Donors to the Foundation who have supported work of the Foundation by contribution with an accumulation of $25,000 or more up to $50,000 are recognized as Builder of the Foundation. That membership is recognized with a Titanium salmon figurine on the Foundation’s recognition wall.
Beckner, Dr. Kevin & Suzanne
Eugene and Lorette Casavant originally hailed from Saskatchewan. Following time spent in Dawson Creek with Eugene in the position of Administrator of an Area Hospital, the Casavant family came to the Salmon Arm area in 1982. Eugene took the position as Administrator of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Eugene and Lorette had six children and Eugene retired from his job to make way for hospital and health care regionalization in 1998.
The following couple of years Eugene was involved in local health care as a patient dealing first with cancer as well as a stroke. Not daunted by this, Eugene went back to work as a volunteer with the Shuswap Hospital Foundation which he had helped establish in 1986.
Eugene volunteered as the Managing Director of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation and spent 15 years shepherding the Foundation in its goals and objectives to improve local health care access in the Salmon Arm area.
Community support exceeded $300,000 to outfit Bastion Place – the Foundation’s first big success. Fundraising for the CT Scanner in 2008 was highly successful. $1.5 million was raised within a year.
In addition to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Eugene has also committed his time and energy as a member of the Salmon Arm Rotary Club for 40 years and as an active member of The Knights of Columbus for 54 years.
The Board organized a Tribute Dinner on October 5, 2013, to recognize and thank Eugene for his dedication to health care services in our community and express deep appreciation for his role with the Foundation for so many years. His vision and hard work have greatly advanced the pursuit of quality health care in the Shuswap. In recognition of this, the Board provided Honorary Life Membership to Eugene Casavant and established a Casavant Legacy Fund.
Eugene is an inspiration. His kindness and generosity have helped a large number of our area residents. The Shuswap Hospital Foundation President, Joe Johnson stated; “Our Foundation is truly honoured and proud to be the recipient of Eugene’s spirit of dedication and volunteerism.”
Shuswap Hospital Foundation is proud to be able to recognize Eugene and Lorette Casavant as “Builders” of the Foundation.
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Bill Douhaniuk was in the small town of Killaly, Saskatchewan. A farm boy, Bill looked to find a career outside the farm environment. He studied and became a social worker and dedicated himself to supporting native people in Saskatchewan and the other prairie provinces.
Bill worked for many years in his profession and became well recognized for the support and counsel he was able to bring to the native world as they struggled to adapt to life on and off reserve.
In the 1990’s Bill moved to Salmon Arm and was pulled back to his farming roots. Bill purchased land at the foot of the fly hills and began to develop several varieties of fruit bushes, blackberries, raspberries and the like. He built himself a home on his property.
Unfortunately for Bill his property was damaged with the wild fires and Bill himself suffered some personal injuries that made it difficult to continue his farming dream. The property was eventually sold. Bill also had a passion for reading and he was and continues to be an avid fan of the public library. His reading interests are diverse but would be considered by most to be heavy reading.
Bill is a member of the Knights of Columbus and gives as much of his time as he can to those efforts. Bill loves his coffee and can be seen frequenting many of the popular coffee places in town. Bill has been very generous in support of the Hospital Foundation and has been recognized as a Benefactor of the Foundation.
Vernon D (Vern) and Dorothy Longdo have resided in the Shuswap for several years since retirement and have been active volunteers in that time.
Vernon had a full career as a mining engineer which took he and his family across the country. They lived in communities such as Edmonton, Vancouver, Penticton, Calgary, Elliot Lake, and Labrador, being pulled about by Vernon’s occupation. All the while Dorothy practiced her teaching profession as they moved from community to community. She gained a great reputation and recognition form all those who benefited.
Vern and Dorothy have two Children, a son Blair from Calgary and a daughter Lianne of Salmon Arm. and now a number of grand children. Family was always an important part of life for the Longdo’s.
Sadly Dorothy passed on August 10, 2012. Many of their friends honoured Dorothy with donations to the Hospital Foundation and a Tribute has been developed in her memory.
Vern and Dorothy were generous supporters of the Shuswap Hospital Foundation and the Foundation is proud to recognize them as ‘Benefactors’.
Masonic Grand Lodge of BC
Pukas & Laird Families
Royal Canadian Legion #62
Salmon Arm Medical Staff
Sandra Schmirler Foundation
Shuswap Lake Health Care Auxiliary
Smallpiece, Robert & Bernice
Tim Horton’s 1946
Willmer, John & Joan