May 25, 2016

RVH supports the Fort

Staff and physicians at RVH have a longstanding history of giving back to our local community. The most recent fundraising effort is for those further away, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, who need a helping hand.

A number of RVH staff have family or close connections among the thousands who have been displaced by the fires, so a fundraiser was quickly organized as a way to show support.

"I’m not surprised by the support of RVH staff. On short notice, a small group of staff was pulled together to organize a fundraiser of sorts for the people of Fort McMurray. This group didn’t disappoint—within an hour, they had generated ideas, and had a plan in place to implement those ideas. The support of all staff to make those ideas a success is amazing. Thank you to everyone who bought 50/50 tickets, and who donated their time to make things for the bake sale. Another great example of RVH staff pulling together in a time of need," says Julia Boudreau, Vice President of Corporate Services.

The organizing group composed of Erin Rennick, Jessica Gilbert, Kelly Hebert, Roxanne Nolan, Pam Cranfield and Megan Blemkie decided on three ways to participate: a 50/50 draw, a donation jar, and a very popular bake sale in Café Victoria. The response of staff and physicians was overwhelming with more than $1,800 raised in a single day (May 19) for the cause.

The Red Cross is the chosen charity for the proceeds as donations will be matched dollar for dollar by the federal government.

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