KERHD Board Chair Dean McKerracher paid tribute to Donna Grainger at the KERHD Board Meeting this morning.

Grainger, who has been the Executive Director of the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) for the past 11 years, has announced her retirement.  In the time she has been with EKFH, they have raised approximately $3.3 million dollars for needed medical equipment, patient comforts and other essential items at the Hospital and community Health Care facilities.

There have been some tremendous successes – like the Starlite Campaign, which has raised over $973,000 in 8 years and the “Clear View” campaign, which raised one million dollars, and was completed 13 months ahead of schedule.  Another example of success was the $500,000 raised in collaboration with Auxillaries of Invermere, Windermere, Radium and Edgewater for the Invermere Emergency Room Redevelopment.

“Donna, your passion for the Foundation and its work has been evident since the beginning and have directly contributed to the Foundation’s numerous achievements. We all recognize this was far more than a job for you and that you truly poured your heart into every day, every dollar, and every project.  You will leave big shoes to fill,: noted McKerracher. “You’ve truly left a legacy to be proud of and as you celebrate your retirement, we hope you’ll take that same passion into this next phase of your life and enjoy every single day.”