As a wife, mother and long-time resident of White Rock, Ellen has always been sensitive to the importance of quality health care services, not only for her own family, but also for the community. That's a big part of why she embraced Peace Arch Hospital as her cause of choice - one to which she would contribute both her time and charitable contributions.
Ellen's history of service to the hospital is long and distinguished, including four years as president of the Auxiliary, 12 years of service on the Board of Trustees (including two as Chair), and a two-year term as the Foundation's first Board Chair.
While Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation continues to raise funds to buy equipment and expand facilities - the latest project being a new ER - Ellen is keenly aware of how years of donor generosity to the hospital has already helped her community. She says that thanks to the world-class staff and state-of-the-art equipment at Peace Arch, the community seldom needs to go to the larger city hospitals.
Now, after letting the Foundation know that she and Howard have made provision in their wills for a gift to Peace Arch Hospital, the couple are also new members of the Weatherby Circle of legacy donors, named for Amy Weatherby, who originally donated the 5.5-acre parcel of land on which the current hospital is built.
Ellen says that though she and Howard are not particularly well-to-do, they are pleased to remember Peace Arch Hospital in their wills. It's the hospital Ellen and her remarkable community helped to build.
In the summer of 2012, the Foundation received an astounding phone call. On the line was lawyer Dale Bradford, explaining that one of his clients had recently passed away and left a gift of $1.75 million in her will to Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation.
Born in Poland in 1919, Emmy Dase was living in Lake Louise when she married Horst Werner, originally from Germany, in Calgary in 1953. They received their Canadian Citizenship in Cranbrook in 1957 and later, settled in White Rock, purchasing a home on Foster Street. Over the years the Werners made donations to the Foundation on a regular basis. They were a very private, humble couple who had no children or family and just a small circle of friends. They sold their house on Foster Street in the mid-2000s and moved into Sunnyside Manor retirement residence in South Surrey.
When Horst passed away in 2009, Emmy was on her own. Three years later, on April 13, 2012, Emmy passed away and the entirety of her and Horst's substantial estate was left to the Foundation. With no knowledge of the impending gift, the Foundation was, unfortunately, never able to personally thank the Werners for their incredible generosity, the impact of which will be felt for years to come. But, perhaps, that's exactly the way they wanted it.
Gareth's dad is a urologist at Peace Arch Hospital and Gareth wanted to help people too. He decided that for his 5th birthday party, he would ask for donations instead of presents. Gareth's party raised $220 for the Foundation, proving that you're never too young to have the spirit of giving. Way to go Gareth!