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REPORTING · 7th December 2010
Walter McFarlane
The Hospital Foundation, recommended by KHAG attendee Barb Campbell a year ago is beginning to move ahead. This was good news announced by Jonathon Cooper, through a letter to Rob Goffinet at the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group on November 13th and through a motion made by Corrine Scott at the same meeting.

“Discussions regarding a hospital society is positive,” read Goffinet. “The REM Lee hospital foundation is very successful in its operations and support to Mills Memorial in Terrace.”

Goffinet expressed this is an endorsement of the Hospital Society. He added Scott and Bob Corless who was not present have been working on this project. However, the KHAG group were not constituted to become such a group but they could endorse it.

Scott explained the details of the foundation.

“It would be a non profit organization and under the BC Societies Act, 5 or more individuals could form a society. The first step in incorporation is to propose a name to make sure its available,” said Scott. “The next step is prepared a constitution and a set of bylaws for this new foundation and new society. The constitution must state the name of the society and what the purpose of the society is going to be. The bylaws state the rules of conduct and must comply with section 6 of the society act.”

The third step, as she explained is for the individuals to sign before a witness. After all this is done, the foundation could apply for charitable status which would mean the people who made donations would be eligible for a tax receipt.

Scott made a motion for KHAG to pursue incorporation of a non profit foundation to assist in receiving donations: “to increase and improve the provision of medical care through the medical services, facility, equipment or medical educational research which enhances our hospital and services.”

Goffinet stated KHAG could not pursue the creation of the society, it could only endorse the creation of the society. The reason for this is that the Kitimat Health Advocacy Group was funded by a political body, The District of Kitimat.

The motion was amended. Scott explained the Terrace Hospital Foundation recently received $50,000 for their society as corporations will be able to put money into the hospital without the money going directly into Northern Health. This was the reasoning behind the society.

Goffinet also suggested added “in the Kitimat area” after the words “medical care.” He explained if the motion was not specific to Kitimat or it could be drawn out. It was explained the foundation would be able to work with the auxiliary in raising funds.

One worry expressed at the table was if the equipment is purchased for the hospital, would is sit collecting dust. There was discussion on the formation of this group, who would and could sit on it and that it was not a part of KHAG but a sister organization an arms length away.

The motion was called and carried. The table then discussed potential names before moving on to further business. There will be a report back at the next meeting on December 11th.