|FEBRUARY 15, 2014 ... UPDATE TO THE NIVERVILLE POP FESTIVAL
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
“The Fund was established to raise monies to purchase a Bramson Membrane
Oxygenator for the Intensive Care Unit of the Winnipeg General
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.
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
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.”
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.