There were some familiar faces at Canuck Place yesterday afternoon, when members of the Canucks Alumni stopped by for a special visit. Canucks Alumni president Gerry Sillers was joined by former players Dave Babych, Cliff Ronning, Bob Murray, Rick Amman, and former Canuck captains Orland Kurtenbach and Chris Oddleifson. The reason for their visit: the presentation of a cheque representing their generous donation of $75,000 benefitting the new Canuck Place Children’s Hospice Abbotsford facility.
The alumni were greeted at the hospice by Canuck Place CEO Margaret McNeil and Board Chair John Rose. Also on hand to welcome the former players was Canuck Place’s resident pooch, PADS-trained golden retriever Poppy. The ever-patient Poppy posed for pictures with the guys on the main staircase following the official cheque presentation. Canuck Place kids Karsten and Harman also got the opportunity to meet the hockey heroes.
The Canucks Alumni organization was founded in 1950 – actually predating the current NHL franchise – and since its inception it has raised over two million dollars in support of local charities like Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Its membership of over 100 individuals consists of former Canuck players and team officials, as well as former players from other hockey franchises within the NHL.
Their donation will provide Canuck Place with much needed funds and will assist in the construction of the new Canuck Place Fraser Valley Hospice, currently underway in Abbotsford. The new 30,000 square foot facility, housed within the Dave Lede Campus of Care, will extend the reach of Canuck Place and will double its current capacity to better meet the growing need for pediatric palliative care services across the province.
Thank you, Vancouver Canucks Alumni, for your generosity and commitment to the kids and families of BC! Your gift will help us build courage across the province. Thank you!