Buddy the Miner and Mining for Miracles representatives unveil the 2015 fundriasing total at Miracle Weekend on May 31, 2015
At Miracle Weekend on May 31st at the BC Children’s Hospital, Mining for Miracles announced the results of the organization’s 2015 fundraising efforts. At the event, the mining community’s longstanding charity in support of the BC Children's Hospital added $1,834,235 to the Miracle Weekend tally. At the end of the day, more than $18.8 million was raised during the 28th annual Miracle Weekend.
Mining Week 2015 has come to a close and we would like to say Thank You for Celebrating with us! There were 21 events across the province this year; from Smithers to Sparwood, Prince George and Kamloops, British Columbians came together in virtually every corner of the province to celebrate our dynamic industry.
In Vancouver we hosted the first ever sold out Opening Gala, where Minister Bennett officially declared BC Mining Week and kicked off the series of events that followed. More than 150 joined us at the Five Sails as we honoured John McManus as the Mining Person of the Year.
On Thursday, May 7th hundreds coalesced outside the Vancouver Art Gallery for the annual Teck Celebrity Pie Throw. This year the Pie Throw raised an astounding $1,066,184 in support of Mining for Miracles and the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The afternoon was, as always, wildly fun, lighthearted but at its core focused on the very important initiative of raising funds to support BC’s sick kids. This year 100% of the funds raised are dedicated to opening a new CAUSES clinic at the BC Children’s Hospital which will use one genetic test to help diagnose kids with rare diseases, saving time, money, travel and stress on the families by getting to a diagnoses and treatment faster.
Karina Briño was once again paired up to go against Gavin Dirom and although Karina’s final total of $18,200 raised overcame Gavin’s $14,000, a little surprise was in store!
A number of Mining Day at the Legislature delegates outside the steps to the legislative buildings.
On Tuesday, March 24, 67 senior mining executives, mining suppliers and MABC partners arrived in Victoria for Mining Day at the Legislature. I am very pleased to say that the day was received by participants and government as an unqualified success.
Last year in February, we hosted our inaugural Mining Day at the Legislature as a team. We brought 48 mining representatives and had 48 meetings with elected and senior government officials. Our objective was to leave a good impression and be invited back.
Having met our goal, this year we aimed to grow the event beyond our initial success. I am happy to report that with 67 delegates, and 60 meetings with 74 government representatives, we executed what has been described as one of the largest coordinated lobby days in the province.
BC Children’s Hospital patient Jameson, with his father Doug, watch as Premier Clark speaks at the announcement of the new funding initiative.
January 21, 2015 – Prince George, BC –Mining for Miracles will help families solve challenges related to diagnosing rare medical conditions in pediatric patients with a new funding initiative for BC Children’s Hospital, announced today during the 2015 Natural Resources Forum in Prince George, BC. In 2015 and 2016, Mining for Miracles will raise $3 million through BC Children’s Hospital Foundation to support the development of the CAUSES Clinic. Premier Christy Clark joined the BC mining industry representatives to launch the initiative.
"BC’s mining industry has raised more than $23 million for BC Children's Hospital through this campaign,” said Premier Clark. “Mining for Miracles is a clear example of how our resource sector benefits communities right across British Columbia."
The new CAUSES Clinic will provide diagnostic DNA testing to support the accurate and efficient diagnosis of rare genetic diseases in children who would otherwise require numerous tests or might not be diagnosed at all. The CAUSES Clinic will also provide families with genetic counselling, clinical interpretation of complex testing results, and personalized recommendations for treatment.
MSABC Chairman, Ken Roberts (FLSmidth) presents Sheila Stenzel, M. Sc. PhD, Director, MineralsEd with a $25,000 donation from MSABC
MSABC was once again able to donate $25,000 to the MineralsEd program at the MSABC-MABC Christmas Reception held on November 27, 2014. The donation was made possible by the strong participation of mining firms and supplier companies at MSABC-MABC events through the year. Over 230 attendees helped make the 2014 Christmas Reception a success.
MinseralsEd Director Sheila Stenzel reminded attendees that the main focus of the program remains on teacher professional training. For example in October they provided instructional workshops and classroom teaching to 32 Kamloops area teachers.
(Buddy the Miner helps unveil the Mining for Miracles plaque at the new BC Children’s Hospital BioBank)
Mining for Miracles (M4M), BC’s mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital, is celebrating after raising $2.66 million in 2013 and 2014 toward the development of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank, the first pediatric institutional biobank in Canada.
The group marked the official unveiling of the biobank at a recognition event held at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital on November 4.
Biobanking is a new and indispensable research tool that holds the potential to improve treatments and find cures for diseases affecting millions of children around the world. The BC Children’s Hospital BioBank will facilitate breakthrough medical discoveries that will improve the lives of children suffering from debilitating and life-limiting diseases.
MABC team at Copper Mountain Mine (Karina Briño, Maureen McLaren, Angela Waterman, Alec Morrison, Cailey Murphy, Bryan Cox, Michelle Donnelly, Jan Albert, Aida Carneiro).
On July 17th the MABC team loaded onto a bus bound for the Copper Mountain Mine just outside of Princeton BC. The site visit was a great opportunity for the entire MABC staff to spend the afternoon on an operating mine site. The drive to Princeton from Vancouver is approximately 3.5 hours and the landscape is varied along Highway 3, passing a mix of idle tourists in RVs and yellow Arrow Transport trucks hauling BC goods to market.
Copper Mountain is an open pit copper mine with gold and silver secondary metals and is breathtakingly set in the foothills of the Similkameen Valley, employing more than 400 local residents, primarily from Princeton and the surrounding areas.
We started our tour at the edge of Pit 3 which was developed on top of the historical underground mine.
Copper Mountain is what is called a brownfield mine, built on the site of an earlier mining operation. Copper mineralization was first discovered on the property in 1874 and in 1925 Granby Consolidated Mining Smelting and Power began extracting copper from an underground operation.
MABC is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to map out the Association’s priorities for the next five (5) years. We have engaged MNP to facilitate the process. Over the next six weeks we will be meeting with member and stakeholders, as well as issuing a survey to gather information and feedback on the Association’s strategic priorities going forward.
Rod Wales and Bob Stewart accept the Invitational trophy from Russel Hallbauer
Another successful MSABC Bob Hallbauer Memorial Invitational Golf Tournament was held on July 3 at the UBC Golf Club. 144 miners, suppliers and guests participated in this year’s tournament and networking dinner, which included individual hole competitions and a silent auction on some fantastic items.