The Kinsmen Foundation Past & Present

History

1940's

Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs assist the Red Cross in providing short-term loans of basic medical equipment. Kinsmen Club of Vancouver purchases and donates the land to Dr. Strong to provide the site for the future G. F. Strong Regional Rehabilitation Centre.

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1950-1960's

In response to the Polio Epidemic service clubs (Kinsmen) raised funds for iron lungs and other equipment in BC – In 1952 BC Polio Fund officially incorporated as a Foundation-forerunner to the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC Also in 1952 the Kinsmen officially endowed a Chair in Neurological Research at UBC and provided the funding for the Kinsmen Tower.

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1970-1980's

More funding for equipment is necessary for survivors of polio and other disabilities. Service organizations like Kinsmen provide funding to disability groups, governments, hospitals, George Pearson Centre and G. F. Strong Regional Rehabilitation Centre. In 1973 the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation moved to its new office and building on West 12th Avenue in Vancouver.

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1980's

The Red Cross responds to a Ministry of Health request to develop a proposal for an equipment loan program for clients living in care facilities. The Ministry declines to fund the project. The Kinsmen Foundation provides early equipment to help Red Cross start up the program.

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1990's

Technology for Independent Living Program (TIL) now funded by Ministries of Health and Human Resources and the Kinsmen Foundation transferred the program to the management of the BC Paraplegic Association, and ultimately to the BC Coalition for People With Disabilities, where it currently resides, and continues to be supported in a big way by the Kinsmen Foundation of BC.

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2000's

Establishment of the first comprehensive community based home ventilator program at Technology for Independent Living (TIL) and the PROP (Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program) funded by Ministry of Health Services, and supported by Kinsmen.

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