John Kostyna Hospital Fund

Businessman John Kostyna came from humble beginnings.  He grew up on a farm near Tway, attended Saskatoon’s Technical Collegiate then trained as a machinist and welder.  One of his earliest jobs was with Acme Machine, which manufactured Cobalt cancer treatment units.  In 1946, he founded Nutana Machine and Welding with Cal Galbraith.  John later owned and operated Universal Engine Company.  Saskatoon has been good to him.  John’s companies prospered, as did his family.  He’s proud to say all five of his daughters graduated from the University of Saskatchewan and went on to successful careers.  When John’s thoughts turned to giving back to his community, health care became the natural focus.  A decade ago he was treated for cancer, recovered, and now wants to help others with similar health concern.  In addition, he feels as Saskatchewan’s population moves away from the province’s rural roots, it’s important that Saskatoon has good health care facilities.  To address these two areas, John established two funds at Saskatoon Community Foundation.  Their investment income will support the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, and Roya University Hospital Foundation.

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