In 1999, Mel Zajac had a vision to build a ranch facility to provide camp experiences for children with chronic and life-limiting conditions throughout British Columbia and Canada. This vision was inspired by the incredible impact he has seen through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ camps created by good friend of the Foundation, Paul Newman. Launched five years later, Zajac Ranch for Children became a realization of this vision and remains the Foundation’s most ambitious project to date.
Since 1997, Zajac Norgate House has been improving the quality of life for seniors/disabled persons.
With a mandate to support children and seniors, the Zajac Foundation has also supported many other community projects and charitable organizations across British Columbia, including:
- Covenant House, a safe place for street youth to make a fresh start (1995)
- An endowment fund for the United Way of the Lower Mainland (1993)
- Capital support for the BC Centre for Ability (1992)
- The Sandcastle Developmental Preschool in Mission (1989)
Advanced technological equipment for BC’s Bone Marrow Registry (1989)
- Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet (1985)
- The Zajac Summer Swim Camp for athletes of all abilities (1985)
- Renovation of UBC Hospital’s In Vitro Fertilization Laboratory (1982)
- A portable kidney dialysis machine for the BC Kidney Foundation (1972)
- A bus with lift and murals for BC Children’s Hospital (1972)
- Variety Club (1970 – 1985)
- Big Brothers in school mentoring program