$8,201.20 Reasons to SMILE!

$8,201.20 Reasons to SMILE!

This year’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign was a tremendous success raising $8,201.20 for the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation. Thank you to our local Tim Hortons owners Brian and Debbie Quarrington and their staff and customers. Thank you to the AGH-FVM-LCPA Staff Association who bought cookies and gave out free cookies to our deserving staff and volunteers. Thank you to the staff, volunteers, patients and their families of the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor who bought cookies and thank you to the many departments that held Smile Cookie parties for our patients and residents.

Pictured above are Brian Quarrington, owner Tim Hortons Almonte, Brian Stedman, Manager, staff members Mackenzie Reid and Ashley Thibeault, and AGH-FVM Foundation Donation Coordinator Cheryl Moore.

Photos and Video from Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk 2019

Photos and Video from Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk 2019

Women’s Health and Hospital Birthing Centre big winners in Sixth Annual Mississippi Mills River Walk & Run

The sixth annual Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk, presented by Shoppers Drug Mart’ in support of women’s health and the Obstetrics program at the Almonte General Hospital, took place on Saturday, Sept. 7 raising a record $36,000. The event, which featured three different routes: 3km, 5km and 10km, took the close to 300 participants from behind the Hospital and Manor out through the beautiful town of Almonte near the Mississippi River and back.

Local Shoppers Drug Mart owner and pharmacist Rina Houri, the event’s presenting sponsor, feels that like the Hospital and Manor, Shoppers Drug Mart helps ensure quality health care close to home. “Shoppers Drug Mart is dedicated to caring for the health and well-being of our employees, patients and customers, as well as the communities in which they live and work,” said Houri. “We have been involved in this wonderful event for all five years as part of our corporate commitment to promoting and supporting women’s health. We took over the title sponsorship last year, and our staff feel a real sense of pride that we’re supporting such a worthwhile and family fun event.”

“The Hospital recently received some new surgical equipment for gynecological surgery that was paid for with funds raised during last year’s event,” said Foundation Vice Chair and Event Committee Chair Julie Munro . “Last year, we funded new lights for the birthing unit’s operating room from funds raised in 2017, as well as contributing to the new ultrasounds. The hospital is only able to purchase this new or replacement equipment because of community support, like donations to this event. The quality of our local health care is in our hands. Thanks so much to all the partners, participants, volunteers and pledgers for making it another fantastic event.”

Prizes were awarded to the top fundraiser and top fundraising team as well as the top three male and three female finishers in all timed events. Official times for all participants are available at: www.runninggoattiming.com

As well as Shoppers Drug MartAlmonte, other sponsors who contributed to the success of the event included: Bean Chevrolet Buick GMC, Almonte Civitan Club, Orchard View by the Mississippi, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited, Carp Commons, Art & Helen Levi, Vamos Outdoors, Priority Patient Transfer Service , Broker Link Insurance, C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc, @Relax Massage Therapy, Almonte Chiropractic, Joanne Beaton – Sales Representative, R Hunter Graves from Langevin Morris Smith LLP, Patrice’s Independent Grocer, Coady’s Car Care, Heritage Community Fitness Centre , Bushtukah, Almonte Fitness Centre, Landstorm Construction, Elegance Spa and Wilderness Tours.

The AGH FVM Foundation is currently raising $4 million through the Put Yourself in the Picture campaign to cover the cost of having replaced all of the diagnostic imaging equipment at the Hospital and to acquire a CT scan. The Hospital counts 100% on funds raised from the community through the Foundation to purchase new and replacement equipment. For more information on ‘putting yourself in the picture’, visit: www.almontehospitalfoundation.com or call 613-256-2514 ext. 2610.

One million reasons to thank our donors, sponsors and volunteers

One million reasons to thank our donors, sponsors and volunteers


The Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation topped $1,000,000 in revenue in 2018-19 making it the most successful year in more than a decade. Revenue was up as a result of support for the ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign, the Car or Cash for Health Care Raffle, the Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk and several legacy gifts.

“We could not be happier with last year’s results,” said Foundation Board Chair Rob Scott. “So far almost $379,000 has been transferred to the Hospital and Manor based on invoices for the new diagnostic imaging equipment campaign. This also included other priority needs such as new operating lights for the Obstetrics operating room, new lifts for Fairview Manor and sterilization equipment for various areas in the Hospital. We’re ready to transfer another $250 to $300,000 as soon as the Hospital requests it towards the diagnostic imaging campaign and for pieces such as new anesthesia machines.”

Paul and Rhonda Virgin’s co-leadership of the campaign was seen on several fronts including a gift of $20,000 from Canada Life Insurance and $13,500 received from the Dustin Littau Memorial Golf Tournament.

The success of the Car or Cash for Health Care Raffle was a major factor. Our partnership with the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation worked extremely well and we received tremendous support from volunteers representing both organizations to sell so many tickets. Keith Bean of Bean Auto’s generous donation of the grand prize car allowed each hospital to net almost $50,000.

A new committee took over coordination of the annual Mississippi Mills River Run and Walk. Under Foundation Vice Chair Julie Munro’s energetic leadership, this dedicated group of volunteers put together the most successful event to date raising $35,000.

“The Hospital and Fairview Manor count on funds provided by the community through the Foundation to purchase replacement or new patient/resident care equipment,” said President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider.  “The provincial government funds the operating costs such as wages and medical supplies but does not provide dollars for our priority equipment needs.  On behalf of our patients and residents, thank you to our generous donors whose gifts help to ensure that they can receive high quality care close to home.”