Chair's Message

A Message from the Foundation Chair

Kirk Brannon


As I take a moment to reflect on the year past and look toward the next, I’m always astonished at the many changes and accomplishments that can occur in just twelve short months.
In December 2018 Headwaters Health Care Foundation wished a happy and well-deserved retirement to long time Executive Director, Joan Burdette. Under her guidance the Foundation matured as a donor-centred organization, attracted a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, and became a touch point in the community for numerous fundraising efforts.
Six months ago, we welcomed a new Executive Director, Dora Boylen-Pabst. A seasoned fundraising professional, Dora is planning for the future, engaging and partnering with supporters in new and innovative ways, introducing new programs and focussing on marketing the “best kept secret” that is Headwaters Health Care Centre.
Continuing the theme of change and growth, I am stepping down as Foundation Board Chair at the end of June, handing over the reins to current Vice Chair, Tim Peters. It has been a privilege to lead the Foundation over the past three years. Each time I walk through the hospital doors, I learn a little more about health care and philanthropy. I’m grateful to have experienced first-hand the incredible pride of everyone who works at Headwaters and the connectedness of our donors to the Hospital.
It’s my pleasure to give you a better sense of the impact you’ve helped make in 2018-2019. I’d like to start by saying: Thank you. None of the funds we grant to the Hospital would be possible without YOU, and for that, we’re grateful.
858 people participated in our signature events that raised $580,689 (net), 3,707 donors made 7,343 philanthropic gifts totalling $3,515,337, and 10 individuals left the ultimate gift to Headwaters, a bequest in their Will, totalling $767,779.
In the coming year, the Hospital will make some significant changes to upgrade the patient experience. The Main Lobby will be transformed into a Welcome Centre with a centralized registration area and a new, safer staircase, and the Emergency Department will undergo a renovation that will enhance triage and treatment spaces, add new waiting areas, augment infection prevention and control measures, and improve the overall flow of the department.
It’s your philanthropic support that helps us innovate and provide the highest standard of care possible for the thousands of patients and their families who rely on Headwaters when they need us most. You are the reason Headwaters can acquire state-of-the-art equipment, improve patient outcomes, and expand programs to meet the needs of patients now and in the future.
On behalf of the Board and Staff of Headwaters Health Care Foundation, thank you.

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