The Mount Newton Centre was founded in 1978 with a one year Federal Grant given to provide a Day Long Adult Day Program in an old farm house on the Saanich Peninsula Hospital property.
In 1979, on-going funding was allocated for this program by the British Columbia Ministry of Health under the Long Term Care Program. At this point, a Registered Nurse was hired to direct and coordinate the services.
With strong support from physicians, hospitals, community health professionals and the community at large, a unique and inovative blend of public and private initiative health services has evolved. Services continue to evolve in direct response to the changing health needs of the community.
The Centre's many accomplishments and community capacity building activities include:
- Provide Space for a Wide Range of Independently Funded Centre Programs & Others
- Provide Centre Vehicles to Deliver Goods and Services to Clients Homes & the Centre
- Provide Vehicles to Transport Clients To & From Programs
- Funded and constructed, updated, and expanded a program-specific Medical Equipment Loan Building
- Provide Extensive Inventory of Medical Equipment
- Designed, Constructed and Equipped a “Purpose-Built” Day Health Centre for Seniors
- Provided Two “Homes” for Adult Day and Respite Programs
- Totally Furnished & Equipped Two Centres
- “No Fee” Parking for 33 Cars
- Funding to Operate & Maintain Vehicles
- Provided All Fixed Equipment
- Provided All Small Equipment, including Computers
- Provided All Funding for Specialty Equipment, including Podiatry Chairs and Autoclaves
- Landscaped All Garden Areas & Fenced a Secure Area for Wanderers
- Repainted the Interior & Exterior of all Buildings
- Provide volunteer Opportunities
- Maintenance of Buildings and Grounds
- Supplies for All Activities & Programs
- Purchased All Garden Equipment, including Tractor Mower
- Purchases a Commercial Vacuum & Upholstery Cleaner
- Provide staff to clean and lend the equipment
- Provide staff to deliver, set up and return hospital beds and other items
- Provided a “Purpose-Built” Washing Station for Medical Equipment
- Many roles of Advocacy
- Accommodation of Oxygen Dependent Clients
- Funding for Staff and Programs
- Funding for Education
- Promote care at home for Rehabilitative and Palliative Care individuals
Purchase of specially designed tubs for easy access with the assistance of our donors and partners
- Provide staff for community bathing Programs
- Annually increase our independently funded Medical Equipment Loan Service Inventory
- Promote healthy lifestyles through Blood Pressure Clinics held at the Centre
- Provide over 4,000 home visits annually by a Registered Nurse<>
- Dedicate over half of our annual budget to staff and operation of our eight independent programs
- Operate and maintain 3 vehicles to ensure access and support of our programs
- Create jobs, and provide care and services for over 4,000 individuals annually
Contribution to Third World Countries
As newer more suitable equipment is added to the Loan Service Inventory, storage space must be made by declaring obsolete older less current models, or equipment no longer in demand by the Community.
All equipment no longer of use to us, but still in good working condition, is picked-up, stored, and shipped to various Third World Countries where it is distributed to disabled individuals.
Beneficiaries of Mount Newton's helping hand include underprivlileged individuals in:
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Central America
- South America
In January 2007 Mount Newton Centre and it's Executive Director, Patsy Berger-North, were each recipients of the 'Humanitarian of the Year' award conferred by the International Committee For the Relief of Starvation and Suffering (ICROSS) for these contributions to third world countries. The Award was presented by Her Honour Iona Campagnolo, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, in a ceremony which took place at the Centre.