MONCTON, NB, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Medavie Health Foundation is fully
operational today with the launch of its formal grants program. This
comes after a series of early grant and partnership announcements and
is aligned with the launch of www.medaviehealthfoundation.ca.
"We are excited to see the Foundation come to life," said Ruth Rappini,
Vice-President, Organization Development, Medavie Blue Cross and
Medavie Health Foundation. "The Medavie Health Foundation was born
from the vision that, as a not-for-profit organization, we don't have
an obligation to shareholders but, rather, to the communities where we
Rappini continued, "To date we have committed more than $1.2 million to
single and multi-year grant and partnership programs, some of which are
yet to be formally announced. With today's launch of our formal grants
program and our website, we look forward to expanding this level of
support to reach communities and organizations across Atlantic Canada."
"We are proud to partner with Medavie Blue Cross to support the creation
of the Medavie Health Foundation," said George McLellan, President and
CEO, Medavie EMS. "Our paramedics live and work in communities across
Atlantic Canada and beyond. Investing in these communities further
reinforces our focus on providing successful solutions in the current
challenging climate of emergency health care delivery."
"Social alliances (long term strategic partnerships between for-profit
and non-profit organizations) are powerful tools with which to address
today's complex social and economic issues," said Peggy Cunningham,
Dean of Dalhousie University's Faculty of Management. "I believe that
the Medavie Health Foundation will break new ground and will help to
raise the bar in terms of taking a collaborative approach to meeting
the needs of Atlantic Canadian communities."
The Medavie Health Foundation is focused on developing partnerships and
supporting programs in two core cause areas - child and youth mental
health and type 2 diabetes.
To apply for funding through the Medavie Health Foundation Grants
Program, please visit our website. Applications will be accepted
between February 1 and April 30, 2012. Organizations must be a
registered charity offering programs in one of our core cause areas.
About the Medavie Health Foundation
The Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and our partner, Medavie EMS, as part of a long term commitment to make a lasting impact in the
communities where our employees and customers live and work. Today,
with a growing capital base of more than $27 million, the Foundation
will provide a legacy to benefit future generations.
The Foundation is focused on two core causes that are of particular
concern to Canadians - child and youth mental health and type 2
diabetes. It aims to bring organizations and communities together
through collaborative multi-year partnerships and to support
grassroots, community based initiatives through an annual grants
As a not-for-profit organization, Medavie Blue Cross is proud to commit
an annual social dividend of 10 per cent of our net income to the
Medavie Health Foundation.
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SOURCE Medavie Health Foundation
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