EDITORIAL: Congrats to all involved in goal

It’s an accomplishment the whole North Okanagan community can feel good about.

It’s an accomplishment the whole North Okanagan community can feel good about.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation announced this week that the campaign to equip the top two floors of the Polson Tower was not only complete, but almost a full year ahead of schedule.

The ambitious goal of Building A Tower of Care Campaign Phase II, launched in 2013, was to raise $2.5 million in less than three years, and the community did it in two, with an extra $100,000 to boot.

Congratulations must go to the foundation’s staff, campaign team and board of directors for leading the way but they would be the first to admit this kind of success doesn’t happen if the community doesn’t rally behind the cause.

“And having seen how beautiful the first five floors were, and how old the existing building was, the community knew it was time for some new beds in our hospital,” said Sue Beaudry, the foundation’s director of development. “We had wonderful support.”

“Our hospital” is a key phrase in Beaudry’s comments as obviously the North Okanagan has also embraced  the hospital as their own and is willing to contribute to the cause, including the Kiwanis Club of Vernon – Four Seasons who celebrated their 25th anniversary in style by donating $250,000.

That’s truly outstanding and they deserve to have their name on the sixth floor, which will begin taking patients in February.

However, it took many service clubs, businesses, events and individuals to make this happen and they can all feel good about such an incredible accomplishment that will help so many fellow residents in their time of need.

Congratulations to all on a job well done.