Whether acknowledging a milestone, like a birthday or anniversary, or honouring loved ones who have passed, tribute giving is a special way to celebrate the lives of those we cherish.
For Gordon and Joan Brooker’s four children, honouring their parents’ memory with a donation to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation was an easy decision and a perfect way to celebrate their lives.
Gordon and Joan Brooker met in London, England during World War II, with Joan travelling to Victoria after the war in 1946 to marry Gordon. They made Vancouver their home in 1947 so Gordon could complete his education as a Chartered Accountant and to start a family.
In 1963, they moved to the Prairies with their four children, calling Prince Albert home. Their final move was to Regina in 1972 for Gordon’s work as the managing partner of a major accounting firm. Regina became their home for over 40 years.
Joan passed first, followed by Gordon. Says one of their sons, “After Dad’s passing, the family quickly came together with the decision to make a significant donation in our parents’ memory.
Our parents supported numerous Regina charities over the years, including the Hospitals of Regina Foundation,” he says, “so it was fitting we honoured them by giving back to the community they loved. We know this gift will help a large number of people, and I think our parents would be very happy to know that.
The $100,000 gift supports the HRF’s respiratory campaign and will purchase a bronchoscope with video tower. This equipment enables medical staff to view a patient’s throat and lower airways, and performs procedures to diagnose and treat acute, malignant, or chronic diseases. The Brooker family’s gift will help reduce wait times for patients seeking diagnosis and treatment for respiratory illnesses.
The HRF thanks the Brooker family for supporting Regina’s hospitals and the thousands of patients who need respiratory equipment.