The Stollery
Beach Project

Advancing children's physical and mental health.

Join us on this important Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation initiative to advance children’s physical and mental health.

In support of

A message from Jared Smith

In support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

I love the spring. A time of renewal and energy after a long, cold, Edmonton winter. It’s also a time when my family and I usually plan our summer adventures and beach vacations. Gives us something to look forward to.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working with The Stollery Children’s Foundation in support of kids like Madelyn. Her story hits close to home because my 14 year old daughter shares her name. Since Madelyn was just 7 days old until now at just over 2yrs, she’s had several open heart surgeries - performed by an incredible team of physicians, surgeons, paediatricians, cardiologists, nurses and support staff at the Stollery. At a time when the world is calling on all of us to be more resilient, I believe we can all learn from Madeyln and her family.

When Mike House, CEO of the foundation mentioned that they are in the process of attempting to raise $5M towards the construction of an indoor beach play area for Stollery patients, kids and their families - it occurred to me that despite Covid and our current economic challenges, now might be a perfect time to ask families to make a donation. My family had budgeted funds towards our cancelled beach vacations this year... why not donate the funds to help build a beach for these kids?

I hope you’ll join me in re-allocating this year’s vacation budget towards The Beach Project at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Jared Smith

The Beach Project Overview

The University Hospital Long Range Plan identifies the need for a direct access to secure outdoor space for recreation and to provide an additional therapy space that can be used for patients to settle under the supervision of the clinical team. This space is part of the Child Life program that helps pediatric patients and their families better understand and adapt to the hospital experience.

Play and Children's Health

Play constitutes an important parameter of a child’s normal development. In hospital, play can have a special therapeutic value for ill children, thus contributing to their physical and emotional well-being. Play has multiple characteristics which, when used in the context of treatment, are of great assistance in the development and improvement of a child’s function.

The Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation

With a vision to give all kids the best chance to live a long and healthy life, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation raises money in support of advancing physical and mental health care for kids and youth.

Our donors make it possible for the hospital to provide world-class, highly-specialized acute care to children from backyards across northern Alberta and beyond.