The Lady Minto Hospital Foundation congratulates Ann and Bruce McPhee, winners of Phantom Ball 2019. The McPhees have been friends of the Foundation for years, and their names were drawn in the prize draw September 19th. In early October, we presented a delighted Ann and Bruce with their amazing prize package for two to Great Bear Lodge, a fully self-contained floating lodge 50 air miles from Port Hardy at the edge of the spectacular Great Bear Rainforest. Ann and Bruce are planning on taking the trip this coming spring.

Ann told us, “Last year I looked at the idea of going to the Great Bear Lodge as a bucket list item for us. We both enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and BC. But as often happens other things took priority over a trip.” Ann went on to say, “When Bruce retired he took up photography as a hobby and this trip is a great opportunity to see and photograph wildlife.”

Ann & Bruce have lived on Salt Spring for over forty years and have supported Lady Minto Hospital since the Hospital Foundation’s Phantom Ball began. “Imagine our excitement when this year’s Phantom Ball prize was a trip to Great Bear Lodge………but who ever wins these things? I made a donation as always and when we got the call from the Foundation saying we had won the prize, we just couldn’t believe it. Bruce and I are so excited, our trip is now booked and we look forward to this fabulous opportunity.”

We would like to thank everyone who supported Phantom Ball 2019, making it a huge success in its 23rd year. Thank you to Great Bear Nature Tours for contributing this year’s prize package to the Great Bear Rainforest. It is one of the best places in the world to observe grizzly and black bears on the traditional lands of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation.

We wish Ann and Bruce a truly memorable Phantom Ball vacation and look forward to another amazing Phantom Ball in 2020.

Draw day photo; Sean McIntyre (Paramedic), Jason Grindler (Paramedic), Paul Oliphant (Board Director), Elaine Theunisz (LMH Staff), Dave Taylor (Board Director) & Conrad Bowden (Board Director)

Prize day photo; Conrad Bowden (Board Director), Bruce McPhee, Ann McPhee, Dave Taylor (Board Vice-Chair), Janet Cunningham (Committee Member), Sara Gogo (Rural Site Director)