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Kamloops nurse leaves legacy gift of $200K to RIH Foundation, YMCA

Late Kamloops nurse, Joan Wilson, left a legacy gift of $100K to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and the YMCA-YWCA.
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November 17, 2020 - 8:30 PM

A long-time Kamloops resident, nurse and community volunteer has left behind a generous donation for two local non-profits.

When Joan Wilson passed away early last March, she left behind a legacy gift to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and the YMCA-YWCA of $100,000 each, according to a media release from the foundation.

“Joan Wilson was a long-time member, supporter, leader and general cheer leader for the Kamloops Y," Colin Reid, YMCA-YWCA CEO, said in the release. "She lived a life where she contributed to individual and community health."

Joan and her husband moved to Canada from England in 1953, and lived in Kamloops for over sixty years. Joan began as a nurse at Royal Inland Hospital, later becoming Head Nurse of the Health Unit on the North Shore. She estimated that in her career as a midwife in both England and Canada, she delivered over 2,000 babies. 

She was an educator in public health issues, and a dedicated community leader.

Joan was involved in the formation of the Women’s Shelter and Cottonwood Manors seniors housing, and served as a volunteer and President for the Senior’s Outreach and the Kamloops Liaison Council for Seniors.

She also worked with the North Shore Safeway to create a seniors day, and was recognized for her significant work with a Special Community Contribution Certificate.

"Joan Wilson’s legacy gift is a wonderful donation," Heidi Coleman, RIH Foundation CEO, said in the release. "Through this gift, even though she is no longer with us, she has ensured that the community she cared so much about will continue to benefit from her generosity.”

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