100 Women Who Care Haldimand met virtually again as we continue to follow public health protocols.
100 Women Who Care is proud to share that Haldimand & Norfolk Women's Service is the successful recipient of the group donation $8,000
The donation will be used to support G.I.R.L.S. Power Camp. This camp is open to grade 8 girls in Haldimand and Norfolk. The program focuses on self esteem, health relationships, personal safety, transitioning to grade 9, health choices, body image and healthy living.
We would also like to thank Tony Dalimonte from the Active Living Centre and Library and Ashley Boucher from Indspire
You can find out more about these incredible initiatives here:
WHHHF Press Release:
West Haldimand General Hospital (WHGH) will soon have a new piece of Lab equipment after a donation of $7,250 was made to the West Haldimand Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (WHHHF) by the 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand County.
The money was raised in a single hour by the group during their November 2, 2021 meeting at the Caledonia Lions Hall.
“On behalf of West Haldimand General Hospital, and all the patients this donation will impact, thank you for making local healthcare a priority, said Kim Mullins, Interim President, and CEO. “This purchase will impact local lives for the next decade and beyond. Donors like the 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand ensure people in our community will continue to have access to high-quality patient care close to home.”
All proceeds from the donation will be used to purchase a new StatSpin centrifuge machine for WHGH.
The StatSpin is an ultra-high-speed centrifuge that allows our Lab to process critical samples within minutes. It does this by spinning a test tube containing blood at a high speed.
The WHGH lab will use the StatSpin Centrifuge to spin blood into its components – red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. It can do this in only two minutes. The lab’s previous centrifuge took 10 minutes to produce the same result.
Thanks to the new centrifuge, staff will be able to perform lab testing on critical patients who will now be able to get their results faster.
“The purchase of this centrifuge is vital because it enhances the high level of service we can provide to our patients,” said Patty McGillis, Laboratory Manager at WHGH. “Being able to diagnose a patient sooner could be a matter of life or death for some patients. Imagine a patient that is bleeding out, but it’s not clear why. Within two minutes, the sample is on the analyzer, and analysis is happening to measure clotting ability. Or a patient comes in feeling unwell, and you can tell in minutes that their potassium level is critically high. The physician is provided with the information needed to make the critical treatment decisions that much quicker when it really counts.”
“We are so very grateful for 100 Women Who Care of Haldimand’s commitment to helping our hospital achieve quality health care for our community,” said Lisa Hostein, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This donation will help speed up wait times for results – and when you are waiting to find out your results in an emergency, every second counts. This new piece of lab equipment will help so many patients get the important answers they need.”
Since 2016, members of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand have donated more than $100,000 to nearly 20 local charitable organizations.
“It’s important for our group to donate to WHGH to help support the purchase of a new StatSpin machine because it will help our local residents get more accurate test results sooner, said Andrea Personnic, Co-founder of the 100 Women Who Care Haldimand. “The staff at WHGH are second to none. They are outstanding, hard-working people, but also go above and beyond when it comes to professionalism and patient care.”
While the province provides funds for hospital operations, the community’s support is vital for the funding of hospital equipment.
To learn more about West Haldimand General Hospital’s greatest needs, please contact Lisa Hostein, Executive Director of the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation at 905-768-3311 Ext. 1236 or visit our website at www.whgh.ca. Thank you for your generosity! 100 Women Who Care Haldimand
Photo from left to right: Andrea Personnic, Co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand, Julie Richardson, Co-Founder of 100 Women Who Care Haldimand, Kim Mullins, Interim President & CEO of NGH and WHGH and Lisa Hostein, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
Thank you to The Haldimand Press for writing this story and shining a spotlight on the impact our group continues to have. We look forward to reaching some major milestones very soon!
For the first time in 18 months, we were finally able to meet as a group in-person again! It was great to see so many of you in person again. The Townsend Lions Pavilion was the perfect spot for an outdoor meeting with physical distancing practices in place. We also had a number of members join virtually as we streamed the meeting on Zoom as well.
We heard presentations from Young Caregivers Association, True Experience and The Jennie Deagle fund (Community Living Haldimand). Members voted to make our group donation to Young Caregivers Association. Our $6,050 donation will be used to support the increased transportation and facility rental costs that their programs have now as YCA starts to offer in-person programming for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
We're so excited to share with all of you that we have reached a new donation milestone by collecting $6,000 in donations for Hobbitstee Wildlife Refuge! Hobbitstee was the recipient of our third meeting back in January 2017 when they received $2,500. Wow, have we grown!
We are so grateful for the support that has not only continued, but has also slowly grown over the past 15+ months during the pandemic. Thank you for sticking it out through our virtual meetings.
At our May virtual meeting we also heard from:
- Caledonia Community Foundation (for their Lights Along the Grand project)
- Caledonia Food Bank
We hosted our third virtual meeting with a "vacation" theme. It was great to see everyone wearing their vacation outfits that they won't get to use this winter - from sunhats, sunglasses, beach wear and leis to toques and goggles. Thanks for adding some fun to our virtual meeting!
The 3 organizations we heard from were:
- Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Community Support Centre of Haldimand & Norfolk
The Community Support Centre of Haldimand & Norfolk was the organization selected and received a donation of $5,500! The CSCHN offers a number of meal programs to help increase food security in our community. CSCHN was also the very first recipient of a 100 Women Who Care Haldimand donation from our first meeting in June 2016. It was great to see them selected again almost 5 years later! To learn more about CSCHN please visit www.cschn.org
Pictured (left to right): Andrea Gee, CSCHN Executive Director; Andrea Personnic, 100 Women Who Care Haldimand; Tara Dinyer, CSCHN President & 1oo Women Who Care member
100 Women Who Care Haldimand met virtually again as we continue to follow public health protocols.
We heard presentations from:
The group selected Zachary's Paws for Healing to make our group donation to. Our donations will be used to support their foster pet program. This program provides care for pets while their owners are in hospital. The program has also been expanded to foster pets of abuse victims when they are unable to take their pet into shelters. Our members were so happy to hear the presentation from Donna of Zachary's Paws again and be able to make our group donation of $5,500 to Zachary's Paws for Healing!.
Kim from United Way also joined our virtual meeting to share the impact our group's donation had on the United Way Stuff the Bus program.
100 Women Who Care Haldimand held our first virtual meeting on Zoom. We had over 35 participants and our three presenters join the call. Without any technical difficulties we were able to follow our standard meeting format of a 5 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions from members. We used Zoom's polling feature so that everyone could vote for the organization to receive the group donation.
Thank you to our presenters for being flexible with us an presenting virtually. We heard from:
- United Way of Haldimand-Norfolk (Stuff the Bus Campaign)
- Haldimand Art Works
- Haldimand and Norfolk Women's Services
Our members chose to support United Way and collected $4,200 in donations for their Stuff the Bus Campaign.
Thank-you to everyone who continues to keep this group going even during these uncertain times (I know - that phrase is overused, but it is so true!)
See you virtually again in November!
Our 16th meeting was scheduled for May 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic surging, gathering restrictions coming into effect and many people being impacted being impacted financially by the pandemic, we made the decision to cancel our meeting. Instead we asked members to make a donation to their local food bank or favourite local organization and to let us know about their donation. We were happy to share that the group collectively donated more than $2,700 to local food banks. Many members also let us know that they had already reached out to local food banks or organizations to make donations when the pandemic hit - a great example of our caring group!
It has been a little while since this blog was last updated - let's get everyone caught up on our meetings!
Meeting 13 August 2019
We held our first outdoor meeting at the Townsend Lions Park pavilion. We heard presentations from St. Leonard's Community Services, Community & Children's Safety VIllgage of Haldimand-Norfolk and True Experience. True Experience was selected as the recipient of the group donation of $5,400. True Experience is a supportive housing and community work program located in Dunnville.
Meeting 14 - November 2019
With a surge of new members, we were packed in to the brim at the new Cayuga Library. We had 3 great presentations that were passionate and emotional.
Road to Recovery Haldimand was selected for our group donation which totalled $6,100. Road to Recovery is an addication recovery program run by a team of community volunteers. They bring in a facilitator to run the Redpath addictions program to our community. They just started their first group fall 2019 and already have a waitlist for the next session. The donation will be put towards running the next session of the program as the program runs completely on donations for funding.
Meeting 15 - February 2020
For our first meeting of 2020 we had presentations from Cottonwood Mansion, Community Support Centre Haldimand Norfolk and Haldimand 4H. The group selected Haldimand 4H to support their agriculture programs for youth. $5,850 was donated to Haldimand 4H