Foundation has successful year

Raising their hands high for this year’s highly successful X-ray machine campaign, from left, are Don Popple, campaign co-chair and director of the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation; Dale Walker, foundation executive director; Foster Loucks, HHHS interim CEO; and Lisa Tompkins, campaign co-chair and foundation Vice Chair.

By Lisa Harrison

The fundraising arm of Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) is very healthy following another year of heavy lifting in and by the community.

Donations more than doubled and revenue reached $582,181 versus $370,840 in 2011, auditor John West of McColl Turner LLP reported at the HHHS Foundation annual general meeting on Sept. 10.

After consideration of expenditures of $210,057, including $110,368 in wages and benefits, as well as contributions to HHHS and the $155,998 balance from 2011, the Foundation’s fiscal year closed March 31, 2012 with a balance of $399,675 and total assets of $481,900. That more than doubled the 2011 finish of $209,112.

The assets include $300,000 for two X-ray machines raised in the foundation’s Seeing is Believing campaign. Installation of the machines is expected later in the fall.

“Having a good project like the X-ray makes a huge difference in the response of the community,” said West.

The foundation also moved $128,447 from the unrestricted fund and $46,030 from the restricted and education fund to HHHS to help with acquisition of other medical equipment.

West said fundraising costs increased slightly in line with the revenue increase, but otherwise most other costs were very much in line with 2011. He noted the report reflected all necessary adjustments, with no skeletons in the closet.

“What you see is what you get,” said West. “It’s a great position to be in. So it’s been a very successful year for the foundation.”

The board appointed McColl Turner as auditors for 2013.

Executive Director Dale Walker presented an overview of events and contributions over the fiscal year and the past six months.

“It was in June 2011 that we decided to raise our hands and do the Seeing is Believing campaign and started off very well,” said Walker. “As John [West] mentioned that’s been a great campaign for the public. They can really relate to it and that came through when you see our donations there.”

Funds were raised by dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals through annual and new events and contributions, including the Rotary Club (golf classic), banks, insurance and realty companies and foundations, the Royal Canadian Legion and Eastern Star, Todd’s Independent, the Ontario Federation of 4WD, artists, Canoe FM and Moose FM, and through the Christmas “Believe in the Magic of Giving” campaign.

Funds also came from individuals through the foundation’s fall and spring patient letters; special gifts, bequests, life insurance policies and securities; and memorial, tribute and special occasion cards.

More than 1,000 Sebastian bears have been sold and the foundation has ordered more to cover the holiday gift season and the spring until the 2013 bear is revealed.

Walker noted the upcoming Canoe FM/Moose FM radiothon, Sept. 27 and 28, and plans for 2013.

“As everyone knows, the focus is going to be on palliative,” said Walker, referring to plans for an additional palliative care room and living room/kitchen at Haliburton Hospital. “We’re hopeful that the Ministry [of Health and Long Term Care] will approve. The [Central East] LHIN has approved the project [and] we already have people who are very excited about it and we’re in a very good financial position for the start of that.”

Walker said the launch would take place in spring 2013.

“I think the community and the people of our county can really take pride and have confidence in the organization,” said Loucks.

The board approved a partial new slate of directors in preparation for a directors meeting following the AGM to discuss the need for new board members.

Foundation vice-chair Lisa Tompkins invited comments from the gallery as the meeting closed. Cathy Outram, HHHS chief financial officer, attended and thanked the board.

“We wouldn’t be in as good shape as we are without the help of the foundation and the auxiliaries,” said Outram. “With all you contribute in equipment and support to us, that makes our job a lot easier. So it’s a team effort and I’m very proud of what you’ve accomplished over the years.”

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