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Foundation Coordinator
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Darlene Lamberti

(519) 986-3040 Ext #6153 accounting@

55 Isla Street PO Box 406
Markdale ON N0C 1H0

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Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Office
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Our Mission: To raise, manage and disburse funds to support and enrich quality health care for residents of and visitors to our community.

Our Objectives: To co-ordinate fundraising - receive, maintain, raise and disperse funds - for the enhancement of health care services in the Centre Grey area including GBHS - Centre Grey Hospital.

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Catch the Ace

We have exciting news!

The Five Foundations (of which we are one!) of the Grey Bruce Health Services is launching a charitable lottery initiative with Catch the Ace lottery. Funds raised will go to help purchase a new MRI in Owen Sound.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, July 26th at The Foundation office (new local locations coming soon) as well as various other locations throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.

For further details and to follow the winnings and tickets pulled each week please go to and follow Catch the Ace Lottery - Supporting GBHS
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Feversham Kinsmen come through yet again
January 17, 2019

Feversham Kinsmen

Feversham and District Kinsmen generously step up and give $5,000 to the MRI initiative currently underway.  “I cannot believe the generosity of this group,” said Darlene Lamberti, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Co-ordinator. Just a few months prior the Feversham and District Kinsmen donated the funds for a much needed Paediatric Crash Cart, and now they are generously giving to the MRI initiative. 

Chris Griffin, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF) MRI team member said that in addition “they are our best customer for the Catch The Ace Lottery whose funds also go to the MRI. Our community is a better place because of civic minded groups like this.”

The $4.7 Million MRI initiative is currently underway to replace the outdated and failing MRI system in the Owen Sound Hospital. The new MRI system will be quicker, more efficient, and will have the capability for more advanced testing. 

If you are interested in donating to the MRI initiative, please contact the CGHSF at or go to

MRI initiative receives a boost
January 3, 2019

Left to right: Barry Tolton (CGGH Auxiliary Treasurer), Beth Kennedy (CGGH Auxiliary President), Betty Bassett, (CGGH Auxiliary Vice President and Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Vice Chair) and Lance Thurston, CEO and President of Grey Bruce Health Services.

Efforts to raise $4.7 Million dollars for a new MRI system in the Owen Sound Hospital received a healthy boost from the Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary who pledged $25,000 annually for the next 3 years for a total of $75,000. “This is such a generous gift. We truly are blessed to have this group of dedicated volunteers by our side” said Darlene Lamberti, CGHS Foundation Coordinator.

The MRI is currently used 11,000 times annually by people throughout Grey and Bruce Counties and is an integral part of our health care. This new MRI system will cut down on wait times, be accessible to larger build patients, provide quicker, more efficient and more advanced testing, as well as being an important tool in attracting new and qualified health care workers to the area. Although the government will pay for the operation of the MRI, the cost of the equipment and its installation is borne by the community.

When thanked for this generous donation. Barry Tolton, Auxiliary Treasurer said “well, we need this machine”. Barry could not have been more accurate or to the point.

If you are interested in donating to the MRI initiative, please contact the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation at or go to

The Osprey Snow Hawks give continuing support to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation
November 5, 2018

In April, 2016 the Osprey Snow Hawks Snowmobile Club generously committed a $10,000 pledge to the Markdale Hospital. Fundraising Co-chair Paul Bonwick and Club Vice-President, John Gould visited the Markdale Hospital on November 5 where they presented the final installments of $3,333.00 to Darlene Lamberti, Foundation Coordinator of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF). “Support such as this is what makes healthcare possible in our community” said Lamberti.  “We are so grateful to the Snowhawks, not just for this pledge, but for all that they do in our community.”

The Osprey Snow Hawks are a recreational snowmobile club made up of a regional group of volunteers who maintain and develop snowmobile trails for the purpose of providing safe families access to this great Canadian winter recreational pastime.

The Club hosts has hosted an annual fundraising gala for the past five years. During that period the club has support many important organizations and initiatives throughout Grey Highlands including the Markdale Hospital, Feversham Park redevelopment, Osprey Arena and the Feversham Kinsmen Club.

"The health care professional servicing Grey Highlands at Markdale represents an essential service and corner post for the community of Grey Highlands. It is for this reason we are especially proud to extend this support our annual fundraiser," said Paul Bonwick Fundraiser Co-Chair.

John Gould, Vice-President of Clubs extended his thanks to the many volunteers and supporters that participate in our annual fundraiser. “Ours is an organization that is commitment to helping make Grey Highlands and better more sustainable community. It is for these reasons we continue to support the great services offered through our local hospital”.  

Foundation representative Darlene Lamberti stated the following, “It is through such partnerships with community groups like the Snowhawks that our hospital continues to provide quality health care close to home. The Markdale Hospital extends a huge thank you to the Snow Hawks and their many volunteers for their continued generosity and support”.

Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary's
Holiday Cookies and Squares Sale
October 29, 2018

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Holiday traditions bring excitement to some but trepidation to others. The Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary (Markdale) is raising funds for the local hospital via their 6th Annual Christmas Cookie Sale. Whether you like to bake or prefer to purchase the baked treats from the Auxiliary, there are opportunities for both.

If you love to bake and wish to contribute to the hospital, here is a way you can do that. The organizers of this event are now calling for bakers to sign up at the Markdale Hospital Kiosk. There are a few requirements for the cookies and/or squares, so you will be given a sheet of instructions when you sign up. The baking can be done just a few days before the Thursday, December 6th event and be delivered to the Markdale Fire Hall Training Room between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. that morning.

If you prefer to purchase the cookies and/or squares baked by others, that too is supporting the Hospital. You can purchase these festively wrapped gift trays by placing your prepaid order at the Markdale Hospital Kiosk before November 21. Trays either contain 50 cookies or 40 squares. The popularity of this event has grown each year, so it is likely to sell out again. Place your orders as soon as possible.

The big day is Thursday, December 6 at the Markdale Fire Hall Training Room. The bakers will deliver their baking from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and the purchasers must pick up their prepaid orders between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on the same day.

For information, call 519-794-0570 or 519-924-1567. The organizers and the many helpers thank you with their smiles and the knowledge that both you and the Auxiliary are supporting the local hospital.

Tournament Proceeds to New MRI Machine
October 24, 2018


On Sept. 20, Harry Hartrick and Terry McComb hosted the 11th Just for the Health of It Golf Tournament with more than $2,400 in proceeds going to the MRI fundraising campaign at the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.

Shown, from left: Dan Rose (hospital foundation), Harry Hartrick, Clay Pennylegion, Irene Hartrick, and Terry McComb.

Darlene Lamberti, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Coordinator reported that the weather cooperated and all of the participants were enthusiastic. Third-party events such as this are instrumental in providing funds to help Centre Grey Health Services meet their goals to keep health care close to home, she said. "This took a lot of time and effort and we are so grateful."

The tournament money will go toward the campaign to raise $4.7 million to replace teh existing MRI in Owen Sound. If you would like to donate, you can go to, or visit your local hospital foundation.

Hospital Foundations Raising Money for New MRI in Owen Sound
October 10, 2018


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Left to Right:  Evelyne Jack, Bruce Inglis, Dayle Inglis, Gerry McNalty (CGHSF Director), Phyllis Seeley

Five local hospital foundations – Centre Grey Health Services, Owen Sound Regional, Saugeen Memorial, Meaford, and Bruce Peninsula have embarked on a $4.7 Million campaign to purchase a new, faster, more efficient MRI machine to replace the Owen Sound hospital’s 14-year-old scanner. The staff have done a great job at extending the life of the current MRI, but it is now at the point where it is difficult to get service, and difficult to find replacement parts. The MRI is used approximately 11,000 times per year and is the only MRI in Grey Bruce.

The new MRI will be faster, have a more spacious table and tunnel, feature 3-D imaging, new software for cardiac and prostate imaging and enhanced breast imaging for biopsy and detection. It will provide better-quality images and be more energy efficient, quiet and accurate.

MRI machines have diagnostic capabilities for cancer, early detection of ALS and forms of dementia, stroke, coronary issues and monitoring aneurysms, diabetics and patients with blood vessel problems.

The MRI is an essential part of peoples’ health care services at GBHS and it’s essential to recruitment of new physicians to the area.

Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF) was pleased to initiate their campaign with this $10,000 donation from The Erskine Presbyterian Church. “This generous donation sets us off to such an amazing start. I cannot thank them enough.” said Darlene Lamberti, CGHSF Foundation Coordinator. “Having an MRI locally saves us from having to travel to Guelph, Toronto, Barrie or London for testing” explains Gerry McNalty, CGHSF Director. “I am pleased that the Erskine Board understands the need to stand behind this project so we can continue to provide our community with the best medical imaging – close to home. The Foundation is so grateful to the Erskine Presbyterian Committee and congregation” states McNalty.

Donations can be made to Centre Grey Health Services Foundation at the Markdale Hospital, or online at

The MRI initiative is also running a Catch The Ace lottery which currently has a jackpot of almost $10,000 and growing daily! Tickets can be purchased at the Hospital coffee kiosk, the Foundation office, or from CGHSF Board members.

Golf tournament raises over $23,000 for Centre Grey Hospital Foundation fundraiser

Golf tournament raises over $23,000 for Centre Grey Hospital Foundation fundraiser

Karen Cox and Russ Severnuk of Sea & Ski Realty Ltd., along with Michele Harris (Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Grey Highlands), Nancy Evans (Branch Manager of Scotiabank Markdale) and Rob Adams (CAO Grey Highlands), present a cheque of over $23,000 to Harvey Fraser and Darlene Lamberti of the Centre Grey Hospital Foundation (CGHF). (Absent from photo;  Tom Allwood, CGHSF Fundraising committee member.)


Sea & Ski Realty Ltd. was proud to present a cheque of over $23,000 to the Centre Grey Hospital. These funds were generated from the first annual Hospital Fundraising Golf Tournament which was hosted on Friday, July 20 at the Highland Glen Golf Course in Grey Highlands.

Karen Cox, the owner and Broker of Record of Sea and Ski, said the day exceeded her expectations and is ecstatic Sea and Ski can support our local hospital.

"Our goal was to raise $15,000 and we raised $23,008.08," she said. "If we want a community hospital we all need to support it and we figured we could do our part by running the golf tournament.”

The Centre Grey Hospital helps numerous people throughout the area providing services such as  24-hour emergency care, acute hospital care, palliative care, endoscopic procedures, diagnostic imaging, physiotherapy, and laboratory services. The CGHF relies on donations from the community to raise $500,000 each year to ensure the hospital has what it needs to function efficiently.

Darlene Lamberti, the Foundation Coordinator for the Centre Grey Health Services, said the event had a fantastic turnout and that she was delighted, not only with the amount raised, but also with the strong support that the community showed to local healthcare.

"Your support ensures that the hospital will be there and operational when you need it most," Lamberti says.

Sea and Ski took the opportunity to thank their fellow event sponsors: Highland Glen Golf Course, Westmount Storefront Systems, Scotiabank, Beaver Valley Ski Club, Centre Grey Builders & Suppliers (1975) Limited and Devonleigh Homes Inc., our hole sponsors: Fleshcon-Flesherton Concrete Products, The Co-operators Dundalk & Markdale, Johnson & Schwass Professional Corporation, Osprey Snowhawks Snowmobile Club, Sparlings Propane, Eastlink Business, Foodland Markdale and Highland Fuels & Supply and our prize donors: BMW Grand River, Scenic Caves, Blue Mountain Golf & Country Club, Cranberry Golf Course, Georgian Hills Vineyard, Squire Johns and Justin's Oven. Without all of their support, the event would not have be the success that it was.  

Silent Auction 2018

Silent Auction 2018
Numerous bidders turned out for our Silent Auction event to bid on the approx. 900 items on display. The event raised an impressive amount of $20,500!!! We are so pleased with the outcome.
An event of this size would never be possible without the army of volunteers who generously gave to this event.

The Centre Grey Health Services Foundation would like to thank EVERY PERSON and ORGANIZATION that gave. This includes donors, helpers, bidders, and the community in general. Thank you for allowing us to advertise at your establishment. Thank you, for providing tables and racking. Thank you to all donors for your generous gifts. Thank you for the countless hours that each volunteer gave without hesitation. Thank you to those that came out to bid and those that passed this event on to their friends. The list is endless.

We watched friends gather to chat as they browsed, and we were able to mingle with the donors that support us throughout the year. The event was peppered with home town charm and the community support was evident in every aisle. We THANK YOU ALL for supporting health care close to home!


Each year LutheRanch generously donates proceeds from its summer worship services to various worthy causes. Since 2010 equivalent amounts, as donated this year, have supported the Chaplaincy Program at Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.

Pictured below is Dan Rose, Vice Chair and Betty Bassett, Director of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation accepting the recent donation of $1,206.63 along with members of Lutheranch Worship Committee.

At this cheque presentation the foundation reiterated “it is community support such as this that will keep quality chaplaincy health care close to home. We are so grateful”. Proceeds will go to ongoing chaplaincy health care needs.

Lutheranch Donation

Hospital Foundation concert raises over $12,000

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Centre Grey Health Services Foundation’s (CGHSF) annual Charity Concert event took place on Saturday, May 5 at the Annesley United Church in Markdale, where Dan Needles and Ian Bell performed “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession” to a full house.

For over 2 hours the crowd was entertained by Dan and Ian’s insightful and laugh-out-loud perspective of life in rural Ontario.

The Spring Concert is one of the major fundraising events for the Foundation, sponsored by Scotiabank.

This year’s event raised over $12,000. All proceeds will go to keeping health care close to home.


Ian Bell and Dan Needles performing at the Foundation’s annual Charity Concert Event May 5.

CGHSF members pose with Ian Bell and Dan Needles (bottom row).


Centre Grey Health Services Foundation marches on with Fundraising Events and the New Hospital on the Horizon

February 8, 2018


“These are exciting times,” said Darlene Lamberti, Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF) Coordinator, buoyed by continued progress on the new hospital and tasked with managing the many initiatives undertaken by the Foundation this year.

Plans for the new Hospital in Markdale have entered phase 3.2. “This is the stage where the fit and finish is decided,” Lamberti explained. Beginning next week, the architects are hosting the next round of consultations with Foundation staff, hospital staff, physicians, and volunteers to review floorplans for the new hospital and ensure equipment and workspaces meet user needs. While the new hospital will be a state-of-the-art, technologically advanced facility, as much of the hospital's current equipment will be transferred to the new building as is appropriate for the new space.

“The CGHSF mandate is to raise funds to support local healthcare,” Lamberti said, adding “not many people realize that the government does not fund all capital costs which must then be borne by the community. As the new hospital makes it’s way through planning phases with construction starting sometime around 2020, business carries on at the current facility. That means that work never ends for the Foundation which helps to pay for everything from medical equipment, patient monitors and security systems to beds, furniture and flooring.

Through in-memoriam donations, legacy giving and local fundraising efforts, the CGHSF endeavours to raise approximately $500,000 annually. “The Markdale hospital serves a large catchment area including numerous communities surrounding Markdale” said Lamberti, “so donations come in from all over.”

Some of the CGHSF fundraising events and activities have included the Biennial Silent Auction, Spring Concerts, Christmas Light for Life and Summer mailing campaigns as well as third-party events hosted by generous businesses and groups on behalf of the Foundation.

A new third-party event to be held this year is a Sea & Ski Realty Golf Tournament on Friday, July 20. The entrance fee will be $125 per player which includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, a full steak dinner and prizes. Golfers interested in participating can call Sea & Ski at 1-800-861-7289.

The Biennial Silent Auction will take place July 11-14 on the floor of the Markdale Golf and Curling Club. A very popular local event that in the past has boasted over 700 items on display.  The auction is accepting donations at the Foundation office at 55 Isla St. in Markdale from now until Monday, July 9th. Donation forms can also be found on their website.

Tax receipts are available where applicable. The Foundation is also looking for volunteers, if even for just a few hours, to help set up and manage the auction this year. Anyone interested in participating can call the Foundation at 519-986-3040 ext 6178.

In addition, a couple of CGHSF volunteer board seats will soon become available; one in June of this year and another two in 2019. The foundation committees are also always looking for people to volunteer. Anyone wishing to do so, can also contact the Foundation.

One of the biggest and most consistent supporters of the Foundation has been the Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary, which has contributed significantly over the years. Known locally for their management of The PennyWise Shoppe and Hospital Coffee Kiosk as well as many other events and activities, the Auxiliary has operated for the last 75 years. To honour their contributions, the CGHSF will be holding a naming recognition event on February 21. On that day, a plaque naming the Palliative Care room in honour of the group will be unveiled. “They really are rock stars,” said Lamberti.  “This is an opportunity for us to show much we appreciate their support.”

Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
January 19, 2018

Willard VanderPloegWillard promotes legacy giving to Centre Grey Hospital and assists donors in planning will bequests and other special gifts in support of Centre Grey Hospital and other GBHS hospitals in Meaford, Owen Sound, Southampton, Wiarton and Lions Head.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the charitable sector and in estate and gift planning. Willard has a BA in Business Administration from McMaster University and Redeemer College. He is a long time member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

If you have been thinking about making a special gift to support your Hospital, Willard is available to help you.

Call him at 519.376.2121 ext. 2736 or email

Contact info: Willard VanderPloeg, Charitable Giving Advisor
1800 8th Street East, Owen Sound, ON N4K 6M9
T: 519.376.2121 x2736 M: 519.270.9177