Do you have a thirst for life? I know I do, and then some! I hope I can continue enjoying life and good health for as long as possible. Lately, I’ve come to realize that I can’t do all that by myself.
Like everyone, my health depends on a multitude of factors: proper care, qualified health professionals, good equipment, etc.
Thanks to the Gatineau Health Foundation, I can get involved and make a difference. That’s why I joined the Board of Directors over 10 years ago and have been acting as its president since 2015.
In my capacity as President, I am fortunate to be able to count on the expertise of the Board’s group of 12 capable administrators. Together, we are empowering the Foundation to achieve its mission to the fullest possible extent. The Board members’ work has important repercussions for all of us, and in recognition of their dedication to our great cause, it will be my privilege to introduce them to you in future editions of our newsletter.
Thank you for placing your trust in us. Like you, I support the Gatineau Health Foundation, both as a donator and as a volunteer, and I know that by joining forces, we are contributing to improved healthcare right here in our Outaouais region.
Louise Poirier, President of the Board of Directors
“I am proud to have been involved with the Gatineau Health Foundation for more than 12 years. Health care is a universal concern that affects all of us, and that’s why it’s important for me to get involved with the Foundation. With nearly 30 years of expertise in the world of finance, I am proud to contribute to the optimal and prudent management of the Foundation’s assets and I always strive to maximize access to quality care in the various service areas covered at the CISSS de l’Outaouais. Furthermore, in my continuing mission as President of the Planned Donations Committee for the past two years, I deeply value the important consulting work our Committee can accomplish with donors. By helping them optimize their donations and achieve tangible results in our community, we are showing that finance can be a powerful tool for philanthropy !
Over the past several years, I have witnessed the direct impact we are having on patients and caregivers alike. On a personal level, I was deeply moved to see our projects deliver significant improvements to pediatric care and mental health care for our region’s youth. For example, the Gatineau Health Foundation contributed $350,000 to the Youth Protection Branch’s efforts to enlarge the residential rehabilitation campus for youth at risk on Freeman Road. Not to mention Brao, the new emotional support dog now providing companionship to children and teenagers in need! These are just two examples of impactful projects improving the services offered here in our beautiful region. After all these years, I am still amazed by the generosity of our donors and by the impacts their contributions can have on the lives of so many suffering people.
I have been a proud member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors for almost five years. As a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), I am actively envolved in ensuring the Foundation’s sound financial management. Amongs other things, I chair the Investment Committee and sit on the Audit Committee.
By leveraging our Foundation’s efforts, the CISSS can carry out projects aimed at improving the Outaouais region’s healthcare system. The respirology clinic and a new nursing home are just a few examples of projects that could not have succeeded without the Foundation.
Our Foundation also offers ordinary citizens a way to make a difference. I am happy to be a part of it, both as a donor and as a member of its Board of Directors, and I consider it my privilege to support the Foundation’s exceptional contributors to ensure we continue delivering on our mission.
Five years ago, I was asked to join the outstanding team at the Gatineau Health Foundation. I accepted without a moment’s hesitation. As an emergency room physician for nearly 23 years, I don’t think I have to tell you that healthcare is near and dear to my heart. My experience on the ground as a doctor has helped me truly appreciate all the great work the Foundation is doing. I have personally seen how the Foundation’s support can lead to better care, with our patients benefiting tremendously as a result. I am now putting my medical expertise to use by helping the team identify and understand the needs of our hospitals and our population.
I feel privileged to work with our region’s exceptional donors and incredible people. Among other things, your donations are making it possible to operate on patients with aortic aneurysms and send them home in record time for recovery. We are actually the first to benefit from this new technology! I am proud to be part of the Foundation’s dedicated, dynamic team, just as I am also proud of our region’s population for their great generosity and engagement.
In the wake of the 2015 reform of the health and social services system, the Centres jeunesse de l’Outaouais (CJO) disappeared as a legal entity. As a result, the CJO Foundation lost it mandate and had to be disbanded. As Executive Director of the Centres jeunesse de l’Outaouais, I had previously been tasked with managing the CJO Foundation along with a Board of Directors. Accordingly, I had to make the decision to dissolve the CJO Foundation and join the Gatineau Health Foundation (GHF). I retired from the health and social services system on April 1, 2015, and after 37 years of working with youths at risk and in need of protection in our region, I decided to join the GHF Board of Directors.
At the Gatineau Health Foundation, health is envisioned through a holistic approach. This allows us to take into account the entire spectrum of needs of youths at risk and in need of protection, as evidenced by recent investments in the region’s rehabilitation centres and youth protection services.
My experience and knowledge of health and social services are useful assets when it comes to identifying our population’s needs and prioritizing projects to be implemented. I am playing a very active role in our Joint Philanthropic Coordination Committee to ensure strategic integration and effective communication with the CISSS de l’Outaouais, in addition to my work on the Human Resources Committee.
I am proud to be part of the Foundation’s team of dynamic administrators and staff, and I feel privileged to be able to witness incredible donors and citizens doing their part to make a real difference towards better health and social services for everyone in the Outaouais region.
In these times of shared hardship, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the tremendous efforts and courage of all the employees at the CISSS de l’Outaouais and the Gatineau Health Foundation.
Thank you, and stay strong !