In an effort to raise the profile of the Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Foundation, a full-time marketing and communications co-ordinator has been hired, with the organization receiving a big boost to fund the position.
On Dec. 8, Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation (GCFDC) executive director Heather Lawless and board chair Chris McCorkell were at the hospital to announce an investment of $19,213. The funds, matched by the KDH Foundation, were distributed by the GCFDC through the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP).
“This investment in the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation will assist the foundation in raising awareness of the Kemptville District Hospital clinic modernization project, positioning KDH to attract new specialists to address gaps in local services,” noted McCorkell.
Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MP Gord Brown was also on hand for the presentation, and spoke to the impact the EODP program can have.
“This (EODP) is, I believe, a very effective way of community economic development and I talk about this a lot because people need to understand how this fund operates,” Brown explained. “The money is forwarded from the federal government and then the local board decides how that money is spent, clearly reflecting community priorities. And this obviously is a community priority.”
The position has already been filled by Holly Element, who recently assisted the hospital as a public relations/communications intern before transitioning to her new role with the KDH Foundation. Element is a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College joint public relations program.
“For the past 4.5 years, it’s been a trek (to get) through, but it’s nice to be done now and I get to implement the skills and knowledge I learned in my schooling here in the foundation and hopefully make an impact on the community,” she remarked. “So, thank you very much for this opportunity.”
KDH Foundation board chair Robert Noseworthy said this funding not only assists the foundation and hospital, but the community as a whole.
“It humbles me every time I see this kind of investment in the hospital and you’re right, Gord, this is economic development at its best and we see this as a great opportunity for the new clinicians who are coming in and it’s just been marvellous,” he stated. “… We’re thrilled to have Holly on board and she’s already started to have an impact, so we are going to maximize that investment.”
One of Element’s key roles will be implementing an upcoming marketing and communications plan for the foundation.
Published in Inside Ottawa