About Us

What is the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation?

In 1974, the Dunnville community saw the clear need for a charitable foundation to support our local hospital’s growth and maintenance. The Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation was established to support the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital – and later, the Edgewater Gardens Long-Term Care Centre – as well as to support healthcare more generally in town.

Our Mission

We are committed to promoting quality community healthcare by providing capital and facility enhancement funds.

Our Vision

We will be the primary fundraising body supporting health services in our community.

Our Values

With your help, we will achieve our vision through: innovative fund development initiatives, continuous improvement, timely communication and responsible stewardship.

Haldimand War Memorial Hospital

In 1920, a plot of land on John Street in Dunnville, Ontario was gifted to the Dunnville Women’s Patriotic Society with the intention to start a local hospital. The Haldimand War Memorial Hospital first opened on February 3, 1921; the new hospital had 20 beds, a small nursery, and a small operating room. It even had a portable x-ray machine!

Today, our hospital has grown to have 22 acute care beds, 13 complex care beds, and 2 respite care beds. The hospital is equipped to provide a continual line of care, from emergency room visits to long-term palliative care. With your support, we can continue to offer these, and other services into the future.

Edgewater Gardens Long-Term Care Centre

Connected to the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital on the banks of the Grand River, Edgewater Gardens Long-Term Care provides high-quality housing and assistance for 64 seniors. Care in Edgewater Gardens is focused on our residents’ rights to independence, personal choice, dignity, and participation in decisions affecting their care.

Our Foundation's Staff

Penny Banks

Executive Director

Rachel Williams

Finance Administration &
Donor Relations Specialist

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Danielle Ormonde

Signature Events &
Social Media Coordinator

Sandie Heirwegh

Chair of the Board

Our Board of Directors

  • Sandie Heirwegh – Chair
  • Joshua Buma – Vice Chair
  • Liz Macdonald – Past Chair
  • Brad Spencer – Treasurer
  • Melissa Baisley – Secretary 
  • Bob Sorge – Director
  • Nyree Segui – Director
  • Al Elliott – Director
  • Karen Prine – HWMH & EG Representative
  • Nadia Bodnar – DHCVA Representative

A message from the Chair of the Board

It is an honour and a privilege to serve as Chair of the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation.  Our community is like no other.  The passion for our hospital and the generosity of our supporters continues to inspire me on a daily basis.  Whether it’s playing a round of golf in our annual tournament, taking a walk in the Stride & Ride event, responding to our various campaigns or buying more Smile cookies than the entire country – you are there for us.  For this, I am truly grateful. 

The foundation is poised and ready to continue raising funds to ensure that our hospital operates with state-of-the-art equipment and continues to provide exceptional care close to home.  Together, we’ve got this!



Donate Today

Without you, we could not support healthcare in Dunnville.

Make a gift in tribute

Celebrate the life or memory of a loved one by giving to the DHHF.

Healthcare Heroes

Say thank you to your healthcare hero at HWMH or EG with a gift in their honour.