Northern Angel Council

Donations Spread Our Wings

When an Emergency happens, you call 911. You trust the hospital will have everything you need – whether it’s mending your broken bone or saving your life. You are focused on getting to the hospital and getting better. You don’t give it another thought … but you should. The only reason your cottage hospital is ready is because donors bought the equipment to re-open ICU when a system failure forced the 12-day closure April 2014. You receive the surgery you need because donors bought the 3 new anesthetic machines ensuring safe sedation. The OR is safe because donors bought the decontamination machine ensuring no infections. The CT scanner, replaced in 2019 by donations from 4 seasonal families, is there for you because the old one reached end-of-life. Our Donor families bought the new 120 slice machine to save your life. The list is endless and so is our thankfulness. In 2014, the West Parry Sound Health Centre was Accredited with Exemplary Standing because staff are amazing, procedures are top notch and donors are the best. You can’t be the best hospital without the best equipment. In today’s world of tight government budgets, it’s donors who make the difference in transforming health care. It’s a role we want to honour with our Northern Angel Council.

Chaired by Debbie Bongard, long time cottager in Pointe an Baril and inspired by Jim Meekison and Carolyn Keystone, the Council was launched in May 2015. By Summer 2017, the Council had secured $3 million in pledges. Having realized its first goal, the current goal is to raise an additional $3.8 million in new 5-year pledges to meet the Health Centre’s $10,000,000 modernization challenge with advanced digital technology.

While pledges are 5 years, the Council hopes to create long-term relationships with our many supportive friends.

Through the first years of the Northern Angel Council, the Foundation received our first $1,000,000 donation, our first $500,000 donation and our first $250,000 donation. Donors’ support is keeping our hospital care local. We hope to inspire others in the constant struggle to keep hospital care local.

The top level of the Council has annual pledges of $5,000 or more in new donations (pledged for 5 years); with a further level of $1,000 annually (pledged for 5 years) in new donations. Membership has its privileges. Talk to us.

To learn more about the Northern Angel Council, please contact Christine McKernan at 705-746-4540 x 3346 or email cmckernan@wpshc.com

To become a Northern Angel, click here.


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