Construction begins at Kordyban Lodge in Prince George

15 July 2011

Prince George -

The ground adjacent to the University Hospital of Northern B.C. is no longer a parking lot. Today, the Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon together with local government representatives and supporters celebrated the start of construction on the Kordyban Lodge by breaking ground.

The Society also announced that Wayne Watson Construction, a Prince George contracting company, was awarded the contract to build the Kordyban Lodge. The Kordyban Lodge will be built on land that was donated by the City of Prince George in collaboration with School District 57 and the Ministry of Education.

The total capital cost of the Kordyban Lodge is expected to be $10 million and will be the fourth Canadian Cancer Society Lodge in B.C. The three others are located in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna. The Kordyban Lodge is scheduled to open to patients at the same time as the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North, in the fall of 2012.

The 25,000-square-foot, 36-bed lodge will serve cancer patients from communities throughout Northern B.C. by providing accommodation for individuals and their caregivers travelling to Prince George for treatment.

The Lodge will provide full-meal services as well as other features to support patients, including a family room, the Novak Family Spiritual and Meditation Room, the West Fraser Timber Lounge, Canfor Corporation and Canfor Pulp Lobby and Volunteer Reception Area, massage therapy room, library, activity room, and wig and prosthetics rooms. It will provide a compassionate and positive environment for people living with cancer in Northern B.C. and will reduce the economic and emotional cost of travel. This has been shown to enhance the quality of life during treatment and enhance patient outcomes.

In 2011, it is estimated that more than 21,000 people will be newly diagnosed with cancer. Of these patients, 1000 will reside in the North, a number projected to increase significantly over the coming years. The Kordyban Lodge will support cancer patients and their families from rural communities across the North.


Barbara Kaminsky : “This is a remarkable moment to finally break ground on a project that is so very much needed. The community support throughout Northern B.C. has allowed us to make this day happen. Patients on a cancer journey in Northern B.C. will now be closer to home and closer to family.”

Mary Kordyban: “The effort and the commitment shown by so many has been truly overwhelming. My family and I are grateful to be part of this eventful day; indeed it is a once in a lifetime event.”

Shirley Bond, Prince George-Valemount MLA: “With the creation of the Northern Cancer Strategy and the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North it was clear that our goal of complete cancer care closer to home required a cancer lodge to provide Northern families with a place to stay during treatment. The Kordyban Lodge meets that objective and will be a very special place. It is only possible because of an exceptional fundraising effort, generous donors and an extraordinary partnership. I am a grateful and proud Northerner today."

Pat Bell, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA: “I am pleased to see construction begin on Kordyban Lodge. It will become a vital facility for numerous Northern families who have to travel to Prince George for cancer care.” John Rustad, Nechako Lakes MLA: “The home away from home atmosphere that will be provided at Kordyban Lodge will help cancer patients and their families. It’s never easy dealing with cancer but Kordyban Lodge will help to make a positive difference to all who require its services.”

Mayor Dan Rogers:  “On behalf of Council I salute all those who have given so much to help make the Kordyban Lodge a reality. It's a tribute to the spirit of giving that makes Prince George so special.”

Henry Novak, Kordyban Lodge Campaign Chair: “Canadian Cancer Society Lodges provide quality accommodations and programs to support patients and families.  The Novak Family is honoured to be part of this special project that it is being built in the north for the north.”

Ray Ferris, Vice President Solid Wood West Fraser: “West Fraser and its employees are proud to support this project and we are pleased to see construction getting underway.”

David Scott, General Manager, Human Resources, Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership: “Canfor Corporation and Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership view this project as a significant development for the region. We know it will benefit residents across the north.”  

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Catherine Loiacono

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7340