Season’s Greetings from KGH Foundation
It’s not often that one can say with certainty that THIS was a year for the history books. When we look back at 2020, what will we remember?
This has been a year beset by troublesome news. Troubling political times, the great challenges brought on by a global pandemic, and, like many of you, we have also lost some very dear friends. At times, the weight of the world has felt…well, heavy. Will this be the story?
A funny thing happens when you spend your days working for an organization that pays attention to gratitude. You notice the good things. It doesn’t all have to be going right for joy to exist. Indeed, there is always something to be grateful for – even though it may not be obvious at first.
At a recent staff meeting, we dedicated time to reflect on ‘Covid blessings’– those unintended, positive things that the pandemic has brought or allowed. One colleague shared she had slept for six straight weeks with her young sons in their tree fort. Without the pandemic, she explained, she would have never agreed to such ‘silliness’ but life was so unusual anyway she humoured them. A gift of memories that will stay with her and her sons forever.
Rich is the person who aligns the eye to all that is going right, rather than all that is going wrong. We have witnessed a health care system work together like never before. We have experienced the overwhelming generosity of a community that really cares – answering the call to give without reservation.
In response to the pandemic you gave over $1.6 million to support the most urgent needs at Kelowna General Hospital. And, because you give, 334 incredibly grateful families from across the southern interior had a safe, warm, home away from home at JoeAnna’s House while they stayed close to their loved ones receiving care at KGH.
In this season of giving, it’s worth remembering that happiness is not found in getting everything we ever wanted, but in being grateful for the things we already have. The best gifts won’t be wrapped in shiny paper and found under the tree. The best gifts aren’t things at all.
May 2020 be a year for the history books, not because of what went wrong, but because of what went right. With that in mind, I wish you a very happy holidays.
CEO, KGH Foundation