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Executive Director's Report 2018


Arleen-170x170What a year it has been! The Foundation staff and I extend a special thank you to each donor who has called, walked through our doors, allowed us into your home and participated in our events over the last year. It is always a pleasure to get to know you better and to hear the stories around why you are dedicated to local healthcare.

It was a year of learning. We continue to learn as Foundations how best to work with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, the changing structure and within the process of amalgamation. We learned more about the ever-improving medical technology we support, purchase and facilitate. We learn more about fundraising, new techniques and ideas which we can adapt to our communities. Also, we learn more about the donors who invest so strongly in the healthcare system which we all rely on and expect to be there when we need it most.

It has also been a year of significant change. The faces you see at the Foundation office have changed. I told you at this time last year that Belinda Smith would be retiring and she has. I introduced Alison Clements and highlighted her strong history in journalism which she would bring to this job and she has. New to the office though is Danielle McCarthy. Danielle has come to work at the Foundation as the past Office Manager of Osprey Ridge Golf Club. Danielle is just closing in on six months with the Foundation and has already made great strides in learning about the Foundation and meeting donors. Darlene Langille works part time within the office and has been a consistent resource through these changes. Thank you to our wonderful staff who keep the fresh ideas coming and the numbers aligning. These are wonderful and dedicated women and they are a pleasure to work with each day.

We have accomplished a lot as a result of our changes and learnings over the year. Our Operational Review’s number one priority was a software upgrade which was well warranted as we had been “making do” with a very old, yet reliable system. This year-long upgrade has been very time consuming but is close to complete, taking us away from an old manual system. A Governance Committee has been formed, further building on policies and a Major Gifts committee will soon be in the community, working with others in hopes of funding larger healthcare projects. We are fortunate to have several tried and true events, such as the Radiothon and Curl for a Cause which continue to be successful, fun and raise the visibility of the Foundation. Staff, the Foundation Board and committee members have worked tirelessly this past year to finalize our Operational Review, enhance the events which many of you attend, and look for new opportunities to fund programs and creative methods to fundraise.

As we close off our last fiscal year we look forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Foundation. It will be a year-long celebration, highlighting accomplishments, generous donations Arleen Stevens, Executive Director (in red) and the Foundation Team and donors. For instance, the Foundation is honoured to have received over $3.1-million in donations from estates naming the Foundation in wills. This total stems back to 1994 and is the result of 99 individuals who planned for their hospitals when organizing their final legacy.

I must say the Foundation staff and I are looking forward to the year ahead. We are anxious to see the MIS Suite, design and construction, move ahead. Not long after that project concludes we expect to tackle the Emergency Redevelopment project. It is a very exciting time to be working at the Foundation and within our hospitals.

Thank you so much to the Foundation Board, hospital and Foundation staff and most certainly you the donors who assist us in investing in our hospitals in this wonderful community.


Upcoming Events

Rose Fund Dinner & Auction
Saturday May 4, 5:00 PM -

The Rose Fund was created in Memory of Roseanne Himmelman, to help ease the pain of those in Lunenburg and Queens Counties fighting cancer. This dinner and auction is a very special event.

Tickets are $40.

We hope to see you at the Oakhill Fire Department. Viewing- 5pm, Dinner- 6:30pm and auction to follow.

Health Services Foundatioin AGM 2019
Friday June 28, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Join the Health Services Foundation to reflect on how donors like you have helped enhance local healthcare over the past 12 months, this year being held at South Shore Regional Hospital.

Guest speaker: Janet Knox, President & CEO, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Call to RSVP today 902-543-8065  

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