Community helps HHHSF raise $925K
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | September 28, 2017|
Auditor John West said it had been “another excellent year” for the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation (HHHSF) as new executive director Lisa Tompkins chaired her first annual general meeting Sept. 25.
While delivering the auditor’s report for 2016-2017, West, of Peterboroughbased John West, McColl Turner LLP, said the community continued to “trust” the foundation and its goals, and that was obvious in the monetary donations made to the HHHSF, that have gone on to support the health services in Haliburton and Minden.
“They’ve got a lot of confidence in the leadership and they speak with their wallets,” West said, adding the board should be proud of its results.
Tompkins thanked the community for $925,255 in donations, which resulted in $565,966 being transferred to health services locally. The bulk of that, almost $400,000, has gone to the now fully operational palliative centre at Haliburton hospital.
Some $540,582 came from foundation fundraising, nearly $10,000 from the Haliburton auxiliary and nearly $16,000 from the Minden auxiliary.
The Matt Duchene charity golf tournament brought in $53,500; the Cash for Care Lottery $34,795; the radiothon $25,000 and Christmas appeal $109,000.
The special gift program netted nearly one-quarter-of-a-million-dollars. While down from the previous fiscal year by $137,250, West noted it’s an unpredictable figure. Tompkins attributed the continued success to “a caring and generous community,” including businesses, individuals, corporations and community organizations.
She added that they could not raise that kind of money without dedicated volunteers.
She spoke about the palliative centre, which has been “very well received.” She also paid tribute to retired executive director Dale Walker. “She’s left a great legacy for us to continue to follow.”
Haliburton Highlands Health Services CEO Carolyn Plummer was also appreciative of the foundation, auxiliaries and the community, which has allowed several projects to move ahead. In addition to the palliative centre, she noted they were able to buy a new van for Meals on Wheels, and do work in the acute and long-term care sectors.
“Thank you for all of your support,” she said.
Chairman Peter Oyler thanked Plummer, commenting there had been challenges in the past between the HHHS and the foundation, but “now we’ve got a very smooth working relationship between the two organizations.” He said that has led to the “betterment of health care in our facilities.”
In addition to Oyler, the current board of directors include: Jim Mitchell, Richard Wannan, Carol Patrick, Don Popple, Dave Coulson, Scotty Morrison, Eric Recalla, Greta LaRiviere, Murray Martin, Gary Pike, David Zilstra and Steve Todd.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.