Warm up for the holidays at VGH

The hospital heated up in October when firefighters featured in the 2018 Hall of Flame Calendar did a signing for the latest edition at Jim Pattison Pavilion.

Did you miss it? If you did, then you’re in luck.

It’s warming up again on December 14, from 11 am until 2 pm, when the firefighters will be returning to the Jim Pattison Pavilion to sign the popular calendar for Vancouver Coastal Health staff.

The calendar sells for $20 (cash only) and proceeds will go towards the B.C. Professional Firefighters’ Burn, Trauma and High Acuity Unit at VGH. The province’s largest burn centre, the unit provides a wide range of services to treat and improve the quality of life for people who suffer from severe burns and wounds. Over the years, the calendars have raised more than $15,000 for the cause.


Day: Thursday, December 14

Time: 11 am to 2 pm

Location: VGH Jim Pattison Pavilion (Main floor of the pavilion, across from the VGH Gift Shop)

How much? $20 (cash only)


    1. ghobbs says:

      We apologize for the late distribution, Lori. Normally we publish the VCH News earlier, but we had a technological issue yesterday that prevented us from doing so.

  1. Kristen says:

    Endorsing use of this calendar and visit by the firemen model to sign it as a fundraiser erodes VCH efforts to promote a respectful workplace culture. I believe this calendar is an example of the objectification of humans where people are viewed and used for personal pleasure. Such objectification does not belong in a workplace of respect, and especially not in an organisation that aims to promote health in our communities. The current #metoo movement is helping to reveal how our culture has normalised attitudes and behaviours of objectification (even harassment and assault) as expected aspects of some workplaces leading to deterioration in workers emotional, physical and sexual health. I don’t think VCH would endorse the use of a calendar of scantily clad women and a visit by women models to sign such a calendar and I’m concerned that it has been deemed acceptable to use men’s bodies to raise money. While some may argue that the sale of the firemen calendar is a small and insignificant thing, I suspect it is such small, normalised acts that contribute to the creation of a workplace culture.

    1. Tiffany Kraus says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Kristen. The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is ultimately responsible for the calendar, and we take your concerns seriously. We are reviewing this fundraiser for next year. A respectful workplace is something we completely support.

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