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The health and wellbeing of our community is a cause we all share

Our Mission: a healthy, active community

Our Healthcare Priorities

The St. Marys Healthcare Foundation raises both funds and community awareness for the immediate needs and long-term goals of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital, Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness, and other local organizations and projects that encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

Since 1992, the Foundation has established volunteer-driven campaigns – including fundraisers like Someone I Know, the River Road Run, and annual Golf Tournament – to support high-quality rural healthcare and community activities that promote physical and mental health.

Your donations continue to support a range of local projects and initiatives:

  • Here For You Today, Building For Tomorrow hospital rebuild project that will commence summer 2022.
  • The construction of the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness was completed in 2003 – described as a “model of Primary Health Care” – combining state-of-the-art medical facilities and a YMCA Fitness centre. It is a draw to recruit and retain healthcare professionals for our town.
  • The expansion of the Tradition Mutual Centre for Wellness in 2018/2019 will provide $2.9 million in updates, a second storey addition, 7,433 square foot expansion, and will create additional space for the Happy Valley Family Health Team as well as a teaching space for medical residents
  • The Foundation also pledged support for the Pyramid Recreation Centre to encourage healthy activity for people of all ages.
  • The Foundation raised over $5 million for technology, infrastructure and equipment to update our hospital and revitalize our Wellness Centre in order to meet the growing needs of our patient area and growing range of services.

The Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance.

Our Board and Staff

Cindy joined the Foundation board in 2018. Cindy and her husband Norm have a farm business in the Granton area. They raised four sons and have 7 grandchildren. Over the years Cindy took on lead roles with South Perth Centennial School, St. Marys Minor Hockey Association, Kirkton Horticulture Society and Quadro Communications. Having a large active family the St. Marys Memorial Hospital has always given us professional care when we needed it. Keeping our hospital current with equipment and infrastructure is important to keep this pillar of our community strong and viable. Her passion to give back to the community will continue with her role on the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation.
When deciding where to set our roots down over 20 years ago one of the deciding factors for us was the accessibility to local healthcare. Knowing that the St. Marys Memorial Hospital was here, and with the plans to grow the medical clinic (at a time when many communities were lacking primary healthcare access) made the decision to choose St. Marys an easy one. With the launch of the “Someone I Know Campaign” and plans to grow primary care, it sparked a desire to contribute and support healthcare in our community anyway I could. As well to help ensure that the hospital and the medical clinic would continue to provide first class care for our family and community well into the future.

Pat has over 35 years experience with the City of Mississauga in recreation and sports. She has a strong background in strategic planning, project management,human resources, negotiation skills, event planning and customer service. Throughout her career she worked with over 200 community based recreation and sports related groups. Pat grew up in St. Marys and returned 3 years ago to be closer to family and friends. She has a passion towards giving back to the community and being part of the St. Marys Memorial Hospital Foundation has become an integral part of allowing this to happen.

Amy has been on the St. Marys Healthcare Foundation Board since 2018. Her desire to get involved was sparked when she moved nearby and realized how busy the hospital is every day. Working in the cultural sector of municipal government, Amy believes that access to healthcare plays an important role in the overall vitality of a community. Outside of work, Amy enjoys traveling overseas and camping, but also loves what St. Marys has to offer in her own backyard. Two of her favourite activities are running the Grand Trunk Trail and kayaking the Thames River. She also volunteers with St. Marys Girl Guides where she gets to share her passion for community building and the outdoors.
Linda was born and raised in St. Marys. She raised three daughters who are all residing across Canada and has 5 grandchildren. In 1995, Linda returned home to her roots and has lived here ever since. She recently retired in September of 2020 after working at Heartland Farm Mutual Insurance in the claims department for 11 years. A great part of her working life was spent as a certified Kinesiologist and worked in clinical settings, health management, clinic manager and developing work readiness programs for injured clients. Now that Linda has retired she wants to give back to the community. Supporting our small town hospital is extremely important to Linda, her family and the community. Her mother Adelle Richardson was a volunteer at the hospital and her Grandfather, Charles Richardson Sr was a Chairman. Healthcare and its integral programs are very much a part of what she believes in and would like to contribute to by being on the board. In her spare time, she is very active in racing sailboats in Kincardine, road and mountain biking, curling and yoga.

Scott is a lifelong resident of St. Marys – a retired farmer and past Chairman of Egg Farmers of Ontario.

Scott is looking forward to helping the Foundation support the St. Marys Memorial Hospital to provide quality healthcare for local residents.

Erin brings globally-inspired insights from her experience heading up Samsonite Canada’s Marketing department and working with their worldwide Marketing teams. Having a mother who is a former nurse, she is acutely aware of the importance of the St. Marys Hospital and its impact on the community. Raised in St. Marys and returning to the community almost 10 years ago, she feels blessed to be able to give back to the local healthcare system her, her family, her neighbours and friends have benefited from over the years.
John has benefitted from having a hospital in the community. I can attest to the importance in having such a facility close-by to handle emergencies within minutes rather than being sent to another city. John has volunteered for the annual golf tournament for several years and has enjoyed interacting with the committee members. He sees it as an opportunity to give what I can, but also learn from others who are talented in areas I’m not.
Mike joined the Foundation board in 2019. He lives on a farm west of St. Marys with his wife, Patty and they have 2 adult children. Mike has worked in the agricultural industry all his life, and is currently the AgriBusiness Specialist with Trillium Mutual Insurance. Having lived in the area all his life, he and his family have made use of the hospital on numerous occasions, and he believes that good healthcare starts with an effective local hospital. The Foundation’s role in maintaining and updating the hospital is vital if we are to have a viable healthcare system in our community.

Cheryl relocated back to Ontario in 2020 after living in BC for 14 years. Finding a community with access to emergency health care was on the list of priorities when looking at towns to call home. Once settled in to St Marys, she knew she wanted to start giving back to the community and brings years of volunteer experience with her.

Brandon was born and raised in St. Marys and co-owns a local insurance brokerage, As President of the St. Marys Lincolns and through involvement in Minor Hockey, he has a deep rooted passion for the well-being of the community. His wife works in health care as well, and they together value the role the foundation plays in making St. Marys a great place to live and thrive.

Dr. Jon Schiedel
DIRECTOR

Deborah Wiseman is the Vice President, Partnerships and Chief Nursing Executive for Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), a regionally recognized four hospital site health system partner and innovator. As a visionary leader, Deborah has driven innovation, operational excellence, and strategic collaborations. Deborah creates and supports an organizational culture founded in authenticity, transparency, vulnerability, and curiosity.

Under Deborah’s leadership, HPHA is transforming its Mental Health care delivery system to a Stepped Care Model which will improve access, enhance treatment, place the patient as lead for their care journey, and align HPHA with provincial, regional, and local system changes. Before joining HPHA, Deborah served the Children’s Hospital and London Health Science Centre as Director for nine years. There, she forged partnerships across multiple sectors creating a Regional Health Integration Network, a newborn/infant/child/youth service collective, successful in application and effort for the innovative Ontario Health Team stream.

Deborah celebrates over 25 years as a Registered Nurse, holds a bachelor’s degree, and is completing her MBA in April 2022.

Andrew is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA), a voluntary alliance of the hospitals in Clinton, St. Marys, Seaforth and Stratford, a position he has held since the organization’s formation in 2003.
Throughout his 25+ year career in healthcare leadership, Andrew has had the opportunity to work in and with numerous healthcare organizations locally, and across Canada. His experience spans small, community, teaching and research hospitals, the community sector, regional systems, and private clinics. He is a passionate advocate for patient and family centred care, and believes our healthcare system should be less about its structures and providers and more about ensuring the individual needs of the patients are met in the safest and most appropriate manner.

Andrew holds and Honours Degree in Biology and Masters in Health Services Administration, both from Dalhousie University. He is an active Member of the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders and the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

He is married to Danielle, has two sons, Greg (19) and Peter (15), and lives in Perth South (Avonbank).

April joined the Foundation in November 2020, she looks after the gift processing, bookkeeping and database management on a part time basis. April and her husband Brian, farm west of St Marys, along with their three young boys.

Bernice joined the Foundation in September as the Communications and Fundraising Coordinator. With a background in Public Relations and Marketing she is excited to connect with the community. Born and raised in a small town, Bernice understands the importance that the St. Marys Memorial Hospital holds.

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