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On Saturday, September 24, 2022, the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Foundation will host the Power of Giving Hybrid Gala at Discovery Harbour in Penetanguishene. With both in-person and virtual options available, this year’s event is presented by Faris Team Real Estate Brokerage, and will be co-hosted by Power of Giving committee chair, Sara Lankshear and General Roméo Dallaire.

A celebrated advocate for human rights, General Dallaire is a respected author, government and UN advisor, and former Canadian Senator. Throughout his long and distinguished military career, General Dallaire most notably led the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide when 800,000 lives were brutally taken in less than 100 days.  His courage and leadership during that mission, and his decades-long battle with PTSD, have earned him international respect and commendation which continue to this day.

We are honoured to have General Dallaire join us for this year’s Power of Giving Gala,” says Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation. “He is a passionate speaker, and a courageous advocate for mental health. He has devoted decades of passionate leadership and advocacy to the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and we are privileged to have him share his insight and experience with us as co-host on September 24.

In addition to hearing from General Dallaire, guests attending in person will enjoy an outdoor experience including a welcome cocktail, delicious hors d’oeuvres, live art demonstration from local artist, Alex McLaughlin and live musical entertainment from Toronto-based singer/songwriter Nelson Sobral.  Through ticket sales, online auction, live fundraising and sales of Georgian Bay (Gbay) Bags, the event plans to raise $250,000 for the GBGH Foundation’s Impact Fund.

The Impact Fund addresses the highest priority needs identified by the team at GBGH,” says Kraftscik. “Building a comprehensive acute mental health program at our hospital, and bringing more mental health beds to our region, is a top priority, and that’s why we are focusing on the critical need for more acute mental health services at this year’s gala.

Tickets to attend the Power of Giving Gala in person are $150 each, while virtual event attendance is free with pre-registration. The in-person event begins at 5pm, following by the live stream at 7pm. For more information, to purchase tickets or to register, visit or contact the Foundation office ( or 705-526-4483).

A $100,000 gift will provide vital funding to enhance the care experience for patients at Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in Midland, Ontario. Steve and Brenda, seasonal residents in Honey Harbour, made this gift to address some of the highest priority projects for the hospital in the coming year.  

Steve and Brenda have spent summers on Georgian Bay for more than 50 years, and have relied on the health care services at GBGH in the past.  The couple first heard about the need for critical medical equipment at GBGH through the Kickstart Your Heart campaign in February 2022, and it inspired them to connect with the GBGH Foundation to learn more about the hospital’s most important capital priorities.   

Our sons and their families live in the area, and have received exceptional care at GBGH every time they have needed the hospital,” shares Steve.  “We are pleased that this gift will help ensure that the frontline care providers at GBGH have what they need to care for their patients.  We know that updated equipment is so important so the hospital can do what it needs to do.” 

This generous gift will support the GBGH Foundation’s Impact Fund, which addresses the highest priority capital equipment and infrastructure upgrades at GBGH. Some of the key equipment priorities this year include a hematology analyzer for the laboratory, a bladder scanner for the Emergency department & Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and a new patient bathtub for the 2N inpatient unit.  

The impact that Steve and Brenda are having at GBGH is remarkable,” shares Matthew Lawson, interim president and CEO, GBGH. “Amidst very challenging times in health care, providing functional, reliable and effective equipment for our teams makes their jobs just a little easier.  The investment in equipment and infrastructure also means our patients can receive their diagnosis, treatment and recovery close to home, which is what we all want for our family, friends and loved ones.