NSHN Auxiliary - Thessalon Site Committee donates $28,000 to Local Health Care

On November 2, 2019 the NSHN Auxiliary - Thessalon Site Committee hosted their 3rd Annual Gala: An Evening in ‘Little Italy’. Over 90 guests gathered at the I.O.O.F Hall in Thessalon to enjoy a delicious Italian meal and live music by Flathead Ford - all while raising funds for local health care.

Each year the NSHN Auxiliary - Thessalon Site Committee hosts a Gala in support of purchasing new medical equipment for the NSHN Thessalon Site. Last year, funds raised contributed to the purchase of a Digital X-ray Suite.

This year, the NSHN Auxiliary - Thessalon Site Committee presented the NSHN Foundation with a donation of $28,000 towards the purchase of a new Defibrillator and Acute Care Bed for the NSHN Thessalon Site!

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Our government provides funding for operational expenses such as salaries and benefits, as well as some special projects, but it does not cover the cost of medical equipment. As technology advances, it becomes more imperative that we progress alongside it.

Thank you for continuing to invest in local health care to ensure your family, friends and neighbours receive the best care possible.


NSHN Auxiliary - Richards Landing - Matthews Site Committee donates over $10,000 towards new Defibrillator

On October 29, 2019 members of the NSHN Auxiliary - Richards Landing - Matthews Site Committee and the NSHN Foundation came together to view the new LifePak 15 Monitor/Defibrillator at the NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews Site.

The dedicated ladies of the NSHNA Richards Landing - Matthews Site Committee have worked hard to support the purchase of this vital equipment. The total cost of the equipment was $21,934.79, $10,934.79 of which was funded by the NSHNA Richards Landing - Matthews Site Committee.

The LifePak 15 is not the average defibrillator you might see at an arena or throughout your community. This unit is a complete acute cardiac care response system designed for both basic and advanced life support patient management protocols. With this new unit up and running, it has expanded monitoring capacity from the prior equipment providing our health care professionals with the ability to monitor 12-lead ECG and vitals all from one device. This can be invaluable during a high acuity emergency situation.

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The NSHN Foundation is continuously grateful for the support of the NSHN Auxiliary and the St. Joseph Island community members.

Residents and visitors along the north shore of Lake Huron value their access to local primary care. Whether it’s a routine procedure or urgent need, patients and families feel secure in knowing they do not have to travel far from home and incur additional expenses.

Although the government provides funding for supplies, salaries, and benefits, it does not cover the cost of medical equipment. It is the responsibility of the community at large to purchase equipment such as Blood Pressure Monitors, Defibrillators, and X-ray Units.

Help your local health care continue to provide hope, healing, and recovery by donating to the NSHN Auxiliary or Foundation today.


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Smiling from coast to coast: Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie campaign raises a record $9.8M across Canada for over 550 charities and community groups!

Guests from Coast to coast helped beat last year’s record of $7.8M

Tim Hortons 2019 Smile Cookie campaign raised a record of $9.8M in just one week for 550 charities, hospitals, and community groups across Canada.

This amazing accomplishment is because of the passion and dedication that Tim Hortons restaurant restaurant owners, team members and our guests show up year after year, for a good cause, and fantastic charity partners who help spread the word in their communities.

For one week -from September 16-22- Tim Hortons guests shared smiles across the country and raised millions of dollars through the tasty act of buying chocolate chunk cookies decorated with blue eyes and an iconic pink smile for $1 plus applicable taxes.

In Blind River, the smile Cookie campaign raised $8822 for the North Shore Health Network Foundation.

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“We were blown away by the success of this year’s Smile Cookie campaign. We are tremendously proud of how our restaurant owners, their team members and guests come together to raise a record $9.8M to support some of the most impactful local causes and charities across Canada.”

-Mike Hancock, Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hortons

Smile Cookie Campaign facts

  • In 2019, the Smile Cookie campaign broke the record of $7.8M raised in 2018 by $2M for a new record of $9.8M

  • The first Smile Cookie was sold in 1996 to help raise funds for the Hamilton’s Children’s Hospital in in Ontario.

  • In 2019, Tim Hortons restaurant owners supported an additional 50 charities than they did in 2018 for a total of 550 local charities, hospitals, and community programs.

About Tim Hortons Canada

In 1964, the first Tim Hortons restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario opened its doors and Canadians have been ordering Tim Hortons iconic Original Blend coffee, Double Double coffees, Donuts and Timbits in the years since. Over the last 55 years, Tim Hortons has captured the hearts and taste buds of Canadians.

Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest restaurant chain operating in the quick service industry serving over 5 million cups of coffee every day with 80% of Canadians visiting one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons in Canada at least once a month.

More than a coffee and bake shop, Tim Hortons is part of the Canadian fabric and guests can enjoy hot and cold specialty beverages-including lattes, cappiccinos and espressos, teas and our famous Iced Capps, alongside delicious breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups and more.



NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee donates $20,000 towards Digital X-ray Suite

On June 17, 2019 the NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee held their 2018-19 Annual General Meeting. Lois Harrop, BR Site Chair, provided a report on their fundraising efforts noting the success of this year’s Tag Day, Gift Connection sales, Bakeless Bake Sale, and more.

Thanks to their efforts and the generosity of community members, the NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee presented the NHSN Foundation with a donation of $20,000 towards the purchase of a new Digital X-ray Suite and Portable Digital X-ray at the NSHN Blind River Site.

Blind River is the last of the three NSHN sites to replace the Computed Radiography (CR) technology with Digital. The new Portable Digital X-ray at the Richards Landing – Matthews site and the new Digital X-ray Suite at the Thessalon site produce high quality images in a fraction of the time. This means less time on the X-ray table for the patient, less repeat images, and therefore less exposure to radiation.

The new equipment will be installed at the Blind River site by the end of summer 2019 to take advantage of competitive pricing from the manufacturer, however, fundraising will continue to the end of the fiscal year in March 2020.

Many thanks to the NSHN Auxiliary members for continuing to improve our local health care.

Donna Orlando, NSHN Foundation Chair, expresses appreciation to NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee members

Donna Orlando, NSHN Foundation Chair, expresses appreciation to NSHN Auxiliary Blind River Site Committee members

Lois Harrop, NSHN Auxiliary BR Site Committee Chair, presents $20,000 donation to NSHN Foundation (Donna Orlando, Ann Marie Gallagher, Aline Charron, Marshall Chow, Ken Gibson)

Lois Harrop, NSHN Auxiliary BR Site Committee Chair, presents $20,000 donation to NSHN Foundation (Donna Orlando, Ann Marie Gallagher, Aline Charron, Marshall Chow, Ken Gibson)


Town of Blind River commits $30,000 over 3 years to Blind River Site’s Digital X-ray Suite

On May 21, 2019 Mayor Sally Hagman presented the NSHN Foundation with a donation of $10,000 as Council’s commitment of $30,000 over three years toward the purchase of a Digital X-ray Suite for the NSHN Blind River site. This generous donation was in response to a request for support submitted in October 2018.

Alongside three of the NSHN Foundation’s Directors were representatives from NSHN; Ralph Barker (CEO), Connie Lee (CNE), and Kim Rousselle (Manager of Diagnostic Imaging).

The current Computed Radiography (CR) system is at the end of life and must be replaced with a Digital system. The improvements offered by the Digital X-ray include: high quality images, a reduction in time required for patients and the technologist, and reduced radiation doses.

The fixed Digital X-ray is estimated to cost a minimum of $260,000 and the portable unit is estimated to cost a minimum of $80,000.

Many thanks to the Town of Blind River for supporting local health care!

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North Shore health fair raises money for new medical equipment

Written by Donna Schell for SooToday.com

Representative from 18 informative and health-related agencies were on hand for the annual Health Week Fair and Luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 374 in Richards Landing.

The three-hour event was hosted jointly by the North Shore Health Network Auxiliary Richards Landing Matthews Site and the Dr. Harold S. Trefry Memorial Centre.

Proceeds from the luncheon went toward the North Shore Health Network Richards Landing Matthews Site (hospital), health, and senior programs.

As part of the event, area organizations made donations to the North Shore Health Network Foundation’s new defibrillator campaign, including the Royal Canadian Legion and McDougall Energy Inc.

The advanced defibrillator will replace the much-used but end-of-its-life unit at the North Shore Health Network Richards Landing Matthews Site.

"Immediate application of electricity during a threatening cardiac event is life saving," said nurse Bonnie Campbell. "Defibrillation without delay is paramount."

The defibrillator, at an estimated cost of $30,000 is expected to be purchased and ready for use in the coming months.

The machine's capabilities include advanced monitoring, such as cardioversion rhythm monitoring/telementry, external pacemaker, oxygen and capnography measurement during operative procedures, as well as effectiveness of compressions and vitals/ rhythm identification and alarms.


Call of the Wild supports the NSHN Blind River Site

Many thanks to Vernon Bailey, John McClenaghan, and their team for their amazing benefit performance on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

The duo performed Call of the Wild to raise funds for a new Digital X-ray Suite for the NSHN Blind River site. The event raised over $1,000!

If you missed the show and would like to see another performance by Vernon & John in our area, please contact the Foundation Office at 705-356-2265 ext. 2619 or donations@nshn.care. We hope to have Vernon & John return for Life on the Farm!

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The Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Organization & Local Branches Support Local Health Care

On April 24, 2019 the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch #189 presented the NSHN Foundation with a donation of $5,680 from the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branch and Ladies' Auxiliary Charitable Foundation!

This donation purchased a new Pediatric Immobilizer for the NSHN Blind River site.

The Royal Canadian Legion is a long-standing supporter of local hospitals, their generosity and volunteer efforts are very much appreciated.

(Left to right) Aline Charron (Director, NSHN Foundation), Ken Gibson (Director, NSHN Foundation), Gerry Green (President, Branch #189), Danielle Boisvenue (X-ray Technologist), Kim Rousselle (Manager, Diagnostic Imaging), Jonathon Vairo (X-ray Technologist)

(Left to right) Aline Charron (Director, NSHN Foundation), Ken Gibson (Director, NSHN Foundation), Gerry Green (President, Branch #189), Danielle Boisvenue (X-ray Technologist), Kim Rousselle (Manager, Diagnostic Imaging), Jonathon Vairo (X-ray Technologist)


NSHN Auxiliary – Thessalon Site Committee donates $154,500 to Digital X-ray Suite

On March 27th, 2019 members of the North Shore Health Network Auxiliary (NSHNA) – Thessalon Site Committee presented the NSHN Foundation with a donation of $154,500 to go towards the purchase of the new Digital X-ray Suite at the NSHN - Thessalon site.

The NSHNA – Thessalon Site Committee has been actively fundraising to support the purchase of this new equipment over the past year. Some of their fundraising events included 50/50 Draws, Bake Sales, Red Tag Day, Spring Luncheon, Tree of Lights and their very popular ‘Evening in Paris Gala’. They also received support and generous donations from many local businesses.

The new Digital X-ray Suite will be comprised of a ceiling mounted x-ray, x-ray table, wall stand, and technologist booth, and will provide the NSHN - Thessalon site the most current technology available.

Digital x-ray provides high quality images that can be viewed in seconds on a screen, instead of minutes after processing. The new process will also reduce radiation exposure for patients.  

The support of the NSHNA – Thessalon Site Committee and the Thessalon community was vital in the purchase of this equipment. The Foundation is grateful for their continued support!

(Top Row: left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Phyllis McLeod; Joanne Falk; Bev Robinson; Carole Lawrence; Norma Mathieu; Robin MacDonald  (Bottom Row: left to right) Darlene Withers; Margaret Black; Jane Mason; Margaret Hiddleston; Joyce King

(Top Row: left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Phyllis McLeod; Joanne Falk; Bev Robinson; Carole Lawrence; Norma Mathieu; Robin MacDonald

(Bottom Row: left to right) Darlene Withers; Margaret Black; Jane Mason; Margaret Hiddleston; Joyce King


The Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Organization & Local Branches Support Local Health Care

On March 27th, 2019 members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #189 Richards Landing and Branch #182 Thessalon presented the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) Foundation with Charitable Foundation Grants for a Pediatric Immobilizer ($5,680 each) at their respective NSHN sites.

Pediatric Immobilizers are used by X-ray Technologists to safely and securely take x-ray images of children. It can be tricky to keep an infant sitting still - but Pediatric Immobilizers allow the X-ray Technologist to quickly place the child in the correct position for optimal imaging, reducing the amount of x-ray exposure.

The Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation is a partner of the Branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and their Auxiliaries in Ontario Command.

Branches and Auxiliaries fund the Foundation through poppy tagging and activities such as BINGO, break-open tickets, raffles and clubhouse operations.

Through their collective strength, they are able to fund projects which are normally beyond the means of individual Branches.

The Royal Canadian Legion is a long-standing supporter of local hospitals, their generosity and volunteer efforts are very much appreciated.

(Left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Sue Barlow (NSHNF Vice Chair); Sandra Stevens (President – Ladies Auxiliary); Hugh Hamilton (Charitable Foundation Chairperson); Anne Allaire (Branch President).

(Left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Sue Barlow (NSHNF Vice Chair); Sandra Stevens (President – Ladies Auxiliary); Hugh Hamilton (Charitable Foundation Chairperson); Anne Allaire (Branch President).

(Left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Ed Ray (2nd Vice); Sue Barlow (NSHNF Vice Chair); Murray Bonany (1st Vice); Francine Grasley (Charitable Foundation/Membership Chairperson); David Grasley (Sergeant-at-arms); Gérard Marion (Member); Norm Nash (President); Anita Mitchell (Executive Committee); Jean Rosenberg (Executive Committee); Thelma Nash (Honors & Awards).

(Left to right) John Fogal (NSHNF Director); Ed Ray (2nd Vice); Sue Barlow (NSHNF Vice Chair); Murray Bonany (1st Vice); Francine Grasley (Charitable Foundation/Membership Chairperson); David Grasley (Sergeant-at-arms); Gérard Marion (Member); Norm Nash (President); Anita Mitchell (Executive Committee); Jean Rosenberg (Executive Committee); Thelma Nash (Honors & Awards).


Elks of Canada Echo Bay Lodge No. 535 make donation towards the NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews Site

On Saturday, January 12th, 2019 the Elks of Canada - Echo Bay Lodge No. 535 presented the NSHN Foundation with a generous donation of $1,200. This donation will fully-fund the purchase of a new examination table for the NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews site.

The Echo Bay Lodge raised these funds through their last Catch the Ace fundraiser. Due to the success of the last event, the members of the Echo Bay Lodge started another round of Catch the Ace on September 14, 2018 that will run through until June 14, 2019 (unless the Ace is captured before then).

The NSHN Foundation is grateful for the continued support of local donors and service groups.

Myles Reid (Echo Bay Lodge - Exalted Ruler) presents Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation - Chair) with donation of $1,200 for an examination table at the NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews site.  Left to Right: Doug Clute (NSHN Foundation - Director), Sue Barlow (NSHN Foundation - Vice Chair), Jean Robins (Echo Bay Lodge - Member), Chuck Frenette (Echo Bay Lodge - Treasurer), Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation - Chair), Myles Reid (Echo Bay Lodge - Exalted Ruler).

Myles Reid (Echo Bay Lodge - Exalted Ruler) presents Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation - Chair) with donation of $1,200 for an examination table at the NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews site.

Left to Right: Doug Clute (NSHN Foundation - Director), Sue Barlow (NSHN Foundation - Vice Chair), Jean Robins (Echo Bay Lodge - Member), Chuck Frenette (Echo Bay Lodge - Treasurer), Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation - Chair), Myles Reid (Echo Bay Lodge - Exalted Ruler).


Grant Application Approved: The Royal Canadian Legion has approved grants for 3 new Pediatric Immobilizers!

On December 11th, 2018 the NSHN Foundation received notice from the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Provincial Command Branches & Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation that our grant request for a new Pediatric Immobilizer at each of the three NSHN sites was approved. The cost of this equipment is approximately $5,700 each.

Pediatric Immobilizers are used by X-ray Technologists to safely and securely take x-ray images of children. It can be tricky to keep an infant sitting still - but Pediatric Immobilizers allow the X-ray Technologist to quickly place the child in the correct position for optimal imaging, reducing the amount of x-ray exposure.

Many thanks to the Legion for their continued support.

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Employees of Cameco’s Blind River Refinery Donate Over $28,000!

Each year Cameco’s Blind River Refinery Employees rally together to support a local cause through the Cameco Giving Campaign. This year, the NSHN Foundation was pleased to be chosen as the beneficiary to support the purchase of a new Digital X-ray Suite for the NSHN Blind River site.

NSHN and the NSHN Foundation presented the need for the new equipment to the Blind River Refinery Employees on October 25th, 2018. NSHN’s CNO, Connie Lee, and the Manager of Diagnostic Imaging, Kim Rouselle, were present along with the Foundation’s Coordinator, Laurie Kendrick, and Foundation Director, Marshall Chow.

On November 19th the Blind River Refinery confirmed that their employees are contributing $28,032.26 towards the new equipment! The employees are making this generous donation through payroll deduction.

Their contributions will help our local community tremendously! The estimated cost of the Digital X-ray Suite is a minimum of $264,000. The equipment is estimated to be installed in March 2020.


Another Successful Smile Cookie Campaign!

The NSHN Foundation was pleased to be selected as the beneficiary of the Blind River Tim Hortons 2018 Smile Cookie Campaign.

Last year, the Smile Cookie Campaign raised $5,921 towards the purchase of a Cardiac Monitoring System for the NSHN Blind River Site.

With your help we surpassed last year’s record! The 2018 Smile Cookie Campaign raised $6,756 towards the purchase of a Digital X-Ray Suite for the NSHN Blind River Site!

The Digital X-Ray Suite will be installed in the Blind River Site by March 2020. The estimated cost of the suite is a minimum $260,000.

The NSHN Foundation is thankful to Denis and Lynn Lefebvre, owners of both Tim Hortons locations in Blind River. Their staff worked endlessly to bake, decorate, and promote the sale of Smile Cookies.

MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO PURCHASED SMILE COOKIES!!

Your continued support helps keep our local health care within reach.

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Over $3,500 raised! 

Many thanks to The North Shore Sentinel, The Basswood Lake Association, and The Sowerby Hall and Heritage Committee for hosting 'Call of the Wild' at the 12 Sided Barn in Sowerby. 

Residents and visitors along the North Shore gathered to listed to Vernon Bailey's stunning performance of Robert Service Poetry, along with music by John McClenaghan.  

Rather than purchasing a ticket for this event, attendees made a monetary donation towards the purchase of the new X-Ray Suite. This equipment is estimated to be installed in the NSHN Thessalon Site by March 2019. The estimated cost for this equipment is a minimum $260,000. 

Thank you for your continued support! 

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'Thank You' to our Donors! 

Donor Recognition events were held at all three sites of the North Shore Health Network June 23-24, 2018. 

The NSHN Foundation Board of Directors expressed their gratitude towards individual donors as well as service groups, including the NSHN Auxiliary, the St. Joseph's Island Lions Clubs, the Blind River Rotary Club, and the Blind River Walking Group. 

The NSHN Foundation Chair, Donna Orlando, provided attendees with an update on equipment purchased to date as well as the organization's upcoming equipment needs. The Foundation has begun fundraising efforts for the new X-Ray Suites, to be installed in the Thessalon Site in March 2019 and the Blind River Site in March 2020. 

NSHN Auxiliary - Richards Landing Matthews Site Committee members receive cheque from St. Josephs Island Lions Club at the NSHN Foundation Donor Recognition on Saturday, June 23, 2018  (Left to right) Donna Smith, Christine Thomson, Shirley Pringle, Grace Burmaster, Joan Clute (Chair), Paul Young, Mike Trainor, Dale Kingsley, Ian Gauld, Barb Jackson (Treasurer). Sally Wismer

NSHN Auxiliary - Richards Landing Matthews Site Committee members receive cheque from St. Josephs Island Lions Club at the NSHN Foundation Donor Recognition on Saturday, June 23, 2018

(Left to right) Donna Smith, Christine Thomson, Shirley Pringle, Grace Burmaster, Joan Clute (Chair), Paul Young, Mike Trainor, Dale Kingsley, Ian Gauld, Barb Jackson (Treasurer). Sally Wismer

Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation Chair) expresses gratitude towards donors at the NSHN Thessalon Site on Saturday, June 23, 2018  (Left to right) Donna Orlando (Chair), Ann Marie Gallagher, Pat Fluke, Bev Robinson, Joyce King, Barb Mundell

Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation Chair) expresses gratitude towards donors at the NSHN Thessalon Site on Saturday, June 23, 2018

(Left to right) Donna Orlando (Chair), Ann Marie Gallagher, Pat Fluke, Bev Robinson, Joyce King, Barb Mundell

Laurie Kendrick (NSHN Foundation Coordinator) and Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation Chair) address donors at the NSHN Blind River Site on Sunday, June 24, 2018

Laurie Kendrick (NSHN Foundation Coordinator) and Donna Orlando (NSHN Foundation Chair) address donors at the NSHN Blind River Site on Sunday, June 24, 2018


Annual Donor Report

It's because of you that access to high quality local health care is possible. See the difference your donations have made in 2017-18 by reading the NSHN Foundation's Annual Donor Report here. 


NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site Committee donates $14,000 to Digital X-Ray Suite 

On June 11th, 2018 at the NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site Committee's Annual General Meeting, the Foundation was given a donation of $14,000 to go towards the purchase of the new Digital X-Ray Suite at the Blind River Site. 

It is estimated the Suite will be installed at the Blind River Site in March 2020. As the estimated cost is minimum $260,000 the NSHN Foundation has begun fundraising for this equipment in advance. 

Many thanks to all Auxiliary members and supporters for their continued efforts! Every dollar raised helps keep local health care within reach. 

(Left to right) Laurie Kendrick - NSHN Foundation Coordinator, Lois Harrop - Chair of the NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site Committee

(Left to right) Laurie Kendrick - NSHN Foundation Coordinator, Lois Harrop - Chair of the NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site Committee


The Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Organization & Local Branches Support Local Health Care 

On April 24th, 2018 members from the Royal Canadian Legion Branches in Richards Landing -#374, Bruce Mines - # 211, and Blind River - # 189 presented the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) Foundation Board with grants and donations for medical equipment at the NSHN sites.

In 2017, The Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation approved grants for the following:  $8,625.46 for the Richards Landing – Matthews Site for two Blood Pressure Monitors, $9,100.00 for the Thessalon Site for two Intravenous (IV) Pumps and a Laerdal Suction machine, and $8,000 towards a Cardiac Monitoring System for the Blind River Site – Emergency Department. 

In addition, the Legion Branches in Bruce Mines, Richards Landing, and Blind River donated an additional $1,000 per site from the Legion Poppy Fund to help with the purchase x-ray equipment at each site. 

The Royal Canadian Legion local branches and Ontario Provincial Command are longtime supporters of local health care and services that benefit veterans and residents alike.  The NSHN Foundation and North Shore Health Network Sites are very grateful for the help received from the Legion organizations and the Veterans and Volunteers that support them.

(Left to right) Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation, Jaimee Elmore RN, Emergency/Acute Manager – NSHN Blind River Site, Neil Duguay – Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211, Gloria Spencer & Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189, John Shannon, Secretary – Richards Landing Legion Branch #374

(Left to right) Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation, Jaimee Elmore RN, Emergency/Acute Manager – NSHN Blind River Site, Neil Duguay – Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211, Gloria Spencer & Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189, John Shannon, Secretary – Richards Landing Legion Branch #374

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from Neil Duguay - Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from Neil Duguay - Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from Gloria Spencer and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from Gloria Spencer and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from  J ohn Shannon, Secretary – Richards Landing Legion Branch # 374

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a donation of $1,000 from John Shannon, Secretary – Richards Landing Legion Branch # 374

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a grant of $8,000 toward a Cardiac Monitoring System for the NSHN – Blind River – Emergency Department. The grant was presented by Gloria Spencer and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189.

Ken Gibson, Director & Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation receive a grant of $8,000 toward a Cardiac Monitoring System for the NSHN – Blind River – Emergency Department. The grant was presented by Gloria Spencer and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189.

(Left to right) Neil Duguay – Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211, John Shannon, Secretary - Richards Landing Branch #374, Ken Gibson, Director – NSHN Foundation, Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation, Gloria Spencer – Blind River Legion Branch #189, and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189

(Left to right) Neil Duguay – Bruce Mines Legion Branch #211, John Shannon, Secretary - Richards Landing Branch #374, Ken Gibson, Director – NSHN Foundation, Donna Orlando, Chair – NSHN Foundation, Gloria Spencer – Blind River Legion Branch #189, and Gerry Green, President – Blind River Legion Branch #189

Richards Landing Branch #374 members and patient with Blood Pressure Monitor purchased with grant provided from The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation   (Left to right) John Shannon – Secretary, Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Gonny Frech - Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Steve Frech – District H Commander, Barbara Gajda – Patient

Richards Landing Branch #374 members and patient with Blood Pressure Monitor purchased with grant provided from The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation

(Left to right) John Shannon – Secretary, Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Gonny Frech - Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Steve Frech – District H Commander, Barbara Gajda – Patient

Presentation of The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation cheque of $8,625.46 for the blood pressure monitors   (Left to right) Sue Barlow – Vice Chair NSHN Foundation, Doug Clute – Director NSHN Foundation, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, John Shannon – Secretary, and Steve Frech – District H Commander

Presentation of The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation cheque of $8,625.46 for the blood pressure monitors

(Left to right) Sue Barlow – Vice Chair NSHN Foundation, Doug Clute – Director NSHN Foundation, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, John Shannon – Secretary, and Steve Frech – District H Commander

Digital Portable X-ray - $1,000 donation provided toward this equipment from the Richards Landing Legion Branch # 374 Poppy Fund   (Left to right) Steve Frech –District H Commander, John Shannon – Secretary, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President and Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson

Digital Portable X-ray - $1,000 donation provided toward this equipment from the Richards Landing Legion Branch # 374 Poppy Fund

(Left to right) Steve Frech –District H Commander, John Shannon – Secretary, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President and Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson

Richards Landing Branch #374 members, NSHN Richard Landing – Matthews site and patient with Blood Pressure Monitor purchased with grant provided from The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation.   (Left to right) Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Steve Frech – District H Commander, John Shannon – Secretary, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Bonnie Campbell – RN, Lynn Jobst RN – Richards Landing – Matthews / Thessalon Site Manager, Amanda Haner – PSW

Richards Landing Branch #374 members, NSHN Richard Landing – Matthews site and patient with Blood Pressure Monitor purchased with grant provided from The Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation.

(Left to right) Hugh Hamilton – Charitable Foundation Chairperson, Steve Frech – District H Commander, John Shannon – Secretary, Gonny Frech – Treasurer, Anne Allaire – Branch President, Bonnie Campbell – RN, Lynn Jobst RN – Richards Landing – Matthews / Thessalon Site Manager, Amanda Haner – PSW


Royal Canadian Legion Charitable Foundation Grant Purchases Medical Equipment for the North Shore Health Network – Thessalon Site

The Ontario Command Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation approved a grant application from the North Shore Health Network Foundation for the purchase of two Intravenous (IV) Pumps and a Laerdal Suction Unit for the NSHN Thessalon site. 

On April 12th, members of the Thessalon Legion – Branch 182 gathered at the NSHN - Thessalon site to view the new equipment and present the NSHN Foundation with a cheque for $9,100. 

The Legion Foundation is funded through poppy tag sales and activities such as break-open tickets, bingos, raffles and local branch operations.  Through their strength of their collective efforts, they are able to fund projects which would normally exceed the means of individual Legion Branches.

The Royal Canadian Legion is a long-standing supporter of local hospitals, their generosity and volunteer efforts are very much appreciated.

(Left to right) Jennifer Foster RPN, Pamela Reed RN, Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Gérard Marion, Ed Ray, David Grasley, Jean Rosenberg, Norm Nash, Thelma Nash, Anita Mitchell, and Francine Grasley Legion Branch 182 Charitable Foundation Chairperson

(Left to right) Jennifer Foster RPN, Pamela Reed RN, Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Gérard Marion, Ed Ray, David Grasley, Jean Rosenberg, Norm Nash, Thelma Nash, Anita Mitchell, and Francine Grasley Legion Branch 182 Charitable Foundation Chairperson

(Left to right) Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Gérard Marion, Ed Ray, David Grasley, Jean Rosenberg, Norm Nash, Thelma Nash, Anita Mitchell, and Francine Grasley Legion Branch 182 Charitable Foundation Chairperson

(Left to right) Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Gérard Marion, Ed Ray, David Grasley, Jean Rosenberg, Norm Nash, Thelma Nash, Anita Mitchell, and Francine Grasley Legion Branch 182 Charitable Foundation Chairperson


Thessalon Christmas Concert Donation - January 2018

The Thessalon Public School Students’ Council decided to take up a collection at their Christmas Concert to help purchase medical equipment for the NSHN Thessalon Site.  A total of $533.05 in donations was collected!

These donations will help fund the purchase of a new digital x-ray suite, estimated to cost a minimum of $260,000.  The digital x-ray suite will include a ceiling mounted x-ray, x-ray table, wall stand, and radiologist booth.  The estimated date of installation is March 2019.

The Students are anticipating another collection at the upcoming Spring Musical on April 27th, 2018! Many thanks for their kindness and support.

(Left to right) Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Darcy Cooke Students’ Council President, Esaiah Kehoe Students’ Council Vice-President, Jana Tetreault Thessalon Public School Principal

(Left to right) Donna Orlando NSHN Foundation Chair, Darcy Cooke Students’ Council President, Esaiah Kehoe Students’ Council Vice-President, Jana Tetreault Thessalon Public School Principal


NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews Site receives new Portable Digital X-Ray, thanks to NSHN Auxiliary Richards Landing - Matthews Site Commitee  

New Digital X-ray is Up & Running at the North Shore Health Network – Richards Landing Matthews Site Thanks to the generosity of donors to the North Shore Health Network – Richards Landing site and the fundraising efforts of the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) Foundation and NSHN Auxiliary - Richards Landing – Matthews Site Committee a new portable digital x-ray machine is now in service. The equipment, valued at $179,700, was fully funded by a contribution of $104,940 from the Richards Landing – Matthew Site Auxiliary committee and $74,760 from the NSHN Foundation.

Representatives of the North Shore Health Network (NSHN), the NSHN Foundation, and the NSHN Auxiliary, Richards Landing – Matthews Site Committee had the opportunity to view the new equipment on March 27 th . Connie Lee, NSHN - Chief Nursing Officer expressed gratitude for the digital x-ray as it brings the Richards Landing – Matthews site diagnostic imaging capabilities to current best practices. Kim Rousselle, NSHN – Diagnostic Imaging Manager and Jonathon Vairo, NSHN – X-ray Technologist enthusiastically described the improvements provided by the new portable digital x-ray, as compared to CR (computed radiography) which uses a cassette and digitizer for processing.

Improved features include: fast, high quality images, the digital images can be viewed in seconds on the screen instead of minutes due to processing, and lower radiation doses. Images are transferred by Wi-Fi to Radiologists in Sudbury and the digital machine is mobile for transporting to the critically ill/injured patient.

The NSHN Richards Landing – Matthews Site is the first of the NSHN sites to receive this updated equipment. Fundraising has begun for digital x-ray machines for the other two NSHN sites in Thessalon and Blind River; the estimated cost for this equipment is a minimum of $260,000 per site. The NSHN Thessalon site is scheduled to receive this upgrade in approximately one year and the NSHN Blind River site in two years.

The North Shore Health Network Foundation and the NSHN Auxiliaries appreciate the support received for each site through gifts from individuals, families and businesses, as well as their support of fundraising events. All funds are directed to the site specified by the donors and help fund essential medical equipment and patient services. Medical equipment costs are not covered by the Ministry of Health which is why the NSHN Foundation and the NSHN Auxiliary groups are constantly working to meet ongoing needs in our communities.

See articles on SooToday.com and The Island Clippings

NSHN Staff, NSHN Foundation Board of Directors, and NSHN Auxiliary members gather for live demo of new Portable Digital X-Ray on March 27, 2018

NSHN Staff, NSHN Foundation Board of Directors, and NSHN Auxiliary members gather for live demo of new Portable Digital X-Ray on March 27, 2018

Jonathon Vario, Medical Radiation Technologist, provides live demo of new equipment at NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews Site

Jonathon Vario, Medical Radiation Technologist, provides live demo of new equipment at NSHN Richards Landing - Matthews Site

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Cameco & Blind River Refinery Employees Recognized for their Contribution to Local Health Care

On February 7th, the North Shore Health Network Foundation, and management and staff of the North Shore Health Network (NSHN) thanked Cameco for their ongoing support of local health care at the Blind River Site.

In late 2016, Cameco Corporation and the Blind River Refinery Employees decided to support the purchase of a cardiac monitoring system, valued at $100,000, for the Blind River site Emergency Department through 2017 Cameco Giving Campaign. Approximately 85% of employees made donations through payroll deductions and the company matched these contributions. In total, the Corporation and Employees donated over $53,000 toward the equipment purchase.

Over the years Cameco has been a strong supporter of the NSHN – Blind River site; to date over $300,000 has been donated toward hospital equipment and patient services.

See article in the Elliot Lake Standard

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Royal Canadian Legion Approves $27,100 Grant 

The NSHN Foundation is pleased to announce that the Royal Canadian Legion, Ontario Provincial Command Branches and Ladies' Auxiliaries Charitable Foundation has approved the NSHN Foundation's grant application for the following purchases: 

  • Two Blood Pressure Monitors ($5,000 each) at the Richards Landing - Matthews Site

  • Two IV Pumps ($4,000 each) at the Thessalon Site

  • One Laerdal Suction Unit ($1,100) at the Thessalon Site

  • $8,000 towards the purchase of a Cardiac Monitoring System at the Blind River Site

The approval for these items will allow the Foundation to focus efforts on the upcoming need for X-Ray machines at all three sites. 

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Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Campaign

Many thanks goes to the Blind River Tim Horton's for choosing the NSHN Foundation as the recipient of the 2017 Smile Cookie Campaign!

Thank you to the staff who baked over 5000 yummy cookies for this great campaign!

AND thanks to all who purchased a cookie and supported the NSHN Foundation! The proceeds will support the purchase of a new Cardiac Monitoring System for the Blind River Site's Emergency Department.

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Clear the Clutter - Charity Yard Sale 

On Saturday, August 19, 2017 the NSHN Foundation hosted a Yard Sale to help fund a new Cardiac Monitoring System for the Blind River Site's Emergency Department. 

The NSHN donated used furniture and construction materials (i.e. windows, sinks, counter tops, etc.) and the staff donated household items. Together, we raised $2,400! 

Many thanks to the Foundation's Board of Directors and friends who volunteered their time, and the community members who supported the cause! 

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NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site Donation

On June 26, 2017 the NSHN Auxiliary - Blind River Site presented the NSHN Foundation with a donation of $12,000 towards the purchase of a new Cardiac Monitoring System. The Auxiliary raises funds for the NSHN and works diligently in helping the Foundation reach their goals. 

Thank you for your continued support! 


2017 Hockey Break-Away Raffle 

The Foundation's 2017 Hockey Break-Away Raffle was a great success, thanks to our supporters and sponsors. 

Since the organization's re-branding in June 2016, this was the first NSHN Foundation event that benefited all three sites of the North Shore Health Network. Approximately 1300 tickets were sold along the north shore, bringing our net proceeds to nearly $9,000! The Richards Landing - Matthews site, the Thessalon site, and the Blind River site will receive approximately $3,000 each to fund new medical equipment and patient services. 

Our lucky winners are: 

1st Prize: Gloria Sidock (Blind River, ON)

2nd Prize: Hudson Elmore (Dowling, ON)

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3rd Prize: Gayanne Bronicheski (Thessalon, ON)

Thank you to all who purchased tickets, sold tickets, and sponsored prizes - your efforts keep local health care within reach. 


2017 Cameco Giving Campaign 

Cameco - Blind River Refinery Employees and Cameco Corporation have announced they will contribute $53,000 toward a Cardiac Monitoring System for the Blind River Site - Emergency Department.

83% of employees participated in the 2017 Cameco Giving Campaign, and each contribution was matched by the Corporation. 

The Cameco - Blind River Refinery employees and Corporation have been long-time supporters of the Foundation. In 2013, they donated over $51,000 toward a new ultrasound for the Blind River Site - Diagnostic Imaging Department. 

Thank You! Your generosity and continuing support of local health care are inspiring. 


Blind River Demo Derby Association donates 12 year-old & under proceeds 

For the past eight years the Blind River Demolition Derby has provided spectators with a fun-packed show of derby car smash-ups. While encouraging families to join the excitement the BR Demo Derby Association encourages a spectator donation for children 12 years old and under in replace of the standard entrance fee. 

On June 29, 2016 the Blind River Demo Derby Association provided the NSHN Foundation with the proceeds of the 12 years old & under entrance donations. The funds raised by this event will help us keep health care within reach. A special thanks to all who make this event an evening of family fun!


Blind River's 3rd Annual Colour Dash 

The 2016 Color Dash was another success, taking place on Saturday, June 18 at the Blind River Community Centre. The 5km run encourages everyone to participate - whether you're running, walking or strolling - to promote the health and wellness of our community. 

The North Shore Health Network Foundation was proud to be selected by the Town of Blind River as the beneficiary for the event. The funds raised by Color Dash will be directed towards the Equipment Fund, as the Blind River site is in need of a Bladder Scanner for the Emergency Department. 

A special thanks to the Town of Blind River, the 2016 Colour Dash Sponsors, and all participants for helping us keep health care within reach! 


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Florence Nightingale Home Foundation makes $4,000 donation to NSHN Foundation

The NSHN Foundation received a generous donation on June 2nd, 2016 from the Florence Nightingale Home Foundation - Order of the Eastern Star chapter 324 in Elliot Lake. The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization for men and women with Masonic affiliation. 

With their $4,000 donation the NSHN Foundation is able to purchase several pieces of equipment. They include a special pressure mattress used to help patients who are in bed for long periods of time; a patient turner needed in long-term care to assist patients who have difficulty standing; a Fetal Doppler to check the heartbeat of a fetus; a Venus Doppler to check blood circulation; and a Pulse Oximeter to check the oxygen saturation level in a person's blood.  

The NSHN Foundation is honoured to receive a charitable donation from the Order of the Eastern Star for the second time; the first being in 1984 to the St. Joseph's General Hospital. 

- Adapted from The Standard (Thursday, June 9, 2016) article by Kevin McSheffrey