I couldn’t be more proud of our volunteers and donors who contribute in so many ways to the Foundation and Health Centre. That’s why I am particularly pleased that many were honoured during April’s Maritime Philanthropy Awards by taking three of eight awards presented.
I am delighted that IWK Telethon for Children 25 was honoured as the Outstanding Special Event of 2009 by the Nova Scotia chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), acknowledging the hours of hard work donated by volunteers – including many staff and caregivers at the IWK.
It takes six to eight months of planning and groundwork to pull off the Telethon that has been acknowledged by the Children’s Miracle Network as the most successful in the country. This was no different in 2009, when a record $5.4 million was raised; more than $300,000 more than the previous year.
It is especially rewarding that a professional group like the AFP acknowledges the generous and sustained efforts you all have made to support the IWK by working on the Telethon.
Also that night, Sun-N-Shade Campground in Borden, PEI was honoured as Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist for their fundraising efforts on behalf of the Foundation. Since 2004, Harold and Marnie Noye have raised $39,299.01 for the IWK. In 2008, the business doubled its previous year’s gift to the IWK by pulling in $11,323.78 and in the summer of 2009, raised $13,044.05 through goodwill donations at their nightly concerts at the campground.
A friend of the IWK and a frequent patient, Matthew MacDonald was the youngest person ever to ever be named Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the AFP. The 17-year-old, Grade 12 student from Sydney Mines, NS, has raised thousands of dollars for the IWK over the 10 years he’s been doing it.
The Foundation made two other nominations for candidates who are award winners in our eyes.
We nominated Sun Life Financial as Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist. Sun Life has made significant contributions toward the advancement of mental health research, treatment and support, and awareness, including a $1 million endowment to fund The Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health. The funding has helped spark a new understanding about the prevalence of mental disorders among Canadian youth. Recently Sun Life helped bring the first Bone Densitometer to the IWK through a $140,000 contribution led by Andrew Stevenson (Stevenson Financial).
We also nominated our PEI Development Officer Lynn Anne Hogan, as a Rising Star for a professional fundraiser. She has been a member of the IWK Foundation team for the last five years, and has built and sustained effective relationships with individuals, community groups and corporate leaders. She has developed and implemented strategies for securing and maintaining annual gifts. Recently, she took on an additional role as Manager of the Direct Mail Program. She has accepted this new responsibility with gusto, much like all of her work.
I’d like to congratulate and thank all nominees and winners. I am grateful that the Foundation benefit from your enthusiastic support. Well done.