Changes to health regions will not
affect The Health Foundation
"Many people have been calling to ask if the government moving the health system to one provincial health region will affect The Health Foundation and the work we do," said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. "The short answer is no."
"There may be changes to some of the people we work with, and perhaps more contact with people in Regina, but the actual work we do and how we go about it will not change."
The Health Foundation is not part of the government system, is not part of the health region and receives no government funding. It is an independent organization with a local volunteer Board of Directors. The donations raised will still be spent in east central Saskatchewan, Mr. Fisher explained.
"People have strongly supported the work of the Foundation because they know that their donations get spent locally, on equipment that improves local health services. We tell people exactly what we are raising funds for," he noted.
"We raise money for equipment like the CT scanner, or the new ICU equipment, and as soon as we have enough money the equipment gets ordered and is put in place. People like the way we do things because they make a donation and then shortly after they get to see that donation at work."
"People can also make donations to areas that are of particular interest to them, perhaps cancer or dialysis programs. People can make donations to a particular facility; they can send in a donation and say they want it spent in Saltcoats or Esterhazy, and that is where we spend that donation. We are a charity and we will use the donations that are given to us as people ask us to do."
All funds The Foundation collects are spent in this area, and none is sent to Regina, Mr. Fisher added. "Our purpose as a local healthcare charity is to enhance our local healthcare services. That is the work we will continue to do."
farming for health raised $1 million; will continue four more years
The Farming for Health committee presented a cheque to The Health Foundation at the annual Gala Evening Oct. 21. The cheque was for $243,656, the proceeds of the 2017 crop year. The committee also presented a symbolic cheque for $1,000,000, the proceeds of the project over the past five years. The money is set aside for a new regional hospital.
The committee also announced that the project will continue for another four years, and future funds will be used to purchase much-needed medical equipment.
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22nd annual Gala raises $37,600
Northern Lights Gala was a tremendous success, raising nearly $40,000,” said Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation. “There were 240 guests who had a great time and helped us to raise money for the new surgical microscope needed to continue the cataract surgery program at the Regional Hospital in Yorkton.
In 22 years A Gala Evening in Yorkton has raised just over $600,000, all of which has been used to purchase medical equipment for the Sunrise Health Region.
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Making the presentation were, from the left, committee chair Larry Hilworth, Dallas Bond of Pattison Agriculture, Michael Yaholnitsky of Miccar Aerial, Brad Guenther of Yorkton New Holland, Al Mitchell of Agratactics Agronomy and Blake Herperger of Rocky Mountain Equipment.
April 24 & 25: Radiothon
May 2: Learn to Run Clinics
June 2: Early Bird Draw, Home Lottery
June 8: Charity Golf Classic
June 17: Bernie’s Journey Run
June 30: Final Draw, Home Lottery
July 28, 29, 30: Rhythm 'n Ribs
August 20: Charity Road Race
October 21: Gala
The following individuals, organizations and businesses contributed more than $1,000 in 2016.
A. Myrowich Building Materials Ltd. (Home Hardware) | Alfred Achtymichuk | William and Joyce Anaka | ARI Financial Services Inc.
Bailey's Funeral Home Ltd. | Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer
Canadian Pacific Railway | Canadian Tire | Canora Hospital Auxiliary | Charis Medical Inc | Estate of Richard Chenewski | Chernoff Family Foundation | City of Melville | City of Yorkton | CN | Cornerstone Credit Union | Crestvue Ambulance Service Ltd. | Crossroads Credit Union Limited
Dick and Faye DeRyk | Dr Phillip Fourie Medical Prof Corp | Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd.
E.M.W Industrial Ltd. | Eecol Electric | Ekos Holdings Ltd. | Roy and Elsie Elsasser | Energy Guard
Fair Court Asset Management | Family & Friends Community Foundation Inc. | Farm Credit Canada | Farrell Agencies Ltd. | Fedorowich Construction | Foam Lake Savings and Credit Union | Franklin Templeton Investments
Gateway Co-operative Ltd | Estate of Pauline Shelley Gogol | Harlow Gough | Ron Gough | Grain Millers Canada Corp. | GX 94/Fox FM Radio | GX94 Community Support Fund
Bunny Halyk | Harvest Meats | Vi Hnatuk | Hutterian Brethren of Crystal Lake Inc.
Carl and Betty Junek
K.W. Mens Wear (1991) Ltd. | Harold Kaeding | Larry and Nadine Kelbough | Kinsmen Club of Yorkton | Kinsmen Foundation Inc. | Gene and Gladys Krepakevich
Gerald and Helen Lamson | Lance Miller Ltd. | Estate of Erwin Laube | Leon Ram Companies | Robert Liebrecht | Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy | Louis Dreyfus Company
Ray and Elsie Malinowski | Viola Martens | Massage for a Cause | Ron and Joanne McClenaghan | Mr and Mrs W.Donald and Frances McLaren | McMunn & Yates | Melville Chevrolet Buick GMC | Morris Industries | Mosaic Canada ULC
National Bank Financial | National Bank
Mike and Bev Olijnyk | OSS (2002) Ltd. | Greg and Leone Ottenbreit | Mike Ozirney
Painted Hand Community Development Corporation | Del Palagian | Parkland Printers Ltd. | Doris Elaine Parr | Murray and Adele Pask | Pelly & District Lions Club | Penguin Refrigeration Ltd. | Sophia Pisiak | Procon Group of Companies
R.H. Electric | Rant Plumbing and Heating Inc. | RBC Foundation | RBC Royal Bank | Re/Max Blue Chip Realty | Dale and Myrna Rhinas | Gordon and Gloria Rhinas | Randy and Shirley Rhinas | Richardson Oilseed | RM of Orkney No. 244 | RM of Preeceville No. 334 | RM of Sliding Hills No. 273 | RM of Spy Hill No. 152 | Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 77 | Rusnak Balacko Kachur Rusnak | Kim and Alison Sapara | Kris Sapara | Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc. | SaskTel | Schaan Healthcare Products | SecurTek Monitoring Solutions | Shawn Patenaude Legal Prof Corp. | Sherring Diamonds | SHY Cattle | Ruth Smith | St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation Inc. | Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation | John Sukenik
Terry Ortynsky's Royal Ford | Tesco Industries Inc. | TF Yogurt Yorkton Inc. | Town of Canora | Town of Churchbridge | Town of Norquay | Traction Truck Proz Inc.
Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada
Value Tire & Battery | Viterra Inc.
Willowbrook and District Lions Club
York Colony Quilters Guild | Yorkton Antique Auto Association | Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. | Yorkton Crossing Retirement Community | Yorkton Horseshoe Club | Yorkton Lions Club | Yorkton Toyota
Improving health care in our region
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.
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