RCL Branch #178 Poppy Fund Gives $20,000 to “Breath of Life” Fundraiser

BOWMANVILLE, Thursday, July 4, 2019 – Michael Richard, Poppy Chairman, Bowmanville Legion Branch #178 ~ Poppy Fund, presented Kirk Kemp, Chair of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s We Care, We Can Campaign and the Foundation’s CEO, Frank Cerisano, with a cheque for $20,000. The funds were raised through the Branch’s annual Poppy Campaign and will be directed to the Foundation’s “Breath of Life” Fundraiser, which will go to support the purchase of three new ventilators for Bowmanville Hospital.

Mechanical ventilators are used when patients need assistance breathing. These complex machines can be adjusted to meet the needs of each patient. By supporting the “Breath of Life Fundraiser,” generous donors like Branch #178’s Poppy Fund are helping to save a life, one breath at a time.

The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation has been one of the Legion’s charities of choice for many years. The Branch recently supported the Foundation’s “Buy A Bed” fundraiser and “Back the Cat” campaign, which led to the purchase of a new CT Scanner for the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Bowmanville Hospital.

“Bowmanville Hospital plays a fundamental role in our community. We are proud to continue to support such an important cause,” said Mr. Richard. “Our volunteers dedicate many hours to canvas and deliver poppy boxes throughout Clarington. Thanks to their efforts and the generosity of our residents, we are thrilled to keep the funds right here in our community where they are so heavily needed.”

“The Foundation is extremely thankful to share a long-standing partnership with the members of Bowmanville Legion Branch #178 ~ Poppy Fund,” said Mr. Kemp. “Year-after-year, they rise to the challenge and continue to impact the delivery of care offered at Bowmanville Hospital. We are very grateful for their support and demonstrated commitment to accessing local health care in Clarington.”

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.

On June 17, 2019 members from all of Lakeridge Health’s foundations – Ajax Pickering Hospital Foundation, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, Lakeridge Health Foundation and Port Perry Hospital Foundation – participated in Dineen Construction Corporation’s 28th Charity Golf Tournament at King’s Riding Golf Club. The proceeds of this year’s tournament – an incredible $20,000 – will go to support all of Lakeridge Health’s hospital foundations.

BOWMANVILLE, Wednesday, June 26, 2019 – The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s Annual General Meeting finished with a special leadership gift announcement. Chris Kooy, Chair, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, was pleased to announce a $500,000 pledge from Edmond and Sylvia Vanhaverbeke and The Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke Foundation. This gift will be directed to the We Care, We Can Campaign in support of the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital.

Edmond and Sylvia Vanhaverbeke have been instrumental ambassadors for the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation and the Clarington community for many years. Since 1993, they have donated to Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, both personally and through The Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke Foundation. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, Ed served as a valuable member of the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors.

“Sylvia and I are proud to support the We Care, We Can Campaign,” said Mr. Vanhaverbeke. “For us, Bowmanville Hospital is one of our most important institutions in Clarington and it is vital to support it in this way so that generations, present and future, can have access to the best local health care possible.”

The Vanhaverbeke family has generously supported many of the Foundation’s initiatives, including the “Buy A Pump/Bed” fundraisers, “Back the Cat” Campaign and Eye Centre, to name a few. In addition to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, Ed and Sylvia have supported Durham Hospice, UOIT and Durham College Foundations, CAMH, Ontario Philharmonic and more.

“We are thankful for the generosity of Ed and Sylvia and grateful for their support and the impact their gifts continue to make on the delivery of care at Bowmanville Hospital,” said Mrs. Kooy. “Their unwavering support truly exemplifies their philanthropic spirit and dedication to our community. This commitment to our cause helps us take one step closer to an improved patient care experience for Clarington.”

“Ed and Sylvia’s support and dedication is truly inspiring,” said Mr. Frank Cerisano, CEO, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Their incredible dedication and commitment to the Hospital and community is very apparent. We are privileged to be Ed and Sylvia’s charity of choice and to receive this remarkable gift, a gift that will significantly help strengthen the We Care, We Can Campaign and continue to pave the way for others to follow.”

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.

BOWMANVILLE, Wednesday, June 12, 2019 – Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s We Care, We Can Campaign Cabinet has recruited two new members to help solicit and secure meaningful gifts for the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital. Kirk Kemp, Campaign Chair, is pleased to welcome Bob Leveille of Wilmot Creek and Tyler Smith, Realtor, Homesmiths Real Estate Team, to the Cabinet.

“The Hospital has always been there for my family. Being part of the campaign is the very least I can do to help,” said Mr. Leveille. “This is our Hospital. As a volunteer for the We Care We Can Campaign, I am proud to help make the Hospital one of the best in Ontario.”

“I am honoured to be included on the Cabinet of the We Care, We Can Campaign,” said Mr. Smith. “As a lifelong resident of the area and someone who was born at Bowmanville Hospital, I am excited to help bring a world-class medical facility to our growing community.”

“We are fortunate to live in a community with generous volunteers like Bob and Tyler, who are willing to step up and help in any way they can,” said Mr. Kemp. “The campaign is off to a great start and will only continue to grow with time. I am thrilled to take on the role as Chair and share a commitment to our Hospital and our community with my fellow Cabinet members.”

The Cabinet was introduced at the Foundation’s Campaign Presentation & Celebration event that took place on April 17, 2019 at the Garnet B. Rickard Complex. This dedicated group of volunteers is comprised of members from of all sectors of the Clarington community with one important focus in mind: a new, state-of-the-art health care facility in Clarington for our families, friends and neighbours.

  • Campaign Cabinet Members include:
  • Kirk Kemp, Campaign Chair
  • Lawson Gay
  • Bob Schickedanz
  • Steve DeBoer
  • Angel Van Leeuwen
  • Todd March
  • Bob Leveille
  • Tyler Smith

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.

BOWMANVILLE, – Friday, May 10, 2019 – On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, members of the Newcastle Lions Club presented Frank Cerisano, Chief Executive Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $8,000. The funds will be directed to the “Buy A Bed” Fundraiser and the Eye Centre at Bowmanville Hospital.

“Bowmanville Hospital is a very important part of our community and when the opportunity arose to support these great initiatives, it was a unanimous decision that we were happy to take part in,” said Debra McGaffin, President, Newcastle Lions Club. “We are proud to support a project that will offer the community peace of mind knowing that a state-of-the art hospital is just around the corner to support the needs of our growing and aging population.”

The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation has been one of the Newcastle Lions Club’s charities of choice for many years. The members have supported several important initiatives including the “Buy A Bed”, “Buy A Pump” and “Back the Cat” fundraisers, all of which have been instrumental in strengthening the quality of care Bowmanville Hospital provides to the community. One of the Club’s primary purposes is to support sight-related activities, and for that reason have continuously donated, for the last 12 years, to the Regional Eye Centre at Bowmanville Hospital.

Founded in 1947, the Newcastle Lions Club will celebrate an incredible 72 years of serving the community this month. From their involvement in the Santa Claus Parade and Fall Festival to Foodbank Drives and the Spring Road Clean-up, it is clear that the Club is dedicated to their community and its well-being.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” said Mr. Cerisano, Chief Executive Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “The support that our community’s service clubs demonstrate to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation continues to astonish us. Thanks to the Newcastle Lions Club for sharing in our important fundraising initiatives and for working together with us to build a healthier Clarington for all.”

The Newcastle Lions Club welcomes new members who want to contribute their time and effort to better support our community. For more information on how you can become a member of Newcastle Lions Club, please contact Lions President Debra McGaffin at 647-773-1110.

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

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, Thursday, February 21, 2019 – On February 21, 2019, Leanne Travis, Associate & Pharmacist Owner, Longworth Avenue, presented Andrea Russell, Chief Development Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, with a cheque for $7,860. The funds were raised through the Growing Women’s Health Campaign that took place at local Shoppers Drug Marts this past fall. 100 percent of the funds will go directly to support the Mammography Department at Bowmanville Hospital and women’s health initiatives.

This campaign, held annually across Canada, offers customers the opportunity to purchase and personalize a Growing Women’s Health icon, which are prominently displayed on the Growing Women’s Health tree in all participating stores. By purchasing a “leaf” for a toonie, a “butterfly” for $5, an “apply” for $10 or a “blue bird” for $50 at the three Clarington and a Whitby store locations, shoppers were able to support the Bowmanville Hospital.

“It is important to each Shoppers Drug Mart location to know that dollars we raise stays right here and helps to enhance women’s health care in our community,” said Ms. Travis. “We are proud of the partnership we have developed with the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation over the years and couldn’t be happier to support important initiatives that have a positive impact on women’s health like the Mammography Department at Bowmanville Hospital.”

“Every woman deserves to thrive and have access to good women’s health care,” said Ms. Russell. “We are grateful to our local Shoppers Drug Marts and the Shoppers Drug Mart location at Garden St. & Taunton Rd. in Whitby, for their unwavering commitment and support. The Shoppers Drug Mart Growing Women’s Health campaign is dedicated to the well-being of all women and plays an important role in supporting women’s health throughout our communities and we thank everyone who contributed to this vital initiative.”

The Growing Women’s Health campaign is a four-week program held across Canada and is one of the leading partnership programs of the SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. platform – the Company’s commitment to improving the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit. National in scope, yet locally-based, the annual Growing Women’s Health campaign offers patients, customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to the organizations that make a difference in their own communities. Since 2002, the Growing Women’s Health campaign has raised more than $35 million for Canadian health charities. In 2018, over 500 women’s health charities across Canada will benefit from the campaign’s proceeds with 100 per cent of funds staying in the community where they are raised.

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About SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU.
SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. represents the organization’s commitment to improving the health of all Canadian women in body, mind and spirit. Brought to life through eight partnership programs, created with leading experts and institutions in women’s health, this national initiative connects women to health information and resources that help ensure their health only gets stronger. More information can be found at shoppersloveyou.ca. About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,300 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 46 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and four luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 43 corporate Shoppers Home Healthcare stores, two new Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart stores and an ecommerce site Wellwise.ca, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities. Shoppers Drug Mart is an independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited.

For more information, visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Leanne Travis
Shoppers Drug Mart Longworth Avenue, Bowmanville
Email: asdm1404@shoppersdrugmart.ca

The Hennessey family had a lot to celebrate this Family Day. While watching the Peterborough Petes play the Niagara Ice Dogs, Steve Hennessey announced a $100,000 gift to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. This gift will go to support the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital and is made in honour of Kathleen Hennessey who was fondly remembered.

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On June 26, 2019, the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation’s Annual General Meeting finished with a special leadership gift announcement. Chris Kooy, Chair, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, was pleased to announce a $500,000 pledge from Edmond and Sylvia Vanhaverbeke and The Edmond & Sylvia Vanhaverbeke Foundation. This gift will be directed to the We Care, We Can Campaign in support of the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital.

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BOWMANVILLE, Wednesday, January 30, 2019
– On Wednesday, January 30, Nick Arts, Larry Van Acker, Michael Sullivan and Alf Connolly of the Knights of Columbus Council #6361 presented Andrea Russell, Chief Development Officer and Frank Cerisano, Chief Executive Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, with a cheque for $5,000. This gift was raised through the group’s 2018 TV Bingo Nights and will be directed to the Foundation’s “Buy A Bed” Fundraiser for the purchase of a new hospital stretcher and mattress for the Bowmanville site.

As one of the Knights of Columbus Council #6361’s largest fundraising contributors, TV Bingo Nights take place on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Rogers TV. The first TV Bingo Night began on November 15, 1978, when Bowmanville’s Council #6361 partnered with Oshawa Councils #2671 and #6052 for their first telecast. Since then, the games have grown in popularity and now welcome players to tune in across Durham Region, from Newcastle to Pickering.

The Bowmanville Hospital Foundation has been one of Council #6361’s charities of choice for many years, supporting many of the Foundations initiatives, including the Tee Off Fore Health Golf Tournaments and annual fundraising Galas.

“The Knights of Columbus Council #6361 has a long-standing history of supporting the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation,” said Mr. Arts, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus Council #6361. “We are proud to be affiliated with the Foundation and the work they do for our community. Bowmanville Hospital offers vital care for our members and their families, and for that, we are pleased to include them as one of our charities of choice.”

“We are so fortunate to have the support of the Knights of Columbus Council #6361,” said Ms. Russell. “Year after year, they exemplify what it means to be true community partners. By supporting the “Buy A Bed” Fundraiser, their generous gift to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation will have an immediate impact on the delivery of patient-centered care and for that, we are very grateful.”

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic, fraternal organization based on the cornerstones of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. These are exemplified through four umbrella programs named Faith, Family, Community and Life. Today, there are over 2 million members worldwide spanning across North American to the Philippines and Europe. The Knights of Columbus Council #6361 has been supporting the Bowmanville community since 2003. Recent initiatives include the Basketball Free Throw Contest and Coats for Kids programs in schools across Clarington. To learn more about the Knights of Columbus Council #6361, please contact Nick Arts at narts1230@rogers.com.

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.

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.

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