In 1993, E.B. Horsman & Son decided to take on the challenge of supporting a charity at a corporate level. As of June 2017, we have been able to donate a total of $797,141.00 to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the province’s only pediatric acute care hospital.
We are proud to support various fundraising activities, from the major Nascar pool, silent auctions, and super bowl pools, to the small Chili Cook-offs and barbeques. These continuous fundraising activities happen throughout the year involving E.B. Horsman & Son employees, suppliers, and customers to give back to the community and contribute to BC Children’s Hospital donations.
Funds raised support the Excellence in Child Health Fund and go to the areas of greatest need, providing the essential services, critical research and advanced technology necessary to make leading pediatric care accessible to our province’s one million children.
In 2016, E.B. Horsman & Son began contributing a portion of yearly BCCHF fundraising dollars to specifically fund the Beads of Courage program which is a program within the Child Life Program for the Oncology department at B.C. Children’s Hospital.
The Beads of Courage Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program, members tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. Beads are given according to a specific program bead guide. For milestones in their treatment journey, they receive handmade one-of-a kind glass beads that are donated by members of Canadian glass lampworking community.
All program bead guides were developed in collaboration with experts in the field (nurses, doctors, child life specialists and social workers) so that each bead would reflect meaningful acknowledgment of a member’s treatment journey.
There are many benefits and outcomes of the Beads of Courage Program. Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage program indicates that the program helps to:
- Decreases illness-related distress
- Increase the use of positive engagement coping strategies
- Helps members find meaning in illness and gives them anticipatory guidance in their treatment journey
- Restores sense of self in those coping with serious illness
- Provides something tangible the member can use to tell about their experience during treatment and after
- Creates a common language among members
E.B. Horsman is proud to support the Beads of Courage Oncology Program at British Columbia Children’s Hospital. Visit www.beadsofcourage.ca for more information.
With our expansion to Alberta in 2015 we started working with the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation in Edmonton so that funds raised in Alberta benefit local families.
Beads of Courage
To support E.B Horsman & Son’s fund raising efforts see your local branch or donate online to BC Children’s Hospital.