Fund pays tribute to pediatrician

Endowment fund with the Community Foundation honours well-loved pediatrician Art Sovereign.

The family of well-loved pediatrician Art Sovereign and the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital continue to honour his memory with an endowment fund with the Community Foundation for the North Okanagan.

The designated capital and on-going donations to the fund are administered and invested by the Community Foundation with the annual interest going to the Art Sovereign Pediatric Unit Fund at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

Donations can also be made directly to the fund through the hospital foundation.

“The fund is used to meet the needs of pediatric care for medical equipment, programs  and patient comfort. The funds are very important,” said Sue Beaudry, with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

Sovereign was the first pediatrician in Vernon, starting his practice here in 1955. He was one of the founders of NONA and supported other children’s and parents’ organizations.

Fred Wilson, Sovereign’s step-son, is pleased his father’s passion for helping children is being continued through the fund.

“He paid this price willingly, as his children know well. At Christmas, please remember the needs of the infants and children in the hospital,” he said.

“As the 10th anniversary of when our parents (Art and Agnes Sovereign) passed away, we are asking friends and associates to remember our parents and the needs of these infants and children with the gift of a donation to the fund.”

Wilson wants people to think about donations to purchase suitable toys for the children in the hospital so that they can be entertained, kept alert and happy, as well as to provide the medical equipment to help them get well.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Beaudry at 250-558-1362, email or see

Donations can also be made to the endowment fund through