Gregg McClelland honoured
for decade of dedication
to hospital foundation

By Liz Dadson

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Gregg McClelland hates to have a fuss made over him, but after a decade of hard work and dedication to the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, he certainly deserved the recognition given him Tuesday night during the foundation's appreciation night at the Kincardine hospital.

The foundation's former president and current vice-president, Jack Nancekivell, said it is a pleasure to recognize McClelland who has served the foundation so faithfully for the past 10 years.

"Gregg is a marketing and sales expert, and in 2003, he was attending a meeting of another organization in town, when Shirley Burnham walked up to him and said 'We need you'," said Nancekivell.

In May of 2004, McClelland joined the foundation as a director and became the chairman of the Health Care Heroes Radiothon - a fund-raising campaign held every October for a number of hospital foundations throughout southwestern Ontario.

"Gregg made a huge difference to that program," said Nancekivell. "He went out and rattled some chains. He made presentations to local groups and organizations and made them aware of the needs of the hospital, and how their donations were fed through the foundation to meet those needs."

In 2004, the Radiothon raised $60,000 for Kincardine hospital, to help fund four cardiac monitors and a tracking system.

Four years later, Kincardine hospital was in dire need of a mammography machine, the biggest item the foundation had ever fund-raised for, to the tune of about $300,000, said Nancekivell, "and Gregg made it happen."

McClelland went on to become the vice-president, president and past-president of the foundation, and became so passionate about the hospital that he became known as "Mr. Hospital," said Nancekivell.  "He epitomized the vision of the foundation, and we appreciate his outstanding efforts."

Even though he has retired from the foundation, McClelland will remain as a member.

"Tonight, we honour Gregg's hard work and dedication to the foundation, to the hospital and to the community," said Nancekivell.

"Thank you for this great honour," said McClelland. "I said 'no fuss' but now there's all this fuss."

He recalled making those many presentations to local groups and organizations over the years, and he always had to start with a joke.

"The Radiothon became part of my life and it was wonderful to meet the officials of other foundations in the area," he said.

"It has been a privilege for me to serve the community of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss, and it's been wonderful working with all the people at the foundation. It's never been stronger than it is today."

Jennifer Cook, president of the foundation, thanked everyone for the support throughout 2013, including hospital lottery and Radiothon supporters, the media, businesses, individuals and organizations, auxiliary members and volunteers, and past board members and hospital board members.

"We purchased $240,000 worth of hospital equipment this year," she said.


Jack Nancekivell (R), vice-president of the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, presents a token of appreciation to Gregg McClelland for a decade of hard work and dedication to the foundation

Chief nursing officer Kate Kincaid echoed those sentiments. "Everything you do to support the hospital is helping our front-line nursing staff do the best job they can for the patients."

She noted that the last three nurses hired at the Kincardine hospital went to high school here, had a co-operative education placement at the hospital, and after receiving their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, applied to "come home" and work at the Kincardine hospital.

"It's wonderful," said Kincaid. "They feel so welcomed here."

Dr. Lisa Roth said the health care system in Ontario is a bizarre one, with the government paying for the hospital building, the staff's wages and the physicians' wages, but then expecting the community to pay for all the beds and equipment in the hospital.

"That's why we appreciate the hospital foundation which raises the money for all the equipment we use at the hospital every day. Thank you to all the donors for your continued support."

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