Living through the tough economic times of the Dirty Thirties and two World Wars taught Harold and Vilda Latrace the importance of caring for family, and that you should treat others as you would like to be treated.

On October 7, with a generous $250,000 donation to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, the Harold and Vilda Latrace family continue to honour their parent’s caring values by offering support to Saskatchewan children and families when they need it most.

A crowd of people surround an oversize cheque.

The family of Harold and Vilda Latrace present a cheque for $250,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan in memory of the couple.

“This isn’t about the number of zeros in the donation, it is about doing what is needed for the children and families in Saskatchewan who need a children’s hospital. Every one of us working together will make the difference,” said Betty Anne Latrace-Henderson, who spoke on behalf of the Harold and Vilda Latrace family.

This gift, made to the Children’s Hospital Capital Campaign, will be naming the new multidisciplinary therapy room within the new pediatric outpatient clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan after the Latrace family. In this dedicated space, health professionals will teach, train and care for children and adolescents in areas such as Speech Language Pathology, Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition/Diet.

“The Latrace family has always believed in our Foundation’s vision from the beginning,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “It does not surprise me that this contribution came from the children of Harold and Vilda, as it was always important to them that their whole family work hard, be grateful and give back to the community. Harold and Vilda’s vision is honoured through this generous gift today.”

“When our teams of health care providers and families designed this multidisciplinary therapy space, they envisioned a room that supported every member of their team in creating the right environment for families and helping children and teenagers in their care journey,” said Craig Ayers, Project Direct, Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan – Saskatoon Health Region. “It’s only fitting that families will see the Latrace name as they enter this space. They are a family who have shown how working as a team and staying true to family values can lead to greatness. This is the journey we believe Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan is on and we thank the Latrace family for being part of this journey.”

The Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan will serve mothers and children from across the province, offering leading edge healthcare equipment and technology, research programs and innovation – all with a focus on family-centred care. It will be connected to Royal University Hospital, and contain both adult and pediatric emergency departments. It is scheduled to open in 2017.