Created in 2004, the General Endowment continues to grow with the help of generous donors. Memorial donations are often directed to this fund with the permission of families who wish to pay a special tribute to a lost loved one. Many of our donors direct special bequests to our Endowment ensuring that their legacy has a lasting and significant impact for generations.


As a young woman, Evelyn traveled by train from her home on Nicomen Island to Baldonnel where she began her teaching career of 33 years. In 1945 she married Austin Hadland and they began their lives together and raised two sons Dale and Arthur on the family’s farm in the Baldonnel area. In 2016 the Hadland family lost their brother and son Dale due to a brain tumor. In memory of his beloved wife and because the Fort St. John Hospital was so good to Dale, Austin Hadland and family established an endowment fund in Evelyn’s name.  Only the income earned is used to support the purchase of medical equipment and will continue to give back to help enhance the comfort and care to individuals for years to come.


Austin remembers the construction of the original hospital in 1931 which provided much needed healthcare and a safety blanket for the Hadland family with the birth of their children and for minor medical needs. The family came to appreciate the importance of local healthcare and the skill of the medical staff at the North Peace Hospital when Austin’s and Evelyn’s son Dale developed brain cancer in 1992, and survived another 24 years. It is with these memories that the Austin Hadland Endowment Fund was established to create a lasting legacy that will ensure the best health care is available for those who rely on the Fort St John Hospital.


Edmondo and Giovanna arrived in Fort St. John from Italy in 1959. They owned and ran the Westend Grocery, and then went on to own and operate 4M Furniture for 35 years. As hard working business owners for 50 years in the community they shared a desire to make a personal commitment to the Fort St John Hospital Foundation. Giovanna lost her dear husband in 2001 and she decided to create the Edmondo & Giovanna Mucci Endowment Fund in 2018 to ensure that the Foundation is able to purchase equipment to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and for patients having treatment in the Community Cancer Centre receive the best care they need. Endowment Funds are important to the Foundation as they ensure a sustainable and secure source of future funding.


On December 6th, 2016 the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation was excited to create the Jean Gardner. Endowment Fund, in honour of a woman who has played a significant role in the success of the Foundation, in health care, and in this community. Jean’s husband, Reg, made the $50,000 donation in memory of Jean, as well as daughter Dani, and parents Dorothy and Ken. Jean served for eight years as the Director of Finance at the Fort St John General Hospital. She was also one of the founding members of the FSJ Hospital Foundation and served on the Board of Directors from 1994 until her “retirement” from the Board in 2006. Jean was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, colleague and a great friend. Her cheerful, positive outlook and personality brightened up each day. Through this Endowment Fund, named in her honour, her impact on our community and her legacy of compassion, kindness, and generosity, will continue. The Jean Gardner Endowment Fund, like the others, is a fund to which anyone may contribute gifts.


After graduating from the UBC School of Dentistry, Dr Leslie Ho travelled throughout British Columbia in a mobile dental trailer. He first visited Fort St. John in 1978 and he fell in love with the city. The following year, he set up shop with his own dental practice in town. Forty two years later, he has been one of the longest serving dentists in Fort St. John. The time has flown by and he officially retired this year (2020) to spend more time with his family and new grandchild. While he is retired in Vancouver, he will always have fond memories of his time here and is thankful to the community for making Fort St. John a home for him all of these years.


Betty-Lou Pflughaupt grew up in Grand Haven. She met her husband of 50 years, Darwin Pimm, when she was 16 and in 1968 they married and settled down in the Fort St. John area where they started a family. Even though Darwin and Betty spent their winters in Arizona in their later years, they called Fort St. John home. Betty was known as a kind, caring community member who was always taking care of others. Darwin and sons, Ted and Clint, created the Betty Pimm Endowment fund to honour their beloved wife and mother and to ensure that her legacy of caring for others will continue to have a long lasting impact on her community.


This fund was created by the Petrie family in memory of a loving husband, father, and friend. As an active member of the community, Henry believed in the work of the Hospital Foundation and in providing the best possible health care for his family and the community he loved. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this fund and all donations are tax deductible.


This fund was created by one of our locally owned and operated companies, Energetic Services Inc. Energetic wanted to make a lasting statement of their values as a corporate citizen. They strongly believe in being financially responsible and in saving for the future. They believe that a strong and vibrant hospital attracts good people to our community and they wish to support their owner/operators and their families when health issues arise. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this fund and all donations are tax deductible.

To speak to someone personally and confidentially at the Foundation, please contact: Niki Hedges, Executive Director by phoning: 250-261-7563 or email fsjhf@northernhealth.ca, and speak to your financial planner.