Penny Rolinski Stepping Down as Hospital Foundation Executive Director

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Penny Rolinski Stepping Down as Hospital Foundation Executive Director

The recent good news that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has committed to moving forward in the planning process to build a new hospital in Prince Edward County re-energizes the PECM Hospital Foundation’s development plans for a capital fundraising campaign.

With Foundation Executive Director Penny Rolinski at the helm for the past two and a half years, the Foundation has put in place many of the big-picture planning pieces required to raise the community’s $12.7 million share of the new hospital cost.

Now it is with considerable appreciation for all that Penny has accomplished for the Foundation that we announce she is stepping down as executive director, effective the end of June.

“This is a family decision, based on the changing needs of my family over the next few years to enable my daughter’s continuing education at a new school, in the wake of a school closing. I know many PEC families are facing similar challenges.

“If ever there was a good time to step down, this is it. The Hospital Foundation is financially strong and plans for the new hospital campaign are coming together exactly as I could have hoped. The Hospital Foundation is in a really good place,” Penny said.

While Penny will be leaving the executive director position, she will not be leaving the Foundation. She has already committed to continuing in a capacity that allows the Foundation to benefit from her wealth of experience, knowledge and energy.

“I started this job planning to stay until the new hospital was built, but life gets in the way sometimes. This change just means I’ll be involved in other ways – including as a volunteer and as a monthly donor to the new hospital campaign,” Penny said.

Foundation Chair, Monica Alyea credits Penny with increasing the Foundation’s profile in the community, strengthening relationships and with broadening our donor giving options.

“Penny’s skills and concentrated engagement on behalf of the Foundation have expanded our community profile over the past two years. Together with our Communication Coordinator, Briar Boyce, and Campaign Manager, Marthe Robertson, they are exceptional representatives of the Foundation in the community,” Monica said.

“Penny has brought the Board to a better understanding of charitable fundraising and related data management. She has strengthened our working relationship with Quinte Health Care through her participation at the various planning forums for new equipment and towards building a new hospital. And, she has put in motion the Capital Campaign Planning process that led to hiring Ms. Robertson as our campaign manager. We are a much stronger organization as a result of Penny’s guidance and management. We regret that she can no longer lead our organization as executive director, but we are delighted that she will continue to work with us toward the goal of building a new hospital in the County,” she added.

Penny’s four-month notice allows the Foundation time to launch a search for a replacement. Advertising for a full-time position will be published toward the end of March.


Fran Donaldson
Vice Chair
PECM Hospital Foundation

Penny Rolinski
Executive Director
PECM Hospital Foundation
613-476-1008 Ext. 4503