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NOTE: When the Foundation office is closed, donations & packages can be dropped off at the Centre Grey Hospital Admitting desk, 7 days a week, 8am-11pm.

Phone: (519)986-3040

Foundation Coordinator
Ext #6178

Darlene Lamberti

(519) 986-3040 Ext #6153 accounting@

55 Isla Street PO Box 406
Markdale ON N0C 1H0

Fax (519) 986-4562

Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Office
Centre Grey Health Services Foundation Office

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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Centre Grey General Hospital Auxiliary recognized for volunteer and fundraising excellence

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF – Known locally for their management of The PennyWise Shoppe and Hospital Coffee Kiosk as well as many other events and activities throughout the community, the Centre Grey Hospital Auxiliary (CGHA) are celebrating 75 years.

"Our records show that your organization has donated over $800,000 since 1998," said Faye Harrison, Board Chair of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation (CGHSF), as she addressed Auxiliary members at a luncheon held for the group on February 21. To honour their incredible contributions to the Foundation, CGHSF have named the Palliative Care room in their honour and unveiled a plaque to be displayed at the hospital.

"Back in 1998 when the Foundation was first formed, it was the generosity of this Auxiliary that financially helped us find our feet," explained Harrison, who added, "Since then we have leaned on the Auxiliary for Board members, envelope stuffing days, ticket sales, advertising, volunteers for every event; and to be our eyes, ears and voice in the community.  These are things that go way beyond a donation figure."

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At a loss to come up with a way to adequately express her gratitude to the Auxiliary for their volunteering efforts, Harrison relented, "I don't think we can... what we can do is honour (CGHA) with this plaque."

For Darlene Lamberti, it was an opportunity long overdue. "It was so nice to spend time with the people that are so instrumental to this organization. With everyone's days being so busy, I seldom get a chance to have a leisurely chat with the Auxiliary members," she said. "It was a great event."

CGHS Foundation Chair Fay Harrison (left) presented the plaque to Auxiliary President Beth Kennedy and Auxiliary Treasurer Barry Tolton.

Members of the Centre Grey Hospital Auxiliary pose with the new sign to be hung in the Palliative Care Room of Centre Grey Hospital.

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