St. Francis Valley Health Care Foundation, 22 Mar 2017 12:11:31 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Leaving a Gift in Your Will]]>, 22 Mar 2017 12:11:31 -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.

Contact us :

SFVH Foundation
7 St Francis Memorial Drive, Box #129
Barry's Bay,ON K0J 1B0

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

<![CDATA[Home]]>, 24 Feb 2017 12:50:39 -0700 

Who we are

Formerly the St. Francis Memorial Foundation, the mission of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) is to provide donors with an opportunity to advance healthcare in the Madawaska Valley by fundraising for our non profit healthcare organizations, namely the St. Francis Memorial Hospital (Rainbow Valley Community Health Centre in Killaloe), Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, and the Valley Manor.

Your generous gift(s) made to the SFVH Foundation will support the equipment and building needs of these organizations through individualized campaigns and various programs.

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

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) 756-3045 ext 333
or email us at:

Glen Henneberry: Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Services

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Memorial Butterfly Release 2016

Take a tour of the NEW Madawaska Valley Hospice!


<![CDATA[Tree of Lights Celebrations]]>, 15 Nov 2016 10:07:00 -0700Click here to make your Tree of Lights Donation

<![CDATA[The Bean]]>, 31 Aug 2016 7:16:18 -0700The Bean Volunteers 

<![CDATA[We Love Our Donors! ]]>, 31 Aug 2016 7:01:25 -0700<![CDATA[Our Team]]>, 31 Aug 2016 6:57:20 -0700

<![CDATA[Patient Stories]]>, 31 Aug 2016 6:55:36 -0700Share Your Story….We’d love to hear from you!

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) 756-3045 ext 333
or email us at:

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: Valley Manor

Carol: Valley Manor

Marjorie: Valley Manor

Eleanor: Stanutz

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!!

Jonathan Dumas 

Join Jonathan Dumas and ask us for your own piggy bank & collect your spare change to help your Hospital!

<![CDATA[Foundation]]>, 31 Aug 2016 6:20:34 -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
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[Meet Some of Our Guardian Angels!]]>, 25 Aug 2016 6:01:31 -0700<![CDATA[Foundation Priorities]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:27:40 -0700<![CDATA[Donor Recognition]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:27:19 -0700<![CDATA[Join the Foundation Board]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:25:49 -0700<![CDATA[Foundation Volunteers]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:20:02 -0700<![CDATA[Tree of Lights Campaign]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:19:43 -0700As the Christmas season approaches, so does what has become an annual tradition in the Madawaska Valley, the Tree of Lights Campaign and Celebration.

This Campaign is  very meaningful because it gives us the opportunity to honour someone special or remember a loved one by purchasing a bulb in their name, and at the same time, give the precious gift of health.

When you support the needs of your Hospital through this Campaign, you are making a significant impact, allowing us to better plan for the purchase and replacement of equipment; equipment that helps our caregivers better serve you and your family.

Whether you are a year round or seasonal resident, there are few of us that have not been touched by the St Francis Memorial Hospital in some way. Having 24 hour access to Emergency and Medical services eliminates the one hour plus drive to the next hospital, which can be stressful and literally life threatening. Precious patient lives have been saved at St Francis, and keeping it well equipped helps us to continue to save many more.

We hope you will join us in remembering or honouring someone important to you this Christmas by supporting this very special Campaign.

<![CDATA[Monthly Giving Club]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:19:33 -0700<![CDATA[Valley Manor Building Fund]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:19:02 -0700Having a long term care facility in our backyards is crucial so that we can continue to serve our large senior population, many of whom have very complex needs.

Since opening its doors in 1978, the Valley Manor has provides compassionate care 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.

The Building Fund will help to maintain facility needs as well as future plans for renovations.

<![CDATA[Landscape of Life]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:18:50 -0700

This beautiful mural is a depiction of the view of Lake Kamaniskeg from our activities room in the hospital 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, trees etc are engraved as a way of honouring or remembering someone special.  They can also be purchased for special anniversaries, birthdays etc. 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[Special Occasion Gifts ]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:17:26 -0700Looking for a unique way to recognize someone’s birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc?

<![CDATA[Guardian Angels ]]>, 23 Aug 2016 7:15:55 -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 your support of this program and for helping us to build a better Hospital!

<![CDATA[Friends of St. Francis Annual Charity Golf Tournament]]>, 04 Aug 2016 5:37:56 -0700

Check out our video from the special 10th Anniversary "Friends of St. Francis" Charity Golf Tournament! 

<![CDATA[Where Your Money Goes]]>, 27 Jul 2016 11:55:04 -0700

<![CDATA[Memorial Butterfly Release]]>, 27 Jul 2016 11:04:50 -0700It was a beautiful day for the 2nd annual Butterfly Release in support of local Hospice Palliative Care Services. Over 200 people enjoyed soothing music and inspirational messages before the collective release of over 250 butterflies in Water Tower Park that paid honour to the remembrance of so many loved ones. We are very grateful to our friends at St Francis Herb Farm for being our Event Sponsor and to our additional program sponsors M.G. Daly Funeral Home, Huebner Funeral Home, Campbell Monument, Moose FM, and Zhor Funeral Home.

Thank you sponsors and to all who ordered butterflies for helping provide our community with the best end of life care!

<![CDATA[Annual KAPOA Poker Run]]>, 27 Jul 2016 10:43:30 -0700The 4th annual Poker Run hosted by KAPOA was held under sunny skies on beautiful Lake Kamaniskeg Saturday, July 23rd. Many boats participated in this fun event where participants cruise the lake and visit 6 different docks in hopes of putting together a winning hand for bragging rights.
This year’s event raised an awesome $11,070 all in support of the Foundation’s final year of commitment to pay of the new digital mammography unit.
Many thanks to all the participants as well as the Poker Run organizing committee under the leadership of Lynne MacLean, this year’s committee chair. You all rock!!

<![CDATA[Memorial Giving]]>, 19 Jul 2016 12:06:50 -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.

<![CDATA[Host Your Own Fundraising Event]]>, 19 Jul 2016 11:08:06 -0700

Plan 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

  • Processing tax receipts (where applicable – see below for more details)
  • 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.

  1. Tax receipts are available to people at your event that make a personal donation. This donation must be made directly to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. Donations that are considered “in-kind” (items or services) may not be receiptable. We require the following information to properly process a tax receipt:
    1. Donor’s name
    2. Donor’s full mailing address
    3. Donor’s telephone number and/or e-mail address
    4. Amount of donation and payment type
  2. The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation can provide you with a generic template form for this purpose.

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

613-756-3045 ext. 217 or


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

<![CDATA[Why Give]]>, 18 Jul 2016 10:09:51 -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[Epic Walk]]>, 15 Jul 2016 7:46:39 -0700Epic Walk - September 24th, 2016

We are busy preparing for this year's Epic Walk held on September 24th. 85% of the proceeds raised by our team, the St. Francis Walkers, are returned locally to the Foundation to support the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Mammography Program. If you would like to support the team, please contact the Foundation at 613-756-3045 ext. 217. It's not too late to join the team! 

Please follow the link to the St. Francis Walkers team page: 

St Francis Walkers's Team Page for 2016 EPIC WALK

<![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.

<![CDATA[Area of Greatest Need ]]>, 09 Jul 2015 7:33:11 -0700Donate Now

When you give a general donation you are helping to support the equipment priorities that have been set through long range planning by the non profit healthcare organizations for this community.

Over the next five years, the development of a 2 bed Hospice within the Hospital, the redevelopment of our nursing home Valley Manor, and the enhancement of our Hospital's Emergency Department have all been identified as critical priorities for our area.

<![CDATA[Wall of Honour]]>, 09 Jul 2015 6:55:44 -0700<![CDATA[Donate]]>, 30 Jun 2015 7:46:07 -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 SVMH Foundation at 613-756-3045 ex 333.

<![CDATA[About Us]]>, 23 Jun 2015 10:08:29 -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


Toni Lavigne-Conway | Executive DirectorToni Lavigne-Conway | 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[Get Involved]]>, 12 Nov 2014 10:35:46 -0700