Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville Donates $1-Million to Bowmanville Hospital

BOWMANVILLE, Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Today, the Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville announced a $1,000,000 gift to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation in support of the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital.

Surrounded by fellow volunteer members of the Association, friends, community leaders and Hospital staff, Past-President Jocelyn Pierrepont, stepped forward to show the Association’s commitment to Bowmanville Hospital with the announcement of this leadership gift.

The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation has shared a great partnership with the Association for many years, with more than $907,000 donated to date for the purchase of new equipment and to refresh areas of the Hospital such as the Mammography and Emergency departments. The Association also supported the “Back The Cat” campaign for the CT Scanner and most recently, purchased 10 new hospital beds through the Foundation’s “Buy A Bed” Fundraiser.

“Bowmanville Hospital Foundation has been a great partner of ours and we enjoy working together towards the same goal of improving the patient care experience at Bowmanville Hospital,” said Mrs. Pierrepont. “As our wonderful volunteers can attest, the Hospital is in need of an expansion and our community deserves to have more modern facilities readily available when they need it. This gift is a reflection of the level of confidence we have in the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital. It is through the commitment of our volunteers and community members who support our various fundraising programs that allows us to give back in such a significant way.”

The Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville plays an integral role in the patient experience at Bowmanville Hospital. This year marks the Association’s 107th anniversary of volunteer involvement in the Hospital. Thanks to the Association’s strong business acumen and diverse fundraising programs, including the Treats and Treasures Gift/Coffee Shop, HELPP Lotto, “New to You” retail store and many other creative fundraising ventures, they are able to donate funds year-after-year to support important projects and equipment needs for Bowmanville Hospital.

“We are very thankful to be part of such a rich and impactful history with the Association of Hospital Volunteers and are grateful for this incredible gift,” said Chris Kooy, Board Chair, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “107 years ago, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to make a difference in healthcare in the Clarington community. Today, this group continues to forge ahead and build upon that solid foundation established so many years ago. We are incredibly grateful for the relationship we share with the Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville. It is with great respect and gratitude that I say, on behalf of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, staff and community at large, thank you!”

“Volunteers are valuable members of the Bowmanville Hospital team and know, first-hand, how important it is for patients and families to have a modern facility and healing environment,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO. “Thanks so much to the Association of Hospital Volunteers for their dedication and support of the hospital redevelopment. Their generous gift truly reflects their spirit of service to our community.”

“I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work alongside the members of the Association of Hospital Volunteers,” said Frank Cerisano, Chief Executive Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Their incredible dedication, commitment and love of the Hospital and community is very apparent. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the members for their hard work and for carrying on the legacy of those who came before them. This significant gift helps to get us one step closer to enhancing the level of care provided, and will pave the way for others to follow.”

The Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville welcomes new members who want to contribute their time and effort to help improve the patient care experience at Bowmanville Hospital. For more information on how you can become a member of the Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville, please contact Vicki Adams, Coordinator of Volunteers for Bowmanville at (905) 623-3331 x 1347 for assistance.

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For more information:
Andrea Russell
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
(905) 623-3331 ext. 1884

About The Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville
Comprised of a dedicated group of women and men, The Association of Hospital Volunteers – Bowmanville is committed to improving healthcare at Bowmanville Hospital and in turn, the lives of patients in its care. Celebrating their 107th anniversary this year, the Association has a long and rich history that dates back to a time even earlier than the establishment and opening of the small community Hospital. As today, many faithful volunteers spent countless hours and efforts raising funds for Memorial Hospital Bowmanville which opened its doors in 1912.

About Bowmanville Hospital
Bowmanville Hospital is a fully accredited hospital, servicing the Municipality of Clarington. It is run by Lakeridge Health Corporation, part of the Central East Local Health Integration Network.

About Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funds annually to fund equipment needs, facility enhancements, and other high priority needs for Bowmanville Hospital. For more information about Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, please visit www.bowHF.com.

BOWMANVILLE, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – On Friday, September 28, 2018, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation hosted its 32nd Annual Fundraising Gala at the Ajax Convention Centre. Community leaders, donors, volunteers and guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening with all funds going to support the redevelopment and expansion project for Bowmanville Hospital.

St Marys Cement, part of international building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos, and the event’s Dinner Sponsor, topped the evening when Vice President of Operations, Fabio Garcia surprised Foundation Board Members, staff and guests when he announced a $250,000 pledge to the Hospital’s redevelopment project. St Marys Cement has been operating in Bowmanville since 1968 and this year is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.  For 21 of those 50 years, St Marys has proudly supported Bowmanville Hospital, Foundation and Gala events.

“We understand the importance of the support and funding the Foundation and Hospital receives from corporations, service clubs, families and individuals,” said Mr. Garcia. “And what that support and funding translates into for healthcare for people and families across Clarington and beyond is priceless. Care requires funding and at St Marys Cement, we are proud to play a part in the delivery of excellent healthcare now and for decades to come.”

“We are incredibly thankful to have such a generous organization within our community,” said Chris Kooy, Board Chair, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “St Marys Cement has been part of the landscape of Clarington for decades and in that time, established themselves with diverse connections, community partnerships and generous support for many local charities. The Foundation is very grateful for their commitment to elevate healthcare for the people of Clarington and beyond.”

For more information:

Andrea Russell
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
(905) 623-3331 ext. 21884

About Bowmanville Hospital
Bowmanville Hospital is a fully accredited hospital, servicing the Municipality of Clarington. It is run by Lakeridge Health Corporation, part of the Central East Local Health Integration Network.

About Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funds annually to fund equipment needs, facility enhancements, and other high priority needs for Bowmanville Hospital. For more information about Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, please visit www.bowHF.com.

St Marys Cement is a leading manufacturer of cement and related construction products in Canada and the United States. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, St Marys Cement supplies support new construction in infrastructure modernization in Ontario and across the Great Lakes Region. The St Marys Cement Bowmanville Plant was established in 1968 and, today, is among the largest employers in Bowmanville. St Marys Cement is a part of international building materials supplier, Votorantim Cimentos.


BOWMANVILLE, Friday, July 6, 2018 – Today, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation announced a $2,000,000 gift in support of the redevelopment and expansion project coming soon to Bowmanville Hospital. Unprecedented in the history of Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, this $2 million-dollar gift from the Kemp family is the largest gift ever received by the Foundation in support of the Hospital.

Surrounded by his family, friends, community leaders and Hospital staff, longtime supporter and ambassador of Bowmanville Hospital and Foundation, Kirk Kemp, stepped forward to show the family’s commitment to Bowmanville Hospital with the announcement of this significant gift. The Emergency Department will be named in honour of Kirk’s parents, Doug and Billie Kemp. This announcement marks the first leadership gift received for the Foundation’s capital campaign for the Bowmanville project.

The Kemp family has been an integral part of the Clarington community for decades. It all began in the mid-1900’s when Doug and Billie Kemp moved to Clarington to begin a life in farming. Learning the ropes from Billie’s uncle, Charlie Carruthers, Doug developed his family’s apple farm which years later would grow into the well-known Algoma Orchards Ltd., owned and operated by the Gibson and Kemp families and now the largest independently owned apple grower and packing company in Canada. In addition to the family farm, Doug and Billie’s involvement with St. Paul’s Church, the Bowmanville Lion’s Club, Children’s Aid Society of Cobourg and international mission work, has proven their commitment to the community.

“A hospital is the cornerstone of any community and sometimes we take it for granted,” said Mr. Kemp, President of Algoma Orchards Ltd. “We felt we had an obligation to help our Hospital and community and, it was important for us to get involved and make sure we have an innovative, state-of-the-art healthcare facility right in our community that will continue to serve our families now and for years to come. This gift represents our confidence in a truly great project that will provide community healthcare close to home for over 92,000 people who live and work in and around Clarington. And, as one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, we urgently need our local hospital to keep pace with that growth.”

The Kemps hold a special place in their hearts for Bowmanville Hospital, from fond memories of children’s and grandchildren’s births to the still emotional and frightening memory of Kirk and Sheila’s son, Byron’s visit to the Emergency Department. On April 17, 2009, 15-year-old Byron suffered a major injury on his way to the bus stop after being struck by a vehicle on the quiet rural road. EMS responded immediately and rushed him to Bowmanville Hospital’s Emergency Department. The Emergency staff worked quickly to stabilize him before airlifting him to SickKids Hospital. After a year of rehabilitation, Byron made a full recovery. “I often think that if he had to go 35 or 40 minutes further to another hospital, he wouldn’t be the same kid he is today,” said Mr. Kemp.

“We are incredibly thankful to have such a generous family living in our community,” said Chris Kooy, Board Chair, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Across generations, the Kemps have been an inspiration as leaders and ambassadors whose commitment continues to elevate healthcare for Clarington. It is with great respect and gratitude that I say, on behalf of the Foundation, as well as Clarington residents and patients who benefit every time they enter the Emergency Department of our Hospital…Thank You!”

“This transformational gift provided by the Kemp family comes at an unprecedented time for health care across the region as we build a regional system of acute care to better serve those living in Bowmanville and across Durham Region,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “This first-of-its-kind gift for the redevelopment of Bowmanville Hospital will help modernize facilities and enhance health care services to ensure people living in the community have better access to care close to home.”

“The support and dedication exemplified by the Kemp family is truly inspiring,” said Frank Cerisano, CEO, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Their commitment to our Hospital and leadership within the community is demonstrated once again through their decision to make this very generous gift to support the expansion project. We are privileged to honour Doug and Billie Kemp in this important way and continue to build upon an already strong legacy they create for the Kemp family name decades before. This gift will not only transform the patient care experience at Bowmanville Hospital for the better and paves the way for others to support the project; it is also a wonderful example of philanthropy at its very best.”

For more information:
Andrea Russell
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
(905) 623-3331 ext. 21884

About Bowmanville Hospital
Bowmanville Hospital is a fully accredited hospital, servicing the Municipality of Clarington. It is run by Lakeridge Health , part of the Central East Local Health Integration Network.

About Bowmanville Hospital Foundation
Bowmanville Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization that raises funds annually to fund equipment needs, facility enhancements, and other high priority needs for Bowmanville Hospital. For more information about Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, please visit www.bowHF.com.