Cheque Presented to Royal Columbian Hospital
Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff give the thumbs up to Robin Wilson, Leadership Director, Sandra Schmirler Foundation, (middle) as she presents a cheque for $28,750.00 to Queenie Lai, Health Service Manager NICU, RCH, (left) and Barbara Becker, Director, Major Gifts, RCH Foundation, (right). These funds will be used to purchase a bi-level ventilator for the NICU. RCH houses one of B.C.’s largest NICUs, and since 1997, the Canadian Neonatal Network has recognized RCH’s NICU as consistently ranking among the top in the country for achieving excellent survival rates for newborn infants.
Cheque Presented to CHEO
Our thanks to our ambassadors Lisa Weagle and Rachel Homan from Team Canada who presented a cheque for $50,000 from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation to Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation (CHEO) at their recent telethon in Ottawa. The funds will go towards the purchase of a neonatal transport incubator.
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Curler Secures Top Award
Fredericton's Cathlia Ward is one of six from across Canada to receive the 2013 Spirit of Sandra $5,000 junior curling scholarship from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
"This is the first year the scholarship has been given out," said Ward, a student at the University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College. "They give out six scholarships to junior curlers across Canada who excel in the sport of curling, who give back to their curling communities as well as their local communities."
The applications were due at the beginning of May. When she got the call saying she was one of the six chosen, she was over the moon.
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Meet the 2013 Spirit of Sandra Scholars who will each receive a $5,000 scholarship!
The first recipients of the annual Spirit of Sandra Scholarships are: Jocelyn Peterman from Red Deer, Alberta; Kristen Streifel from Clavet, Saskatchewan; Shannon Birchard and Derek Oryniak both from Winnipeg, Manitoba; Matthew Smith from Keewatin, Ontario; and Cathlia Ward from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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The Sandra Schmirler Foundation was created in January, 2001 as a legacy to three-time world curling champion and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Schmirler, in recognition and celebration of her love of family. This was a collaborative effort between the Canadian Curling Association, Scott Paper Limited, Sandra’s family and friends.
The Sandra Schmirler Foundation is a registered charity established in honour of Sandra’s lasting legacy as a loving mother and the skip of Canada's first Olympic gold medal curling team. Recognizing that "Champions Start Small", the Foundation raises and donates funds across Canada for the care of premature and critically ill babies and to help develop future champions through direct funding to junior curlers.
The Foundation is passionate in its commitment to be the leading provider of funds to support the care of premature and critically ill babies in hospitals across Canada.
- Honesty, integrity and transparency in dealing with all our stakeholders
- Collaboration and cooperation
- Commitment and dedication to the cause of neonatal care in Canada
- Compassion for families and babies in need
- Respect for the legacy of a champion and for future champions in our community
Bringing Hope to Families
By supporting the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, you are helping babies to grow and reach their potential, because ultimately all “Champions Start Small”, like Sandra. And you are helping junior curlers realize their full potential as Champions at the Provincial, Territorial, National and International levels.
History of Giving
The Sandra Schmirler Foundation's initial mission was to "help families with seriously ill children" which was reflected in our early giving to national charities. Our mission was refined as the Foundation expanded its fundraising efforts to include a national Telethon broadcast annually, by TSN, from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Address from the new Chair to the Board of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation - June 2012
For many years, I was part of a very successful competitive women's curling team in Ontario, although I now live in Nova Scotia. My Skip was Anne Merklinger who was the first Chair of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and is now the CEO of "Own the Podium". Our first Scotties Tournament of Hearts was in 1993 where we encountered the "green machine" - Sandra Schmirler and her incredible teammates.
Sandra Schmirler Foundation commercials
Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation,featuring Mary Peddie, Neonatal Nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital.
Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation featuring the Knoblauch Family.
Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation featuring Diane and Emma Gushulak.