DHHF presents inaugural Volunteer Leadership Award

DHHF presents inaugural Volunteer Leadership Award
Liz MacDonald and Karen Tilstra

To The Haldimand Press

DUNNVILLE—Wednesday, April 20, 2022 marked the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. During the event, Liz MacDonald was pleased to present Karen Tilstra with the inaugural Volunteer Leadership Award named in her honour. 

In addition to her many contributions to the hospital community, Tilstra saw DHHF through the largest fundraising campaign in their 48-year history. The Every Moment Counts campaign raised $3 million for a new Emergency Department at Haldimand War Memorial Hospital. 

The Board of Directors established this award in honour of Tilstra upon her retirement from her role on the board. The Karen Tilstra Volunteer Leadership Award will be presented annually to an individual in recognition of their exceptional volunteer leadership skills. This individual will show characteristics that reflect those of Tilstra – one who embodies true commitment to the community of Dunnville and surrounding area through volunteer leadership activities. 

The successful recipient will have shown ongoing commitment and leadership, will have inspired other volunteers, and will have made exceptional achievements through volunteering for the benefit of DHHF and other non-profit organizations in our community.

In addition to recognizing Tilstra, incoming Board Chair Sandie Heirwegh thanked Liz MacDonald for her role as Chair for the past two years. MacDonald led DHHF through the challenges of the pandemic and was instrumental in ensuring that the financial longevity of the Foundation remains strong.

During the AGM, the Board of Directors welcomed Sandie Heirwegh to the role of Chair and voted in their newest member, Brad Spencer.

The Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation is committed to promoting quality community healthcare by providing capital and facility enhancement funds for Haldimand War Memorial Hospital and Edgewater Gardens Long-Term Care Home.