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DYNAMIC DUO DELIVERS OVER 350 SMILES TO BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL

Photo caption: Candace Stuber and Christine Brennan make a special delivery of over 350 Smile Cookies to Joan Simon, Executive Director, Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (centre). The Smile Cookies were a thank you to Brockville General Hospital’s healthcare workers, and funded by this unique initiative. Candace and Christine were also instrumental in organizing Frontline Hero Kits for essential workers in May 2021

September 14, 2021: In May 2021, two friends, Candace Stuber and Christine Brennan, came up with

an idea to put together Frontline Hero Kits for COVID-19 weary essential workers. That act of kindness brought a lot of smiles and comfort to many essential workers from across our community.

On Tuesday, September 14, the two friends brought more smiles to essential workers by donating over 350 Tim Hortons Smile Cookies to Brockville General Hospital’s staff, physicians and volunteers.

Candace and Christine’s kindness was two-fold. The Tim Hortons 2021 Smile Cookie campaign (Brockville locations) is also raising funds to support equipment purchases for BGH’s Emergency Department. Smile Cookies will be available at all four Tim Hortons Brockville locations until September 19, while supplies last.

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BROCKVILLE RESIDENT, LARRY HOLMES WAS THE LUCKY WINNER OF THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S FIRST ONLINE 50/50 DRAW

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured, in front of Brockville General Hospital accepting his online 50/50 draw winnings from Joan Simon (Executive Director for the BDHF), is Larry Holmes. For additional 50/50 draw information on future draws please visit www.bdhfoundation5050.ca 
 

Larry Holmes “took a chance” at supporting the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s (BDHF) online 50/50 draw and purchased tickets for the August online 50/50 draw.

On draw day, Wed., Sept. 1st, Larry learned that he had the winning ticket. Larry’s take home prize amounted to $2,205 for this draw.

Joan Simon, Executive Director of the BDHF stated, “The Foundation is very excited to be moving to this online way of raising funds in support of vital equipment purchases for Brockville General Hospital (BGH).” Joan added, “Each month there will be a different prize amount and we hope, as word spreads, that we will have some amazing outcomes.”

Larry Holmes will not be the last one to win money in the BDHF’s lotteries this year. The next draw will be taking place at October 1st at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are available at: www.bdhfoundation5050.ca

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THE 28TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF PALLIATIVE CARE GOLF DAYS RAISES $225,000 FOR BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL’S PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

PHOTO CAPTION: Thurs., September 2nd, 2021:  The Brockville Country Club was the place to be for avid golfers, sponsors and friends of the Friends of Palliative Golf Days. Over 283 golfers and 60 volunteers were on hand for the two day event that took place Tues., August 31st and Wed., September 1st. A total of $225,000 was raised with all proceeds going to Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care Program.

Jim Cooper, Event Co-Chair shared, “We are extremely fortunate to have such generous support from our community; even during these challenging times. Many of our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and supporters return year-after-year because this event supports a vital community program that has touched many in so many ways.”

Over the past 28 years the Friends of Palliative Care Golf has raised $4,025,000 for the Palliative Care Program that operates at Brockville General Hospital.

David Publow, Event Co-Chair noted that the organizing committee hopes that the event will soon be out of COVID restrictions and we can decide as a community what is best for the support of Palliative Care and the tournament can return to a one-day format, or a hybrid. But for sure, the wrap-up banquet is a must, to thank our friends properly for their awesome support!

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ONLINE 50/50 DRAWS IN SUPPORT OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASES FOR BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL

Photo caption: Banner – BDH Foundation Launches online 50/50 draws. First draw has a minimum prize of $1,000.

Aug. 3, 2021: The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever online 50/50 lottery! Starting on Tuesday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. 50/50 tickets can be purchased online at www.bdhfoundation5050.ca for a chance to win 50 percent of the jackpot – with a guaranteed minimum prize of $1,000 for the first draw. The more people that purchase tickets, the bigger the pot will grow.

Joan Simon, BDHF Executive Director shared, “Because of the pandemic, and the loss of in-person events, the BDHF noticed that other charities were moving to this method of fundraising with great success. For the Foundation, it seemed like a new and exciting way for people to help their hospital that also provides supporters a chance to win big cash prizes.”

Tickets for the 50/50 draw can be purchased at different price points: 5 tickets for $10, 30 tickets for $20 and 100 tickets for $40. Tickets can be purchased up until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Further monthly online 50/50 draws will take place for the next 12 months.

Please see draw schedule for all other draws by visiting www.bdhfoundation5050.ca-
Lottery License # RAF1211481.
 

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LAUNCHES ONLINE 50/50 DRAWS IN SUPPORT OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASES FOR BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL

Photo caption: Banner – BDH Foundation Launches online 50/50 draws. First draw has a minimum prize of $1,000.

Aug. 3, 2021: The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is excited to announce the launch of its first-ever online 50/50 lottery! Starting on Tuesday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. 50/50 tickets can be purchased online at www.bdhfoundation5050.ca for a chance to win 50 percent of the jackpot – with a guaranteed minimum prize of $1,000 for the first draw. The more people that purchase tickets, the bigger the pot will grow.

Joan Simon, BDHF Executive Director shared, “Because of the pandemic, and the loss of
in-person events, the BDHF noticed that other charities were moving to this method of fundraising with great success. For the Foundation, it seemed like a new and exciting way for people to help their hospital that also provides supporters a chance to win big cash prizes.”

Tickets for the 50/50 draw can be purchased at different price points: 5 tickets for $10, 30 tickets for $20 and 100 tickets for $40. Tickets can be purchased up until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Further monthly online 50/50 draws will take place for the next 12 months.

Please see draw schedule for all other draws by visiting www.bdhfoundation5050.ca-
Lottery License # RAF1211481.
 

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S 1ST ANNUAL RIDE THE RIVER PRIZE PRESENTATION

Photo Caption: Celebrating with Corinna (l-r) are: Kory Keogen, Owner, Teslica Inc., Marilies Rettig, BDHF Board Chair, Scott MacCrimmon, BDHF Board Member and Erica Vincelli, Representative,  Teslica Inc. The 1st Annual Ride the River event in memory of Dr. Don Smylie raised $100,000 in support of equipment purchases for Brockville General Hospital.

June 14, 2021: Recently, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) held a draw for a Teslica Freedom City e-bike for all of the event participants who raised over $250. The lucky winner was Corinna Smith-Gatcke.

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION MAKES IT EASY TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR ITS 1ST ANNUAL RIDE THE RIVER CYCLING “FUN”raiser

Photo Caption: Jim Cooper, Brockville General Hospital’s Board Chair, and Ride the River Champion is pictured registering online for the Sunday, May 30th 1st Annual Ride the River event in support of Brockville General Hospital.

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) has launched its online registration for the 1st Annual Ride the River Cycling Event that is taking place on the scenic 1000 Islands Parkway on Sunday, May 30th, 2021.

The BDHF is collaborating with the Smylie Family in organizing the 1st Annual Ride the River Event in memory of Dr. Don Smylie, a former Urologist who practiced at Brockville General Hospital (BGH).  

Families, teams, and individual cyclists are invited to participate to raise funds for needed equipment items for Brockville General Hospital (BGH), with this year’s event raising funds for
BGH’s Urology Department, as well as other critically needed equipment items.

As our community continues to navigate COVID-19, virtual participation is also welcomed!

Visit www.ridingtheriver.ca to register for the event, or for more information.

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WITH THE BROCKVILLE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE’S HELP A TOTAL OF $1,969 WAS RAISED DURING THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S “SHOW YOUR HEART” CAMPAIGN

Photo caption: Marilies Rettig, BDHF Board Chair (left) is joined by Jason Euverman, Store Manager – Brockville Superstore who presented the funds that were raised during the Show Your Heart campaign in support of BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

During the week of Feb. 5 to Feb. 14 the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) collaborated with the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore for the Foundation’s “Show Your Heart” Campaign. Superstore shoppers were given the opportunity to donate $2 at the cash during the week of the campaign with all proceeds going directly in support of the Brockville General Hospital’s (BGH) Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

“The whole focus of the Show Your Heart Campaign is to bring an awareness that a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program operates out of BGH,” stated Joan Simon, Executive Director. BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program offers a customized program that assists patients following a cardiac event. The program receives minimal government funding and relies on donations, fundraisers and community supporters, like the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore. There are no fees charged to the participants of the program.

Simon further noted, “We are extremely fortunate to have this program in Brockville and with the community’s help we can keep this service close to home.”

The BDHF would also like to thank the Superstore staff who made this campaign possible. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Palliative Care Telethon cancelled

The Palliative Care Telethon, a titan among local fundraisers and a key source of revenue for the service at Brockville General Hospital, is the latest casualty of COVID-19.

Wayne Blackwell, co-chairman of the event’s organizing committee with Bruce Wylie, said Wednesday the organizers have decided the 30-Hour Telethon for Palliative Care Services won’t happen in any form this year, out of concern the usually massive volunteer effort might expose too many to the risk of coronavirus infection. Click Here to read full article

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION IS TEAMING UP WITH THE BROCKVILLE REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR AN INVALUABLE HOSPITAL PROGRAM

PHOTO CAPTION: Brockville resident, Dave Publow is joined by the Brockville  Superstore Store Manager, Jason Euverman with one of the posters for the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation’s Show Your Heart Fundraiser. The fundraiser is to raise funds for Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

February is Heart Month, and there is no other perfect time to raise funds for the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program that operates at Brockville General Hospital (BGH). This year, the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation (BDHF) is collaborating with the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore to raise funds for this vital program. From February 5 to February 14, a donation of $2 can be made at all of the cash registers in support of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

BGH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program was developed in 2009 to assist patients in getting their life back following a cardiac event. Testimonials have abounded over the years and we invited Brockville resident Dave Publow to share his story with us.

On November 20, 2019, after attending the YMCA for an early morning workout, Dave Publow’s life took a drastic turn. While attending daily mass that fateful day, Dave suffered a cardiac arrest. Thanks to his parish priest, fellow parishioners, the Brockville Fire Service, EMS paramedics, and the staff of the Emergency Department of Brockville General Hospital (BGH), Dave was stabilized and then rushed to the Kingston General Hospital (KGH), where he received a stent and spent 6 days in the Cardiac Unit. Dave survived because of the care he received at both BGH and KGH.

On being discharged from KGH, Dave was placed in the care of Dr. Jamie Hynd and the Brockville General Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. This program, which is funded principally by community donations, is so valuable to survivors like Dave, who can access cardiac rehabilitation care without having to travel to Kingston or Ottawa. This program consists of exercise, nutrition education and monitoring of vital signs, all   provided by a Kinesiologist and Registered Nurse, under the supervision of a cardiologist.

Dave’s sessions in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program were prescribed for 24 visits and he is about to “graduate” from the program in early February. This program seems to always be at capacity due to the prevalence of heart disease. It has been an invaluable resource for him, both in his physical recovery to full health, but also for the mental aspect of recovery as well. Dave is a vocal advocate of this program in our community, and thanks the staff of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for its excellent care. This is an invaluable program that must be preserved in our community.  

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation would like to thank the Brockville Real Canadian Superstore, and its employees, for making this fundraiser possible. We could not have done it without you!

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $164,866 FOR EYE CARE AT BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL THROUGH THEIR ANNUAL APPEAL

December 24, 2020: The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that over $164,866 has been raised for new YAG laser eye surgery equipment for Brockville General Hospital (BGH) through this year’s Annual Appeal fundraiser campaign.

“This new laser system is a vital tool in the prevention of vision loss from various eye disorders,” shared Dr. Sam Stevens, an Ophthalmologist who practices at BGH. “It will be primarily used in the management of glaucoma and conditions related to cataract surgery at our hospital. Both affect a large and increasing segment of our population.”

To maintain the safe, quality care provided at BGH, the new laser equipment will replace an older model, which is facing the end of its recommended lifespan.  

“From the time of the Annual Appeal kick-off, on November 2nd, we have been humbled by the overwhelming generosity of the community”, stated Joan Simon, the BDHF’s Executive Director. “The Foundation is constantly amazed at the giving community in which we live in.”

This year’s Annual Appeal raised over $164,866.

“Thousands of people in our community will benefit from your generous donations to our Hospital – thank you,” said Stevens.

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THE BROCKVILLE AND DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL APPEAL GETS A $5,000 DONATION KICK START FROM

Thursday November 5, 2020: Local Brockville residents Terry and Claudia Seed (right) are pictured above presenting Joan Simon (left), Executive Director to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation with a $5,000 cheque for the 2020 Annual Appeal.

When Terry and Claudia Seed were asked why they chose to donate to the Annual Appeal, their answer was a resounding, “Why not?” They also added that they have lived in Brockville since 1991 having moved from Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec and they wanted to give back in support of Brockville General Hospital for the services that they use.

This year, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $140,000 to purchase a new Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) laser for Brockville General Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department. A YAG laser is used to provide treatments for a variety of eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts.

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