Finnbilt General Contracting Ltd., located on Perth Line 29 just south of Stratford, presented a cheque for $125,000 to the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation on Friday morning. Over 20 employees joined Finnbilt President Glenn Finnie (front row, centre) for the presentation. Accepting the cheque were (middle row, at left) Marie Ormerod, HPHA VP of people and workplace health, Hospital Foundation Executive Director Krista Linklater and Hospital Foundation Chair John McIntosh (just to the right of the cheque).
“We started this fundraising campaign to replace equipment, refurbish rooms and keep our St. Marys site right up to date so it’s there for anyone who needs to use it in the community,” McIntosh told the assembled group of Finnbilt employees. “We started in February of 2015 and we’re now at the $4 million mark of a $5 million campaign. It’s folks like yourselves that make it possible. What we want is a health community everyone can be proud of and know that it’s there for their family if they need it. Thank you so much. You have to know, you set an example others will look at and help us with our campaign.”
Linklater, formerly the foundation’s fundraising coordinator, has been serving as the foundation’s executive director since mid-April. “After the campaign, we’ll need to continue to fund raise,” she said. “The need doesn’t stop.”
“I’ve got roots in St. Marys and many of my employees are from the St. Marys area. It’s what we do in St. Marys,” said Finnie, of the donation. “The goal is to keep the hospital in the area and viable. I’m very proud of this company donation to this worthwhile cause.”