Foundation Thank You Evening 2024

June 6, 2024

Northern Health Foundation hosted their 2024 Thank You Evening at NCHER yesterday, Wednesday, 5 June, to celebrate the wonderful support of their donors and community and to say thank you.

The evening began with an introduction from Pina Di Donato, Executive Director Public Affairs and Foundation, who acknowledged the efforts of our generous supporters and donors and thanked all the guests in attendance.

This was followed by Peter McWilliam, Northern Health Foundation Board Chair, who spoke about the wonderful work being done at the Foundation saying, “I am pleased to report that the Foundation distributed $728,000 to Northern Health in 2022-23. This achievement was only possible because of the generosity of our corporate partners, donors and philanthropic support.”

“As the demand for health services in the north continues to increase, the Foundation will continue to do all it can to support Northern Health to provide outstanding health care for our community.”

Thanks to the ongoing support of the community, the Foundation has been able to continue funding life-changing equipment for major areas at Northern Health, including the Women’s and Children’s Department, where they raised $70,000 at The Great Gatsby Gala in November 2023.

Most recently, they hosted the Foundation Gala Ball at The Plaza Ballroom on Saturday, 4 May 2024 where they successfully raised over $130,000 for Cancer Services at Northern Health. Their vision to create a Cancer Wellness Centre here in the north is now one step closer, so patients can have an area where they can relax and enjoy time with their family outside of clinical spaces and time away from their treatment. While this vision is still far into the future, it is fantastic to see the tremendous response from sponsors and guests in attendance.

The Palliative Care Unit courtyard reopened in December 2023, where they hosted a ceremony to celebrate the occasion. Through the dedication of Workplace Givers, supporters and staff, this area has now been completely refurbished for family and friends to visit with their loved ones, with brand new gazebos and couches in place, a relaxing water feature and beautiful, new gardens. A big thank you to everyone for their contributions towards this project.

Melissa Grenville, Director Foundation, is excited to see what another year will bring, saying “we look forward to seeing what collectively we can achieve, and with the support of our wonderful donors we can continue to make a positive difference in the lives of families and patients here in the north.”

During the next financial year, the Foundation aspires to continue fundraising for important equipment, refurbishments, research and training while envisioning the future of Cancer Services at Northern Health. The Thank You Evening highlighted and reenergised our donors to continue supporting Northern Health Foundation in creating a healthier northern community for all. We look forward to seeing what another year will bring.