Sheshegwaning contributes over $7,000 to ‘Tree of Life’

Tom Sasvari

The Recorder

SHESHEGWANING—The Sheshegwaning First Nation has given the Manitoulin Health Centre ‘Tree of Life’ fundraising campaign a significant financial boost.

“We appreciate the services provided by the Manitoulin Health Centre at both its locations,” stated Chief Joe Endanawas at the presentation of a cheque for $7,400 he and members of council made on behalf of the community on Tuesday.

“Our people use those services provided by our hospitals, and we are glad to contribute to the equipment fundraising campaign,” said Chief Endanawas, stressing, “this donation is not from the chief and council, it is from the entire community.”

Derek Graham, Chief Executive Officer of the MHC said, “this donation represents the commitment of the community of Sheshegwaning to the MHC, and it speaks of the recognition by members of the community that the residents use the MHC hospital services, and their appreciation of the MHC and the services we provide.”

Also on hand for the cheque presentation was Sheshegwaning chief executive officer Dennis Blackburn, Chief Endanawas and Councillors Nicole Laford, Emilio Tomaselli, Gene Cada, Felicia Wabegijik and Greg Sampson.

Mr. Graham explained the MHC fundraising campaign is designed to replace two ultra-sound, and two x-ray machines at its two hospital locations in Mindemoya and Little Current.

A total of $538,000 in cash and pledges has been raised by the MHC in its Tree of Life campaign, toward the ultimate goal of $650,000.