Cops for Kids, an organization in Kelowna, consists of dedicated RCMP members and support people of the RCMP South East District committed to assisting children that are in medical, physical or traumatic crisis within the Southern Interior Region of British Columbia. This charitable foundation was formed in 2001 and since inception has worked tirelessly to raise funds to continue ongoing support to the children in communities that they serve. Cops for Kids are devoted to helping the little hearts…in our communities! For more information about Cops for Kids, check out their website.
Thom & Associates are involved in many different organizations. We contribute both financially and participate in different community events, volunteering time and skills to their causes.
Our History with Cops for Kids:
In 2006 the Regimental Ball committee, chaired by Ken Thom (Managing Partner & Advisor), brought key leaders in private and public sectors together to stage the March 9th, 2006, RCMP Cops for Kids Regimental Ball. In addition to raising over $100,000 to renovate and decorate a new private suite for the parents and siblings of premature babies in critical care, they helped raise awareness of the cause.
Prior to the recent upgrade in care to level 2 at KGH, families and siblings of critically ill babies who required ongoing specialized care were often separated, as Kelowna’s hospital lacked capacity. But that all changed, thanks to many donors who helped KGH Foundation raise over $1 million to help Kelowna General Hospital to upgrade their equipment and build capacity to be able to treat and accommodate both high risk pregnancies and critically ill newborns.
The 2006 Regimental Ball, co-hosted by Cops for Kids and the RCMP at Prospera Place, was filled with pomp and ceremony, complete with honor guard and a “Grand March”.
Nelems commented that Thom’s Help was invaluable. “Without Ken Thom’s outstanding leadership and the hard work of the Regimental Ball committee, we would not have this new room for the families of critically ill newborn babies at KGH” she said. “A room which is so needed in the difficult times parents of critically ill newborns go though.” She also mentioned a number of others whose work was irreplaceable.
The room will be named “Jeffrey’s Place” in honor of Ken Thom’s son, who died just after childbirth in a hospital which lacked the necessary life saving equipment. Nelem’s said, We wish to honor those babies, like Jeffrey, who have died and the families who have been so sadly redirected and separated in their hour of need.
Jeffrey’s Place continues to help keep sick kids and their families right here in the Okanagan.