Christine Waite was born and raised in Arnprior and understands how greatly the community values The Grove and Hospital.
“My grandmother lived at The Grove and I feel so thankful that I was able to work and live close to where she lived,” explained Christine, Annual Giving Manager, Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. “During my grandmother’s final days, The Grove staff came to see us, shared stories about my grandmother and expressed how much they enjoyed their times with her – they were really losing their family member as well.”
Experience in different corners of ARH
Christine has been with the Foundation since 2017 but has many years of ARH experience supporting the Grove’s Business Office, working as a ward clerk at The Grove and Inpatient Unit, and providing administrative support to a group of Family Health Team physicians and the Family Health Organization.
“Each of these experiences was interesting and fun and gave me a chance to build relationships with amazing people across the organization.”
Christine’s breadth of ARH experience also equips her when she is engaging with community members to share the ARH story and help build support.
Local healthcare matters
When Christine meets with new staff at orientation or individuals in the community, she speaks to them about what leading-edge technology means to the health of the community.
“Medical technology changes and advances so quickly – and is a major fundraising commitment we have to the Hospital,” said Christine. “Knowing that through our work at the Foundation, we can help put the right technology in the hands of our healthcare teams who can diagnose patients more quickly, more accurately and make our community healthier is a huge motivator for me.”
The Foundation has also played an important role bringing the new Grove Nursing Home to life with its Come Home to Great Care Campaign and this focus has once again highlighted to Christine how much local healthcare matters to the community.
“Whether I’m talking to a donor or a community member, everybody sees a point when they will need The Grove,” reflected Christine. “It may be for them, their parents or an aunt or uncle, but they know at some point it will be part of their life – being trusted to help those individuals invest in our community is an absolute honour for me.”
Adapting in the times of COVID
Before the global pandemic hit, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission happened to approve Catch the Ace lotteries to be facilitated online (had only been in-person previously). Once COVID-19 arrive, The Arnprior Regional Health Foundation quickly knew they couldn’t host their big events and turned their attention to a virtual Catch the Ace.
“We were the first organization in the region to launch a virtual Catch the Ace and it’s been an exceptional success,” said Christine. “The community is involved, they’re having fun and we have raised more than $100,000 towards our commitment to help fund much-needed medical equipment.”
Christine and her family have also adapted to COVID times and continue to find fun and creative ways to keep their six-year-old daughter, Willow, entertained and stay busy with new house projects and renovations.