Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation Receives $20,000 from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation

January 15, 2021

The Grande Prairie Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that they are the recipients of $20,000 over the next two years. from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

“Receiving these funds for our NICU is incredible! It will give us the opportunity to work directly with the NICU staff to identify and purchase equipment and supplies they need to enhance care for our tiniest of patients,” says Dawn Miller, Major Gifts Officer for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation. 

Miller goes on to say “I remember Sandra from her three-world championships and winning the first Olympic gold medal for Canada in curling. It is beautiful how the memory of a Canadian icon, such as Sandra, lives on in such a beautiful way. We, at the Foundation are proud to work with such a like-minded organization.”

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation’s mission is to raise funds for hospital Newborn Intensive Care Units to purchase life-saving equipment for premature and critically ill newborns and provide scholarships to junior curlers; giving each the chance to grow up and be a champion, like Sandra.

“We want all babies born too soon, too small or too sick to have the chance to grow up and be champions,” says Ian Cunningham, Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation board. “By continuing to recognize and celebrate Sandra Schmirler’s love of family, we are grateful that we can make a difference in NICUs right across Canada like the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital.”

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has committed to providing grants in communities that host Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling (GSOC) events. This year’s Tour Challenge was scheduled to take place in Grande Prairie before it was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Tour Challenge will return to Grande Prairie as part of the 2021-2022 season of Pinty’s GSOC. The Sandra Schmirler Foundation has committed to a $10,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital for each of the events.

Media contact for interviews or more information:

Dawn Miller, Major Gifts Officer

Ph: (780) 538-7583      Cell: (780) 832-6471