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:

2019 Holiday Campaign Nears its Goal!

In this season of giving, we still need your help to raise $12,000 to purchase an Alenti Bath Chair for WESTHAVEN and $45,000 for a Cellavision DC-1 for the WCGH Laboratory.  As of the New Year, we are 70% of the way there and the campaign has less than a month to go.  We hope the continuing generosity of the Alberni Valley will help us reach this ambitious goal.  

The Alenti Bath Chair will improve the quality of daily life for Westhaven residents, ensure safety and comfort during hygiene routines, and provide better ergonomic working conditions for our staff. Click here for more information.

The WCGH Laboratory will benefit greatly using their new Cellavision DC-1 for blood testing.  It is specifically designed to automate and simplify the process of performing blood cell differentials. It will capture high-quality images of cells more easily by making better use of staff time & skills and delivering test results faster.  Click here to learn more.

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.

Recent Stories

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

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, your generousity has helped us raise $20,000 to help us 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 are grateful the same level of support you have offered to Westhaven. 


For more details on this initiative, click here.

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.


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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