With the Brock Community Health Centre halfway to its fundraising goal, a Cannington entrepreneur and philanthropist has stepped up to help push them over the finish line.
David Slobodkin, CEO of Canada Protection Plan and board chair of The Nourish and Develop Foundation, has lent his support to the campaign by pledging to match each donation towards the remaining $220,000.
“I really want to see this project move forward. It’s going to do a tremendous lot of good for this township and its residents,” Slabodkin said in an interview.
“Once again, David Slabodkin has demonstrated his unparalleled and unprecedented support for the health and wellbeing of our community,” added Ted Smith, chair of the CHC.
“The board of directors of the Brock Community Health Centre thank him for his generosity, a gift that will have a huge impact on our ongoing fundraising efforts.”
The Brock CHC’s capital project will see construction of a 21,000-square-foot health care facility in Cannington.
The new centre will accommodate organizational programs and services. It will also provide a community health hub for Durham’s northern communities, increasing access to allied health care services and community organizations,” the media release reads.
While the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is funding the majority of the building costs – which are currently estimated at $9.7 million dollars – the Brock CHC is responsible for raising roughly $450,000.
“We have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of our donors during the quiet phase of the campaign and look forward to continuing the momentum throughout the public phase,” said Terri Donovan, chair of the organization’s fundraising committee.
“The support from community organizations, businesses and residents alike is a testament to the community’s belief in the importance of this project.”
Janet McPherson, the CHC’s executive director, commended the volunteer members of the Capital Campaign Cabinet for their efforts thus far.
“They have done an enormous amount of work engaging with the community. To have reached the halfway point in just over four months is truly remarkable and reflects their commitment to this campaign and project,” she said.
Other lead donors to the campaign include Sunderland Co-Operative Inc., Brelmar Veterinary Clinic, the Sunderland Legion, Tar’d and Feather’d, Dr. Mary Ferguson Dentistry, Fred and Linda Fulton, Quig Tingley and Margot Franssen, John and Lore Grant, Ted and Wilma Smith and combined donations from the residents of Edengrove and Beaverton beaches.
The new facility is scheduled to break ground in early 2021.
For more information, including details on donations, click HERE or call the Brock CHC at 705-432-3322.