Construction unions support centre for burn victims and their families

July 15, 2014

BC’s construction trade unions have donated a total of $17,413 to help fund the completion of a special new facility in Vancouver which can accommodate burn victims and their families during the long and hard recuperation process or during follow-up treatment.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the centre is set for the fall of 2014 at 23rd and Main. When completed the building will comprise eight furnished suites for patients and families who are receiving treatment at Vancouver Hospital or Childrens Hospital which are both nearby.

The building includes common spaces for families, a children’s play area, a family kitchen, computer stations, a library, laundry facilities, and an outdoor play area and healing garden.

“We were pleased to be able to do our part as unions in the construction industry to make this needed facility a reality,” said council president Mark Olsen. “We all know of workers who have been badly burned on the job or otherwise, and children who are victims of burns are in particular need of this special facility.”