As we continue to wait for Provincial authorization to begin construction on our new hospital, the community’s frustration level increases daily. The Foundation and its members share this frustration entirely. As each year passes it becomes more difficult to sustain the energy and optimism that was so evident during the building campaign that was launched nearly a decade ago. In this environment it isn’t surprising that rumours find fertile ground. Foundation members hear new ones almost weekly.
|Here are some recent rumours & the facts:
RUMOUR #1: The Province has already cancelled our new hospital project.
|RUMOUR #2: The Foundation has begun to refund donations made to the building fund.
FACT#2: The Foundation has NOT refunded a single donation. Our commitment to the community is to hold the funds in trust pending construction of the new hospital. Under Canada Revenue Agency regulations we can return donations only if the new hospital project is cancelled (which is NOT the case).
|RUMOUR #3: The Foundation is spending the capital fund on equipment for our current hospital.
FACT #3: We are NOT withdrawing money from the building fund. The fund is intact and is managed by a very capable investment team answerable to the Foundation Board. Current hospital needs are met through our general fund, which exists through ongoing fundraising efforts.
We will attempt to correct further misunderstandings in future newsletters. In the meantime, our message to those in power regarding the new hospital is:
We’re ready and we’ve waited long enough.
It’s time for ACTION!