Leading a healthy lifestyle positively impacts the personal, social, and physical aspects of everyday life. Vancouverites collectively live a healthy lifestyle. However, areas of distress remain, requiring crucial help. We see opportunity to provide support for research, and to create a sense of stability to those areas in need. In doing so, we can advance the quality of life for British Columbians.
We envision communities working towards improving health by taking part in maintaining their own health and that of others. The Y.P. Heung Foundation is dedicated to supporting local programs that are working to improve health resources for the people of British Columbia. In particular, we are committed to funding programs and organizations that are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of young people in our community.
SUPPORTED HEALTH PROGRAMS
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VGH + UBC Hospital Foundation
Similarly, the Y.P. Heung Foundation has also participated in providing funding for the acquisition of equipment for research undertaken by Dr. Cheryl Wellington at the Centre of Brain Health, UBC Hospital, for research in Alzheimer’s disease, which is another form of neurodegenerative disease.
In 2014,we participated in the funding of a 2-year pilot project to study the outcomes using state-of the-art Temperature Management Systems (new “cooling blanket”),for the treatment of survivors of cardiac arrest, conducted by Dr. Graham Wong, Director of Coronary Care Unit at the Vancouver General Hospital.
Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility - Centre of Excellence
Established in 1956, Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is a B.C. based, multi-service, registered charity that exists to reduce hearing-related communication barriers by providing access and inclusion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The only centre of its kind in Western Canada, Wavefront Centre provides a full range of programs and services “under one roof”.’
The Y. P. Heung Foundation proudly supports Wavefront’s 2018–2019 capital campaign to build its new headquarters in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Opened in October 2019, the Wavefront Centre is a model of innovation and inclusion. The new purpose-built four-story building is equipped to ensure Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing individuals have an accessible space to connect, build community and access Wavefront’s vital services.
In addition, the Foundation has also donated fifteen works by Vancouver photographer, Fred Herzog (1930–2019). The photographs will be displayed in the atriums and throughout the Centre.
Music Heals - Music Therapy Program at Little Mountain Place
Since 2012, Music Heals has raised awareness and funds to increase access to music therapy for vulnerable Canadians. Music Heals supports a wide range of music therapy services in communities in BC and across Canada. We increase access to music therapy for patients in children’s hospitals, seniors centres, palliative care, AIDS & HIV programs, at-risk youth, rehabilitation, and bereavement support. To date Music Heals has funded over 32,000 music therapy sessions for Canadians in need.
A 2020 grant from the Y. P. Heung Foundation will directly fund the music therapy program at Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home for seniors located in the heart of Vancouver’s Little Mountain neighborhood.
Covenant House Vancouver
Covenant House Vancouver helps homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth aged 16 – 24 for whom there is often no one else. Alone and afraid, day-to-day existence is perilous for these young people who flee one unsafe situation, only to find their circumstances much worse on the street.
Through a carefully designed continuum of care or “one stop shop,” Covenant House encourages each young person to set his or her own goals to either heal from past abuse, address mental health or addictions issues, get an education or work experience, or find safe and affordable accommodation. They also provide the essential thing that many youth miss the most: LOVE.
The Y. P. Heung Foundation has participated in Phase 2 of a Capital Campaign, which will provide primarily the funding to demolish the existing Covenant House Building at 575 Drake Street and the construction of a new 10-storey,54,000 sq. ft. building. By the time the expansion is complete, Covenant House will be able to increase their capacity to better serve Vancouver’s homeless and at-risk youth.
Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders
Since 2002, the Looking Glass Foundation has been helping countless people and families get to the other side of eating disorders. People suffering from this disease, or who care about someone who is, need a community of support to fall back on. From the earliest intervention, through all the paths of recovery, through to sustained relapse prevention, eating disorders take hard work and commitment to overcome.
The Y. P. Heung Foundation proudly supports the Looking Glass Foundation’s Residential Arts Therapy Program, which allows young residents to work with a registered art therapist in order to explore personal problems, discover abilities, resolve conflicts, and achieve self-awareness and understanding through the use of art materials. The Y. P. Heung Foundation has also provided funding to enable the Looking Glass Foundation to update its central office.
PALS Autism Society - Adult Program
PALS Autism Society offers a school program for children and young adults. Its vision is to be a model learning environment that supports the needs of individuals with autism, and it provides year round scientifically validated educational programs designed to encourage individual growth and personal achievement.
In 2016, the Y. P. Heung Foundation funded a UBC Sauder School of Business marketing co-op position for the PALS Adult Program, a skills development program for young adults with autism aged 19-29, which focuses on developing individual goals and abilities in an environment that promotes independence, learning and functional communication.
Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association
Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association (RTRA) provides semi-private therapeutic riding lessons for children and youth with disabilities, in order to promote physical, social, and psychological well-being. Through its classes, which are taught by CanTRA certified therapeutic riding instructors, riders gain confidence, strengthen their muscles, and achieve goals they and their families never thought possible.
The Y. P. Heung Foundation has made a donation to the Richmond Therapeutic Riding, which will go towards the construction of a 62 ft covered round pen at Twin Oaks Farm, where the program operates. This expansion will allow RTRA to accommodate more riders in the coming years.
St. Paul's Foundation - Foundry Initiative
St. Paul’s Foundation raises funds for enhanced patient care, capital projects, equipment needs, research, teaching and innovation to improve the care of patients at St. Paul’s and other Providence Health Care hospitals and residences in British Columbia. Foundry (previously known as the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative) was founded in 2015 and has already has been the key change maker. Foundry sites are currently being established in Campbell River, Kelowna, North Vancouver, Prince George and Abbotsford, joining their first centre in downtown Vancouver, and will expand with five additional sites in 2018 and 2019. Foundry will offer mental health and substance use services, primary care, and social services for youth and young adults aged 12 to 24. In collaboration with non-profit and government partners, Foundry is bringing together local community agencies and building on their existing strengths to create accessible, youth-friendly, integrated centres where our young people and their families can go to for help – shifting our model of care to focus on the person before the system, and filling gaps where our youth currently fall through the cracks.
The Y. P. Heung Foundation has provided the necessary matching donation to complete the final $1 million needed to help open Foundry sites in other parts of the Province, outside of the first Granville Youth Health Centre located in Vancouver. Our donation is in response to the initiative of the Robert L. Conconi Foundation matching gift challenge.
Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society
Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society (STaRS) is a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic equestrian opportunities for individuals living with physical, developmental, cognitive and/or mental health challenges. Therapeutic equestrian opportunities include horseback riding, horsemanship and equine facilitated therapy.
In 2020, the Y. P. Heung Foundation was provided a grant to STaRS to help the organization continue providing its therapeutic riding services to children and adults with special needs.