Two cars to be won in support of two hospitals

Two cars to be won in support of two hospitals


The Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation and Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation today launched the Win2021 Hospital Lottery offering supporters a chance to win two cars thanks to Bean Chevrolet Buick GMC in Carleton Place.  The grand prize, to be drawn July 8, is a 2021 Chevy Blazer RS.  One of three early-bird prizes is also a car, a 2021 Chevrolet Spark. Tickets are $35 for one or three tickets for $100. Tickets are available online at   Net proceeds from the lottery will be used to purchase new or replacement equipment at the two local hospitals and Fairview Manor.

“It’s not really public knowledge that although our provincial government pays to operate our hospitals and the major portion of bricks and mortar,” said Keith Bean, owner of Bean Chevrolet, “the government doesn’t pay for all the life-saving equipment inside a hospital.  That is purchased by donations from the local community!  The support from our community has been overwhelming and we are so happy to be a part of this lottery.  The value of the cars we donate gets paid back 3 or 4 times over and thanks to ticket buyers, buys 3-to-4 times as much equipment.  Everybody wins when you buy a ticket, because we all need the Hospitals and most important is we all need to support out health care workers and make it easier for them to help us!”

The lottery has 13,750 tickets for sale and will run until the grand-prize draw for the 2021 Blazer on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m.  As well as the early-bird Chevy Spark that will be drawn Friday, June 19, the other two early-bird prizes are $2,021 in cash, to be drawn Friday, May 14, and a Traeger BBQ Smoker package, donated by the Beckwith Butcher, to be drawn Friday, June 4.  Early-bird winners are still eligible for the grand-prize draw so someone could actually win two cars. Winners’ names and ticket numbers will be posted on both foundations’ websites and social media platforms.

“We cannot thank Keith enough for his leadership as a volunteer with our hospital foundations and as a donor,” said Mary Wilson Trider, President & CEO of both hospitals and Fairview Manor.  “Having hospitals and a long- term care home that are well resourced is always important, and seems even more critical when the people who live in our communities are counting on us for care in uncertain times.  Keith really gets this, as do the community members who buy tickets to help ensure that our physicians and staff continue to have the right tools with which to care for our patients and residents.”

The Win2021 Hospital Lottery is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (License Number RAF1204604 ). All net proceeds will be shared equally between the two foundations.

Lake 88 Radiothon

Lake 88 Radiothon

Listen Live! Thursday May 23/2019

6am – 6pm on Lake 88.1

In support of local healthcare

Lake 88 presents our first Radiothon – a 1-day on-air fundraising event to increase awareness and support for our local health care facilities, professionals, programs and services. The event features in-depth interviews with our local doctors, nurses, patients and healthcare providers. The goal is to raise funds to help our area hospitals and community health centres address shortfalls in funding for specific programs and equipment needs.

Support the Lake 88 Radiothon on May 23rd with a donation to our local healthcare partners!

Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor Foundation – Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Foundation Country Roads Community Health Centre – Portland and Westport Great War Memorial Hospital Foundation – Perth North Lanark Community Health Centre – Lanark Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation


Local Insurer Gives Back With C.A.R.E Program

Local Insurer Gives Back With C.A.R.E Program

The Commonwell Donates $15K To Almonte General Hospital

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group, a home and auto insurance company focused on clients throughout Ontario, has announced a second major community donation, this time $15,000 to Almonte General Hospital and Fairview Manor Foundation. Funded through The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program, the donation will assist with the payment of the two new ultrasound machines onsite at the Hospital since early in 2017.  This brings Commonwell’s total donation towards the new ultrasound machines to $40,000.

Back Left to Right: The Commonwell: Miki Paczek, Brand and Communications Manager, Tim Shauf, President and CEO, David Blodgett, Chief Strategy Officer, Allan Lowry, Director, Dwight Proudfoot, Director. Front Left to Right: Almonte Hospital Foundation: Louise Beckinsale, Development Co-ordinator The Commonwell: Theresa Messier, C.A.R.E. member and Jennifer Baziuk, VP of IT.

“This second gift from Commonwell brings us that much closer to having completely paid off the new ultrasound machines which cost $640,000,” said Hospital President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider.  “The Hospital had to go ahead and purchase these in 2017 because our existing machine was 10 years old and, with only one machine, our wait times were too long.  For the past year, our patients have been benefiting from two new digital machines, and our wait times are down from two months to two weeks.  Our patients have companies like Commonwell to thank for that.”

Almonte General Hospital (AGH) is a 52-bed emergency and acute care hospital serving the Mississippi Mills region as well as Arnprior, Carleton Place, Carp, West Ottawa, Perth and surrounding townships. This Commonwell C.A.R.E donation is directed toward the AGH FVM Foundation’s ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ campaign with a goal of raising $4 million to purchase two new ultrasound machines, a new digital X-ray suite, a digital portable X-ray machine, and to acquire CT scan, which the Hospital does not currently have.  The total raised to date is approximately $1.7 million.

“Our Commonwell staff and brokers live in the communities that they serve, so giving back locally has always been very important to us all,” said Tim Shauf, President and CEO of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. “We’re truly honoured to work with Almonte General Hospital and support them in continuing to provide exceptional medical care to the area.”

The Commonwell’s C.A.R.E (Create a Ripple Effect) program helps to fund vital charitable organizations in the Eastern Ontario communities that The Commonwell serves. Last year, the Commonwell donated over $575K to a variety of local organizations including hospitals, food banks, Big Brothers Big Sisters, youth services, Habitat for Humanity and palliative care.

About The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group:

Established January 1st 2014, The Commonwell is a merger of three longstanding mutual insurance companies that has been built on more than a century of hands-on commitment to the local communities it serves. Since its founding three years ago, The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group operates on the same historical premise of its three legacy companies – maintaining a focus on local presence and service that builds strong long-term relationships for the benefit of the greater community.

Irene Botham and Sharron Pottle, Volunteer Angels

Irene Botham and Sharron Pottle, Volunteer Angels

Congratulations to our two latest Guardian Angel recipients, Irene Botham and Sharron Pottle, awarded during our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Tuesday, April 17 by Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO.

Sharron, or ‘mama bear’ as she’s affectionately referred to by staff on the Continuing Complex Care unit nominated Sharron because she constantly goes out of her way to support not only her husband Eric, who lives on the unit, but also countless other residents, family and staff there as well.

Some of the ways she supports the unit include:

  • Decorating for special holidays and occasions
  • Helping serve food at meal and nutrition breaks
  • Folding towels
  • Sharing homemade, delicious baked goods
  • Doing the dishes
  • Bringing residents a warm blanket at night
  • Asking staff how they are doing when they are super busy

On top of all this, Sharron also volunteers in the Hospital gift shop and supports the Foundation by selling tickets and helping with events.

Irene has been a volunteer with Fairview Manor for over 20 years, having started after retiring from her job there as a receptionist. She has been the Secretary/Treasurer for the FVM Residents Council since the beginning. She then joined the Auxiliary attending their monthly meetings and helping out with a wide variety of activities including:

  • modelling in fashion shows
  • serving at parties
  • cooking and serving at special breakfasts,
  • operating the tuck shop cart,
  • decorating for Christmas
  • helping residents on shopping trips
  • taking her turn as the President of the Auxiliary.

Irene also helps out with our fundraising efforts, working at our bazaar and providing baking to sell as well as helping make our apple pies for that fundraiser.

These two special ladies enhance the quality of care received by our patients and residents and are truly Guardian Angels within our institution.

Dolly Toshack and Ruth Lowe, Volunteer Angels

Dolly Toshack and Ruth Lowe, Volunteer Angels

Dolly Toshack and Ruth Lowe first started volunteering at Fairview Manor over 40 years ago. Their husbands, Jack Toshack and Frank Lowe, used to volunteer with the Almonte Civitan Club. The men would set up and operate the bar during musical evenings at the Old Fairview Manor Dining Room. Dolly and Ruth would come to help by serving the drinks and the lunch.

During that time, Dolly and Ruth’s roles have increased. They joined the Fairview Manor Auxiliary approximately 26 years ago, and have been attending monthly meeting and helping out wherever they can. For instance, they became the Manor’s manicurists; twice a month they do the ladies’ nails. In the early days, Dolly would bring her granddaughters for the spa experience and Ruth would bring her grandson. They combined their helping here with babysitting too.

As the years have passed, their roles expanded even further to helping with many programs and events. They have modelled in the fashion shows, served at parties and teas, and pitched in in other ways where help was needed.

Both Dolly and Ruth have helped make the Auxiliary’s bazaars and apple pie days very successful because of their excellent baking, donations of pies and, of course, their date cookies too!

Dolly has served as President of the Fairview Manor Auxiliary and both dedicated volunteers remain actively involved and continue to be essential members of the Auxiliary team.

Dolly and Ruth, thank you for your 40 years of service.