Chair's Message

A Message from the Foundation Chair

Kirk Brannon


What a difference a year makes! Headwaters Health Care Foundation along with our supporters have accomplished great things for our community hospital. Big changes are taking place, and as we forge ahead we certainly don’t anticipate slowing down. In fact – quite the opposite is true. If you’ve been through the doors of Headwaters recently you will have seen an abundance of projects in the works.

Renovations to several areas are taking place to better serve our patients. In addition to these changes, we have brought in much needed medical equipment, including twenty new beds that were recently dispersed amongst inpatient units.

As I write this, the Foundation itself is making way for change as we prepare to say good-bye to Joan Burdette, our revered and respected Executive Director, on the occasion of her retirement. Although we acknowledge that Joan is irreplaceable, the plans the Board has put into motion to recruit the next leader will certainly put us in a strong position for the future. We are confident that, along with the experienced and established Foundation team, we will be in great shape as we take on the challenges to come. We look forward to introducing our new Executive Director to the community before the start of the New Year.

In addition to expanding our staff, we realize a need for dedicated and strong volunteers to help us expand our reach and share the Headwaters story. Would you like to make a difference in your community? Are you looking to commit to impactful volunteering? Maybe it’s time to consider joining us. I can say, as a volunteer Board member, and now current Chair, I have had the opportunity to learn so much about health care delivery in Ontario and the importance of being both an advocate and donor for one of our greatest community resources.

It is true we depend on the generosity of financial gifts, now, more than ever, from our community as our hospitals’ needs continue to grow. We also rely on the generous gift of skills and talent. I encourage you to contact the Foundation if you decide now is the time to get involved personally! Thank you again for your continued support and making Headwaters Health Care Centre even better!

Yours in good health,
Kirk Brannon, Chair, Headwaters Health Care Foundation