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Bruce Power marks
13th anniversary with $2-million boost to local hospitals

By Liz Dadson

www.kincardinetimes.com

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Celebrating with Bruce Power, Friday morning, are local politicians and health officials, after a donation of $2-million to hospitals in Kincardine, Southampton and Owen Sound; from left, are Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, Saugeen Shores mayor Mike Smith, Grey Bruce Health Services president and chief executive officer (CEO) Maureen Solecki, former NHL player Darcy Tucker, Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne, Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer, South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush, and Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne (L) explains an exhibit, "How is your home powered?" to former NHL player Darcy Tucker (C) and his manager, Andrew Jackson, at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre Friday morning



Guest speaker Darcy Tucker, former NHL player, talks about the Toronto Maple Leafs, during a stop at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre Friday morning



Posing with a $1-million cheque for the Kincardine hospital, are Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer (L), Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson, South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush, and Saugeen Shores mayor Mike Smith



Enjoying breakfast Friday morning at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre, are 
South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush (L), health centre board chairman John Haggarty, and Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne (R) presents a cheque for $1-million to South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne (R) presents a cheque for $1-million to Grey Bruce Health Services president and  CEO Maureen Solecki

Bruce Power celebrated its 13th anniversary Friday morning by donating $2-million to local hospitals.

Following a breakfast for local politicians, health officials and the press, president and chief executive officer (CEO) Duncan Hawthorne welcomed everyone to the anniversary celebration.

Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne welcomes everyone to the company's 13th anniversary celebration Friday morning at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre

"It's good to reflect on how far we've come," he said. "We appreciate all of you for coming. You have all played a part in the success of Bruce Power."

Former NHL player Darcy Tucker, guest speaker, said he was shocked to realize how much power comes from those little uranium pellets.



Former NHL player Darcy Tucker is guest speaker at the 13th anniversary of Bruce Power, Friday morning

"I don't  know how nuclear fusion works," he said. "I'll leave that to Duncan and Bruce Power."

Retired from the NHL after 14 seasons, Tucker said it's nice to be home with his family. He coaches both his sons' hockey clubs, but does not push them to play.

"I encourage them to play and I have to prod them to do their best," he said. "I figure a kid will decide by age 14 or 15 if he wants to pursue a career in hockey."

Tucker said many of his former teammates have taken on management positions in hockey, but that's not for him right now.

"I still play hockey for fun and that's as enjoyable as playing in the NHL."

In honour of the 13th anniversary of Bruce Power, Hawthorne said the company had two cheques to present.

One was $1-million for the redevelopment of the Kincardine hospital, presented to Paul Rosebush, president and CEO of the South Bruce Grey Health Centre.

"Wow, $1-million and Darcy Tucker all in one day, that's almost too much," joked Rosebush.

He thanked Bruce Power for its continued support of the health centre which has hospitals in Kincardine, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham.

"Thank you for being such a great corporate citizen and always contributing to health care in this community," he said. "We will continue to work hard to provide the best services we can. Thank you so much."

The $1-million will go to the Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation to be used for emergency room and facility upgrades at the Kincardine hospital.

The second cheque was another $1-million for the emergency room in Southampton and the cancer care clinic in Owen Sound, presented to Maureen Solecki, president and CEO of Grey Bruce Health Services.

"I have never held a cheque for $1-million," said Solecki. "This money will change people's lives. We can upgrade the chemotherapy area at the Cancer Care Centre which has 14,000 visits per year. And we can upgrade the emergency room at Saugeen Memorial Hospital which has 17,000 visits per year.

"This is an amazing contribution. We can't thank Bruce Power enough for its support."

 



Bruce Power president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne (L) shares a laugh with South Bruce Grey Health Centre board chairman John Haggarty, Friday morning, during breakfast at the Bruce Power Visitors' Centre



Kim Hebb (L) of Bruce Power, chats with president and CEO Duncan Hawthorne at the breakfast



Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker (R) has his photo taken with Darcy Tucker



South Bruce Grey Health Centre president and CEO Paul Rosebush (L) poses with Darcy Tucker

The $1-million will be used for state-of-the-art cancer facilities and medical equipment at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital; reconstruction of the emergency department and lab at Saugeen Memorial Hospital; and critical improvements at the Meaford, Markdale, Wiarton and Lion's Head hospitals.

Following the presentation, Hawthorne took Tucker on a tour of the Bruce A and B generating stations, and Bruce Power's corporate headquarters.



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