Christmas came early for the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and northern BC’s youngest hospital patients.
At last night’s annual Festival of Trees Fundraising Gala, a $1 million donation in the memory of long-time Festival volunteer Carol Bajkov was announced.
According to Spirit of the North, Bajkov “dedicated herself to the festival since its inception, played a pivotal role around the children’s workshop, fostering an environment of creativity and joy for young minds. With an unwavering commitment, she mobilized an army of volunteers each year, leaving an indelible mark on the festival’s success.”
The donation was made by Bajkov’s family. Her daughter, Laura Pederson, said “My mom would be so humbly proud to know her legacy will forever help children that she cared so deeply for.”
The money will all go to the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will include additional beds, family spaces, dedicated twin spaces, and more.
The expansion will be named after Bajkov, which Spirit of the North says “will not only facilitate the growth of vital healthcare services but also serve as a lasting testament to Carol’s profound impact on the Festival of Trees and her commitment to the well-being of the littlest patients in the north.”
“Carol Bajkov was more than a mentor; she was a guiding light and a dear member of our Festival family. Her unwavering dedication to the Festival of Trees, her passion for nurturing young minds, and her love for our community left an indelible mark on all who knew her. This million-dollar gift, in her honor, ensures that Carol’s legacy of compassion and generosity will continue to touch and transform generations to come,” said Aimee Cassie, the CEO of the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.