The beginning of our Foundation can be traced back to when Corinne Scott, a new resident of Kitimat, attended a Kitimat Health Advocacy Group (KHAG) meeting to address the participants and relate her happiness with the excellent health services offered in the community.

At the time, the members of KHAG were concerned about losing services from their hospital due to a lack of health care equipment. Ms. Scott offered her services as a retired Municipal Administrator, to apply for registration of a Hospital Foundation in order to raise funds for much needed equipment at the hospital. A number of members of KHAG were happy to assist in this endeavor and worked diligently in preparing the necessary paperwork and drafting a Constitution and Bylaws in order to apply for registration of a non-profit society.

The Kitimat General Hospital Foundation (KGHF) received registration approval from the BC Registries office on February 14,
2011. An Annual General Meeting was held in March to establish the first Board of Directors, with Corinne Scott being voted as the first President/Chair of the Society. In addition to Corinne, the original Board of Directors were: Doug Read (Vice Chair); Barbara Campbell, Mario Feldhoff, Bill Garvin, Robert Goffinet, Phyllis Gregg, Armelle Kennedy, and Phyllis Rooney.
The District of Kitimat provided support in issuing receipts on behalf of the Board of Directors until approval was received for charitable status granted by the Canada Revenue Agency. A charitable registration # 800219719 RR0001 was registered with CRA on July 13, 2012.

A major membership drive was conducted in early 2012 at which time a number of new members were approved by the Board - Malcolm Baxter, Sandra Dugdale, Luella Froess, Phil Germuth, Al Goodwin, Maria Gutnecht, Vicky Kokesch, Sheila McInnis, Joanne Monaghan, as well as Debbie Oviatt, Margaret Sanou, Darlene Tait, Randy Tait, Doug Thomson, Carl Whicher, and Richard Wozney. Our current membership includes a vibrant group of approximately 20 members and 10 volunteers. We are always looking for talented and energetic individuals to join us in bringing these projects to fruition.

The Board of Directors determined early on that additional elder care facilities were required in Kitimat and one of the first grants received was set aside towards this goal. Currently Kitimat has Delta King Place, an assisted living facility and Mountainview Lodge, a multi-level care facility, with a capacity for thirty-six residents.

The KGHF has provided funds to the Mountainview Lodge Multi-Care for activity programs and supported Delta King Place to renovate the kitchen facilities in order to provide the residents with healthy, home-cooked meals.

We have been able to support numerous departments at the Kitimat General Hospital including our Surgical Department, Oncology, Maternity, Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Department and Acute Care. To learn more please visit our Projects.

We are grateful for the support of the community organizations, businesses, industry, and residents of Kitimat and Kitamaat Village to help ensure we have quality health care in our community.