From our Board
2015-2016 was a year of significant advancement for Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon. Not only were we able to serve close to 3,000 families through our House and Family Room programs, we solidified our organizational direction through a well considered process culminating in a new five-year strategic plan. Our renewed perspective focuses on four core pillars: delivering family-centred care, engaging with our stakeholders, expanding our provincial reach, and evolving our leadership in care and service.
As much as our strategic pillars have been renewed, our commitment to community remains unwavering – to provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families. More than just providing affordable accommodation close to care, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon also provides programs that support families’ emotional needs.
We are fortunate to be an integral part of a worldwide network of Ronald McDonald Houses who collectively are the world’s leading not-for-profit supporting the accommodation needs of families with hospitalized children. Research studies confirm that a Ronald McDonald House eases stress, reduces financial burden and enables family-centred care. Throughout this report, you will see references to these research results demonstrating the impact of Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the world. This research confirms what we do, but we know the most important real proof is with our families. Here, you will meet the families and hear just what a difference Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon has been privileged to make in their lives.
Every donation, large or small, has a positive impact on the families staying at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank our many donors, sponsors and supporters who make such a difference to the lives of our families.
From our CEO
This year brought a number of successes and important milestones beyond welcoming more families than ever before and finalizing a five year strategic plan. We celebrated the first anniversary of the new Ronald McDonald House, the first anniversary of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital, and made important strides in Board governance, transparency and systems.
Special thanks to the incredible support of our community of donors, volunteers, Board and staff who continued to find new ways to advance our mission to serve BC and Yukon families. From regular volunteer shifts in the House and Family Room, to organizing community fundraisers, giving generously and sharing leadership and vision through our new strategic plan, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon volunteers are poised to keep more families close to each other and to care.
Throughout this past year, our Board, staff and volunteers continued to grow in continuity and experience, placing the organization in a strong position to welcome Tracey Arnish as our incoming Board Chair. As outgoing Chair, Jon Festinger, Q.C. led us through two years of immense change and growth with a focus on governance excellence. Tracey will no doubt continue to move us forward with a clear and united focus. As an organization, we are on a mission to deliver, engage, expand and evolve, and we’ll continue to keep you informed and involved every step of the way.
To each of you, a very sincere thank you for your continued support, allowing Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon to serve so many families when they need it most.
Richard Pass, CEO
Tracey Arnish, 2016-2017 Incoming Chair of the Board; Richard Pass, CEO; Jon Festinger, Q.C. 2015-2016 Chair of the Board.
Board of Directors 2015/2016
We thank all of our Board members for their tireless efforts and dedication to RMH BC.
- Jon Festinger, Q.C., Chair
- Tracey Arnish, Vice-Chair
- Peter Snell, Past-Chair
- Gary Luedke, Treasurer
- Matt Mitchell, Secretary
- Katherine Arnold
- Patti Byron
- Nadine Cole
- Barb Fitzsimmons
- Rod Halladay
- Mike Hudson
- Catherine Jones
- Steve Krawchuk
- Wally Oppal, Q.C.