2022 Beneficiary Stories

Server/Kelowna – while struggling with covid 19 work restrictions she was forced to work less hours. While walking her dog she broke her foot, but did not realize it was broken so went back to work after two weeks. At her follow up appointment,  the doctors determined that screws were needed to stabilize the foot. The BCHF supported her with funds to cover 2 months of shortfall income while she is ready to get back to work.

Manager/Lower Mainland – has been in the hospitality industry for 3 years. His 7 month old daughter requires a plagiocephaly helmet to strengthen her cranium. Treatment is most effective between the ages of 8-12 months. The helmet is custom made and the BCHF supported the family with the cost of the helmet.

Restaurant server/Lower Mainland.  Single and has no dependents. He broke his ankle while skating on April 2 and is anticipating going back to work in 12 weeks. His employer will phase him back into the workforce as soon as he is able to walk. The BCHF provided support equivalent to the shortfall between income and expenses for 3.5 months.

Chef/Vancouver Island – A 31-year-old culinary chef who has worked in the Okanagan and Vancouver Island at many restaurants. She was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in the summer of 2021 and has undergone several treatments and two surgeries. The BCHF supports the applicant with 4 months of expenses and to ease her mind during recovery as she is unable to return to work this year.

Pub Manager/bartender – had a hiking accident on April 26.  She shattered her tibia and broke her fibula.  She had surgery 2 days after the accident and now is undergoing physio. It is anticipated that a gradual return to work will be possible in September.  The applicant is married and has 3 children of her own, one with autism and her husband supports 2 children from a previous marriage. The BCHF supported her with funds to cover their shortfall for 2.5 months at which point she is scheduled to start work again.

Chef at Wilderness Resort – While on scheduled days off he broke his knee in a skateboarding accident.  He has been immobile since the accident and has been wearing a brace. It is unlikely that he will be able to work for the next three months. The applicant is single and lives on his own with no dependents. He covered his rent with last paycheque with his EI claim under review. The BCHF supported him with funds to cover shortfall of expenses for 3 months until he is able to return to work.

Owner/Bartender – A lower mainland long-term member of the Hospitality Industry who has also been involved in running charitable events for many years. On July 16 while running charity event he ruptured his Achilles tendon.  He will be in a boot until February.  There is a possibility that he may have surgery.   This precludes him from doing any work that involves standing up for long periods. The BCHF contributed funds to cover his income shortfall for the next couple of months as well as help him repay some incurred debts until he can return to work until the end of September.

Server/Vancouver Island – Has worked in BC as a server between 2017-2019. Prior to that she worked in Hospitality in the UK. She left the work force to give birth to her first child and has been a stay at home Mother for the last 3 years and has delivered her second child 2 months ago. The relationship with partner had become abusive and has suffered and is suffering from PTSD, ADHD, Anxiety disorders and depression. The BCHF’s has provided $8,175 so she can focus on going back to school and get a job in Bartending in January, 2023.

Cook/Casino – He is 45 and was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his neck and is undergoing tests in preparation for surgery . He has no sources of income, no savings and is repaying a personal debt. He has applied for EI which, when received, will provide some relief. The BCHF contributed funds towards his short fall income to cover rent and expenses for 3 months to recover from surgery and return to work.

Chef/Kelowna – Has worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2019 and his treatments have resulted in gaining weight due to water retention and his symptoms from chemo are making his recovery difficult including added dental and eyeglasses needs. The BCHF supported him with 3 months shortfall of monthly income including funds to purchase new eyeglasses so that he can focus on finding an administrative position.

Server/Whistler – A long-term restaurant worker. Has had several health conditions including post concussion syndrome. During the summer had a cancerous tumor removed. She will be able to return to work part-time at the beginning of November. The BCHF helped by covering her shortfall for 2 months by which time she should be working 3 days per week.

Winery/Okanagan – Ended work on October and on EI waiting for 4 surgeries to be able to return to work. Two of the surgeries are regarding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists. The other 2 are to repair her joints compromised from arthritis. She hopes to return to work in April 2023. The BCHF has supported her with funds to cover her shortfall income for 4 months.

Agency/Vancouver Island – Long term hospitality worker who previously worked in bars and pubs moved to become a brand promoter. Involved in a car accident that resulted in a severed kneecap, 3 fractures on her leg and collapsed lung. Expects to be able to return to work in 4 months. The BCHF supported her with funds to cover her shortfall expenses until she can return to work.

*Updated November 28, 2022