The Keystone of Life Foundation (KLF)
The Keystone of Life Foundation is a charitable
Society started by a group of Royal Arch Masons in 1973. The
Foundation is incorporated under the Societies Act and is
recognized by the Grand Chapter of BC and Yukon.
It’s objective is to purchase medical equipment for
hospitals and similar institutions in BC & Yukon, particularly
those hospitals in outlying areas which are not served by well
Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded
grants in excess of $500,000 to qualifying hospitals around the
Funds to carry out this objective are derived from
membership fees, donations, bequests and legacies and fund raising
Income Tax deductible receipts are issued for all
individual memberships & donations made to the Foundation.
Individual annual membership fee is currently
$30.00. A Life Membership fee is calculated based on age as
specified in our pamphlets. Information is available from your
Scribe E, Grand Chapter, the Keystone executive
or you can download
the attached pdf form, complete, and send with a cheque made out
to "Keystone of Life Foundation" for the appropriate amount to the
address on the foot of the form.
The Keystoneof Life
Foundation is now registered with "Canada Helps", a national
website that makes donations to charities by credit card much
easier to complete. Donations to the Keystone of Life
Foundation can now be made securely online by clicking
here and following the directions on
screen. To obtain a tax receipt by email from Canada Helps
you must first register with Canada Helps. Registration also
enables you to view online any and all donations you may have made
to the K.L.F. and other charities using this website. If you
decide not to register you will be sent a tax receipt by post in
the traditional way.
Thank you for your
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We accept requests for equipment from hospitals
throughout British Columbia and Yukon, and all Royal Arch Masons
are encouraged to enquire at their local hospitals to solicit
Since there is a continuing demand for equipment we
are always seeking new members, donations and legacies.
The KLF Board, meets quarterly for a supper meeting on the first
Tuesday of November, February, May and August at the Knight & Day
Restaurant 9677 King George Highway, Surrey and all
KLF members (and interested non-members) are
invited to attend.
For enquiries and memberships contact:
Peter Edwards (President):
Tel: 604 940 0844
Don Neilson (Secretary)
Tel: 604 572 1811
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"A presentation of a grant cheque for $9.470 was recently
made to Peace Arch Hospital for the purchase of an Eco Flex
Stretcher. This device is designed for the patient to be placed in
the ideal positions for comfort and accessibility whilst
undergoing an ultrasound imaging or biopsy procedures.
Ultrasound Technician said that the unity can process
up to 80 patients a day."]
"Presentation of a KLF grant cheque to Peace Arch Hospital
July 2016 . Pictured are (L to R); Peter Edwards (KLF President;
Karina Currie, Ultrasound Technician; Siobhan Phillips, Chair,
Board of Directors; Barbara Becker, Snr. Philanthropy Officer; Tim
Bindon, Director, Philanthropy; Don Neilson, KLF Secretary."]
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"$8,000 Grant Made to
Langley Memorial Hospital"
(posted May 2016)
The Keystone of Life Foundation recently delivered a
$7,952 grant to the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation for
the purchase of a CADD pump for End-of-Life Care at Langley
“The use of CADD
(computerized ambulatory drug delivery) pumps is important in
providing optimal symptom management to our patients at the
Hospice Residence at Langley Memorial Hospital” says Becky
Williams, Patient Care Coordinator,
LMH Hospice Residence. CADD pumps allow for
continuous infusion of medication to be administered via a
portable device and can provide a very effective means of
providing medication such as medication for pain control or
other medications to manage symptoms such as seizures or
In addition to receiving continuous infusion of
medication via a CADD pump, a patient with a CADD pump in use
can press a button and deliver a pre-determined, safe and
effective dose of their medication, as needed, for their
The pump and medication is portable and therefore
permits patients whenever possible to be more independent and
enjoy events or activities outside of the hospice residence.
“I strongly advocate for the availability of CADD
pumps in the care of our patients in hospice. I have
personally observed the successful symptom management and
improved quality of life that is the benefit of this very
effective and convenient way to administer medications, when
needed, to patients receiving palliative care” states Dr.
Sharon Duncan, LMH End-of-Life Care Program."
Neilson and John Laing, Directors of the Keystone of Life
Foundation, together with Neil Marsh from Semihamoo Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons,
recently presented $7,952 to Becky Williams, Patient
LMH Hospice Residence."
Keystone of Life makes a
On Friday 27th March 2015, representatives of the Keystone of
Life Foundation (KLF) traveled to Fraser Canyon Hospital, Hope,
to present a cheque for $8,905 with which the Hospital purchased
a Stryker bariatic stretcher for its Emergency Department.
Dr Joshua Greggan said, for the Hospital, that this device
significantly increased patient comfort and well-being, allowed
a patient's weight to be assessed in- situ, which meant that
medications could be better calculated. The device also allowed
patients to adjust the profile of the stretcher themselves to
maximise their own comfort, and for X-Rays to be taken without
the need for patients to be removed from the stretcher.
KLF Director emphasized that the Keystone of Life Foundation
relies on donations and other forms of giving from all sources
to enable it to continue making these grants. KLF is closely
associated with Royal Arch Freemasonry throughout the Province
and relies on the generosity and cooperation of many of these
Masons to carry out its mandate of supporting Hospitals in the
" KLF directors present a grant cheque for $8905 to
representatives of Fraser Canyon Hospital on Friday 27th March
2015. The Hi-Tech stretcher for the hospital Emergency
Department is shown in the foreground.
Those pictured above are Dr Joshua Greggan, (Physician FC
Hospital), Tony Brown (Director KLF), Corina Vogt (Mgr.
Emergency, FC Hospital), Catherine Wiebe (Site Director, FC
Hospital), Peter Edwards (President KLF)."
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Grant completed by Keystone of Life Foundation
On Monday March 23rd, Representatives from KLF and Tzouhalem
Chapter #26 traveled to Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan, VI,
to formally present a cheque for $9,820 from KLF as a grant to
purchase a special bariatric portable patient lift. This lift can
be battery driven and includes an in-built scale for assessing
patient handling and treatment. Lisa Elzinga, the senior nursing
representative of the MSIP unit, explained that this lift will
enable the staff to lift patients, especially heavy patients, who
have fallen, or to transfer patients from a car to a wheelchair
without discomfort to the patient or risk of injury to the nursing
staff. The lift was purchased with KLF funding some weeks ago and
has already been put to good and frequent use.
The photograph here illustrates a patient lift of a similar
type to that purchased by Cowichan Hospital."
"The photograph shows the cheaue being
received by representatives from Cowicham Hospital. Pictured L-R
are: Art Griff (Tzouhalem Chapter), Peter Edwards (President KLF),
Anita FavaraMcDonald (Site Manager, Cowichan District Hospital),
Lisa Elzinga ( Nursing Staff MSIP Unit, Cowichan Hospital) Paul
Philcox & Arnie Krenz (both from Tzouhalem Chapter)"
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Keystone of Life visited Burnaby Hospital in December 2014 to
present a cheque for $7,301 to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation.
This grant was used to purchase a Blanket Warming Cabinet for
Foundation representative said that "evidence-based practices
show keeping patients warm with blankets from the time of
admission into the preoperative holding area, through surgery,
to discharge from the post anaesthesia care, results in faster
recovery and discharge, lower infection rates, reduced
hospital costs, better thermal comfort, and increased patient
Left to Right in photograph are: Sue Brown (KLF), Tony Brown
(Director-KLF), Misha Radoman (Director-KLF),Stacey
Hunt (Nuesing Staff), DeeDee
Wray, Manager for
both Medicine and Oncology and Sylvia Zylla, Director Major
Gifts and Planned Giving for the Foundation.
Eagle Ridge Hospital
In August 2014 the Keystone of Life Foundation presented a
cheque to Eagle Ridge Hospital - Port Moody, for a sum of
$3,860 for the purchase of a recumbent bike for their
physiotherapy and stroke rehabilitation department. The Hospital
representative said that this equipment would make a positive
difference in the recovery times of many stroke sufferers.
Pictured in the photos above are Tony Brown (Director KLF),
Jim MacGrandles (KLF), Charlene Giovanetti-King (Exec. Director
Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation, Donna Findlay (Head of
Physiotherapy), Misha Radoman (Director KLF), John Laing
(Director KLF), Dn Neilson (Director KLF).
Donation to Ladysmith Community Health Centre
Photo left to right: Amber Adams, of the Hospital
Foundation; Peter Edwards, President of Keystone of Life
Foundation; Dr. Pramod Swamy, Chief of Staff; Leslie Cross, RN;
Terry Tutte, Majuba Chapter; Ken Gibson, Majuba Chapter; Norm
Carreck, Majuba Chapter (Ladysmith) of the Royal Arch Masons of BC
& Yukon; Tim Yates, Majuba Chapter (Ladysmith) of the Royal Arch
Masons of BC & Yukon; John Kelly, First Principal of the Majuba
Chapter (Ladysmith) of the Royal Arch Masons of BC & Yukon."
" The Keystone of Life Foundation, together with members of
Majuba Chapter #33 (Ladysmith) of the Royal Arch Masons of BC &
Yukon recently presented a cheque for $9,756 to the Nanaimo
Hospital Foundation and medical staff at Ladysmith Health Care
Centre. The funds have purchased a state-of-the-art patient
stretcher, as pictured, for urgent care cases at the Ladysmith
Community Health Care Centre.
to The Tapestry
The Keystone of Life Foundation made a further grant to The Tapestry
Foundation for the purchase of specialised wheelchairs for the
Holy Family Hospital, Vancouver.
The grant was for $4,947, and the photograph shows the official
Pictured left to right are: Ann
Adams, CEO, Tapestry Foundation; Don Neilson, Secretary,
Keystone of Life Foundation; Tara Blair, Occupational Therapy
Assistant, Holy Family Hospital; Rae Johnson, Site Operations
Leader, Holy Family Hospital; Miranda Lee, Site Leader,
Occupational Therapy, Holy Family Hospital and Misha Radoman,
Treasurer, Keystone of Life Foundation."
Over the year and a half period up to February
2013, the KLF has made grants to:
Ivermere Hospital $3,372 6 x
Overbed procedure tables
Penticton Hospital $3,471
Pediatric Spica Table
Prince Rupert Hospital $3,057 Lateral
Air Transfer System
Ridge Meadows Hospital $3,620 2 x
Delta Hospital $3,534 6 x
behalf of MWB Murray Webster to the Keystone of Life Foundation
Our Grand Master,
Most Worshipful Brother G. Murray Webster had called for
nominations from his officers for charities they supported
for award of his Charity Funds. The Keystone of Life
Foundation (KLF) was recommended by RWB Sonny Bond as one of those
charities and the Grand Master awarded two cheques of $750 each to
the KLF. RWB Sonny Bond was given the honour of formally
presenting the cheques to the KLF on Saturday May 25th 2013 as
seen in the photograph above (or below)
Pictured left to
right are: RWB. Sonny Bond, VEC Peter Edwards (KLF President) and
REC Don Neilson (KLF Secretary).
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Keystone of Life Foundation Grant
April 3rd 2013
REC Don Neilson and VEC Peter Edwards present a
cheque to Veronica Carroll (far right), Executive Director of the
Delta Hospital Foundation. Also present were
Individual Giving Manager, (far left) and Geri Pearson, Physical
in the Residential Care Unit.
The funds went to the purchase of a six highly
specialized Roho cushions which are used on the beds and
wheelchairs of elderly non-walking residents to prevent painful
and often dangerous pressure sores.
We rely almost totally on individual memberships
and donations received and we encourage all Chapters in the
Jurisdiction to adopt the KLF as a recipient of its local fund
raising activities. We welcome new members and especially welcome
members to participate in our regular meetings.
photo by Linda Edwards
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KLF representatives present a
cheque for $5200 to Ridge Meadows
Hospital for the purchase of two special wheelchairs. April 2013
Keystone of Life Foundation,
Delta, V4E 1R3
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