Out of a deep appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices, you, our VJH healthcare heroes are making, the White Hearts for VJH Project through the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation was born.
At a time when the country is practicing physical distancing and finding new ways to interact, many people were also looking for ways to connect with the community and show appreciation to you, our valued frontline workers. The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation is providing a way to do just that.
The White Hearts for VJH Project enables North Okanagan residents to show thanks to you, our medical staff and frontline workers who continue to work tirelessly to prepare for and fight the COVID -19 crisis. The white heart is commonly used as a symbol to convey hope, pure thought, and steadfast intention. This program offers an opportunity for residents to send and display messages of gratitude to local healthcare heroes.
“Our healthcare and frontline workers are very courageous and making tough personal decisions daily, all for the good of our community. We wanted to provide a vehicle that would let them know how much we’re thinking about them and show them our support. We created a webpage to mobilize our individual, and collective expressions of gratitude,” states Kate McBrearty, Executive Director, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
Messages received are posted on the VJH Foundation website, www.WhiteHeartsforVJH.ca and shared on social media and in internal staff newsletters. White hearts have appeared around the VJH staff parking areas and are displayed in various locations conveying words of hope and appreciation. Though the comments are short, the messages are profound; Thank you to you our selfless healthcare workers that are putting those in need ahead of yourselves; You are heroes, standing on the front line, risking your health every day to save others; More than ever, we appreciate your dedication and sacrifice.
For more information about the White Hearts for VJH Project, please go to www.WhiteHeartsforVJH.ca