North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The North Shore COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund was established in March, 2020, to address the immediate needs of patients and staff impacted by the pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, the fund surpassed $2.1 million in June.

One million dollars have been allocated for essential supplies and equipment, including: seven ventilators, thirteen physiological monitors, fifty temporal thermometers, as well as humidifiers, and other respiratory devices.

The outpouring of generosity and support from our community has been life-saving. Thanks to hundreds of donors, volunteers, local businesses and organizations, we have made a significant impact on the North Shore.

Supplies and Equipment

Supplies and equipment donations received to date include: 27,105 N95 masks; 49,561 masks; 14,307 pairs of gloves; 901 pairs of goggles; 849 protective suits; 11,478 face shields; and more than 15 gallons of hand-sanitizer. In addition, 356 grocery gift cards were donated to long-term care facility staff at Cedarview Lodge & Berkley Care Centre.

Feeding the Frontline

Numerous local restaurants opened their hearts and kitchens to provide meals for staff working long shifts. Additionally, many other companies sponsored meals for staff at health care facilities across the North Shore. Food donations included 7,095 meals; 11,521 snacks; 12,882 drinks; and $130,018 in sponsored food related donations. This generosity has made the lives of our frontline health care workers and support staff a little easier during the exceptional times of COVID-19.

Community Support

This influx of support has been shared with the community. Close to 800 hot lunches have been delivered to individuals who live in low-income housing facilities on the North Shore. In addition, 576 gift cards were given to long-term care facility staff.

Rest and Recovery

Thanks to a $100,000 donation from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, accommodation was available for eligible frontline employees. This gift supported employees who were distancing from their families for safety reasons and/or had long commutes to and from home between shifts.

Thank You

Over the past several months our community has come together to support the patients and staff most impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your support during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 604.984.5785, or via email.

Thank you so much for your support and stay safe.

Lions Gate Hospital is one of 17 Primary COVID care sites in BC and it has undergone some major changes to prepare for an influx of patients requiring critical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Integrated Operations Centre, which was opened last fall thanks to a $200,000 donation from the Foundation, is now the Coastal Emergency Operations Centre. It is open 24/7 to coordinate patient intake, logistics and planning.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) now has 5 negative pressure rooms, and a specialized COVID-19 unit with 28 beds has been set up on the second floor. With fewer surgeries taking place, extra capacity has been created in other units throughout the hospital.

The Emergency Department has been re-configured to ensure that visitors are met right at the entrance before admission ensuring that suspected COVID-19 cases are separated from patients dealing with other urgent health issues.

Patients visiting for chemotherapy enter the clinic through a separate, sealed entrance to provide them with extra protection while they receive life-saving treatment.

Patients requiring time-sensitive care are meeting with their health-care providers through video-conferencing.

As the crisis continues, hospital staff will continue to adapt to ensure that all critical cases, whatever the cause, can receive the treatment they need when they need it.

This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! We loved seeing the colourful designs. The winners (picked at random) are: Aiden (age 0-5), Ben (age 6-8), and Bella (age 9-12).

Check out the gallery of entries received here.

The support we’ve received from the kids in our community has been heartwarming.

We see the hearts in your windows, the painted rocks around town, and the gorgeous art you’ve shared with us.

To celebrate, we’re hosting Seymour the Lion’s Helping Hands Colouring Contest for kids aged 0-12. We will be giving away a total of three Seymour Stuffies based on the age group of the artist; ages 0-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

We invite your kiddos to do their part to help flatten the curve by completing the helping hands colouring challenge. Once your child has completed a helping action, they colour in the badge next to it.

Encourage your kids get creative with their crayons, and they could win a Seymour the Lion Stuffy!

To Participate:

Print out our Helping Hands colouring sheet and colour it! Download the colouring sheet here.

Fill out your young artist’s name and age at the bottom of the sheet.

Once completed, take a photo and post it on our Facebook wall (or your own wall, but your account will need to be public for us to see it) or on Instagram and tag @LGHFoundation.

A winner will be selected on Friday April 24th and your Seymour the Lion will be mailed to you.

The Fine Print:

By joining the contest, you consent for your child’s artwork to be shared on our website and social media channels.

The Seymour the Lion’s Helping Hands Colouring Contest begins on Monday April 6th, 2020, and closes Friday April 24th, 2020.

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation Colouring Contest