In 2013, the Aberdeen Health Foundation provided more than $1million in enhancements to health care in Pictou County - now marking more than $15 million since 1986.
The Aberdeen Health Foundation was established in 1986 to provide continuing and coordinated financial support to the Aberdeen Hospital. Due to our generous donors and the Frank & Irene Sobey Memorial Trust, this year we will fund over $1million for equipment and education for staff and physicians which ensures we are strengthening the health and well-being of the people of Pictou County.
The work of the Foundation continues due to the community support as well due to the dedicated members of the Board. This year the public relations committee was working on better ways to communicate with the community and share the goodwill stories. The website was re-launched, we joined the world of Facebook and LinkedIn and we have circulated our report to community.
The newest committee will look after Children’s Aid Society Endowment and Legacy Fund; both were established with a gift of over a $1 million from the former Board of the Pictou County Children’s Aid Society. The aim of this gift is to reduce risk and increase healthy outcomes for children and families in Pictou County. This year the endowment will provide support to three groups, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou County, Pictou County Women’s Centre and the Youth Health Centres. The CAS Legacy Fund will support the Natural Outdoor Playground at New Glasgow Academy.
As well, our community partners provide significant role in supporting new programs and equipment that would not be possible otherwise; we thank the work of these many groups along with our loyal donors. Through these generous gifts and the strong stewardship of the present and previous boards the Foundation’s assets have grown to over $30 million.
This year, Murray Hill, chair of the Pictou County Health Authority and co-chair of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Capital Campaign, shared the future of Healthy 2020 in Pictou County. He is truly dedicated to ensuring health care for our community and a healthy lifestyle for all.
Submitted by Susan Malcolm, Aberdeen Health Foundation