Media Release

First Rate Financial Manulife Securities Gives to Local Healthcare

January 20th 2021

(l-r) Kelley Bahrey, Partner & Account Representative, First Rate Financial Manulife Securities; Claudette McGuire, Executive Director, BUH Foundation; David Dutton, Partner & Account Representative, First Rate Financial Manulife Securities.


North Battleford – In December, Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation was honoured and delighted to receive a significant donation from a leading company in the financial services industry of The Battlefords, First Rate Financial Manulife Securities.

“Both Kelley and I believe in giving back to one’s community and our commitment to BUHF is one we both feel strongly about.  The pandemic has made this a tough year for our frontline healthcare workers and we decided to augment our healthcare philanthropy by donating more and are happy we were able to gift BUH Foundation with a $10,000 cheque.” noted David Dutton, Partner and Account Representative of First Rate Financial Manulife Securities. Kelley Bahrey, also Partner and Account Representative agreed, “David and I sat down to discuss how we could help our community during this difficult time and we both wanted our support to go to where it really counts…helping our frontline healthcare workers do their job and that would be through better medical technology.  The fact our donation supports the laboratory at BUH means exactly that.”  

“First Rate Financial has been a strong supporter of BUH Foundation and local healthcare through their sponsorship of our fundraising events for the past 20+ years.  Their generous donation will support our current capital campaign, “Diagnostic Detectives: Solving your Health Mysteries”, raising funds for new equipment and technology for the lab at BUH.  This also includes a new piece of equipment that is used for diagnostics, including Covid-19, and can process samples more efficiently and provide faster results. Lab tests and their corresponding results are an integral part of diagnosing patients and providing the proper course of treatment.  The dedicated lab team works behind the scenes to provide quality results to help provide the best care possible.  The new equipment will capitalize on the knowledge and skills of the lab team and ensure they have the best to provide the best” explained Claudette McGuire, Executive Director, BUH Foundation.

For more information on this donation and/or current Capital Campaign please contact:

Claudette McGuire, Executive Director
BUH Foundation Inc.
306 446 6652

About Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation:

Battlefords Union Hospital (BUH) Foundation is dedicated to enriching patient care at BUH through responsible stewardship of community contributions and volunteer resources.  BUH Foundation, operating independently of other healthcare organizations, is the main fundraising agency of BUH and provides funding for the purchase of capital/non-capital equipment and staff education.  Through a bequest from Victor Pearsall in 2011, BUH Foundation began the Victor Pearsall Home Care Fund allowing funding for Battlefords Region Home Care.  For more information about BUH Foundation visit

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