Media Release

Art of Courage Wall Unveiled for BUH in Support of Healthcare

March 9th 2018

North Battleford, SKBattlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation was pleased to unveil the second installation for the Art of Courage Wall at BUH during last night’s Battlefords North Stars hockey game.  The 2018 Art of Courage wall was sponsored by Lionel & Allison Hawryliw and family, in memory of their son Nico, a life-long North Stars fan.  The proceeds from the 2018 Art of Courage Wall will support “We Don’t Want to Miss a Beat” capital campaign to purchase a new central cardiac telemetry system for BUH.

During the unveiling presentation, Jay Crockett, BUH Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson, shared the significance behind the photographs, which feature five players from Battlefords North Stars.  Layne Young, Levi Kleiboer, Taryn Kotchorek, Connor Manegre and Cody Spagrud symbolize looking within for courage.  Courage that Nico showed and with which he inspired others.  They portray a portrait of courage, perseverance and tenacity in honour of Nico Hawryliw’s spirit and strength and his love for hockey.

Funds to sponsor the 2018 Art of Courage Wall were available through a trust fund that was established in Nico’s name by friends and neighbours of the family to assist with medical expenses during the over six years of cancer treatment Nico received.  Funds from that trust remain and the interest accrued from the funds is annually dispersed by Nico’s family to worthy causes. Nico’s family, Allison Hawryliw, Jane, Mitch & Nico Wall and Lionel Hawryliw are honoured to sponsor the 2018 Art of Courage wall in Nico’s memory and BUH Foundation is honoured to recognize the courage of this young man.

Warne & Paula Noyce of Warne Photography were the artists behind the project and thanks were extended to them for their time and talent given to the Art of Courage Wall once again.  They were behind the first installation for the 2017 First Nation theme that has been enjoyed during the past year.  BUH Foundation is honoured to partner with such talented artists who believe in giving back and supporting their community.


Proceeds from the 2018 Art of Courage installation will help replace and upgrade the current central cardiac telemetry system that monitors patients wearing telemetry packs to diagnose heart conditions.  Telemetry packs allow patients to be anywhere in BUH and still have their ECG, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels continuously monitored via “access control points.”  These “points” are located throughout BUH and send data from the telemetry packs to the central monitoring locations in either ER or ICU.  Total campaign goal is $216,000.


Sponsorship of the 2019 Art of Courage Wall is currently available.  Canvases may be sponsored at one for $500, two for $900 or three for $1,200.  If you are interested in sponsoring the Art of Courage Wall, or would like to donate towards “We Don’t Want to Miss a Beat” campaign for new heart monitoring equipment, please contact BUH Foundation office at 306-446-6652.

About Art of Courage Wall:

The Art of Courage Wall began in 2017.  It is located on the third floor of BUH in the area that houses Renal Dialysis, Cardiac Stress Testing, Chemotherapy, and Pre-Op.  As patients make their way to these departments there can be a certain level of fear and anxiety.  BUH Foundation and Warne Photography partnered together to create a feature to offer some inspiration, encouragement and motivation to these patients.  The Art of Courage Wall is an annual fundraiser with a new sponsor and a new theme each year.  Proceeds from the Art of Courage Wall will go to enrich patient care at BUH Foundation through the purchase of new, up-to-date medical equipment.  Canvases from the wall remain the property of Warne Photography and BUH Foundation.

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