Donations Spread Our Wings

In April 2014, the West Parry Sound Health Centre experienced a computerized system failure that forced a 12-day closure in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

This closure prompted the Foundation and its dedicated supporters to develop an innovative new program that would allow the Foundation to more reliably forecast their financial support. In turn, allowing the Foundation to more nimbly respond to emergency equipment needs from the hospital.

And so the Northern Angel Council was born.

Chaired by Debbie Bongard, long-time cottager in Pointe an Baril, and inspired by Jim Meekison and Carolyn Keystone, the Northern Angel Council was launched in May 2015.

Northern Angel donors pledge their financial support over five years. Having a five-year forecast enables the Foundation and the hospital to more effectively plan its resources and act proactively to replace aging equipment, resulting in less downtime and improved patient outcomes.

When you become a Northern Angel donor, your donation is put to work immediately to buy critical equipment needed at the West Parry Sound Health Centre. Your support helps to ensure the ICU is never forced shut again!

To learn more about the Northern Angel Council, please contact Kim Karges at
705-746-4540 x 3346 or email

Our Northern Angel, designed in 1940 and carved in wood crafted into a weathervane, graced the gable of Canadian artist Doris McCarthy’s Fool’s Paradise home until a tornado knocked it down in 1998. Doris spent many summers at her Georgian Bay studio and in her later years was able to remain in residence with the help of the doctors and staff at the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

McCarthy’s angel has become the icon of the Northern Angel Council.

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