On Wednesday, June 3, 2020 community member Ron Fenton
presented the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation (SMHF) with a cheque for $20,000 towards the
COVID- 19 Pandemic Response Fund. Fenton, a long-time supporter of the SMHF wanted to make an
impact at a critical time for the Hospital, and the health care system in general.
“It has always been on my mind that I would like to make a decent donation to the development
project at some point,” says Fenton. “When I became aware of the matching initiative by the
Morningview Foundation in connection with the Pandemic Fund, it seemed this was a better time to
Fenton has been inspired by the outpouring of support that the community has given the hospital, as
well as other pledge announcements, such as from community members and local business owners, Bill
and Kim Wray. He hopes sharing the news about his donation will inspire others to give to this
important cause as well.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund was created to support the costs that have been incurred as a
result of the pandemic, along with the hospital’s most urgent annual capital needs, including
equipment, supplies, and technology.
“We are so grateful to Ron for his outstanding generosity,” says Tanya Wall, Executive Director,
SMHF. “To think of others during a pandemic and to make a gift of this size, is an incredible act
of self-sacrifice and a wonderful example of our community’s giving spirit. This gift will go
directly to supporting SMH with its most critical needs, as they respond to the pandemic on the
Fenton’s donation brings the Pandemic Response Fund to a total raised of $301,191. Since May 1st,
when the Morningview Foundation’s matching gift was announced, $87,234 has been raised. The
Morningview Foundation will match all gifts to the Pandemic Response Fund up to $150,000.
To make a donation to the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund or for more information on how you can
help, visit www.transformingstevenson.ca.
Photo: Ron Fenton donates $20,000 to Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation.