Liz Kenny will retire as head of Bluewater Health Foundation

After 22 years, Liz Kenny, Executive Director of Bluewater Health Foundation, has announced her retirement.

Kenny leaves a great legacy of giving and a career in which she helped to raise more than $63 million dollars for local healthcare, including state-of-the art technology and medical equipment for patient programs and services at Bluewater Health.

“Bluewater Health Foundation is a part of my life and will always be in my heart,” said Kenny. “My career in healthcare philanthropy has been immensely rewarding and it’s a good time in the life of the Foundation to leave it in new hands. Personally, with my children and grandchildren in Sarnia, retirement will offer me more time to spend with family.”

Kenny began her career with Bluewater Health Foundation in 1997, the year the fundraising arm of the hospital was established. Previously she was the Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and has long been a leader in business, community advocacy and volunteerism.

“Liz has been integral to the Foundation’s success,” said Gord Bristo, President, Bluewater Health Foundation. “From small beginnings, she has helped lead us to where we are today – a strong, credible, caring and responsive organization with excellent staff, dedicated Board members and generous donors. This allowed us, with great help from our supporters, to raise more than $4.5 million last year.”

When she reflects on her achievements, Kenny finds it hard to express in words the fulfilment that she feels when she sees the new hospital building in Sarnia.

“As Executive Director of the Foundation during the associated campaigns for our community’s historical capital redevelopment project, I feel that I played a small but important role in helping to shape the future of healthcare in Sarnia-Lambton. I have had the opportunity to meet many people…some business associates, others donors and peers, and I continue to marvel at the support shown to the hospital and our foundation.”

Sue Denomy, President and CEO of Bluewater Health, says of Kenny, “She has worked tirelessly on behalf of our patients and their families, enhancing the health and wellness of her community by raising money in support of programs, services and equipment. She has been passionate and giving, always going above and beyond in the name of the Foundation and its donors. We wish Liz the very best in this next chapter of her life.”

Bristo said the Human Resource Committee of the Foundation Board will begin the search process immediately, with the goal of hiring a new Executive Director by mid October. Kenny will officially retire from her position on December 31, 2011.

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