Welcome to the WCGH Foundation

Our Foundation is the key fundraising partner of the West Coast General Hospital. The hospital serves the Alberni Valley, the West Coast communities of Bamfield, Ucluelet and Tofino, and all points in between. The Foundation raises funds to support capital projects that are beyond the budgetary limits of the Hospital to ensure our whole community benefits from enhanced healthcare services. In 29 years of operation, together with our generous donors, we have raised over $4,000,000 to purchase or assist in the purchase of vital equipment for our hospital.

Latest News:

Foundation AGM Elects New Board of Directors

A new Board of Directors was elected at the Foundation's Annual General Meeting on 28 November.  


Pictured responding to a 911 call with a resuscitation doll, left to right:  Chris Francey, Business Director; new member Ken Zydyk, Director  making the 911 call; Ellen Brown, Director; new member Karen Maika, Treasurer; Cody Dame, Director; Dr. Robbie O'Dwyer, Vice-President; Mike Carter, Director; and Carol Chipman, President.


Photo: Just as your donations purchased this resuscitation doll in 2016, the new WCGHF Board calls 9-1-1 to give ‘life support’ to our 2019 Holiday Campaign.

Jowsey's Helps the Foundation buy a Panda Warmer for the West Coast General Hospital

During the entire month of October, Jowsey's supported our effort to raise money for the purchase of a Panda Warmer.  The third-generation owner of Jowsey’s, Jennifer Norn, says the Jowsey family has a connection to the hospital as her father served on the hospital board. Now the family is giving again to the hospital. To raise the funds needed, Jowsey’s will donate all their delivery fees for October and will host a silent auction in their store with donated items from local businesses plus some from their own suppliers.

The Panda Warmer is a vital piece of equipment to keep newly arrived babies warm. It includes an integrated resuscitation package and is considered the gold standard in delivery rooms across Canada and the United States.  Jowsey's and friends were able to donate $2355 towards our purchase of the Panda warmer and already a newborn baby girl says 

thank you... one day she’ll be part of the next generation of Jowsey’s customers.

Click here to read more about the Panda Warmer, Jowsey's campaign and how your patronage and generosity will help the West Coast Hospital Foundation buy this important piece of equipment.

Our Westhaven Campaign

In the Foundation’s first-ever fundraising campaign for Westhaven, we need your help to reach our goal of $30,000 to buy two medication carts and a washer-sterilizer unit, essential equipment items that are urgently needed by the Westhaven staff.  Just as the community has always been so generous in the past for hospital fundraising efforts, we hope the same level of support will be offered to Westhaven. Click on the image to the right to get a full description of these items.

To contribute to this campaign, please use the donation form by clicking here to download our donation form, or by donating online at through our CanadaHelps link at the top of our homepage at www.wcghfoundation.com.


The WCGH Foundation appreciates every donation toward our goal. All donations of $20 or more will receive a thank you letter and a tax-deductible receipt. Your kind donations will genuinely make a difference by enhancing the health care and quality of life for the seniors who reside at Westhaven.


For more details on this initiative, click here.

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Recent Stories

Punjabi Cultural Event Raises $13,000 for the Foundation!The Port Alberni Guru Nanak Sikh Society helped us raise $13,000 at their annual Punjabi Cultural Event on 21 September at the Echo Centre.  The Foundation thanks all the volunteers for their hard work, delicious food and great entertainment. 

See the complete story with photos at Port Alberni's Guru Nanak Sikh Society raises $13,000 for Hospital Foundation.

West Coast General Hospital Foundation steps up for Westhaven. The foundation responsible for fundraising for the West Coast General Hospital  (WCGH) will soon take Westhaven under its wing.

Westhaven Multi-Level Care is a long-term senior care facility located on the WCGH grounds. The Friends of Westhaven Society was formed in 2006 with the goal of providing additional service and fundraising activities to support the residents and staff of the facility, which led to initiatives like a community garden for the facility.

For more details, click here.

ER Nurses Complete Special Training. In mid-July, a group of West Coast General Hospital nurses completed two courses focused on the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to operate effectively in our emergency department. The Foundation provided financial support for this training - the EPICC (Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care Canada) Course and the CAMAN Course.
For more details, click here.


Donors who donate $100 or more annually are entitled apply for membership to the WCGH Foundation. This helps us connect with you more directly and keep you informed of the Foundation’s work throughout the year. For more information click 'Membership’ and return the completed form to the Foundation office.


WCGH Foundation
3949 Port Alberni Hwy.
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4S1
Tel:  (250) 731-1370 ext. 48148 
Fax: (250) 724-8842
CRA # 89080 6243 RR0001

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"A Foundation for a healthier future. Help us to help you."