Masons contribute to palliative care

Freemasons Doug Sowden

Freemasons Doug Sowden

Wanting to be involved in the future of heath care, members of the Masonic Foundation, the world’s oldest and largest fraternity,  presented a $10,000 donation to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation for the palliative care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Alan Cross, Grand Master of the Freemasons of British Columbia and Yukon, praised the unit for serving several members with dignity and respect.

“It is with gratitude that the foundation receives such a generous gift from the Freemasons,” said Maeve O’Byrne, foundation president. “Their contribution is heartfelt and will help the palliative unit grow into the future.”

The foundation is on the homestretch to completing its $2.3 million pledge to help fund the majority of renovations in the unit which opened in September 2008.

Since that time hundreds of families have sought comfort and respite during difficult times.

For more information about the hospital foundation or the palliative care unit, please visit