Broda Family Makes $1 Million Donation for Spiritual Space at New Children’s Hospital
November 7, 2017
A special Spiritual Space is coming to Saskatchewan’s new maternal and children’s hospital because of a generous $1 million gift from Barb and Gord Broda and the Casimir and Marie Broda Family Foundation.
“It is with graciousness and pride that we make this contribution to the children’s hospital. We have had the pleasure and privilege of working in every corner of this great province and we have been blessed with many years of success,” explained Barb, Gord, and Marie Broda. “We are proud of our Saskatchewan roots and know that this new children’s hospital will be a tremendous benefit to our province and the generations that follow us.”
Located on the main floor of Saskatchewan’s new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital, the Spiritual Space will be accessible 24 hours a day, offering resources for multi-faith worship, including added ventilation to accommodate rituals such as smudging and pipe ceremonies.
“In the fast-paced world of a busy children’s hospital, a multi-faith space devoted to our diverse provincial community will provide serenity and a place for reflection in times when compassion and spiritual connection is especially important,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Through the Broda family gift, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will support families of all faith, so that healing and hope remain a pillar of the family-centred care that this children’s hospital represents.”
“I appreciate and applaud the Broda family’s contribution to a dedicated spiritual space at JPCH,” Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit said. “From past experience with a sick child, having a quiet sanctuary to reflect and pray was integral in our family’s ability to cope at a very trying time and eventual realization of the impending loss of our son. The Brodas continue to set a great example of being exemplary corporate citizens, and I personally say, Thank you!”
With natural wood elements, cushions for kneeling and praying, and flexible seating, the space will provide a sense of peacefulness and connection to nature. It will accommodate individuals, families, gatherings, as well as group ceremonies.
With construction over 70% complete, the new provincial hospital is on schedule for a 2019 opening.