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
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
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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left to right):
Alisa Coquet (RIH Foundation) with Tina Chard, Occupational
Therapist at RIH."
Thank you Keystone of Life Foundation for your generous donation
of $7,092 in support of two new “Broda” Wheelchairs at Royal
Inland Hospital. These specially designed chairs help patients
transition from their hospital bed to a supported sitting position
after a serious injury or illness (like COVID-19). These chairs
are designed to offer patients a variety of recline positions to
ensure they are always comfortable and safe during their recovery.
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Pictured in this
photograph are (L to R): Ed Scott (KLF Director), John Laing (KLF
Vice President), Greg Sawchuk (KLF Director), Peter Li (Physio
Trainee from UBC), Peter Blagaic (KLF Director), Karen Ruckenstein
(Physiotherapist), Ian Peter (Physio Dept. Head)
presented a cheque for $6,815 on 18 November 2019 to Ridge
Meadows Hospital for the purchase of a Total Body Exerciser
Recumbent Bike. This vital piece of equipment enables easier
and faster rehabilitation of patients who have suffered from
stroke, amputations neurodegenerative diseases and joint
replacement surgery. The design of this device reduces patient
fear, better buy-in and comfortable seating. The seat can be
removed for wheelchair bound patients.
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GRANT TO SURREY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Many thanks to the Keystone of Life
Foundation, a local service group, for a generous donation of
$11,084 to help us purchase four pulse oximeters for the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit and one vein finder for the Children's Unit.
We hosted three members of the
Keystone of Life Foundation at our NICU to learn how the equipment
they bought helps sustain fragile young babies when they are born
too soon. Don Nielsen, Greg Sawchuk and Peter Edwards learned
about the pulse oximeter from Respiratory Technologist, Gulroop
Oximeters make it possible for babies
who have spent many weeks & months in the NICU, and still require
oxygen therapy, to transition home where their oxygen levels can
be monitored by their parents. Parents receive extensive training
on the devices and what to do if the baby’s oxygen level falls.
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& District Hospital Foundation (CDHF)
The Castlegar & District Hospital Foundation
recently received a $5,292.00 grant from the Keystone of Life
Foundation, for the purchase of a bariatric stretcher for the
Emergency Department of the Castlegar Health Centre.
Joan Conkin, Patient Care Coordinator at the
CHC, notes that the new stretcher has a greater weight capacity
and is 5 inches wider than the existing stretchers, making it an
important acquisition for Emerg, improving both the safety and
comfort of larger patients.
Special thanks to the Keystone of
Life Foundation for supporting the Castlegar & District Hospital
Foundation in their work for those in Castlegar and areas
pictured with the
donated stretcher are L-R:
Stefanie Zaytsoff, CDHF Office Mgr;
Kirk Duff, President CDHF; Joan Conkin, Patient Care Coordinator
CHC; Glenn Akselson, Royal Arch Mason, Nettie Stupnikoff,
you – Keystone of Life Foundation
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Invermere & Golden
October 2017 KLF presented a cheque for $10,000 to Invermere and
Golden Hospital for the purchase of a Snoezelen Cart.
Fred Blunden of Invermere Royal Arch Masons presented the cheque
on behalf of KLF, to Deborah Austin, Health Services Director.
Snoezelen is a type of therapy, originating in Holland. It is an
amazing combination of sounds, sights, touch and smells that can
engage all the senses. It provides a calming therapeutic
environment for children and adults with cognitive disabilities,
including dementia. The staff and residents of Durand Manor were
especially grateful for this generous donation.
(photo courtesy Lorene Keitch)
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Grant to Bella Coola
granted almost $10,000 to Bella Coola Hospital for the purchase of
various pieces of rehabilitation equipment which will be loaned
out to patients recovering from injury, surgery or disabilities.
representatives in the photo include staff from housekeeping,
laboratory, X-Ray, physio, nursing, public health, and maintenance
The re-hab assistant
in Bella Coola operates thr loan equipment program for their
clients in need, and has created a thorough monitoring system for
equipment loaned and returned.
From Sharon Caroll (Program
Manager, Nursing Inpatient-Residential Admin):
behalf of myself, Dolores Langford, and Freeman Qu we wish to
extend our greatest appreciation. You and your organization were
wonderful to work with over the past year as we saw this dream
come to reality.
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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).