A Rewarding Afternoon with the Project Management Team

CHS Appreciation Awards Given to Recipients in Vancouver

The Ghana College of Health Sciences held an appreciation event for our Spring Mission Team in 2016. Two of the gifts were for Project Manager Don Jenion, Health Planner Ken Shimizu (RPG Group) and Architect Lynn Webster (DIALOG), who weren't with us on the trip. 

So, in recognition for their commitment to excellence and the long years of development on the Master Plan & Program for the CHS site, we held an appreciation day for Don, Ken, Lynn and Neil Griggs, of Builders Without Borders. It was a special day, folks. 

Stay connected to see more of the appreciation day, and hear about the future for KBNF and hospital building in West Africa. 


VCH Features KBNF President Marj Ratel

“In neuroscience nursing, a nurse’s skills and intuition are critical to the wellbeing of our patient population,” says Marjorie, registered nurse at Vancouver General Hospital’s neurosciences unit. “In most disciplines, a patient can advocate for themselves. For example, a baby can wail, a patient experiencing chest pain can cry out. However, in the neuroscience population when a patient is deteriorating, they are dependent on the observational skills and actions of the primary caregivers. They have lost the ability to advocate for themselves. Often, a neuro nurse is required to use their 6th sense in determining a patient is in trouble. ‘Something just doesn’t feel right.’ Narrowing down the cause and proactively informing the physicians may prevent permanent disability or worse. Early detection can be the difference between life and death, returning home fully recovered or transferring to rehabilitation or longterm care.” In addition to her busy life as a neuro nurse, Marjorie also finds time to operate a charitable organization named, “Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation.” In February 2000, while working in the NICU in an educator capacity, a West African neurosurgeon approached her and asked if she would consider traveling to Ghana in order to train his nurses. The outcome: 16+ years of VGH and BC Health Authorities participation in supporting some of the most vulnerable regions in West Africa. Providing hospital equipment, beds, recycled consumables, educational support, surgical and medical expertise – Marjorie has made it her mission to balance the scales in favour of care. She recalls, “during the Ebola outbreak, our international team of neurosurgeons, nurses, RTs and biomedical engineer conducted neurosurgery on 20 patients in the eastern jungle of Liberia. Lives were transformed, tumours were extracted and lives restored. During Ebola’s height, hundreds of hospital beds along with humanitarian aid were shipped over to this most vulnerable region. They felt like someone truly cared, something that had been almost extinguished. It brought hope that a new day would dawn. The Liberian Minister of Health visited VGH post Ebola to give official thanks.”

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Barn 3 Volunteer Squad: Spring 2017 Barn Days

Are you local to the Lower Mainland? Do you have a heart for volunteering? Join our Barn 3 Volunteer team in Delta, BC!

KBNF needs its’ volunteers, which means all you wonderful people are incredibly appreciated! ‘All hands on deck’ may be a nautical term, but we’re taking it for our upcoming Work Bee’s at the Delta Barn! Dell (of Compassionate Resource Warehouse) needs us to roll up our sleeves on this side of the Straight. Her dedicated volunteers for the CRW are located on Vancouver Island, so for us to come forward and take care of our side, would be a true gift.

Barn 3 is our generously donated warehouse, and the site from which our containers are staged for their journeys to West Africa. Situated on the Hendriksen’s farm, Barn 3 used to house chickens, and now it houses our donated items, before they ship. So, please email Sharon to confirm what dates you can make, and feel free to bring friends! Lots of friends! A bus-load of friends!

Lunch will be provided (please let Sharon know if you can provide any goodies for lunch).

5575 112th Street, Delta, BC

(Off HWY 91 & Ladner Trunk Road)

BARN 3 WORK BEE DAYS

Thursday, March 30th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, April 8th
9:30 – 3:00

Thursday, April 13th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, April 22nd
KBNF AGM in Langley
10:00 am

Thursday, April 27th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, May 13th
9:30 – 3:00

Thursday, May 18th
9:30 – 3:00


CBC News: Local Surgery App

So proud of the Vancouverite Surgeon, who created an app to help save lives in Africa. We hope to check this app out and see how it can help our educational and research efforts. You can read the entire article, by clicking the link below.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/local-surgery-app-created-to-save-african-lives-1.4020681