Bubba Claus Raises Funds for Cancer Care at BTHC

Dianne Heinrichs published her first book, Bubba Claus Helps Santa Spread Joy, just before Christmas. After losing her husband Myles to cancer and inspired by her own cancer journey, Dianne channelled her grief into writing a Christmas story using her husband’s holiday nickname, “Bubba Claus.” Over 700 books later, Dianne came to the hospital to present a cheque for $1,620 for cancer care at BTHC. The book has been read internationally, with people sending pictures from Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, the United States and across Canada. Thank you to everyone who purchased a book and supported not only BTHC but Dianne as well!

BTHC Foundation is Access Credit Union’s 2023 Jeans for Charity Recipient

Thank you to Morden’s Access Credit Union Branch for selecting the BTHC Foundation as their 2023 Jeans for Charity recipient! Jeans for Charity is a fundraising initiative designed by Access to provide the opportunity for staff to wear jeans on Fridays while raising money for local non-profits. Participating staff donate a minimum of $3 every Friday with proceeds matched by Access, and then staff select the recipient organization. The Foundation was excited to receive a cheque for $7,676, which will be earmarked for equipment purchases at BTHC. Special thank you to those employees who opted for business casual last year and to Access for the matching funds!



Pictured is BTHC Foundation Executive Director Shannon Samatte-Folkett with Access Credit Union staff at the Morden Branch.

BTHC Foundation Receives Proceeds from Morden Elks Lottery

The Morden Elks Lodge # 478 has given the proceeds from their Cash is King Lottery to the BTHC Foundation. $14,700 was donated to the Foundation to purchase equipment at BTHC. This year’s raffle was a sellout once again – thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket in support of healthcare in our community!


Pictured left to right, representing the Morden Elks Raffle Committee, Rob Dudgeon, Gary Grabowski, Shannon Samatte-Folkett, Executive Director of the BTHC Foundation, and Cam Fehr.

Holiday Hours

Please note that the BTHC Foundation office will be closed from December 25th to January 1st. Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd. If you’re dropping off a year end donation during that week, there will be a secure drop-off at the office or consider donating online at www.bthcfoundation.ca. We hope you enjoy the holiday season with family and friends!

BTHC Foundation Receives Morden Area Foundation Grant

Thank you to the Morden Area Foundation for supporting healthcare in the community at large with their recent grant to upgrade the crash cart at BTHC. Used for every code called at our hospital, a modernized, lighter weight cart will be tremendously appreciated by staff. The Foundation was pleased to receive a $3,830 grant at MAF’s awards evening in December.
Pictured from left to right, MAF Director Robert Friesen, BTHC Foundation Executive Director Shannon Samatte-Folkett, Carolyn Friesen, Manager of ACC/ER/OU/SCU, Dialysis, Mental Health Liason Nurses, Respiratory Therapy at BTHC and Zainab Zubair, MAF Director. Photo by Pembina Valley Online.