Late July 2020 Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation received a generous donation of over $90,000 from Battlefords Ukrainian Senior Citizens Society No. 184.
This significant donation will finalize the 2019/2020 Capital Campaign for new birthing beds and fetal monitors for BUH’s Women’s Health & Birthing Centre, and will also kick start 2020/2021 Capital Campaign “Diagnostic Detectives: Solving our Health Mysteries” to purchase new diagnostic equipment for the Laboratory.
BUH’s Laboratory serves not only the Battlefords but also surrounding and northern communities. They perform hundreds of tests daily, both for inpatients and outpatients, as most patient’s diagnosis and treatment plans cannot be completed without those lab values.
“This generous gift will help BUH Foundation’s goal to have the most technologically advanced equipment to continue to support the Lab and we are grateful for their gift,” said Claudette McGuire, executive director BUH Foundation.
The Battlefords Ukrainian Seniors Society No.184 was first organized October 1977 as a venue for Ukrainian Canadians to get together for recreation and socialization. Ukrainian origin people have a long standing history and continued presence of relatively large numbers in Saskatchewan, which has provided a foundation for a strong and thriving organized community, and Battlefords Ukrainian Senior Citizens Society No. 184 is a part of this group. They acquired their own clubhouse circa 1980 and with a strong membership had many gatherings of fellowship and fundraising events.
At one point their membership was over 125 members. However through the years, as with many service clubs, this number decreased. It was decided in 2019 to sell the existing clubhouse and sadly, for existing members, to disband the club.
Following the sale of the clubhouse the members decided that the monies raised and existing funds would be donated to BUH Foundation.