Pat Kennedy, Guardian Angel

Pat Kennedy, Guardian Angel

Congratulations to another Guardian Angel, Pat Kennedy honoured for her volunteerism. Pat goes over and above her normal volunteering by sewing clothing and making repairs for the residents of Fairview Manor. She also makes wash clothes and walker bags at her own cost. She is always ready to assist a resident with anything they need. Making her a valuable and appreciated volunteer.

In photo: Julie Rice, Tammy Lowry, Pat Kennedy and Sheila LeFebvre

To nominate your own Guardian Angel for going above and beyond, whether it is a hospital or manor staff member, volunteer, or Lanark County Paramedic employee, please provide a short write up and donation (minimum $25) to the Foundation and we’ll work with you to ensure that your Guardian Angel receives their Angel Pin.

Peter and Judy Boomgaardt ‘In The Picture’

Peter and Judy Boomgaardt ‘In The Picture’

Peter and Judy Boomgaardt feel blessed to be able to support several charities that they consider important to them. After a lengthy career in the accounting sector, Peter retired and they bought a property with 80 acres of woods just off the Wolf Grove Road near the Union Hall and moved to Mississippi Mills from Ottawa. Supporting local causes like their church and the Hospital make up some of their philanthropic priorities.

Boomgaardt Family In The Picture for the Almonte General Hospital“For me the light bulb really came on when I learned that the Hospital now relies 100% on fundraising dollars to purchase new and replacement capital equipment,” said Peter. “I always considered myself fairly well informed and involved in the community, but this came as a surprise to me.”

Boomgaardt went on to say that he really didn’t think most community members know or understand that their support of the Hospital is no longer just a ‘nice-to-have’, but rather now it is necessary to ensure the Hospital has up-to-date reliable equipment.

Judy thinks the needs of the Hospital are fairly well understood by many. For instance she and Peter are avid curlers and she thinks that most of their curling friends, primarily seniors that curl during the day, are aware that the Hospital is raising money for new diagnostic imaging equipment.

The Boomgaardts ‘put themselves in the picture’ with a yearly gift to the campaign and Peter says that he looks forward to making his annual donations. “We’re fortunate to be in a position now in our lives where we can make donations and we enjoy it,” he said. “It feels good supporting things that are important to us.”

If ensuring that the Hospital and Manor staff have the right tools with which to care for their patients and residents is important to you, join the Boomgaardts and ‘put yourself in the picture’ too by contacting the Foundation at 613-256-2500, ext. 2297.

Remembering Bert McIntyre

Remembering Bert McIntyre

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bert McIntyre on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at his home in Almonte.

Bert was a dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation. He was a founding member of the organizing committee that has put together the annual AGH Golf Classic year after year. He gave generously of his time, talent and treasure to support quality care for the Hospital’s patients and the Manor’s residents.

On behalf of all of the board members, staff and volunteers, we send our condolences to his wife Norma and their children and grandchildren.
Planning the AGH Golf classic without Bert just won’t be the same.

Please visit C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc for funeral information.

Healthcare Close to Home Gets a Boost from Market Place Event

Healthcare Close to Home Gets a Boost from Market Place Event

Quality health care close to home got a boost from this group of dedicated volunteers who organized the Close to Home Market Place on Saturday, Nov. 17. Thanks to the work of Joan Southwell, Marnie Ladouceur, Sharron Pottle and Cheryl Moore (not in picture), $1,300 was raised in support of the diagnostic imaging campaign. Thank you ladies for all your hard work and thanks also to the vendors and shoppers that supported the event.
Get A Grip!

Get A Grip!

The volunteer teams at Almonte General Hospital and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital are partnering with Mills Community Support to help keep people safe and healthy during the winter months.

The Get a Grip program, as it is known, also helps to reduce social isolation by helping seniors feel confident that they are safe to walk outside.

Both hospital gift shops now stock ice cleats that can be attached to winter boots.

Get-A-GripMills Community Support (MCS) launched the Get a Grip program last year, distributing and selling 1,000 pair. The cleats are easy to install on boots and can be worn inside.

“We know that the number one reason seniors end up in long-term care is because of a fall. The cleats can help,” explains Rob Eves, MCS’s CEO. “Thank you to our local hospitals for promoting this important program.”

Everyone over 65 in Lanark County is eligible for a free pair of ice cleats. Seniors who can afford to pay are invited to contribute $25. People under 65 can also purchase the cleats for $25. If two people purchase cleats, they are funding a third pair for free for someone else who may not be able to pay.

“This is a great collaboration between our volunteers and Mills Community Support,” explains Mary Wilson Trider, President & CEO. “A lot of seniors visit the hospitals, as patients, volunteers and gift shop customers. It makes sense to offer the cleats in the gift shops to help  keep people safe.”

For more information on the program by click or tap of click here.

You can also reach Mills Community Support at (613) 256-1031 or to find out where you can find the cleats near you.