Grant History

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 from the Scotties Tournament of Hearts by TSN. The Canadian Curling Association and TSN remain incredible supporters today and are an integral part of the Foundation’s ongoing success.

During the early years, we became aware of a growing need for support of premature and critically ill newborns that begin their lives in incubators in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in hospitals across Canada. We observed the same will to live and fight for life in these miracle babies that Sandra showed as she faced the biggest battle of her life and one she lost in March 2000. Sandra’s love of family and her two daughters who were just 6 months and 2 years old at the time of her death continues to drive our fundraising efforts and is the reason that we believe that “All Champions Start Small”.

Our Foundation is incredibly proud to have given over $2.5 million dollars to help newborns grow up and realize their dreams. The memory of Sandra Schmirler lives in our hearts and the hearts of anyone who met this outstanding woman. Her legacy lives on in the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and the thousands of babies and their families that have benefited from life-saving equipment purchased with funds donated in Sandra’s name.
 
Grants in 2013-2014

Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC $ 25,000
Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC $ 25,000
Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, Kamloops, BC $ 51,000
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB $ 50,000
TOTAL: $151,000

Grants in 2012-2013

Kingston Hospitals, Kingston ON $ 57,000
Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Victoria BC $ 60,000
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario $ 50,000
Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Toronto, ON $ 25,000
The Oshawa Hospital Foundation, Oshawa, ON $ 25,000
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, New Westminster, BC $ 28,750
Janeway Western Regional Hospital Foundation, St. John’s NL $ 40,000
Western Regional Hospital Foundation, Corner Brook NL $ 10,000
TOTAL: $295,750

Grants in 2011-2012

Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Kelowna, BC $ 10,300
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, New Westminster, BC $ 18,000
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Hamilton, ON $ 50,000
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation, St. Thomas, ON $ 35,000
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Thunder Bay, ON $ 20,000
Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Toronto, ON $ 20,000
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Vancouver, BC $ 60,000
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, Newmarket, ON $ 37,900
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK $ 50,000
Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, Red Deer, AB $ 50,000
Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Lethbridge, AB $ 50,000
TOTAL: $401,200

Grants in 2010-2011

Sault Area Hospital Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie, ON $ 19,709
Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation, Vancouver, BC $ 31,050
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Charlottetown, PEI $100,000
Regina Hospitals Foundation, Regina, SK $ 50,000
London Health Sciences/Children’s Health Foundation, London, ON $ 64,000
Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation, Toronto, ON $ 30,000
TOTAL: $294,759

Grants in 2009-2010

Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC $ 82,573
Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC $ 84,572
Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, AB $ 50,693
Sault Area Hospital Foundation, Sault Ste. Marie, ON $ 30,000
IWK Health Centre Foundation, Halifax, NS $ 50,000
Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, SK $ 52,300
Regina Hospitals Foundation, Regina, SK $ 40,000
TOTAL: $390,138

Grants in 2008-2009

IWK Health Centre Foundation, Halifax, NS $ 18,700
Hôpital Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC $ 75,460
Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC $ 72,045
Victoria Hospitals’ Foundation, Victoria, BC $ 30,000
Children’s Hospital of Alberta, Calgary, AB $ 50,000
Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB $ 25,000
TOTAL: $271,205

Grants in 2007-2008

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Vancouver, BC $ 25,272
Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB $ 24,300
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Charlottetown, PE $ 32,000
Regina Hospitals Foundation, Regina, SK $ 35,000
Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB $ 32,000
Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, Lethbridge, AB $ 50,000
Victoria Hospital, Victoria, BC $ 24,000
McMaster University Hospital, Hamilton, ON $ 50,000
TOTAL: $272,572

Grants prior to 2007

Ronald McDonald House Canada $100,000
Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $100,000
Children’s Miracle Network $100,000
IWK Health Centre Foundation, Halifax, NS $ 50,294
Children’s Health Foundation, London, ON $ 50,000
Regina Hospitals Foundation, Regina, SK $100,000
TOTAL: $500,294

Total number of hospitals across Canada who have received grants: 35

Total Grants to Date: $2,576,918.00

 
 
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