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Managing Director's Report 2017


Arleen-170x170Thank you for taking the time to celebrate The Health Services Foundation, local healthcare and community giving with us.  We are always amazed by the generosity of our community especially with your investment in health on the South Shore.

The Foundation staff and I extend a special thank you to each donor who has called us, walked though our doors and participated in our events over the last year. It is always a pleasure to get to know you a little better.

This year we have continued to forge new relationships with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In preparation for this transition, two years ago all hospital Foundations, within the province, joined to create the Health Foundations of Nova Scotia. This group has a working relationship with the NSHA which has been useful to all Foundations when working through this new structure. We meet twice annually in person to discuss our issues and work toward solutions.

We have seen an evolution in our Foundation staffing. We welcome Alison Clements to the role of Development Officer. She has a strong history in journalism, radio in particular, in New Brunswick and most recently in Nova Scotia with our good friends at CKBW. Alison is already making a significant impact in our fundraising and communications. As we welcome one staff we will soon see another graduate into retirement. This will be Belinda Smith’s final AGM with us. After many years working in Mental Health and a total of 25 years with the Foundation, she will retire on April 1, 2018 to travel and spend additional time with family.   Thank you so much Belinda for your dedication to your position, the Foundation and the donors in our community. Then there are those who never want to leave the Foundation. We are so pleased that Darlene Langille has returned to work in the office, on a part-time basis, after 17 years in New Brunswick. Welcome back Darlene.

All staff, Board and committee members have embraced a well timed Operational Review which has taken an in depth look at what we’ve done well and what areas could benefit through additional growth. A tremendous amount of time and effort has been required by all who have participated in the evaluation process as we look ahead to the Emergency Room Redevelopment Project. Thank you to all who have embraced the workload and these challenges.

Please take a few minutes to look at the items and projects supported this year. The over $556,000 spent on these items has made an impact in many different locations. We have had a tremendous amount of variety in our purchases this year, at both hospitals, including beds, a bladder scanner, a bone densitometry unit, a floor scrubber, lab equipment and Restorative Care equipment just to name a few. We have continued partnering within the NSHA structure by supporting the efforts of the Our Health Centre Collaborative Practice and continuing to assist the New Germany Medical Centre. In past years, we have been pleased to assist with the Lunenburg Family Health Collaborative Practice and the Bridgewater and Area Family Health Centre, as these groups work with local NSHA staff serving the community.

As always, a highlight of our year was the 7th annual Radiothon held on Valentine’s Day. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of CKBW and Country 100.7 who embrace this event and our Foundation completely. Radiothon had a special challenge this year as on February 13th Nova Scotia was immobilized with a snowstorm. Staff trudged through snowbanks and avoided snowplows to ensure this event was a success. And it was – when we closed the books on Radiothon 2017 we had raised over $150,000 to purchase seven items for the Operating Rooms at a cost of $0.03 per dollar raised.   This event steadily raises a tremendous amount of money with very few costs while bringing the community and our hospital staff together. Thank you to the Foundation staff, Board members, volunteers and the OR staff who welcomed us into their patient care space.

Our Women’s Giving Circle supported the naloxone drug kits last November, Hit it for Health efforts purchased a portable ventilator and Curl for a Cause bought several pieces of equipment for the Physiotherapy Unit at Fishermen’s Memorial Hospital including a shockwave therapy machine, previously unavailable in the local health system. This bonspiel continues to amaze us as we saw the largest fundraising revenues in its 18 year history raising just over $40,000.

Our event and committee chairs deserve an additional thank you and our appreciation for their dedication, guidance and additional hours often given after an already long day. Another tremendous thank you to the Board members who have continued to share the planning and workload in specialized leadership roles, enhancing our behind the scenes operations. This Foundation Board is very supportive with members working harder than most to roll up their sleeves and dig into the committee and event work as well as the high level policy discussions. They are a unique and dedicated group and I give them the warmest of my appreciation. This year we will be sorry to lose Chris White, from RBC, as he has accepted a promotion in Winnipeg, as well as, our past Board Chair Trudy Johnson, after fulfilling eight years of service. Trudy has always been available, has guided us through changes and challenges, has been supportive, has listened and has offered just the right advice. We will all miss you tremendously at the board table.

Respectfully submitted,

Arleen Stevens



Upcoming Events

Curl for a Cause 2018
Friday March 2, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fashion For Our Future 2018
Thursday April 26, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fashion For Our Future is back and bigger than ever, being hosted for the first time by students at Park View Education Centre!

This event is in support of Radiothon 2018, which will bring a new ultrasound unit to South Shore Regional Hospital. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and will be available at the Health Services Foundation office in South Shore Regional High School or at the door the night of the event.  

Concert For Health: JP Cormier & Dave Gunning
Saturday May 12, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Be entertained by the amazing talents of JP Cormier & Dave Gunning while supporting the construction of two MIS (Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites) at South Shore Regional Hospital.

Tickets $35 each, available only in advance. Click for more details.

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