From left to right: Gift of Love Gala Co-Chairs, Denise de Jonge, Aprille Ferrario, Suzanne Adams, and Canuck Place CEO, Denise Praill
The Canuck Place nurses, doctors, and counsellors always made us feel incredibly supported through our journey. When we made the decision to take Alejo home, they helped us create a care plan to follow if he was in distress, and we were also given a 24-Hour Clinical Care Line to call if we had any worries. All of this gave us peace of mind, especially knowing that Canuck Place nurses were only a phone call away if we needed help or answers…Alejo taught us that you can’t control the length of your life, but you can control the width and the depth of it.
Erin and Federico Angel
From left to right: Canuck Place Counsellor, Mary Coleman, Canuck Place dad, Federico Angel, Canuck Place Nurse Practitioner, Rachel Neufeld, and Canuck Place mom, Erin Angel lighting a candle for their baby, Alejo and all Canuck Place children who have passed away
From left to right: Canuck Place parents, Erin and Federico Angel with their son, Alejo in-frame
Auctioneer, Nathan Gelderman energizes the room for live auction and Fund-A-Need
The funds raised from Gift of Love Gala will support pediatric palliative care provided at Canuck Place. In 2022 alone, Canuck had a 33% increase in inpatient admissions and saw 3,073 outpatient community consultations by the clinical care team in-home, virtually, and in-hospital. With the money raised, Canuck Place can continue to provide quality, interdisciplinary care in the hospices, in-hospital, and in-home through the Enhanced Community Care Program. Canuck Place continues to raise 60% of its operating funds through community donors and corporate supporters including MNP, Graestone, and Ledcor. Together, they help give lasting memories to families and help give short lives the gift of great days.