensure that our medical teams and patients have the resources and the support they need to work through this crisis. For this reason, we have launched the North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was launched with dozens of donations ranging from $40 to $250,000. Two significant donations of $50,000 each were made by Bruce and Diana Chan and an anonymous North Shore family. Their gifts were followed by a generous pledge of $250,000 from Paul Myers, a renowned North Shore philanthropist and long-time friend of Lions Gate Hospital. I would be grateful for any contribution you might consider. Should you wish to make a donation, please consider making your gift online to ensure its timely receipt.

Most importantly, we need to look out for one another and to keep our community safe. For information on how to protect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak, please go to: www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19. You can check our social media channels for general updates and information regarding Lions Gate Hospital.

Thank you for your support. Stay safe and please reach contact us if you have any questions at info@localhost.


Judy Savage President and CEO Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation and Amica Helping Hands Foundation have teamed up to help support local seniors in need. Amica Helping Hands Charity has committed $250,000 to the Amica Compassionate Fund which will enable frontline community care workers to cover the cost of essential items that will improve the quality of life for seniors who are receiving medical treatment and enable them to stay in their homes. Frontline staff in North and West Vancouver make more than 38,000 visits a year and many of the people they support are seniors living in poverty. “It is an unfortunate fact that more seniors are facing homelessness and more are now receiving community based health services in the local shelter on the North Shore,” says Sandra Edelman, Manager of Public Health, Chronic Disease Services, Primary Care on the North Shore. “Those seniors who face the painful daily reality of having insufficient funds to support themselves present difficult challenges for health care providers. When basic needs are unmet, which are foundational for their recovery and health, the work of the providers is compromised.” Money from the fund can be used for a range of supports including food, cleaning services, prescriptions, pest control, and emergency transport to help out seniors just when they need it most. Rich Lawrie, a social worker on the North Shore who once had a client who sold her wedding ring to make ends meet, says the fund is already having a significant impact on the quality of life of his clients. “I have been using this fund for a couple of months and it is amazing. As a social worker it’s a dream come true,” he says. “I love this fund because it’s like spackle – it covers many of the cracks in the social safety net.” Amica Senior Lifestyles established the Amica Helping Hands Charity to support Canadian seniors in need by providing them with the goods, funds and services they need to thrive. Residents from Amica Lions Gate, Amica Edgemont Village, and Amica West Vancouver were involved in raising funds for the Compassionate Fund which will be available for at least the next five years.