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NIVERVILLE POP FESTIVAL

Disposition of Funds Raised May 24, 1970
FEBRUARY 15, 2014 ... UPDATE TO THE NIVERVILLE POP FESTIVAL

Following a 40-year-old lead in the Mennonite Mirror, we contacted the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg to inquire if they had any information regarding the Lynne Derksen Oxygenator Fund.  With so many years having passed, and knowing that record keeping back in those days was nowhere near as stringent as today, we were not optimistic that we would even hear back from the facility.

But within 24 hours, a Director replied, advising that she would try to find out, through their Archives, if any information was available.  She engaged the Archivist at Health Sciences Centre, and 2 days later, we received the results of their investigation.  The fund has become a lasting legacy to Lynne Derksen.  With the permission of Health Sciences Centre, we are publishing the following information:
“The Fund was established to raise monies to purchase a Bramson Membrane Oxygenator for the Intensive Care Unit of the Winnipeg General Hospital.

The earliest Terms of Reference (from 1990) state that in February 1981, the Board of Trustees/Board of Directors of the Canadian Mennonite Bible College agreed that the fund be used for the purpose of providing specialized training for personnel in the intensive care field at the Health Sciences Centre.

The most current Terms of Reference (2007) continued to state that the purpose of the fund was to provide specialized training for a professional working in the intensive care field at HSC.  The fund has been held in trust, invested and its value sustained throughout the years.

As of last year, this fund was amalgamated into an endowment fund with other trust accounts to create a fund for the education of nurses.  The new fund will continue to have the Lynne Derksen Award for a staff person obtaining specialized training in the field of intensive care.”
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Emma Prescott, Archivist with the Health Sciences Centre, and Rilla Edwards, Director, Organizational Engagement, Health Sciences Centre, for taking on this challenging inquiry, given we had virtually no information from which they could start the research.  Thank you, for bringing closure to what had been a question mark all these years.

Had the oxygenator been purchased way back then, that would have been the end to the story of the  NIVERVILLE POP FESTIVAL.  Instead, the monies raised went on to become an enduring tribute to a young girl who lost her life so many years ago to a tragic accident.

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