Update on Let’s Emerg Together Campaign

Mindemoya, ON  - The Board of Directors, Fundraising Committee and Senior Team of the Manitoulin Health Centre are pleased to announce the Let’s Emerg Together Campaign for the renovation and expansion of the Mindemoya Emergency Department, is now complete.

In the spring of 2019 the Let’s Emerg Together campaign kicked off with the lofty goal of raising $2.5 million dollars to renovate and expand the emergency department at the Mindemoya site. The initiative was daunting, given the onset of COVID-19, supply chain issues and other challenges. The community of Manitoulin and beyond our island borders came together and helped us to the finish line due in large part to the Smith Family Foundation who led the charge with their $1,000,000 pledge.  

While the project specific fundraising has come to a close, the construction is ongoing. MHC anticipates the grand opening to take place in the spring of 2023.  

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to this initiative. In the words of Michelle Hart, Fundraising Committee Chair “I wish to say that the generosity of everyone who contributed to the Let’s Emerg Campaign is unprecedented! We have reached our goal due to every large and small donation the campaign received. We wish to extend our sincere gratitude from the MHC fundraising community.” The Fundraising Committee would like to remind the public, the needs for the hospital are ongoing and a new campaign will be announced early spring.  

When asked about the completion of the fundraising initiative, Dennis McGregor, Board Chair said "It was over 5 years ago that the Board of Directors began the planning and implementation of this much needed project, and I am thrilled that the finish line is within sight. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the Smith Family Foundation, Corporate sponsors, national and local businesses alike, our First Nations and Municipalities, many service clubs and organizations, both our Hospital Auxiliaries and in particular Judy McKenzie and the Mindemoya Auxiliary, and of course all the individual donors from Manitoulin and beyond! Your contributions are truly appreciated and are responsible for making this vision a reality!"     

Paula Fields, President and CEO of MHC said “I am always humbled by the generosity of our community, from individuals, to families, estate bequests and of course, our corporate sponsors. I am so pleased to lead our facilities into this next phase with no financial obligation for future generations. Thank you so much to the Fundraising Committee for all their efforts, to everyone who thought enough of this initiative to donate and to our staff and patients who endured the destruction and construction phase. We look forward to welcoming everyone into the new state of the art facility in Mindemoya”.  

Donations are ongoing and can be made directly to the hospital by cheque payable to Manitoulin Health Centre at 11 Meredith Street East, Little Current, ON, P0P 1K0, or go online at www.mhc.on.ca or call (705) 368-2300 with your credit card number.


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Kelly Timmermans

Communications and Development Coordinator

Manitoulin Health Centre  
(705) 368-2300 ext. 2335                         



The Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) is a two-site small rural hospital serving the people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). We are proud to operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinabek people. MHC is committed to ongoing action, awareness, and education that build on reconciliation efforts, and to work against anti-Indigenous racism. We honour the land and First nations presence, practices, language, ceremonies and protocols.
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