To look at John Hickie, you wouldn’t guess he recently celebrated his 84th birthday. The retired farmer and provincial government employee credits a life of hard work and healthy living for his good health. But he also knows full well the importance of giving back to his community, specifically to Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
“I’ve been fortunate to have good health, but members of my family, including my late wife, weren’t so lucky. They received excellent care from Regina’s hospitals, and I want to make sure the hospitals have the best possible equipment in order to help other families.”
John was born on the family homestead on March 21 (the first day of spring), 1935. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan College Of Agriculture in 1959, before starting a career with the provincial Ministry of Agriculture. He married the love of his life, Bernadette, in 1968, and the couple raised two daughters, Jennifer and Angela.
“I’m so grateful for everything that has gone well in my life,” John says. “But I also believe good fortune comes with an obligation to give back whenever you can.”
John has been a Foundation donor since 2002, the same year Bernadette required an operation to repair a brain aneurysm. Bernadette received additional hospital care, including for blood cancer and heart issues, before passing away in 2015 following a severe stroke. John continues making annual donations in her memory, and has included the Foundation in his will as a tribute to his late wife and a lasting legacy of their life together.
“Of course I wish Bernadette was still with me. I miss her every day,” John admits. “But I also have so much to be grateful for, including my daughters, the grandchildren and my health. That motivates me to give back, and help other people live better lives.”
“The Foundation greatly appreciates the support of donors like John,” said Lisa Green, vice-president, development. “By making regular donations through gifts of securities and including the Foundation in his will, he’s reducing his tax bill and helping us invest in high quality, local health care that will be available when people need it most."
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