Arrow Transportation is donating $250,000 to fund one of 11 state-of-the-art operating theatres being constructed in the nine-storey patient-care tower at Royal Inland Hospital.
“It is an honour for Arrow to give back to Kamloops and the surrounding communities through this gift — to help ensure that our employees and their loved ones, and everyone across the Central Interior, have access to the best health care possible,” said Jackie Charles, Arrow’s chief information officer and vice-president of corporate development.
Tim Bell, the company’s vice-president of trucking, said more than 350 Arrow employees are based in the Central Interior region and many, like himself, grew up in Kamloops.
“Arrow’s yellow trucks were part of the fabric of our childhoods and I can guarantee every one of us has been touched by RIH at some point, too,” Bell said. “Therefore, it’s our collective responsibility now, as members of this community, to step up and help the [Royal Inland Hospital] Foundation reach its fundraising goals,” he said.
The $417-million patient-care tower, expected to be completed in 2022, will include single-occupancy patient rooms and negative pressure rooms in an enlarged emergency department.
The Royal Inland Hospital Foundation said it is grateful to the Charles family, and to all Arrow employees, for the donation.
Arrow Transportation Systems has been operating in Kamloops for more than 60 years, beginning in 1960, when Arrow hauled fuel for Shell. It expanded operations six years later, hauling pulp for the Kamloops Pulp and Paper Company, known today as the Domtar pulp mill.
Today, Arrow Transportation is one of the Arrow Group of Companies operating in Kamloops and within the Central Interior region. Others include Arrow Reload Systems, Arrow Environmental Services, Arrow Marines Services and Streamline Transportation Technologies. Founded in 1919, the family-owned company has more than1,200 employees in Canada and the United States, with more than a quarter of its workforce based in the Central Interior region and an operational headquarters in Kamloops.