Christmas comes early for Someone I Know

Hospital foundation unveils donor wall Wednesday, Dec. 20; gets go-ahead for expansion

The members of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation feel especially festive this year. The foundation’s first-ever capital campaign, Someone I Know, exceeded all expectations by surpassing its $5 million goal in early autumn. And just this week the foundation received approval from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to expand the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness, the cornerstone of the Someone I Know campaign.

In time for Christmas, the campaign’s donor wall will be unwrapped at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Donors and the public are invited to attend this milestone moment in the foyer of St. Marys Memorial Memorial Hospital.

And, just as the Someone I Know campaign resonated with the community, Foundation chair Pat Craigmile hopes the donor wall will have the same effect. “The board members wanted a design that is local, beautiful and meaningful, with an image that says ‘community’ and ‘tranquility’,” Craigmile explains.

The donor wall is located on the wall facing the main entrance to the hospital. Krista Linklater, the foundation’s executive director, says that this position is very deliberate. “We want our community to see who supported this campaign, and perhaps inspire others to give,” Linklater says. “There’s a mentality of ‘if they can do it, we can give it.'”

Even without the inspiration of the donor wall, the community continues to rally around local healthcare, for Craigmile notes, “the donor wall isn’t an ending, it’s a beginning.”

The foundation’s annual “Be an Angel” Christmas campaign is already seeing tremendous support. With goals of purchasing items that provide “comfort and joy” to patients, such as a blanket warming cupboard and new wheelchairs, there’s still time to give – or to make a donation as a gift for that person on your list who has everything.

The Foundation received an early Christmas present of its own last week. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care formally approved the expansion plan for the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness, a major component of the Someone I Know capital campaign. With this approval, the Foundation can now proceed to tender.

The construction of the addition is estimated at $2.5 million, with additional costs for furnishing and equipment. It is hoped that the project will break ground in spring 2018.

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