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June 3, 2008

Royal Visit Kicks Off Children's Hospital Centenary Year

Royal Visit Kicks Off Children's Hospital Centenary Year

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Celebrating children: 100 years of care

A crowd of more than 300 people gathered outside Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg yesterday to catch a glimpse of His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, who officially launched Children's Hospital's Centenary Year.

Joined by Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health, Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg, Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region, Dr. Brock Wright, COO of HSC, Dr. Victor Chernick, Centenary Committee Chair, Bretton Tyler, Children's Hospital Foundation's 2008 Champion Child, and hospital staff, volunteers and visitors, Prince Edward unveiled a commemorative cairn in front of Children's Hospital.

Prince Edward encouraged the audience to get excited about the unveiling. "If we could all cheer loudly, the patients will wonder why we're having so much fun,'' he said. He was also presented with two stuffed Dr. Goodbears for his children, Louise, 4, and James, five months, on behalf of the children of Manitoba and as a memento of his visit to Children's Hospital.
Following the ceremony, Prince Edward greeted the crowd then headed into Children's Hospital for a private tour, where he had the opportunity to meet with patients, families and staff.

The theme of the Centenary Year is Celebrating Children: 100 Years of Care, and will culminate with a weekend of special events in June 2009, including a health-care conference and gala banquet. At that time, the commemorative cairn will also be moved to its permanent home in Beaconsfield Park, the site of Winnipeg's first Children's Hospital. Stay tuned for details on these exciting celebrations.

- Natasha Roebuck

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