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Shoppers Drug Mart Customers Show Support Through Shoppers Drug Mart’s’ “Growing Women's Health Campaign” with Donations of $30,982 to BGH’s Cardiovascular Program

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Pictured: From left to right are Mark Leslie (Shoppers Drug Mart uptown Brockville), Brockville General Hospital President and CEO Nick Vlacholias and Carolyn Burpee (Shoppers Drug Mart downtown Brockville and Prescott), donating a total of $30,982.

On Wednesday, December 13th, Shoppers Drug Mart owners and pharmacists, Mark Leslie (Brockville uptown location) and Carolyn Burpee (Prescott and Brockville downtown locations) presented Brockville General Hospital's President and CEO Nick Vlacholias with cheques totaling $30,982.

These funds are from kind customers giving to the Growing Women's Health Campaign.

One hundred per cent of the donations were directed to Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program. "It (cardiovascular) is one of the largest diseases   that we see, besides cancer," indicated Carolyn. 

Having this program locally provides less stress for family members and loved ones in transporting the participants out of town. This program is not government funded and the funds stay locally. Carolyn and Mark want to thank their customers at all three stores, and their staff, for all their fundraising efforts.

"It's the community giving back to the community," said Mark. "We are just the vehicle."

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The Joyce Group (Tim Hortons Brockville) Smile Cookie Campaign Purchases a Panda Warmer Infant Health Centre for Brockville General Hospital’s Women and Children's Program

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Cheque presented by, left to right are: From the Joyce Group, Owner, Shane Joyce, Tim Hortons Operations Manager, Julia Myers, Brockville and District Foundation board member, Linda Hansen, BGH Manager of Women and Children's Program, Kellie Kitchen, and BDH Foundation Executive Director, Joan Simon. Seated, left to right are: From the Joyce Group, Natasha Avis and Tim Hortons General Manager, Trudy Primeau.

With smiles from ear to ear, Brockville General Hospital’s Women and Children's Program staff are appreciative of the fundraising efforts of The Joyce Group for the Smile Cookie campaign held at their five Brockville Tim Hortons locations.

The generous donation of $14,892 will go towards the purchase of a Panda Warmer Infant Care Centre. This means that the Brockville General Hospital’s clinical team can use the Panda to give direct heat to an infant and makes weighing a baby easier.

"Although the Smile Cookie campaign is a national campaign, we like to give back to the community, and this is very important to us," said Natasha Avis. "It’s a good cause that we stand behind and that we love doing! Natasha added, “During the Smile Campaign the staff have fun as it’s totally different from normal operations, and it is nice at the end of the day to see where the money that is raised goes….it's a lot of work, but it’s a fun week for a great cause."

Since 2008, The Joyce Group has held the Smile Cookie campaign, raising a total of $105,821 all donated to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation.

For more information on the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation, or to make a donation, please contact the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation at, 613-345-4478.

Thank you for bringing Smiles to our Community!

The $14,199 cheque, along with the funds raised at both BGH sites, brings the total amount raised to $14,892.

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Pictured in BGH’s Cardiovascular Clinic (l-r): Bring and Buy Sale event organizer, Jean Sutcliffe, BGH Cardiovascular Program Kinesiologist, Travis Coughlin and Bring and Buy event co-organizer, Sheila Brokloff. Missing from the picture is Bring and Buy event co-organizer, Shirley Ashenden.

Jean Sutcliffe of Maitland, Ontario decided she wanted to give back to Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program. What better way to do so than by hosting a traditional British “Bring and Buy Sale”.

One might ask, “What, exactly, is a Bring and Buy Sale?” According to the Collins English Dictionary the definition of a Bring-and-Buy Sale: Is a sale to which people bring things for others to buy usually in order to raise money for charity.

And, buy they did! Ms. Sutcliffe held the event at her beautiful home in Maitland, Ontario on Wed., Nov. 8th, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. With the help from co-organizers, Sheila Brokloff, and Shirley Ashenden, an astounding $4,610.00 was raised at the event for BGH’s Cardiovascular Program!

The BCP receives no government funding and relies solely on generous community donors, and hardworking, dedicated groups and individuals such as Jean Sutcliffe’s Bring and Buy Sale.

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Kawartha Credit Union improves the culture in the Brockville General Hospital's environment with a presentation of $5,000




Pictured, left to right, are: Penny Miller, Kawartha Member Service Representative, Brad Speck, Kawartha Investment Specialist, Kathryn Ruttimann, Kawartha Branch Manager, Jamie Wright, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Board Member, Kieron Rees, Manager, Brockville General Hospital Mental Health In-patient Unit, Dr. Rob Malone, Chief of Psychiatry, Linda Hunter, Vice President of Clinical Services and Dr. Donald Argue.

On Wednesday, October 25, Kawartha Credit Union (Brockville Branch) presented a cheque for $5,000 to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation for the purchase of an osimi-electric blood pressure monitoring machine.

"At Kawartha Credit Union, we have a Community Involvement Program that supports the four pillars of the community and one of them is health," said Brockville Branch Manager, Kathryn Ruttimann. "In fact, we have given more than $2 million to local communities. We are very dedicated in making our communities a better place."

According to Dr. Donald Argue, the computer features on this machine are programmable when taking blood pressure. It is especially beneficial for those concerned by the white coat syndrome as a patient can be seated in a private setting, reading an interesting book while the machine automatically sequences a series of blood pressure recordings. It will record the findings, averages them and give feedback.

"For all our patients in for a mental health related diagnosis, we take a fairly holistic approach," said Dr. Argue. "We are looking at their general health problems, including hypertension and what not. If you look at a hospital setting the vital signs are always vital."

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Local Shoppers Drug Marts prescription for a “Girls Night Out” brings in over $25,000 for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program



Pictured left to right are Carolyn Burpee, owner of the downtown Brockville and Prescott Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation members, Vice Chair Heather Halladay, Past Chair Ruth Lockett and BCP Staff, Helen Ostap, RN.

Laughter is the best medicine. And laughter flowed at the November 2nd “Women with Heart” event held at the Aquatarium.

The local Brockville, and Prescott, Shoppers Drug Mart locations graciously sponsored this unique event idea that coupled Shoppers Drug Mart’s “Growing Women’s Health” campaign with the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s “Women with Heart” event that raised over $25,000 for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program.

Carrie Hands, former client of the hospital program, hosted the evening’s event that featured wine, samplings of delicious appetizers and the humorous entertainment of Second City Alumni and comedian, Deborah Kimmett.

The prescribed remedy was effective, as many left with smiling faces. All-in-all it was a very delightful and meaningful evening.

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation express their thanks to the sponsors as well as to the participant’s overwhelming support for this non-government funded program.

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10th Annual Patterson Family Jamboree Nets BGH’s Palliative Care Program $1500

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Seated, are Audrey Patterson (left) and BDHF executive director Joan Simon (right). Standing, left to right are Melanie Patterson, Dwayne Patterson, Brenda Kelly and Laurie Bell. Missing from the photo is Don Bell and Wayne Crate.

What started as a 55th Wedding Anniversary grew into one of the best regular jamborees in Eastern Ontario, benefitting the Brockville General Hospital’s Palliative Care Program.

Each July, the Patterson family organizes an amazing week-end of country music with returning campers and new visitors coming from as far away as Sudbury and North Bay to enjoy jamming. With so much talent, musicians and walk-ins jam with others in the Patterson barn, which has a stage, a 30x40 dance floor and a loft for the silent auction.

On Saturday night, the popular barbecue dinner is offered for $20 and people must reserve in advance. This year $1,500 was raised with income tax receipts issued.

The date for next year’s jamboree is July 5 to July 8 with dancing, a silent auction and share the wealth. So bring your chair, a drink, dancing shoes, and your wallet; all for a great cause!

For more information, please contact: Joan Simon Executive Director Brockville and District Hospital Foundation 613-345-4478

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Shoppers Growing Women’s Health Campaign Coming to an End




Shoppers Drug Marts’ pharmacist, Mark Leslie holds a yellow butterfly with regards to the Women’s Health Campaign that started on September 9 and will wrap up on October 6. Leaves, butterflies, apples and birds are available at various amounts with the opportunity of an income tax receipt for larger donations. Please consider adding to the tree at either Brockville Shoppers Drug Marts, or Prescott, with 100 per cent of the donation going to the Brockville Cardiovascular Program, at the Brockville General Hospital.

For more information, please contact: Joan Simon Executive Director Brockville and District Hospital Foundation 613-345-4478

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