It’s Our Hospital – appearing in the County Weekly News – Thursday, April 6, 2017
By Hazel Lloyst, Former Director of Development, PECMH Foundation
I’m always proud to say, I was born in the County, and I say it as often as I can. I still have a large number of family living in the County; great uncles, aunts and cousins.
My mom, Mary, was the oldest of eight children born to Mike and Florence Cole who lived on Chapel Street prior to retiring to Greenpoint. My dad, Orey Lloyst, was training as a Gunner at the Picton Army Barracks when he met my mom at a dance and the rest as they say, is history.
I had the opportunity to come back ‘home’ to the County on a daily basis for fifteen months between January 2014 and August 2015, as Director of Development for the PECMH Foundation on a contract basis. It was an incredible experience; not only was I made to feel like family but I also learned a great deal about the community, the hospital, its equipment needs and the status of this current aging structure.
Arriving a month early, I was born at the original Picton hospital, known as the Alcorn House. By then, it was already 31 years old and it would be another nine years before the ‘new’ hospital was built in 1959. Fast forward another 58 years and we are now moving through Stage 1 of a 5 Stage process in building a brand new facility. It won’t happen overnight but neither did the previous two hospitals. It will take years of planning, team work and fundraising, which can only be accomplished with the unwavering support of the community.
With early estimates for the new hospital set at approximately $70 million, the community will be expected to raise in the neighbourhood of $14-18 million. That’s a big number but, the Foundation is already off to a good start with a reported $4 million in pledges.
Not all of us will live long enough to see the new hospital built but we can have the satisfaction of knowing we did our part today to ensure a better future for healthcare in the County. In the Spring of 2015, while I was still at the hospital Foundation, we put in place a new initiative called the Cornerstone Legacy Society, comprised of individuals who had already made provision for a future gift to the hospital Foundation in their Will, life insurance policy, RRSP/RRIF’s or other estate gift.
It was a proud day when nineteen Charter members, including myself, were ‘pinned’ at a special ceremony and recognized for our future gift intentions. We all had the satisfaction of knowing we were making a difference. The program is still active and I encourage you to consider putting in place an estate gift in support of the hospital Foundation and the new hospital build.
First speak to your family, your financial advisor and your legal counsel to discuss your gift intentions so that you can decide which type of gift will provide the best fit for you. Then speak to Penny or Briar at the Foundation office so that they are aware of your gift in support of the hospital. By letting the Foundation know about your future gift, you will strengthen the Case for Support for a new hospital build and add to the already pledged $4 million.
In the words of Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), “Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward.”
For more information, please contact Penny or Briar in the Foundation Office at (613) 476-1008 ext. 4503 or visit www.pecmhf.ca