Friends of the Foundation celebrates dedicated community members at annual awards evening

Friday, October 05, 2018

Peace Arch Hospital Foundation honoured six individuals, one business and one non-profit group last week at its annual Friends of the Foundation celebration held September 26. Now in its 10th year, the event was held at Morgan Creek Golf Club and recognized the honourees for their extraordinary contributions to the health and wellness of the community with special Friends of the Foundation awards.

More than 150 people, all leaders through their giving, support and commitment to the Foundation, attended the celebration.

This year’s award recipients included:

1. John and Gillian Bertamini, longtime donors to the Foundation who focus their philanthropy on Peace Arch Hospital, believing that good health care in their own community is so important.

2. Trevor Whyte, a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Peace Arch Hospital who is passionate about helping his patients breathe freely. He is a strong supporter of the Foundation, giving donor tours, participating in fundraising campaigns and utilizing his expertise to help choose the best medical equipment for his department.

3. Ritu Khanna, an active volunteer with the Foundation, lending her talents to both the Peace Arch Hospital Gala and the Great Pumpkin Run Walk. She joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors this past June.

4. Bob Bezubiak has a strong focus on community and giving back, and has been a supporter of the Foundation for the last 20 years.

5. TB Vets has been helping patients at Peace Arch Hospital breathe easier since 1989 by funding more than $170,000 in lifesaving respiratory equipment.

6. Marketing 604 Group, led by Todd Antifaev, is a group of caring local realtors who recognize the importance of contributing to their community. They supported the new ER, are a Peace Arch Hospital Gala sponsor and were a lead donor to the new Generations Playground.

7. Art Reitmayer, a tireless volunteer serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors for the past eight years. He was instrumental in getting the new residential care with hospice facility off the ground and continues to use his business acumen and strong leadership skills to further the work of the Foundation.


IMAGE: Friends of the Foundation award recipients. From top left: Tracy Suzuki, Charlene Cumberland, Debra Antifaev, Tera Gurvich, Bob Bezubiak, Gillian Bertamini, Kosta Theodosokis, Trevor Whyte, John Bertamini, Todd Antifaev, Jordan Ponuick, Jeff Copland, Art Reitmayer, and Ritu Khanna.