St. Francis Valley Health Care Foundation, 20 Jan 2021 11:40:08 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>, 20 Jan 2021 11:40:08 -0700Click Here to read our special 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign Wrap-Up Newsletter! 

The Ace of Spades has been found!


Congratulations to our Catch the Ace winner Lorna Leach of Micksburg! She purchased her ticket at the Eganville Shell and chose number 26 - the date of her son's birthday.
Her ticket was pulled in the Week 47 draw, and her envelope number 26 revealed the Ace of Spades!!!! Lorna and her husband picked up the grand prize today of $224,183.50. She plans on using the funds toward home renovations and taking a trip when it's possible.
Congratulations Lorna and thank you to everyone who made this lottery possible - from the volunteers, to the vendors, to everyone who purchased a ticket - your efforts helped support Valley Manor Redevelopment!
Stay tuned for another Catch the Ace lottery coming up early 2021!


As Covid-19 continues to affect every aspect of our lives, we’d like to express our deepest gratitude to all who are keeping us safe.

Thank you to all of our local healthcare workers for your dedication during this difficult time.  We are so grateful to every one of the frontline staff at St Francis Memorial Hospital, Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre, Valley Manor and MV Hospice Palliative Care who continue to work selflessly during this stressful time.  It provides our community with so much comfort knowing that you are all there for us.

We recognize and appreciate you!


The St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is currently running a membership drive for our St Francis Circle Monthly Giving Club.  Consider joining the club at $15/month and help us purchase equipment for our hospital!  For more information about becoming a Club Member please contact us at: 613-756-3044 ext 217

Click here to become a member of the St Francis Circle Monthly Giving Club!



Wish Lists

Want to support local healthcare at the Hospital, Hospice Palliative Care or Valley Manor?  Check out their wish lists of items needed to help them care for patients and families!


If St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor, or Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care holds a special place in your heart because of a personal experience or that of a family member or friend, we would love to hear from you!

To share your story and experience, please contact us at:

St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

p: (613) 756-3044 ext 333
or email us at:

<![CDATA[Tree of Lights Campaign 2020]]>, 20 Jan 2021 11:35:32 -0700
Thank You!
The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign has raised more than $95,000 for equipment and upgrades at St. Francis Memorial Hospital!!
This is an incredible accomplishment and we could not have done it without the generosity and support of you, our amazing donors!
Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to the campaign. Please read our special newsletter, which caps-off another successful Tree of Lights Campaign.
Click Here to read our special 2020 Tree of Lights Campaign Wrap-Up Newsletter!

This holiday season, we will all depend on the Hospital to be there for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year . Our Medical Unit is incredibly important, as it allows patients to heal close to home. It is vital that the Medical Unit is stocked with the best technology and equipment as possible.

That's why this year, we are asking for your help in purchasing a new VAC Therapy System for wound healing,bedside chairs, overbed tables and a critical upgrade to our medication disensing unit.

Sometimes, we take for granted that our community Hospital will be equipped with everything we need to make sure that we can heal, locally.

What you may not know is that the government simply does not pay for equipment or upgrades like the one we currently need for the X-Ray Unit. That responsibility lies solely with us as community members.

<![CDATA[Catch the Ace]]>, 04 Jan 2021 9:56:06 -0700

Congratulations to Lorna Leach of Micksburg for finding the Ace of Spades behind envelope #26! She found the Ace in Week 47 at the December 17, 2020 draw. Thank you to everyone who sold, purchased and promoted this lottery - your efforts helped contribute more than $330,000.00 to the redevelopment of the Valley Manor!

Watch for another Catch the Ace Lottery coming in early 2021!

Here’s how the lottery works.

The lottery starts with 52 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes numbered 1 through 52 and secured in a display case. Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until the lucky winner catches it!

When tickets are purchased supporters will be asked to pre-select an envelope number on their ticket stub.  The lucky weekly winner takes home 20% of that week’s ticket revenues and the envelope number selected on the ticket will be opened to reveal a playing card. If the card is not the Ace of Spades, the card will be destroyed and the lottery continues for another week.  If the card is the Ace of Spades, the weekly winner also win the progressive jackpot!  The progressive jackpot grows each week with 30% of weekly ticket sales revenue being added in.

For complete rules and regulations click the link below.


To view the video from the live Catch the Ace draw, click on the corresponding week's sign.


























                      Ontarion Problem Gambling Helpline


                              Lottery License #: 11367

<![CDATA[Tree of Lights Celebrations]]>, 04 Jan 2021 9:32:42 -0700To watch the 2020 Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Click Here. 
<![CDATA[Patient Stories]]>, 10 Nov 2020 10:35:33 -0700

Share Your Story….We’d love to hear from you!

If the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice or Valley Manor holds a special place in your heart because of a personal experience or that of a family member or friend, we would love to hear from you!

To share your story and experience, please contact us at:

St Francis Valley Healthcare  Foundation
(613) 756-3044 ext 333
or email us at:

Eleanor Adams

Eleanor Adams visited the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation on July 15, 2020 to honour a very important milestone.

Just recently, she celebrated her five-year anniversary of being cancer free, which inspired her to give back to the hospital where her journey first started.

Eleanor and her husband moved to the Valley in 2013. Following a routine mammogram at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in 2015, she received the news that she had early stage breast cancer.

She underwent a mastectomy, followed by another shortly after. The procedures were a success and Eleanor was declared cancer free.

Eleanor prides her early detection at SFMH, along with the knowledgeable staff here at St. Francis, with her quick recovery. She recently made a donation to the Foundation, recognizing every year she has been cancer free.

“I am proud of our little hospital,” she said.

Eleanor’s generous gift will go towards local healthcare including the purchase of critical medical equipment for our hospital.

If you’d like to recognize a special milestone and help local healthcare, call 613-756-3045 ext. 217.

Jacqueline Goodheart: St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Jeanette Wright: Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

Glen Henneberry: Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

Margaret Haskin: St. Francis Memorial Hospital

Nelson Hartwick: Valley Manor

Carol Chippior: Valley Manor

Marjorie Mayhew: Valley Manor

Eleanor Stanutz: Valley Manor

Nelson & Joan Leeder

Regular donors since moving to the area many years ago, Nels and Joan Leeder made the decision to look at their investments as a way of future planning for additional support for the Hospital they both valued.

“Nels and I made conscious decision years ago to ensure that we did pre-planning of our assets.We sat down and asked ourselves….what charities are important for us to appreciate and who should benefit from our support?” Their wish to see St. Francis Memorial continue to be strong and sustainable made their decision to leave a gift of securities an easy one. “We recognized the future of this community having a Hospital, close to home. I know Nels would be pleased to know that the support we planned to leave is making a difference. For me, end of life grief was easier to bear knowing that because of our gift, life would be better for others.”

Star of Love

The following message was written by a patient of St. Francis Memorial Hospital. In honour of all who work, volunteer, visit, and have stayed as patients at SFMH, he has registered a star which he calls Star of Love. 

Name of Star: Star of Love

From The Star Registry to allat SFMH.

This star that was purchased, a star that can be seen in the night sky is for a very special Hospital. It is for all who work, visit, volunteer, or had a brief or long stay. It is also to the ones who were not so fortunate but will be remembered in the hearts and minds of those who were either family or friends.

This star is to all the staff that have made many peoples lives both better and their stay memorable and a happy one, including mine.

To the people at SFMH, may you always continue to shine bright for those in need and with just a friendly smile.

P.S. I hope you have a very bright star available so all can see it.

Mercedes the iPad Whiz

The St Francis Memorial Hospital is pleased to offer complimentary online/Wi-Fi access for patients and their families, helping them keep connected to friends, family and community news. Check out patient Mercedes Conway, who is 96 years young and a whiz with her iPad! Way to go Mercedes!!

Emergency Department: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

Medical Unit: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: St. Francis Memorial Hospital 

<![CDATA[Friends of St. Francis Annual Charity Golf Tournament]]>, 08 Oct 2020 7:50:38 -0700Thank you for supporting the 2020

Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event!

View the opener video on YouTube by Clicking Here.

View our thank you video to sponsors on YouTube by Clicking Here.

View all of our videos from the Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event posted throughout the afternoon, on our Facebook Page by Clicking Here. 

2019 Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament

Check out the following video for some highlights from the day!

<![CDATA[Annual KAPOA Poker Run]]>, 08 Oct 2020 7:34:59 -0700

An amazing $17,420 was raised at the virtual poker run organized by members of the Kamaniskeg Property Owner’s Association (KAPOA). All proceeds from the Poker Run will support the purchase of a new Bladder Scanner for the Emergency Department at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Thank you to all who participated and a very special thanks to the volunteers and organizers for their hard work and dedication!

<![CDATA[The Bean Coffee Kiosk]]>, 08 Oct 2020 6:51:48 -0700**Due to public healthcare directives, the

Bean Coffee Kiosk is closed until further notice**

<![CDATA[Memorial Butterfly Release]]>, 11 Aug 2020 11:31:22 -0700

<![CDATA[Join the Foundation Board]]>, 20 Jul 2020 8:30:43 -0700

If you are interested in making a difference for local healthcare in your community, please contact Karen Tierney at 613-756-3044 ext. 217. 

<![CDATA[Valley Manor Building Fund]]>, 20 Jul 2020 7:58:50 -0700One thing is life in certain…every 24 hours we will all be one day older than we are today.

There is no treatment or medicine for aging and nothing can “fix” this. It cannot be avoided or controlled, no matter who we are or what we may have.

Perhaps the only thing we can control is what quality of life we want to have as we age.

Since opening its doors in 1978, the Valley Manor has provided compassionate care and quality of life to 90 residents, giving them a home away from home and helping to support family members who are no longer able to care for their love ones.

Having a long term care facility like the Manor in our backyards is crucial so that we can continue to serve our large senior population, and keep them in them in their home town where they are familiar and family can continue to be a big part of their lives.

We are all excited about the current plans to redevelop the Valley Manor at a new and more accessible location right beside the St Francis Memorial Hospital and Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Program .

Contact the Valley Manor (613-756-2643) for more information or call us at the Foundation about our upcoming plans to support this very important project.

Singing for Valley Manor

Have you got your copy yet?  This amazing CD featuring Sister Rosenda and the Kelly family is a wonderful collection of music and special tribute to Sister Rosenda.

On sale now for $20 each.  Pick up your copy today at the Valley Manor, Pharmasave or Hospital Gift Shop.

<![CDATA[Our Team]]>, 20 Jul 2020 7:55:20 -0700Please feel free to contact a member of our Team for assistance. We’d love to hear from you!

Erin Gienow; Executive Director

613-756-3044 ex 333

Christine Hudder; Donor Relations and Events Coordinator

613-756-3044 ex 217

Paula Gulick; Development Assistant

613-756-3044 ex 217

RoseAnne Hudder: Finance and Data Base

613-756-3044 ex 217

Melanie Coulas: Administrative Assistant

613-756-3044 ex 217

Maxine Smaglinskie; Office Volunteer 

MADAWASKA VALLEY – The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVHF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Gienow to the position of Executive Director effective January 6th, 2020.

Erin has worked with the Foundation for the past eight years, most recently in the role of Donor Relations Coordinator.  Additionally, Erin played a key role on the Barry’s Bay and Area Physician Recruitment Committee.  Prior to working with the Foundation, Erin worked in the pharmaceutical sector.  She is a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa and Laurentian University in Sudbury.  Erin is local to the area, born and raised in Round Lake.

“Our Board is delighted to welcome Erin in her new role as our Executive Director” said SFVHF Board Chair Karen Tierney.  “We are confident that with the knowledge and expertise she has developed over the past eight years at the Foundation, and her commitment and understanding of local healthcare and our donors, she will provide great leadership for us into the future”.

“I am honoured to continue my service at the Foundation in the capacity of Executive Director.  The Foundation is in a great position to build upon the tremendous momentum of the past eighteen years.  Our programs and events are very well developed and I look forward to further enhancing and continuing to make a positive difference in our community.  We are so very fortunate to have a great Foundation team and exceptional Healthcare partners, that are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers.  The generosity and kindness of our community never ceases to amaze me.  I look forward to building upon existing relationships and fostering new ones with our amazing donors and partners who truly recognize the importance of local healthcare”, Ms. Gienow said. 

Erin is taking over the ED responsibilities from Toni Lavigne-Conway who retired from the position at the end of 2019 after 16 years of dedicated and transformative service to the Foundation. 

<![CDATA[Monthly Giving Club]]>, 19 Jun 2020 7:06:36 -0700Join the Club! The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is currently running a membership drive for our St. Francis Circle Monthly Giving Club.  

Consider joining the club at $15/month and help us purchase equipment for our hospital!  For more information about becoming a Club Member, please contact us at: 613-756-3044 ext 217

Click here to become a member of the St Francis Circle Monthly Giving Club!

<![CDATA[Foundation Priorities]]>, 18 Jun 2020 9:39:04 -07002019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT                                           

It is a pleasure to give the annual report for the St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation as we celebrate another very successful year.  Our success is wholly dependent on the support and commitment of everyone involved in our healthcare community – our donors, volunteers, partners, community and our Foundation team.  The Foundation’s vision is to inspire people to invest in the future of our local healthcare organizations.  We are inspired every day by the generosity and passion of our collective healthcare community and grateful for their ongoing support.  Together we are making a difference, providing the necessary equipment and tools needed by our excellent healthcare workers at St Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor and Madawaska Valley Hospice and Palliative Care.  This year, the Foundation provided $234,779 to our healthcare partners. 

Our work is focussed around three strategies designed to move us towards achieving the Foundation’s vision.  In the area of Growing Donor Support:

Our donors are extremely loyal.  A strong donor retention rate indicates a healthy organization that is operating appropriately, allocating enough resources to fundraising and has the support of people who believe in the cause.  For several years, the average retention rate for non-profits has been staying around 45%.  In comparison, the Foundation's donor retention rate is above industry standards at 61%.    

  • The number of lapsed donors that we have reactivated has increased resulting in a $30.0K increase in revenues.
  • Our Monthly Giving Club continues to provide steady, dependable income which helps us to plan more effectively for the future.  While we have lost some members, we have welcomed new members, allowing us to maintain our numbers overall.

  • We exceeded our Redevelopment Campaign fundraising goal for Valley Manor, realizing $620.0K net.  Included in this amount is revenue from the Catch the Ace lottery which to date has raised $145.0K net.  The lottery was put on hold midway through the third round due to Covid 19.  The total amount for the Valley Manor campaign does not include upcoming pledges or the final Catch the Ace lottery revenue. 
  • The total revenue raised this year was just over One Million dollars! 

The second strategy is to Maintain and Develop a High Performing Team:

  • In December, our Executive Director, Toni Lavigne Conway retired after 15 years of leading the Foundation work.  We were extremely grateful for her leadership and passion which resulted in raising over 8 million dollars for our healthcare community and creating a legacy of philanthropy in our communities.
  • In January, we were very happy to welcome our new ED, Erin Gienow and Christine Hudder replaced Erin in her former role of Donor Relations Coordinator. We are confident that Erin and her team will be as equally successful.
  • Our Board welcomed two new Directors, Victoria Cybulski Blank (a retired teacher in Ottawa) and Lynn Beauchamp (current Manager of the Northern Credit Union).   
  • The Foundation is very grateful for our over 80 volunteers who worked with us this year. These passionate, committed individuals are the smiling faces that greet hospital visitors at the Bean, help to organize events such as our golf tournament and Butterfly release, assist with running our popular Catch the Ace Lottery or prepare mail out packages for our Tree of Lights program.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

And our third strategy, Maintain positive reputation and continue to raise profile of the Organization:

Our donors and healthcare partners are a central part of our mission.  They need us as much as we need them.  Staying in touch in meaningful ways is key.

  • Donor appreciation events to show donors the impact of their generosity were held for hospital equipment purchases.
  • Donor appreciation calls, to simply touch base with our donors and thank them for their gift are regularly made.  A one day “Thank a Thon” on Giving Tuesday reached over 200 of our donors. 
  • Work has begun on renewing the Memorandum of Understanding that outlines the fundraising relationship between the Foundation and our three healthcare partners.  The goal is to have a new MOU in place by December 2020.

And the Impact of our collective work….  Please see below!

Moving Forward in 2020-21

It is an honour to work with such kind and generous people in support of our incredible healthcare partners – the Hospital, Valley Manor and MV Hospice.  Thank you for your ongoing support and inspiration.  With Covid 19, this coming year will be the “year of unknowns”.  Staff and their teams are looking at new, innovative approaches to ensure the safety of participants and staff for all events.   We will continue to stay connected with our donors.  We are determined to keep our commitments to our healthcare partners.   Thank you!

Karen Tierney                                                                                                   Erin Gienow
Proud Donor, Board Chair                                                                                Proud Donor, Executive Director

<![CDATA[Foundation]]>, 10 Mar 2020 1:02:40 -0700A dedicated group of Community Volunteers is the heart of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation!

Our very active registered charity has been raising funds in support of the equipment needs of the St Francis Memorial Hospital (Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre in Killaloe) since 2001.

Recently, the Foundation has enhanced its scope to include fundraising for all of the non profit healthcare organizations, including the MV Hospice Palliative Care program and the Valley Manor Nursing Home.

Our goal is to create an opportunity for the donors of the Madawaska Valley and area to advance healthcare by ensuring support for equipment and facility needs through the efforts of one fundraising organization. The SFVH Foundation will work in partnership with the three organizations to inclusively fundraise based on long term plans for the healthcare needs of the community.

The Foundation is closely connected with our community and receives strong support from individuals and organizations throughout our healthcare catchment area.

For more information, please contact us:

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation
Erin Gienow, Executive Director
Box 129, 7 St Francis Memorial Dr
Barry's Bay, ON KOJ 1B0

phone: (613) 756-3044, Ext. 333

Registered Charity # 89453 4817 RR0001

<![CDATA[Leaving a Gift in Your Will]]>, 10 Mar 2020 12:58:01 -0700
How can an ordinary person be part of ensuring an extraordinary gift by making a donation in their will?  It's simple! Creating a gift in your Will for local healthcare is the simplest way to create a legacy of everlasting care. Legacy gifts provide vital, stable support for the work of our healthcare teams and whether your estate is large or small, you can make a difference for so many patients and families in our communities, and provide quality care for years to come.  

Even a gift in your Will of 1% of your estate can make a difference.
In some ways, leaving a gift in your Will might also allow you to leave a larger gift than might have been possible during your lifetime.
You can leave a gift in your Will just the same as you would for a person. It can consist of:
- a personal assest (such as property or valuables like artwork, jewlery etc.)
- a specific amount of money
- a percentage or portion of your estate
- the money that remains after all of your wishes have been carried out to care for your family

Our community healthcare legacy has been built with the help of gifts made years ago by forward thinking individuals who included SFVH in their estate plans.  You can part of this legacy team by considering making a gift in your Will for the future.  

We would be very pleased to know if you have named the SFVH Foundation in your estate plans so that we can express our personal gratitude and ensure you receive the recognition you deserve.  We will hold the information in confidence should you wish to keep the gift confidential.

How to leave a gift in your Will

Leaving a future gift to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is easy!
1. Tell your family that you would like to make a gift to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation in support of local healthcare.
2. Instruct your family or lawyer to help you revise your Will to include a written statement like the one below:

Sample Statement to add to your Will
"I direct my trustee(s) to pay the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, Barry's Bay, ON the sum of $___ (or ___% of my estate or the gift of ___) to be applied as determined by the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation's Board of Directors."

Legal Name: St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation 
Charitable Number: 89453 4817 RR0001
Address: 7 St. Francis Memorial Dr., PO Box 129 Barry's Bay, ON K0J 1B0
Contact Us: Erin Gienow; Executive Director - - 613-756-3044       ext. 333        
<![CDATA[In Memory Mural]]>, 13 Feb 2020 1:27:11 -0700

This beautiful mural is a depiction of the view of a landscape typical of what you might see in our local area from the eye of the artist, Donnie Burchat of Wilno. The elements on the mural are made from the many different types of wood native to this area.

Elements like leaves, ducks, stones etc. are engraved as a way of honouring or remembering someone special.   The Foundation allows for In Memoriam donations to be used by family members towards the purchase of an element in appreciation for their support of the Hospital by directing In Memoriam gifts to the hospital.

For more information on any of our programs, please contact the Foundation office at: 613-756-3045 ext 217.

<![CDATA[Where Your Money Goes]]>, 13 Feb 2020 1:17:45 -0700

Your Dollars At Work!


<![CDATA[About Us]]>, 07 Jan 2020 12:33:40 -0700St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

PO Box 129
7 St. Francis Memorial Drive
Barry's Bay, ON
K0J 1B0

Phone: 613-756-3045 ext.217
Fax: 613-756-0127


Erin Gienow | Executive Director
613-756-3045 ext.333

Administration/ Receipting/General Enquiries
613-756-3045 ext.217

Office is open Monday-Friday from 8-4. Drop by any time!

<![CDATA[Why Give]]>, 20 Mar 2019 9:05:27 -0700Our Vision

Sustainable giving for exceptional community healthcare

Our Mission

We inspire people to invest in the future of our local healthcare organizations 

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Donor First
  • Respectful Partnerships
  • Transparency 

Formerly the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation,  our mission is to advance health care for patients and families in the Madawaska Valley by raising funds to support the facility and capital equipment needs of our non profit healthcare organizations, namely the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, and Valley Manor Nursing Home.

Although the province funding structure provides for the day to day operation of our health care organizations, capital and building needs are not included in the funding structure . These organizations rely on the Foundation to raise the funds necessary for their needs in order to continue to provide our patients and their families with the best possible care, close to home.

The SFVH Foundation is located at the front entrance of the St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Drop in visits are encouraged and welcomed!!

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donations can be left at the front desk or our drop box  or by donating securely  on line through this website. Alternatively you can give us a call and we will be pleased to assist you!

St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation
Toni Lavigne-Conway | Executive Director
Box 129, 7 St Francis Memorial Dr
Barry's Bay, ON KOJ 1B0

Phone: (613) 756-3044, Ext. 333

Registered Charity # 89453 4817 RR0001

<![CDATA[Donor Recognition]]>, 20 Mar 2019 7:37:36 -0700

<![CDATA[Host Your Own Fundraising Event]]>, 20 Mar 2019 6:18:27 -0700Plan your own event or make us your charitable partner for an existing event! You can help us raise money that will assist the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation to continue its efforts to provide equipment and outstanding local healthcare services at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice, and Valley Manor. Every little bit helps and we appreciate your efforts. Thank you!

Event Ideas

When it comes to event ideas, the opportunities are endless. We’ve started this list to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to use some of these ideas or make your event entirely your own!

  • Garage Sale
  • BBQ
  • Dinner Party
  • Run/Walk
  • Sporting Event
  • Party/Function
  • Raffle
  • Bake Sale
  • Trivia Night
  • Church Function
  • Arts and Crafts Sale/Show

Tips for Event Success

  1. Choose an event
  2. Pick a date and time for your event
  3. Get to know the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. People are more likely to donate when you can clearly articulate why a cause is important and why you need their support. Visit our website to learn more about us.
  4. Form a volunteer event planning committee. If your planning committee has enough members to share tasks and a variety of skills & experience, you will have the right formula for a winning event.
  5. Create a work plan (and budget if necessary – an organized event is a successful event). Be sure to research whether your event will require any special permit, licenses, and/or insurance.
  6. Promote your event
  7. Have a back-up plan. Make sure you have a ‘plan B’, especially if your event is dependent on factors like the weather.

Support from the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

  • Publicity and promotion via St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s social media pages including Facebook, our website, & display monitor (see below for more details)
  • Recognition- We are pleased to make arrangements with local newspapers to cover the event and/or if possible be present for cheque presentations.

Donations/Tax Receipt Guidelines

  • Please contact the Foundation if you have any questions regarding tax receipts. 

Publicity and Promotion

  • Eye-catching flyers, tickets, & other promotional materials will help make your event a success. The correct usage of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s name or logo is very important to us. Foundation staff will be available to work with you to approve the use of the name and logo prior to the event or distribution of materials. All promotional materials should make clear, where applicable, that the funds are being raised in support of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation rather than by the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Thank you for your interest in hosting your own fundraising event on behalf of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. Every little bit counts and we appreciate your efforts to help us raise money to support local healthcare in your community.

Once you have an idea for the type of event you would like to host, please contact us at

613-756-3044 ext. 217 or

<![CDATA[Guardian Angels ]]>, 08 Mar 2019 9:08:32 -0700

More often than not, you have experienced one of our volunteers, caregivers, or staff go the extra mile to ensure either you or a loved one has just what you need.

Perhaps the receptionist has gone out of their way to help you with a phone call, the administration office assisted you to get the information you need quickly, a volunteer helped you at the door and gave you that smile you needed, or the great care staff at our healthcare organizations provided you or a family member with extra special care when you needed it most. 

We are so very proud of everyone who makes up our community's wonderful healthcare team! 

The Guardian Angel program allows you the opportunity to show your appreciation for exceptional and compassionate care in a meaningful way that helps us change and save lives by ensuring our caregivers have the equipment and facilities they need to provide you with the best possible care. 

And... Your Guardian Angel will be presented with our unique Angel pin to wear with pride. 

Your kind gift, of any size, will be used for the most urgent community needs at our healthcare sites (St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor and MV Hospice Palliative Care. 

Nominate your Guardian Angel today by contacting the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. 

We'll ensure they know just how much they are noticed and appreciated! 

"I am honoured to have been nominated as a Guardian Angel for the work I do at St. Francis Memorial Hospital as part of the care team. How gratifying to know that the work we put forth to ensure the best for our patients is appreciated. Thank you for this recognition!" - Anita Phanenhour, Digital Imaging 

Thank you for helping keep local health care strong in our community by honouring your Guardian Angel!

 Donate Now

Meet Some of Our Guardian Angels!

<![CDATA[Donate]]>, 30 Jan 2018 12:31:49 -0700Thank you for considering a gift to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation to support the delivery of high quality healthcare in our community.

With the support of individuals and organizations throughout our large catchment area, we have developed a variety of ways you can give including: (see below)

For further information about any of our programs, please contact SFVH Foundation at 613-756-3045 ex 333.

<![CDATA[Memorial Giving]]>, 23 Nov 2017 6:28:06 -0700

Making an In Memoriam or Tribute donation to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation is a meaningful way to pay tribute to a loved one, friend or neighbour while giving the gift of health.

Acknowledgement of your gift is sent to the family by way of a memorial card.

You may also want to support this program by letting the funeral home know that you would wish to direct all memoriam donations to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation.

This helps your friends and family know of your wish to support the needs of St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice, & Valley Manor.

Gifts can be made at the funeral home or directly through the Foundation office as well as online. Please call the Foundation office for more information (613-756-3044 ext. 217). 

<![CDATA[Foundation Volunteers]]>, 26 Oct 2017 12:47:32 -0700

<![CDATA[Special Occasion Gifts ]]>, 26 Oct 2017 8:07:07 -0700

<![CDATA[Area of Greatest Need ]]>, 26 Oct 2017 6:52:13 -0700When you give a donation to the St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation you are making an impact on local healthcare in our community, helping provide care givers from the St Francis Memorial Hospital, the Valley Manor and Madawaska Valley Hospital Palliative Care with the tools they need to look after precious patients and their families.

Over the next few years, critical priorities will include the redevelopment of Valley Manor for 90 long term care residents as well as the enhancement of the Hospital’s Emergency Department

Thank you for choosing us as a charity worthy of your support! We could not hope to do the work we do without you as our partner.

Every kind gift, no matter the size, is important to us and makes an impact on continuing to have local healthcare in our community, close to home, where we need it most.

<![CDATA[Where Your Money Goes]]>, 18 Jul 2016 11:13:55 -0700

<![CDATA[Events]]>, 09 Jul 2015 8:14:21 -0700There is always something happening in the community to help support our Hospital, Hospice and Valley Manor.

Whether it's a concert, raffle, ticket draw or a special fundraising event hosted by the Foundation, there are many opportunities for someone to get involved in helping community healthcare.

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