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Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority staff members’ donate $14,500 to programs and services around the region!
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority staff members’ donate $14,500 to programs and services around the region!
Interlake-Eastern RHA staff contributed $14,500 in total to organizations that benefit residents from across the region. The five organizations that received money were: Nova House shelter for woman and children in crisis and Survivor’s Hope Crisis Line that assists victims of sexual assault, Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation that benefits health care throughout the Interlake-Eastern area, Children’s Wish Foundation to grant a wish for a child living with a life-threatening illness, and Camp Stepping Stones for children experiencing grief.  The funds were generated through the Five Dollar Club, Interlake Eastern RHA’s staff-led, corporate giving program where staff voluntarily contribute five dollars from every pay cheque through payroll deductions. The donation recommendations were generated and voted on by Five Dollar Club members. 
IERHA employee Five Dollar Club member, Susan Gunderson along with executive director of Nova House, Viktoria Westgate, and executive director of Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation Pamela McCallum acknowledged the donation of $4,800 in support of the women’s shelter.
Westgate says the program relies heavily on community support. The money will be used to purchase sheds for stroller storage.
“On behalf of the staff at Nova House and the individuals that utilize our services we would like to express our extreme gratitude for this donation,” Westgate said. “We were working, unsuccessfully, on trying to find a donation for sheds so that we would have a practical area for moms to store strollers, of which we have many.  This donation is timely and now we will be able to buy the sheds/storage space we need.” 
Stephanie Klassen, executive director of Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre and Pam McCallum, Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation executive director acknowledged the donation of $4,700 from the Five Dollar Club. Survivors Hope provides crisis intervention support, and information to primary and secondary victims of sexualized violence in north-eastern Manitoba.
"These funds are going to help us proceed with the project of ensuring our programming is culturally appropriate and facilitating training that enhances the cultural safety of all the work we do addressing sexualized violence in the region,” says Klassen. ”We are grateful that the Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation acknowledges the importance of this work. Thank you!"
Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation board director and finance chair, Bill Bodman acknowledged the $1,000 from the Five Dollar Club. The donation will be added to the Interlake-Eastern Health Fund which benefits all of the regions’ facilities and programs. Donations to the Interlake-Eastern Health Fund remain under the Foundation’s management in perpetuity with only the annual interest spent.

Interlake-Eastern Heath Foundation executive director Pamela McCallum and Children’s Wish Foundation provincial director Maria Toscano, acknowledged the $1,000 donation for the Five Dollar Club.
The Children’s Wish Foundation will use their donation to enhance the life of a child who is ill.

 “We feel extremely fortunate to have been the chosen charity of choice from the great people at the Interlake-Eastern RHA’s Five Dollar Club,” says Toscano, “Every contribution – big or small – makes a measurable impact on children living with pain and uncertainty.  This donation will certainly create some magic for a special child suffering with a life threatening illness and who will have his/her wish granted soon.”

Interlake-Eastern Foundation executive director, Pamela McCallum along with IERHA employee Five Dollar Club member, Sanela Maric and palliative care clinical team manager, Tammie-Lee Rogowski and Camp Stepping Stones volunteer coordinator Sandra Milotte celebrated the donation of $3,000 to the camp for children that have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The camp relies 100 per cent on donations and volunteer time. This donation from IERHA staff will allow for program enhancements that would have not been possible otherwise.
“The organizing committee of Camp Stepping Stones is over the moon with sincere thanks and gratitude for this generous donation. The camp weekend would not be possible without donated time and resources. We try to incorporate small changes each year to make camp as beneficial and rewarding as possible while keeping up with technology – because as the generations of children change so do their needs. Donations like this help us better the camp experience and meet the needs of grieving children,” says Rogowski.
All donations went through the Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation. For more information visit or contact Pamela McCallum, executive director of the Interlake-Eastern Health Foundation at (204) 785-7044.
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