$10,000 to Canuck Place from Pan Pacific Whistler

September 30, 2013

$10,000 to Canuck Place from Pan Pacific Whistler

Pan Pacific Whistler donates $10,000 to Canuck Place from Canuck Place Suite

(Whistler) The Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre today announced a donation of $10,964.89 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

In the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre there is a suite named the Canuck Place Suite. Each year, ten percent of all room revenue generated from guest stays in this suite is donated to Canuck Place. In the last 3 years, over $25,000 has been given to the children’s hospice from the Pan Pacific Whistler hoteliers.

Canuck Place is BC’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The team from Pan Pacific Whistler hotels recently toured Canuck Place to see the facilities. The team viewed the peaceful outdoor gardens, kitchen and recreation rooms, the second floor clinical wing with nine patient beds and the third floor family rooms. The team also viewed the art room, schoolroom and playroom and had the opportunity to meet counselors, physicians and nurses.

“I hope those are tears of joy’” asked Denise Praill, Facility Manager, Development, during the tour. “Here at Canuck Place we try to find the joy in life, hopefully helping to manage the sorrow and sadness that comes when a child is ill.” It is a touching sentiment echoed through the halls of the charming facility.

Denise and her team have a daunting task ahead of them in the coming months. Canuck Place will complete construction on the $13-million capital project and the province’s second pediatric palliative care facility in Abbotsford later this fall.

Pan Pacific Whistler General Manager, Lloyd Daser says, “Making sure we have heads in these hotel beds is my role here at Pan Pacific Whistler and I embrace that challenge every day. But the tiny heads resting in the beds at Canuck Place need our support too. I am grateful to, and proud of, all members of our Pan Pacific Whistler family who whole-heartedly support our initiative here. We are honoured to be contributing to our community, especially the children of BC, with this donation program.”

“Pan Pacific Whistler is an incredible supporter to Canuck Place and we applaud their involvement in our fund raising through the Whistler hotel,” said Praill.

Once touched by the spirit of Canuck Place, people and organizations are forever drawn in to the families helped by Canuck Place. Although Trevor Linden has not had an active role at Canuck Place for years, when he heard about the Pan Pacific Whistler donation, he joined the celebration. Linden was a key player, on and off the ice, at the inception of Canuck Place. As a friend to Pan Pacific Whistler, Trevor happily stopped by to assist in the delivery of the Pan Pacific Whistler cheque.

Whistler visitors wanting to be a part of this on-going fund raising effort can reserve Suite 8815, the 2-bedroom Canuck Place Suite in Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre. While creating wonderful vacation memories, guests will sleep better knowing they are also contributing to another family desperately needing support.

For more information on this program or to book the Canuck Place Suite at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, contact the team at 1 888 966 5575.

Media Contact:
Jane Ince
Public & Media Relations