Contributes $12,000 of $60,000 pledge
MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) board learned at its meeting last week that Blue Goose Pure Foods will not be honouring its $60,000 donation to the MHC Tree of Life Campaign for new ultrasound equipment for both the Little Current and Mindemoya sites, as was promised in 2012.
“We contacted Blue Goose about last year’s and this year’s $12,000 installments and were asked to send invoices,” MHC CEO Derek Graham reported to the board last Thursday. “We sent the invoices and were then contacted by the company’s public relations department who advised us that they were not in a position to honour their agreement.”
Mr. Graham explained that Blue Goose pledged $60,000 in 2012 towards the MHC campaign and asked that the amount be divided into five annual payments of $12,000, however MHC has not received any funds since the initial $12,000 donation in 2012.
“This is certainly disappointing,” continued Mr. Graham. “From my perspective, it is good to know that at least this is the only pledge that wasn’t honoured from the campaign.”
Responding to questions from The Expositor as to what this lack of funds will mean for MHC, Mr. Graham explained that because “significantly more money was raised then anticipated during the campaign, there were enough funds to cover the purchase of the equipment.”
“With the extra funds raised from the campaign we purchased additional items including a five-year service plan for the equipment,” continued Mr. Graham. “Without this additional money that was pledged (from Blue Goose), in the future, when the campaign funds are exhausted, MHC will have to make up the lack of funds from the health centre’s base budget.”
A plaque, reserved for significant donations as part of the Tree of Life, and which was engraved with the Blue Goose name, has since been removed from both hospitals.
This spring Blue Goose announced that it would be winding down all of its beef operations on Manitoulin Island, following a review of the long-term viability of the company’s beef business on Manitoulin.
Despite the end of the company’s beef operations on the Island, the company said it would be turning its focus and resources in growing its aquaculture business on Manitoulin.
The Expositor tried several avenues to reach Blue Good Pure Foods for comment prior to press time on Monday, but was unable to secure a comment regarding their commitment to MHC.