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A New Home at the IWK

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On December 11, 2017, our Ronald McDonald Family Room® in Halifax officially opened the doors to its new home at the IWK Health Centre! The relocated space is now on the main floor gallery in the Goldbloom Pavilion and is more easily accessible to all families using the hospital.

Our Family Room provides an oasis of calm and support inside the IWK where families can relax, refresh and recharge, just steps away from their child receiving medical care. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“My son Lucas and I travel to Halifax every month for his IVIG transfusions at the IWK,” says April Parent, “These appointments are high stress but each day we take breaks in between appointments at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. The calm space gives Lucas a chance to de-stress, see familiar faces, and play. When he’s there, he forgets the tears, the fear and the hard stuff, and can get back to being a kid.”

Since relocating, we have welcomed more than 220 families through our doors. Whether it’s a hot shower, a load of laundry, a freshly baked snack or a cup of coffee, the Family Room provides many of the small comforts of home.

The new space includes a bright living area with comfortable sofas, cozy corners for quiet reflection, a larger kitchen for cooking and baking, a wellness room offering extra privacy for alone time, as well as a dedicated craft room for kids.

We offer home cooked meals a couple of times a week as well as a weekly activity calendar including movie nights, science experiments and arts and crafts.

Our Family Room is supported by more than 40 volunteers on a weekly basis. They are wonderful hosts who are always there to give a tour or lend a helping hand.

We are thankful to the IWK for this ongoing partnership to support Maritime families. When the Halifax Family Room opened in 2007 it was the first of its kind in Canada. Today there are 16 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in hospitals across the country, including our second location in The Moncton Hospital.

To learn more about the Halifax Family Room, contact Tal Awan at 902-470-6393 or talha@rmhatlantic.ca