April 23, 2019 – Burnaby, BC – Today, Grand Villa Casino, through Gateway Casinos & Entertainment’s corporate giving program, GatewayGIVES, announced their multi-year partnership with Burnaby Hospital Foundation towards the new Mental Health and Substance Use Zone (MHSU) at Burnaby Hospital.
“Through this program we are able to give back and support the communities where we operate. We are very proud of the relationship we have with the Burnaby Hospital Foundation and we’re extremely excited to be making this long-term commitment to a project that will help so many,” said Tony Santo, CEO of Gateway Casinos & Entertainment.
The GatewayGIVES 3-year commitment totaling $50,000 will support patients with complex needs, including mental health and substance use issues. The MHSU will create a safer, calmer environment with specialized equipment and a multidisciplinary approach, and a treatment setting that is more therapeutic than a traditional emergency room. As the pre-phase to Burnaby Hospital’s redevelopment, the MHSU will improve the quality of care and hospital experience for tens of thousands of patients each year.
“Burnaby Hospital Foundation has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, and we are extremely appreciative of their commitment to once again step forward in support of our community here in Burnaby, East Vancouver and beyond,” said Foundation CEO, Kristy James. “Burnaby Hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in B.C., and the addition of the MHSU is a much needed purpose-built environment to support effective care.”
“Burnaby Hospital is a vital part of our community. The dedicated team of health care professionals provide excellent care and support to residents Burnaby and the surrounding area. We are thrilled to build on our existing relationship to ensure our community remains healthy and vibrant,” said Lisa Mak, General Manager of Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby.
GatewayGIVES is the branded corporate giving and community engagement program for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, which operates 27 gaming properties in British Columbia, Alberta (Edmonton) and Ontario. With approximately 8,648 employees, Gateway is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment operates casino properties in communities across Canada. As a company, we gain so much from each of these communities and believe it is our responsibility to give back, pitch in and provide support to the causes that matter most to our neighbours. Through GatewayGIVES, we’re proud to offer not just our resources, but also our time, our know-how and our properties in supporting local charities and initiatives in the communities where we operate. Last year, Gateway and its properties were pleased to donate over $1 Million in monetary and in-kind support as well as countless hours of volunteer time.
To learn more about GatewayGIVES, please go to http://www.gatewaycasinos.com/community/.
About Burnaby Hospital Foundation
Burnaby Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic organization for Burnaby Hospital. The Foundation was established in 1982 to raise funds for surgical and medical equipment, advanced technologies, medical education and community health care needs.
To learn more about Burnaby Hospital Foundation, or to make a contribution, visit
www.bhfoundation.ca or call 604.431.2881.
Director, Public Relations
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
Burnaby Hospital Foundation