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

Danielle Ormonde

Signature Events &
Social Media Coordinator

Liz Macdonald

Chair of the Board

Our Board of Directors

  • Liz Macdonald – Chair
  • Karen Tilstra – Past-Chair
  • Sandie Heirweigh – Vice-Chair
  • Jennifer Baker – Treasurer
  • Josh Buma – Secretary
  • Bob Sorge – Director
  • Nyree Segui – Director
  • Al Elliott – Director
  • Melissa Baisley – Director
  • Donna Baillee – HWMH & EG Representative
  • Nadia Bodnar – DHCVA Representative

A message from the Chair of the Board

2020 may be remembered as the year of the pandemic but for those of us at the Foundation it will be remembered as the year, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital was completed. Because of the incredible generosity of our community, $3 Million was raised for the new Emergency Department.

Our Past Chair, Karen Tilstra, deserves a special thank you. It was Karen’s leadership and vision that were the driving force behind the “Every Moment Counts” campaign for our new Emergency Department. Thank you, Karen!

Hospital President & CEO Sharon Moore thanked our community of donors, volunteers, and staff, and reminded us about how much more difficult it would have been for healthcare teams to handle the pandemic in the old Emergency Department. This highlights the importance of keeping our hospital equipped with the latest in technology and state of the art equipment.

Which is a good segue into our next challenge! The Hospital Board has given DHHF a list of equipment that needs to be replaced over the next 18 months at a cost $1.1 Million. As of July 2021, your donations allowed us to write a cheque for $850,000 towards new equipment. Thank you!  Because of you, we are on track to disburse another $250,000 in 2021 completing our commitment of $1.1 million by December 2021.

Further, with the vaccine distribution is going very well, and our community members are rolling up their sleeves, we are hopeful that we will be able to host some of our events in person in the fall of 2021.  This includes the 37th Annual Golf Tournament presented by Canadian Tire and our Henriette McMichen Memorial Stride and Ride. Please visit our website to learn more about these events and others planned for the remainder of the year.

On behalf of the entire DHHF Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our healthcare workers for keeping our community safe. I would also like to thank all our incredible donors, volunteers, and Foundation staff for the role each played in helping us provide the Hospital with the funds needed to provide exceptional care right here at home.

I am honoured and privileged to be your board chair and I am looking forward to working with all of you to raise our next $1Million!

Please stay safe.

Liz MacDonald
Chair, Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation

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