Ronald McDonald House BC Yukon Gets A Facelift



Ronald McDonald House BC/Yukon provides accommodation for  families from across British Columbia and the Yukon travel  who are travelling to Vancouver in search of life-saving treatment for their critically ill children. Far from their homes, every year up to 2000 families desperately
need accommodation and a place to stay together under one roof. Ronald McDonald House® BC and Yukon offers a home away from home, a community of support, and a restful space for families to heal better together. RMH BC & Yukon operates a modern and welcoming 73 room facility steps from BC Children’s Hospital and a Family Room at Surrey Memorial Hospital. They do this with support from hundreds of volunteers,   dedicated donors, and committed staff, we create a community of support for parents, siblings and patients so they can heal better, together.

“We aspire to offer engaging and inspiring play spaces for children of all ages, as part of our core mission to support every family that stays at Ronald McDonald House,” says Richard Pass, CEO.

This year Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMH BC) is thrilled to welcome children and families into several newly redesigned spaces within its House located in Vancouver, B.C. The recent improvements include renovations to the playroom and teen lounge as well as a vibrant mural installation in the outdoor sport court, all of which was made possible through contributions by members of the B.C. building and design community.
This year, RMH BC celebrates eight years in its 73-bedroom House on the campus of BC Children’s Hospital (and over 39 years of operation in Vancouver, BC). As part of the original House design, RMH BC’s playroom, teen lounge and outdoor sport court were created to provide welcoming,
uplifting spaces for children and teens receiving life-saving treatment. Supporting RMH BC in continuing this mission, celebrated members of the local building and design community – Alair Homes, Jamie Banfield Design, Cathy Radcliffe Design, Margot Jagger of Wilson Road and Elyse
Dodge – came together to breathe new life into these essential spaces.



“For RMH BC’s new teen lounge, now renamed “The Den”, we wanted to create the feeling of visiting a good friend’s basement rec room, where kids gather to chill, to sprawl, and to just be teens — a cozy home away from home.”
– Cathy Radcliffe & Teigan Jorgensen, Cathy Radcliffe Design

Check out the newly designed spaces :


Children Playroom “Den”


Teen Lounge


Outdoor Sports Court & Mural

Step Up for Families

This April, communities are invited to support these families during the third annual fitness-oriented Step Up for Families fundraiser. At RMH BC, it costs $150 per night to house a family – so, by reaching the minimum $150 “Gift a Night” fundraising goal, participants can help provide a night of comfort to a family facing a stressful situation far from their home. This year, RMH BC has set a fundraising goal to provide 1,000 nights of comfort to families relying on the House and Family Room.
Last year’s Step Up for Families was a huge success, engaging 317 participants from over 55 communities in BC and Yukon. Collectively, they took 60 million steps and tackled 48,000 kilometres – and, in doing so, raised $151,000 for RMH BC, gifting over 1,200 nights of comfort.
“Our goal this year for Step Up for Families is to raise 1,000 nights of accommodation, community and support for families staying at the House,” says Richard Pass, CEO of RMH BC. “We are grateful for our many supporters, from Whitehorse to White Rock, who we depend upon in order to fulfill our mission and commitment to be there for families when they must travel from their hometowns to Vancouver for critical treatment of a child.”

How to participate in Step Up for Families:

  1. Recruit your team by sharing the Step Up for Families toolkit with your family, friends or co-workers (or tackle the challenge solo!)
  2. Visit to register and set up your fundraising page. Share the link with your team so they can join!
  3. Connect your account to Strava, or manually track your distances throughout April.
  4. Encourage your community to donate and help you raise a minimum of $150 to support a family for one night in the RMH BC House.

To sign up for Step Up for Families or make a donation, visit Join the conversation online and tag @rmhbc in your Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts with the hashtag #stepupforfamilies as you spread awareness of the campaign and your virtual fundraising activities.

Tina Evans

You May Also Like