The credit union presented the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $50,000 on Wednesday evening towards the foundation’s “Extreme Maternity Makeover,” a campaign to renovate and re-equip the hospital’s second floor maternity unit.

“We looked at it and we said here is an opportunity to donate to a cause that really benefits everybody in all of the communities we serve – Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd,” said Rene George, CEO of Lake View Credit Union. “For us, it makes for better communities, and the maternity ward was in dire need of an overhaul. The need is there, and it’s really important babies can come into this world in the best possible environment that gives them the best chance to a healthy start in life.”

Lake View has been a long-standing supporter of the hospital as a major donor to construction and furnishing of the South Peace Cancer Clinic, the purchase of a new computed tomography (CT) scanner, and many other equipment purchases, for example.

George said the credit union puts aside a fund every year to donate to projects and programs that benefit the communities they operate in. He said roughly $150,000 was reinvested in communities last year in everything from minor sports to programs for senior citizens.

“We want to be seen as an organization that makes our communities better places to live, and we continuously look for opportunities to invest in strategic initiatives that help to do so,” he said.

The donation and the ongoing support from Lake View Credit Union is certainly appreciated by the Hospital Foundation.

“Other than the incredible financial contribution, to have an institution like the Lake View Credit Union throw their support behind this community initiative means the world to us,” said Jerimy Earl, communications and events coordinator for the foundation. “Obviously they have been a great partner of the foundation’s for many years and they have been a part of a number of our initiatives, and in every instance where they have lent their support, it has been a shining success.”

Earl said the foundation is now only about $50,000 away from the $430,000 to complete the maternity ward makeover, and he is confident with the ongoing support of the community they will reach that goal by year-end. Over 75 businesses, organizations and individuals have already contributed to the project to date.