Residents of Quesnel travelling on the Northern Health Connections bus are now able to keep out of the elements thanks to a partnership between the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD).
In 2018, the Spirit of the North approached the hospital district to partially fund a request that had been made by management at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital. The CCRHD committed to cover 40 per cent of the cost and, with the generosity of donors to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, the other 60 per cent was funded. The bus shelter now provides a safer and more weather-protected location for patients and passengers to wait while en route to health care locally or to the lower mainland. This represents a total project of close to $14,000.
“We appreciate when we can partner with local agencies on something that makes sense to affected residents,” said Judy Neiser, CEO for Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, in a news release. “This will provide a much better solution for the long term.”
“It is great to see this bus shelter come to fruition as it has been a long-standing request from the community. Supporting and helping fund healthcare-related projects in the region is one of our main goals at the hospital district,” said Bob Simpson, chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District.