At the Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) we knew Rudi’s quiet generosity personally. Over 19 years, Rudi gave generously to VHF to fund new, life-changing medical equipment for our local hospitals. Patients from Ophthalmology to Medical Imaging benefit from Rudi’s thoughtful gifts. The many unique and beautiful art and collectable items that Rudi generously gave as auction items for our Visions gala told the story of a widely travelled and curious man.
Rudi began his philanthropy journey alongside his wife and soulmate, Sylvia. Together, they founded the Rudi and Sylvia Hoenson Foundation through the Victoria Foundation. When Sylvia died in 2008, Rudi was heartbroken. He turned his focus to his community and became even more dedicated to local charities.
Rudi was recognized with a Generosity of Spirit Award, bestowed on him at Association of Fundraising Professionals Vancouver Island’s National Philanthropy Day awards. He was also honoured with a Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation from the Lieutenant Governor of BC.
Rudi’s resilience, his strength of character, and his expansive spirit will be remembered. His monumental generosity has made our Vancouver Island community a better place to live for all of us—and it will continue to improve our community for generations to come. Rudi, we will miss you.