It’s Our Hospital – column 9

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As appearing in the Thursday, June 1 edition of the County Weekly News.

By Fran Donaldson, Vice-Chair, PECMH Foundation

Past President, PECMH Auxiliary


Over its 30 year history, many people have served on the Foundation’s Board. This week, we lose two directors and welcome a new one.


Leaving us is Rachel Henry, General Manager of Wellings of Picton, a project she has been involved with from the beginning of construction after 18 years in sales and marketing, 14 of those in the newspaper and magazine industry, as a sales representative, and in sales management. Rachel brought her marketing skills to the Foundation, along with a keen mind, good questions, and practical suggestions. She assures us that she enjoyed her all-too-short stay on the Board, but she has wisely realized that her personal and professional responsibilities don’t leave her enough time to also fulfill the duties of a Director. She has promised us her ongoing support; we will keep in touch and we wish her well.


The other departure is Liz Jones, now the Past President of the PECMH Auxiliary. A County native, Liz enjoyed a 20-year career in dental hygiene and real estate (since 1997). Upon retirement Liz and her husband, Glynne, came home to Picton in 2009. That’s when the dynasty began: Liz joined the PECMH Auxiliary at the urging of her mother, Betty Evans, who was President of the Auxiliary in 1982–1984. After working as a volunteer in several positions, Liz became President in 2015, and thus also became a Director of the PECMH Foundation, bringing common sense and a sense of humour to the Directors’ table. She served as liaison between the two organizations, helping to ensure understanding and collaboration.


And the saga continues. Liz’s successor as President of the Auxiliary is … her sister, Pat Evans. Pat understands that overall well being is more than just physical health. Her career included 17 years at a community health centre and over 10 years teaching at Humber College and Guelph Humber University in the social work and early childhood education programs. Upon retirement, Pat also moved back home and joined the Auxiliary. As VP, Pat has chaired the Auxiliary’s Finance Committee for the past year, thus becoming very familiar with the fund-raising activities and the contributions to the Foundation.


The family tradition was charmingly illustrated at the Auxiliary’s recent AGM when Betty gave her Past President’s pin to Liz, who in turn passed the President’s pin along to Pat. What a great example of community involvement and support for our hospital!


Pat will be welcomed by the rest of the Board at our upcoming AGM:

Monica Alyea, formerly on Municipal Council, experienced in public relations, staff training and human resources;

Dennis Darby, part-time resident of South Bay and President/ CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Fran Donaldson, retired teacher, college administrator, educational software developer  and corporate trainer; Lillian Duffy, former professional fund-raiser and dealer in antiques; Leo Finnegan, former PEC Mayor, active Rotarian and ESSROC retiree; Sandra Foreman, former nurse, now working in real estate; Paul Gallagher, an accountant who owns the Devil’s Wishbone winery; Sue Law, retired nurse and Auxiliary Past President; Ken Menlove of Menlove Law; Cline Pierson, owner of Wellington Foodland and ardent Dukes fan; Dr. Michael Shannon, retired Commodore and Deputy Surgeon General for Canada, currently active in medical research; Donald Wakefield, retired lawyer and active Rotarian and Mason; John Walker, who has had a rich and varied career in world-wide Hospitality and Tourism Education.


For more information, please contact Penny or Briar in the Foundation Office at (613) 476-1008 ext. 4503 or 4425 or visit