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Celebrating our Donors The Foundation is fortunate to have the continued support of individuals, community service groups, and companies; each of whom value healthcare at Bluewater Health. We would like to highlights a variety of our loyal donors, and we wish we could include every supporter. We at the Foundation respectfully offer our sincere gratitude to our donors who have joined our pledge to be "the best community hospital foundation in Ontario.
Astounding Rotary Club Of Sarnia Donation to be Forever Remembered
Pictured above, from left are; Sue Denomy, CEO of Bluewater Health and Brian Davidson, President of The Rotary Club of Sarnia
The Bluewater Health Foundation unveiled a special commemorative plaque to recognize the generoisty of The Rotary Club of Sarnia. In 2007, the Rotarians announced a commitment give $1,000,000 to the Foundation in support of the Norman Site's Maternal/Infant/Child Program (MIC). It will assist all aspects of the program. "Since the very deginning. (1928) our first mandsate has always been the care of children," says Brain Davidson, President of The Rotary Club of Sarnia. "Especially children who are less fortunate and require special care." This direction comes from the idea that by giving children a solid foundation on which to grow, they can give themselves more opportunities. Davidson says, "Our members think of themselves as helping the 'future' by ensuring that children and youth are given the best opportunity right from the begining." Thanks to the Rotary Club of Sarnia for this million dollar donation which truly making a difference.
County of Lambton Gives
Pictured above is the recognition plaque for the County of Lambton located outside the main entrance of the hospital.
The generousity and investments made by the County of Lambton demonstrates their commitment to strenghtening the healthcare of our community. Thank you for your $15 million pledge.
City of Sarnia doantes towards Capital Building Project
Pictured above is the recognition plaque for the City of Sarnia located in the main of the hospital.
Thank you to the City of Sarnia for their genorous donation to Bluewater Health Foundation in support of the Capital Building Project.
St. Christopher Trivia Challenge Builds Community
Pictured above: Winning teams gather to collect their prizes. Pictured above: (L–R) Daniela Azzolina, Teacher; Tamara Johnson, Teacher; Pat DeRidder, RN; Dorothy Gleason, RN; Johathan Rowed, Student; Ben MacNally, Student; Rebecca Doyle, Student; Kelly Ross, Manager, Maternal/Infant/Child Program, Bluewater Health; Matt Wong, Student.
On March 2, a total of 34 teams of students and teachers participated in the 8th annual St. Christopher Catholic Secondary School Trivia Challenge. The reason? To build a sense of community and to raise money for a good cause. According to Tamara Johnson, a teacher at the school and one of the organizers of the event, "The purpose has always been to make our students aware of the larger community and the needs of others and to work together as a community to support others." Past recipients include Iggy Farina, Graham Holmes, Abby LeBlanc, Daniel Edwards/Jacqueline Wuorien, Danielle Miller, Taylor Boudreau, and Sr. Josette. Each of the 34 teams, comprised of 5 students and one staff member played and paid a registration fee to participate! In total, the school raised $3000 this year in support of the KIDS HELPING KIDS campaign at Bluewater Health to purchase equipment for the children in the Maternal/Infant/Child Program to keep in touch with friends while in the hospital. For Daniela Azzolina, co-organizer, the Trivia Challenge is something everyone enjoys, "It's a combination of silly outfits, serious questions and a lot of spirit. Our students dress up and teams have their own cheering section which adds to the excitement." The annual after school event was started by Tom St. Amand, a former teacher at the school and the focus has never wavered. It is all about doing the right thing and making a difference.
There are many hearing impaired patients who walk through the doors at Bluewater Health in addition to a number of long-term patients who may not be able to obtain or manage hearing aids because of vision, dexterity problems or confusion. Recently, ActivEars Hearing Centres and Exquisitely Designed provided a donation that will address this issue. On January 24, 2011, Bluewater Health Foundation received eight pocket-talkers valued at $2,500, which provide personal amplification systems for hearing impaired patients. The pocket-talker helps patients to hear their families, physicians, nurses, and therapists, which means they can play a more active role in their treatment and receive optimum benefits from therapy. In addition, communicating with others can reduce feelings of isolation and stimulates the auditory part of the brain. Christine Feige and her staff from ActivEars Hearing Centres and Exquisitely Designed have also looked at more advanced systems such as the 'Hear It' and 'Hear It All' devices. With the use of these devices, we will be able to improve the quality of patient care for Bluewater Health's hearing-impaired patients.