Ledcor makes $5-million gift to support the Campaign for BC Children



    New Emergency Department to be named for Ledcor

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The Ledcor Group of Companies and the
company's Chairman and CEO, Dave Lede, announced today that they are making a
joint $5-million donation to BC Children's Hospital Foundation to support the
construction of a new Children's Hospital on Oak Street in Vancouver and to
name the Emergency Department in the new hospital. Once the new hospital is
complete, the Emergency Department, which receives close to 40,000 visits a
year, will carry the Ledcor name and acknowledge the contribution by the Dave
Lede Family Charitable Foundation.
    "Ledcor and the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation have a long
history of supporting children's hospitals across North America," said Dave
Lede. "Our corporate culture involves supporting the communities in which we
operate, and through our gift to the BC Children's Hospital we are able to
reach children and families across BC."
    Since locating its head office in Vancouver in the early 1980s, Ledcor
and its employees have been active contributors to BC Children's Hospital.
    "Ledcor and the Dave Lede Family Charitable Foundation have earned
reputations as leaders in business and philanthropy," said Sue Carruthers,
president and CEO of BC Children's Hospital Foundation. "Their long-standing
relationship with BC Children's Hospital shows that the promise they make to
their clients - of accountability, innovation and integrity - extends to the
community as a whole."
    Priorities of the Campaign for BC Children include supporting
construction of a new BC Children's Hospital on the site of the existing
hospital, the relocation of child development and rehabilitation services from
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in East Vancouver to the Oak Street home
of BC Children's, and Child Health BC, a BC Children's Hospital initiative
that is building pediatric care capacity throughout the province.
    Construction of the new Children's Hospital will provide urgently needed
space for critical care. For example, the current operating rooms are
antiquated and do not have adequate space to accommodate the high-tech
equipment required for complex surgical procedures. Patient rooms in the
existing hospital were not built to accommodate family members or to provide
the healing environment children need for quicker recovery.
    The Campaign for BC Children is calling on British Columbians to "Be a
Superhero" for BC's children by making a donation to the campaign. Donations
can be made online at www.beasuperhero.ca or by calling 604-333-5417 or
toll-free at 1-877-977-HERO (4376). More information on the campaign and its
priorities is available at www.beasuperhero.ca.

    Founded in 1947, the Ledcor Group of Companies is a leading, North
American, privately held, employee-owned collection of construction companies,
specializing in building, civil, industrial and telecommunication projects. In
addition to a diversified portfolio of projects, Ledcor is an award-winning
contractor as well as recipient of numerous safety honours. Ledcor brings an
established history of construction excellence with a team of professionals
who measure their success by client satisfaction. Further information can be
found at www.ledcor.com.

    BC Children's Hospital is the province's only full-service acute care
hospital and serves the one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All
children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children's Hospital
and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, in
consultation with Children's specialists, in their home community. Last year,
more than 72,000 children were treated at Children's Hospital. BC Children's
Hospital Foundation received donations from more than 103,000 people last year
and had revenues of over $60.7 million. Funds raised by the Foundation are
used to support BC Children's Hospital, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
and the Child & Family Research Institute.





For further information:

For further information: contact Ledcor or BC Children's Hospital
Foundation: Lee Coonfer, Director, Corporate Communications, Ledcor Group of
Companies, Phone: (604) 646-2469, Cell: (604) 833-5111, E-mail:
lee.coonfer@ledcor.com; Stephen Forgacs, Director, Communications, BC
Children's Hospital Foundation, Phone: (604) 875-2338, 1-888-663-3033, Cell:
(604) 719-4381, E-mail: sforgacs@bcchf.ca

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