By Angela Brown
A campaign to support a state-of-the art psychiatric facilit being built in North Battleford is 75 per cent closer to its goal after a large donation Tuesday.
Leslie and Irene Dubé donated $1 million to the New Beginnings fundraiser to help purchase new equipment and furnishings for the new Saskatchewan Hospital.
Leslie Dubé told the ceremony audience it was an honour to help the community, adding it was their goal “to help those who cannot help themselves” particularly those in need of mental health support.
“We found the more we contribute, the more we achieve peace in our hearts,” Dubé said. “It’s love. We gave love in a small way, and a little bit more … Now this is ultimate love. When you love people like the group that is here, and all the patients. I urge you to give consideration to anything you can to financially help those who are delivering this wonderful service.”
As a result of the gift from the Dubé family, the exterior corridor entrance way to the new Saskatchewan Hospital will be named the Irene and Leslie Dubé Pathway.
Linda Shynkaruk, director of Saskatchewan Hospital, was emotional when she addressed the guests attending the announcement.
“Our dream is becoming a reality,” she said.
Shynkaruk said she is still hoping the move to the new facility will begin this fall despite recent notice of construction delays.
She said she appreciates the Dubé’s gift and also everyone who has donated to the campaign so far. The campaign goal is to reach $8 million in funding.
“Every dollar counts, and we’re going to make it happen,” Shynkaruk said.