More than $2-mill put to good use

By Geoff Lee

June 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Wendy Plandowski CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation unveiled an office copy of a donor wall at the annual donor recognition event June 21. Other walls with larger type will be on display at associated facilities.

Many hands make light work.
That’s a popular motto of Lloydminster Region Health Foundation CEO, Wendy Plandowski who said that again at the agency’s annual donor recognition day June 21.
Donations made from April 2015 to March 2016 allowed the foundation to grant more than $2.34 million over that period to improve healthcare in the community.
Plandowski thanked a crowd of about 50 donors and healthcare advocates at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds where she unveiled a donor wall with the names of all those who made a contribution.
She said if it weren’t for local support, the foundation wouldn’t be able to grant that much money to healthcare projects.
“It’s my theme that many hands make light work and so, when you look at our donor wall which we are unveiling today, we have donations that range from $100 to $500,000,” said Plandowski. “Each of those is as important, and together we are able to accomplish so much.”
The donor wall recognizes all types of donors from individuals and corporations to funding foundations.
Other donor recognition walls will be located at the foundation office at the Prairie North Plaza with a larger version at the Lloydminster Hospital.
“This year, we are going to be putting in smaller versions in all of the continuing care centres,” said Plandowski.
“Essentially,  any of the facilities we support, there will be a donor wall which is wonderful for our donors.”
The donor appreciation event was also an opportunity for Plandowski to update the community on new projects for 2016 with a fundraising goal of about $2.5 million.
The list includes another $1 million for Pioneer Lodge expansion to add to the nearly $1 million already raised by donors and the purchase of naming rights in cross over budgets.
“There will be some exciting announcements over the next couple of weeks about how the community can get involved to help us really finish that campaign,” said Plandowski.
Plandowski announced the sale of metaphorical bricks for $500 and $1,000 to help raise the final $1 million during the AGM of the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care earlier this month.
The foundation also hopes to raise at least $1.5 million over the next 24 months for the eventual relocation of the dialysis unit at the Lloydminster Hospital.
“We also have about a $1 million goal in equipment needs at the Lloydminster (Hospital),” said Plandowski, noting that included $500,000 for scopes replacement and $500,000 to purchase a CT Scan.
“We have some fairly lofty goals and we think we can do that with the help of our community.”
Last year’s grants from donors helped to fund a variety of community care, acute care and continuing care projects.
A total of $14,000 was also granted to young healthcare students among investments in people.
In other news, the foundation announced Investors Group has raised about $30,000 from a 2015 golf tournament to bring back Olympian Clara Hughes to speak to the community about mental health.
“She’s coming next March particularly to talk to high school students about mental health for the health foundation,” said Plandowski.
“She’ll be talking about mental health and that it’s okay to talk to people if you are not feeling well.”
Last year, Hughes spoke about her own mental health struggles as an Olympic speed skater and cyclist in Lloydminster on her Bell Let’s Talk cross country tour about mental health.
“Mental health is one of the most important aspects of our health,” said Plandowski who said it has become a new foundation priority.
“We know that in our community, it’s becoming increasingly important to recognize that a person’s mental health is as important as their physical health.”

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