Story courtesy Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan

Jack Creber believed in giving back to his community. And his final gift will leave a lasting legacy for Saskatchewan’s youngest citizens.

Creber, former mayor of Carrot River, thoughtfully added the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan to his will prior to his passing in 2014. Creber, a dedicated gardener and community booster, moved to Saskatchewan from Manitoba after retiring from farming and local business in Newdale, Manitoba.

Jack Creber

Jack Creber

“During his lifetime, Jack was an avid supporter of children’s charities. This gift is a continuation of his lifelong commitment to caring for those who need it most,” say family members Bruce and Carol Dalgarno. “He thought about donating the balance of his estate to other charities but upon hearing about the proposed children’s hospital, he quickly decided to support this local project.”

Creber’s gift of $80,000 will support a Pediatric Surgery Recovery Room in the new Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan. A first for Saskatchewan, the new provincial hospital will be home to three dedicated pediatric surgery suites. Located on the ground floor of the hospital, the integrated suites will include both an operating area and induction room, which will allow a parent and child to stay together until after anesthesia has been administered, offering a reassuring presence during surgery preparation. The nearby recovery room will see many young patients as it’s expected more than 5,000 planned and emergency surgeries will take place in the new maternal and children’s hospital each year.

With the capital campaign for Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital in full swing, there are many ways for donors to make an impact on the health of children, including a gift of life insurance, RRSPs or RRIFs, endowments, bequests, or a donation of securities.

“A legacy gift like Jack’s is a tremendous way for people to leave a lasting mark on future generations of our province,” says Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. “We are very grateful for his generosity and that he considered this project important enough to include in his will.”

With the help of legacy donors like Jack Creber, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan is committed to raising $75 million to ensure that the new maternal and children’s hospital will be a special place for kids, moms-to-be and families when the doors open in 2019 and for generations to come.