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Welcome Jesse Dees!

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We are excited to announce that Jesse Dees is the successful candidate for the Sr. Key Relationships Officer role with the GBGH Foundation.  Jesse will start with the team on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Jesse has extensive experience working in healthcare philanthropy, where she has garnered expertise in building meaningful donor relationships, developing and executing capital campaigns, and leading highly successful major and legacy giving programs. Jesse spent the last 8 years at the Collingwood Hospital Foundation where she most recently held the role as the Chief Development Officer and was responsible for the strategic execution and management of the Foundation’s overall fundraising strategies and operations. She also led the Major and Legacy Giving programs where she secured gifts in the $100,000 – $2M range.

Jesse is an active volunteer and leader in the healthcare philanthropy sector and was named as one of the Association for Health Care Philanthropy’s Top Forty Under Forty leaders in North America in 2018. She served on the Board of Directors for the Collingwood Women’s Shelter and as a conference committee member for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Convene Canada Conference for 7 years.

She has a passion for education and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development from Georgian College, where she served on the Advisory Committee for the program after graduating. Jesse also has a certificate in Major Gifts Initiatives & Capital Campaigns from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Business and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Jesse earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in September 2017.

Jesse has expressed her excitement about joining the GBGH Foundation: “I am looking forward to joining a fantastic team and getting to know the amazing donors who help ensure exceptional healthcare in Georgian Bay. There are historic projects on the horizon for GBGH that will transform healthcare in the community and I am grateful to be part of the team that helps make these projects a reality”. 

Please join us in extending a very warm welcome to Jesse. Her experience, knowledge and relationship-focused approach will greatly assist the Foundation in our mission to empower GBGH to deliver exceptional health care.

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