TRU health centre receives generous grant

The Thompson Rivers University gala in Williams Lake was a roaring success in part due to a large donation to the TRU Health Centre.

The Thompson Rivers University Lets Go Gatsby TRU Grit gala in Williams Lake  was a roaring success in part due to a large donation to the TRU Health Centre.

The Robert L Conconi Foundation donated $20,000 towards the TRU Health Centre, said Jacqueline Johnston TRU marketing and recruitment co-ordinator in a Tuesday release from the university.

The generous donation was really the icing on the cake to a spectacular evening.   Guests ate, drank, bid and danced the night away at a very successful TRU Williams Lake Gala, the release said.

“The foundation is very community oriented and this donation is a gift to our community,” Dr. Ray Sanders, TRU Williams Lake campus executive director said. “The Health Centre could not operate without the generosity of donations like this one. We are extremely grateful to the Conconi Foundation.”

The TRU Health Centre has been actively operating since October 2013 and is open to the public along with TRU students and staff.

“This is an unbelievably generous donation,” said Sandra Lachapelle, the centre’s lead nurse practitioner. “With this money, we will be able to purchase a number of vital tools for the Health Centre. This includes an electronic medical record system, which will improve communication between providers and create greater security for people’s health care information.”

The Robert L Conconi Foundation was founded as a way to give back to local communities.

“Each of us have a responsibility in life to leave this world a better place than we found it,” Conconi said. “The foundation is an important part of what I intend to be my contribution.”

The TRU Health Centre is the only one of its kind in B.C. and offers patients a unique access point to the health care system as the only place in Williams Lake that offers drop in services other than the emergency department at Cariboo Memorial Hospital.