A Kamloops couple is celebrating their anniversary by giving back to the community.
James and Jessie Fedorak marked their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday (Oct. 22) with a $250,000 donation from their charity to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation. The money will be used in support of a new operating room in the new patient-care tower, which is scheduled to open in summer of 2022.
James and Jessie’s donations to the Royal Inland Foundation over the years have resulted in total contributions of more than $500,000.
“We stepped up our contribution amount after we attended a meeting requesting funds for a nine-station microscope,” James said in a press release.
The piece of equipment, which enables earlier detection of breast cancer, is also capable of examining data from regional hospitals, in addition to RIH.
“To us, this emphasized how important it is to keep up with new technology,” James said. “The additional funds that we decided to donate allowed us, through the Foundation, to obtain the latest and greatest equipment. The new patient-care tower means that there is extra demand for new equipment.”
The Fedoraks are longtime supporters of the hospital foundation and well-known educators and philanthropists in the community.
The couple met and married in 1960 and moved to Kamloops (Jessie’s hometown) from Edmonton in 1971. James served as dean of continuing education and community services at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) for 10 years before moving to the Ministry of Forests, where he worked for 14 years before retiring.
During that time, Jessie worked as a substitute teacher. The couple has one daughter, Teressa, who also works at Thompson Rivers University as an educator.
James has served on many community and service boards and is currently board advisor to the Kamloops Society of Alcohol and Drug Services’ Phoenix Centre. In addition to community volunteer work, James and Jessie enjoy square dancing, round dancing and ballroom dancing.
“James and Jessie Fedorak have been friends of the foundation since the 1980s,” RIH Foundation CEO Heidi Coleman said. “We cannot thank them enough for their incredible support, which has positively impacted many areas of the hospital.”