HOSPITAL BENEFIT A variety of fun activities - including shaving Rick Geurts head - helped employees at the Atikokan Generating Station raise $1,385 for the AGH Foundation over the past few months. The charity campaign also included silent auctions, a rent-a-deck (of cards) program at lunch break, and other events, as well as payroll deduction contributions, and was organized by Cathy Hoard, Brent Boyko, Tylor Marusyk, and Lawrence Francisco. (Rick’s much-needed haircut, which took some convincing from co-workers, raised about $600.) Hoard and Geurts present the cheque here to Kim Cross, Cheryl Fairbairn (AGH Foundation board), and hospital CEO Doug Moynihan. The Foundation has earmarked the funds for a shower commode and a set of bedside tables.
Supporting Cancer Care Close to Home - Anthony Kadikoff (left) chair of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and Dan Bissonnette, its senior development officer, visited AGH last week to present $8,487 from the Northern Cancer fund to support the purchase of a new chemotherapy treatment chair and medication-storage fridge. Aceepting on behalf of the hospital are Cheryl Fairbairn, chair of the AGH Foundation (and a patient), RN Stacey Wood, AGH board chair Joan McIntosh, pharmacy assistant Corina Anderson, and oncology nurse Susan Sampson. (Atikokan Progress Monday, October 20, 2014)
M. McKinnon (Atikokan Progress; December 10, 2012)
The AGH Foundation presented the hospital with $200,000 that will go toward the construction of an enclosed courtyard for extended care residents during the annual Celebration of Friends Tuesday.
The Foundation expects the courtyard will be a centerpiece of the coming renovation of the hospital, and has been working for the past five years to fund that aspect of the project. "This will start the courtyard off with a bang," said Foundation chair Cheryl Fairbairn.
Exactly how the courtyard project will fit into the overall renovation should be determined this year, as that project winds its way through the provincial bureaucracy.
The Celebration of Friends is the Foundation's annual thank you event for the long list donors to the hospital.
"It's not easy to give during difficult economic times, but it is very, very much appreciated," said hospital CEO Doug Moynihan. He went on to list some of the things the hospital has been able to add over the past year as a result of the broad support AGH enjoys; a new couch for long-term care wing, a mobile heart monitor, a special mattress, and much more.
Sixteen major donors were recognized for their contributions, at three levels (bronze, silver, and gold).
The Foundation was set up as a separate organization about a decade ago, primarily to ensure that donations would be directed toward care and favility improvements, rather than end up as part of the regular hosptial operations budget. Its board includes Fairbairn, Linda Lindsay, Shirley Rasinaho, hospital board trustees Joan McIntosh and Jolene Wood, and AGH's chief financial officer, Kim Cross.
Councillor Marj Lambkin brought greetings from the Town. The evening wrapped up with some sounds of the season, courtesy of the St. Pat's School Glee Club, under the direction of Doug Ribey and with musical accompaniment by Joyanna Willett.
Gold sponsors: Ontario Power Generation employees and pensioners, OPG capital projects (corporate) fund, Ed Fredrickson, Dr. Walter Frisjanso.
Silver sponsors: Walt and Millie Beyak (who made the first official donation to AGH in 1950), Ian and Joan Campbell, Jim Wasylenki, and AGH employees.
Bronze sponsors: Owen Boland, Danielle & Ralph Carson, Louise Clement, Jeffrey Fiedler, Elsa Latell, St. Patrick's Catholic Women's League, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 145 Benevolent Fund, and TD Canada Trust.