I received an interesting comment on recent post on Addressing Mental Heath in our Community

“What has been your role in obtaining funding???? Are you aware of LIPS, ladies in philanthropy for Southlake, they have raised thousands of dollars that go directly to the areas they elect. We need to thank and recognize hard working people from all walks of life who support the hospital through donations, fundraising, volunteering. More direct action is needed”

I offer the following:

What has been your role in obtaining funding????  Not sure if refers to fundraising or obtaining funding from the Province (the appropriate source…). If it is fundraising, check out my website http://geoffdawe.ca and one of the scrolling pictures you will see me presenting a cheque for $750,000 to then Southlake president Dave Williams and then Foundation president Neila Poscente on behalf of the 2C landowners group. Also, through other activities, I have raised an additional $50,000 (actually a little more).

If it is funding, as a Mayor and member of the Southlake Board of Directors, I have had numerous meetings with Provincial Ministers, as well as the LHIN. As part of a concerted team effort, we have been successful in getting the old Humber River Hospital reopened as the Reactivation Care Centre, handling Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients, providing them with a proper lever of care and freeing up much needed space at Southlake. We have also been successful in getting extra funding for mental health, resulting in an additional 12 beds.

Is that enough? No.

Is it better than what we had? Absolutely, and allows us to step up our care in this area.

Are you aware of LIPS, ladies in philanthropy for Southlake, they have raised thousands of dollars that go directly to the areas they elect. Yes! I have attended some of their functions and personally participated in their fundraising.

We need to thank and recognize hard working people from all walks of life who support the hospital through donations, fundraising, volunteering. Completely agree – which is why I have attended pretty much every volunteer recognition event that has been organized by either the Hospital or the Foundation – including those that recognize staff!

More direct action is needed – Completely agree with this as well. But the direct action needs to come from the Provincial Government as they have the responsibility for health care. Our local community has been more than generous – oversubscribing the fundraising for the Cancer Centre during the worst recession in recent memory (late 2000s), and more recently for the Diagnostic Imaging campaign. It’s time for a reassessment of our entire health care system and the overall funding model. Until that happens, I will continue to be a strong advocate for Southlake.