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Festive 50/50 Early Bird Draw #1 Winner

December 23rd, 2021 by janeway

Congratulations to our lucky Early Bird #1 winner, Darlene W. (ticket #15,700) who is taking home $10,000 just in time for the holidays!

She has a personal family connection to the Janeway and supports it whenever she can. Thank you.

There’s still time to be entered into our next Early Bird draw and our Grand Prize Draw. Last year’s Grand Prize 50/50 winner took home $159,000!

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St John’s, NL, December 15, 2021 – Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation (Janeway) and Loblaw Companies Limited (Dominion) are pleased to announce this year’s Give a Little, Help a Lot campaign has raised nearly $70,000  for the Janeway through in-store fundraising at Dominion and other Loblaw grocery stores across the province. Funds raised though the campaign go to help support the most urgent priority needs of the Janeway, which include the purchase of priority equipment and advanced technology.

The campaign went ahead this past summer despite the pandemic, knowing that support is needed now more than ever. The success of the fundraising efforts are attributed to the dedication of store colleagues and the generosity of Dominion customers.

Mark Boudreau, Director of Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Atlantic, said “Our customers and colleagues are amazing, and I want to thank everyone on the front lines for making this year’s campaign so successful despite the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. Our store colleagues and customers throughout the province have long been proud supporters of the Janeway. As our partnership has grown and developed, we recognize the importance of being able to help provide world-class care to patients and families from across our region.”

Give a Little, Help a Lot is a national campaign where Loblaw customers are asked to donate $2 at the checkout in support of their designated local charity. In addition, store colleagues organize grassroots fundraisers such as barbecues and bake sales, with proceeds from these activities added to the total.

“Thank you to all those who gave during the recent Give a Little, Help a Lot campaign, to support Janeway kids and their families,” said Rebecca Dutton, President & CEO, Janeway Foundation. “The Janeway is able to provide spectacular care to the children of the province because of the generosity and leadership of businesses like Dominion and their incredibly caring customers. Even during these uncertain times, the kids at the Janeway are still receiving specialized care and treatment, and they still need us. It takes a lot to execute a campaign like this and the team at Dominion have been wonderful partners, going above and beyond for the kids for 14 years. Thank you!”

The Give a Little, Help a Lot campaign was launched in 2008 and is part of an ongoing effort by Dominion to provide support to the Janeway Foundation.  Dominion  has been a dedicated supporter for 14 years, raising funds annually to ensure women, children and their families have access to the best equipment, technology and care right here at home in Newfoundland and Labrador.




For more information please contact:

Carmella Butland
Manager, Corporate Development
Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation
Ph: (709) 777-4227

Mark Boudreau
Director, Corporate Affairs
Loblaw Atlantic
Ph: (902) 802-8687

Get your Janeway Festive 50/50 tickets here!

December 1st, 2021 by janeway


The Janeway Festive 50/50 is back!! This holiday season, a little good deed could lead to a very big win! Last year’s jackpot reached over $318,000 with half of the total going to the winner and half benefiting the Janeway. Those funds purchased vital equipment for the Janeway providing the best tools for our amazing healthcare heroes.

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ST. JOHN’S – November 18, 2021 ­– Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF) together with Children’s Healthcare Canada (CHC) are thrilled to announce a $26 million investment from Thistledown Foundation to support Canada’s 13 acute care children’s hospitals across the country, including the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. This historic gift recognizes the immense impact of the pandemic on Canadian children, youth, and their families.

A donation of $2 million to each acute care children’s hospital coast-to-coast is intended to meet urgent local needs and to ensure children and their families have access to the best available care, regardless of where they call home. “Through this gift, our hope is that children across Canada will have the best possible care to enable them to feel better soon and get back to the important job of being kids,” said Fiona McKean, co-founder and Chair of Thistledown Foundation.

For millions of children and youth who have experienced extended school closures, delays in access to essential social, community and healthcare services, and physical separation from friends and family, the pandemic has had both direct and indirect impacts on their health and well-being. Deferred or delayed access to child development services, mental healthcare, surgical and other diagnostic services can have devastating and long-term impacts on children’s health outcomes.

“Thank you to the Thistledown Foundation for this spectacular gift and for supporting kids and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Rebecca Dutton, President and CEO, Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This is the largest single gift that the Janeway Foundation has ever received and will go to work right away enhancing pediatric cancer care – it will truly save lives. Even though there are big needs, we are often challenged to be able to make large investments like this because of the substantial day to day needs that are supported by our amazing donors. Such gifts allow us to do big things and will make a transformational difference well into the future.”

“We are absolutely delighted with this unprecedented gift of $2 million, which will be used to support the enhancement of pediatric cancer care for the children of the province,” said Collette Smith, Vice President of Clinical Services and Human Resources, Eastern Health and Board Member (Ex-Officio), Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. “It is our goal for children to have access to the highest quality and safest care possible, and we thank the Thistledown Foundation for their generosity and commitment to children within Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada.”

This gift coincides with National Child Day which is celebrated on November 20. It commemorates a commitment Canada made to uphold the rights of all children. This includes the opportunity for children to be protected from harm, be provided with their basic needs including access to healthcare, be advocated for and have a voice to ensure every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Thistledown Foundation is a private charitable foundation established by Fiona McKean and Tobias Lütke, CEO of Shopify.

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“The incredible generosity and power of this donation through the national network of children’s hospitals will create a positive impact and be felt in the smallest and largest communities throughout Canada. It’s heartwarming to have these donors step up to put children’s needs first at a time when they need it the most,” said Jennifer Gillivan, President and CEO, IWK Foundation and Chair, CCHF Board of Directors.

“National Child’s Day is a day to reflect on what we need to do differently as a country, to give Canada’s eight million children and youth their best chance for a healthy future. Tobi and Fiona’s gift comes at a critical time for children’s hospitals, experiencing unprecedented demand for specialized services. This gift will help our children’s hospitals address unprecedented pressures, locally,” said Emily Gruenwoldt, CEO, Children’s Healthcare Canada. 

About the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable organization created to raise funds to meet the financial needs of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre for capital projects, medical equipment and research and programs directly related to the health and welfare of NL children, while promoting awareness of these needs.

About Thistledown Foundation

The Thistledown Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in late 2019 by Tobias Lütke and Fiona McKean. Its core mission is to advance technological solutions for decarbonization. In the spring of 2020, in light of the global pandemic, Thistledown expanded its focus to contribute to Canada’s response to COVID-19 by providing funding to accelerate academic research and to improve the domestic supply chain for personal protective equipment (PPE). Visit

About Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations 

Canada’s Children’s Hospital Foundations (CCHF), established in 2017, is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for a national network of hospital foundations as the largest single, non-government funder of child health in Canada. CCHF continues to receive generous support through donors within Children’s Miracle Network® as well as contributions from additional companies and donors. Together, we represent 13 of Canada’s children’s hospitals where the greatest challenges are tackled; our hospitals see the most critical cases. Your contribution helps your local children’s hospital ensure that all sick and injured children have access to the very best care from coast to coast. Visit

About Children’s Healthcare Canada

Children’s Healthcare Canada is a national association representing health service delivery organizations serving children and youth. Our members include all sixteen Canadian Children’s Hospitals, Regional Health Authorities, Community Hospitals, Rehabilitation and Children’s Treatment Centres, and Home Care Agencies. Through purposeful partnerships, we accelerate excellence and innovation in health systems caring for children and youth. Visit

Media Contact

Phyllis Kinsman
Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation
T: (709) 770-4912


Ailish with parents Rodney and Cathy Slaney

Ailish with parents Rodney and Cathy Slaney

St. John’s, NL – The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation congratulates Ailish Slaney, a 14 year old volunteer fundraiser for being honoured with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award for Outstanding Volunteer (Individual) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter (AFP-NL). A special event was held today at Manuals River Hibernia Interpretation Center to celebrate Ailish and all Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipients.

Ailish is from St. Lawrence and started fundraising for the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in 2014 when she was 7 years old, the same year she was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a highly malignant primary brain tumor. She underwent emergent surgery, and was treated at the Janeway for the next several years, and in 2020 was announced cancer free.

From 2014-2021, Ailish raised more than $73,000 for the Janeway, an incredible feat. Her kind heart is an inspiration to her family, friends and community. That is what a philanthropist and passionate volunteer is all about. And this one is only 14.

“The Janeway Foundation is extremely proud of Ailish for all the work she has done for the Janeway. We are thrilled that AFP-NL recognizes her for this award. She embodies the spirt of philanthropy,” says Phyllis Kinsman with the Janeway Foundation who nominated Ailish for the award.

Ailish’s determination and generous spirit led her to start her fundraising project in order to help kids like her and give back to the staff and hospital who treated her during her illness. In 2015 she started her main fundraising activity, “Ailish’s Annual Pancake Breakfast” where she and her family cook and serve breakfast to family and friends in their home. That year alone she managed to raise $13,500 with proceeds from the breakfast, recycling, tickets, and more activities.

“National Philanthropy Day provides the opportunity for us to celebrate those who give each year, whether it be in volunteer time or charitable donations, and our members who are responsible for generating philanthropic support for their organizations. Philanthropy is a powerful thing. No one is required to give; it is voluntary and those who give do so because they see the need,” states Kelly Reid, President, AFP NL Chapter.

About the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable organization created to raise funds to meet the financial needs of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre for capital projects, medical equipment and research and programs directly related to the health and welfare of NL children, while promoting awareness of these needs.


Media Contact:
Phyllis Kinsman, Manager, Communications and Events
Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation
709-777-4264 or 709-770-4912



CYMH 2021 Fundraising Campaign Press Release_Final

St. John’s, NL – Today the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation held its annual general meeting, virtually. Martin Sullivan, Chair, Janeway Foundation’s Board of Directors, and Rebecca Dutton, President and CEO, Janeway Foundation, reflected on the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021, and celebrated the impact donors’ support has had on children’s health this past year.

“This past year was a year like no other – but we saw the support for the Janeway continue, all to provide the best possible care for children’s health in Newfoundland and Labrador,” stated Martin Sullivan.

This past year fundraising was focused on programs like healthcare provider continuing education, pediatric research, and the purchase of vital equipment, such as:

  • A CT scanner
  • A mobile ultrasound unit
  • Transport incubators
  • Fetal monitors
  • An advanced birthing simulator
  • Adaptive bikes

“Thank you to the incredible donors who give so generously. Despite the challenges, corporate and community groups, retailers, schools, and individuals came together and raised a remarkable amount of money to support sick and injured children,” said Rebecca Dutton. “Thank you to each of the Janeway Foundation volunteers from across the province, in particular our Board members, who have made a significant commitment to help the Janeway enhance the care provided to the children of this province.”

2021-22’s Board of Directors was announced:

Martin Sullivan, Chair
Glenn Stanford, Secretary
Krista Ryan, Treasurer
Chris King
Charlene Johnson
Karen Winsor
CJ Nolan

New board members, Clare Stewart Brown and Gill Whelan, were welcomed.

Also speaking at the meeting were Quinn Schmiedendorf, Janeway Patient and Champion Child, Rita Pennell, a 27-year volunteer fundraiser with the Janeway Foundation, and David Diamond, President and CEO, Eastern Health. 

“We know that 2020 was a tough year for healthcare, which makes the Foundation’s accomplishments for 2020-21 that much more significant,” said David Diamond. “You achieved your target – to raise $3 million dollars for a new CT scanner. This scanner will change the lives of our patients, and our practitioners. It’s an invaluable tool and we are so thankful for this gift.”

The Janeway Foundation’s Annual Report for 2020-2021 is available online.

About the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation is a registered charitable organization created to raise funds to meet the financial needs of the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre for capital projects, medical equipment and research and programs directly related to the health and welfare of NL children, while promoting awareness of these needs.


THANK YOU for buying a ticket for the 18th Annual Janeway Helicopter Ball Drop on October 1st!

Tickets were on sale at all Walmart locations across the province. By purchasing a $2 ticket, you are entered to win two Economy Class return tickets from Air Canada to any scheduled destination, including Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean, but most importantly, you are supporting our Janeway kids!

Thank you to Air Canada Bally Haly Country Club Cougar Helicopters Inc. and Walmart Canada for making this happen! 

As a supporter of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, we invite you to join us for our virtual Annual General Meeting:

Date: Tuesday, September 14
Time: 12:00 p.m.
RSVP* to: by Tuesday, September 7

*You will receive an information package and a Zoom link for the AGM in advance by email.

THANK YOU to the organizers and participants of the 11th Annual Calvert Masters in support of the Janeway. This year’s tournament raised $45,085 for our Janeway kids! All net proceeds will assist the Janeway Foundation to acquire the newest specialized medical equipment, continued education, life-saving research, and vital programming for pediatric healthcare at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre.

The Calvert Masters Golf Tournament was held at the Wilds Golf Resort on August 18th. The tournament, organized by volunteers from the Calvert community, is an event where current and past residents of the community are invited to play in support of The Janeway.

A sincere thank you to all of the sponsors, golfers, and social participants for making the Calvert Masters a huge success once again. Over the last 11 years,  this Calvert group has raised over $610,000 for local healthcare charities.

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