Yellowknife’s Elks Lodge is to pay for $50,000 in new audiology equipment for the city’s Stanton Territorial Hospital.
The donation to the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation was announced on Tuesday. Audiology involves the treatment of conditions relating to hearing and balance.
Funds raised by the lodge will purchase a small sound booth and a range of equipment for specialists.
“We are thrilled to assist Stanton Territorial Hospital with their audiology equipment needs,” said Nicole Bonnell, governor of the lodge – known in Elks parlance as its exalted ruler.
“This donation supports our local goals while also aligning with the mandate of the Elks of Canada to provide funding for programs that address the needs of children with hearing and speech disorders.
“Our volunteers and supporters are our biggest asset and without them, donations like this wouldn’t be possible. Being able to see the results of our hard work right here at home is a point of pride.”
Equipment purchased through the donation is expected to be introduced starting this summer, the foundation said.
While many hospital staff are preparing for the move to their newly built facility – the new Stanton will begin accepting patients in late May – the audiology unit will remain for the time being in its current location.