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Robyn Blanchet

Campaign Coordinator
(705) 816-0319
BlanchetR@rvh.on.ca 

Giving back to the community has been a long time passion for me and my family. 

I believe in helping others and am honored to be on the team here at RVH. It is important to me to always be learning and to be challenged.  As a new member with the Foundation I am looking forward to the challenge that fundraising presents, and learning from the brilliant staff and volunteers at RVH and the Foundation.

Prior to joining the RVH Foundation team I worked for 10 years with Central Ontario Broadcasting, spending the latter years of my role there as the Promotions Director.  I value the experience I gained in fostering relationships with community partners, business owners, volunteers and the radio station listeners. I also bring with me into my new role at RVH experience in building social media campaigns, event planning and a high standard for customer service.

I am lucky to be married to my best friend, we live just outside of Barrie in the beautiful township of Springwater with our two sons and our dog.  Growing up I was a competitive figure skater and now continue to live an active lifestyle.  When not taking my sons to hockey or swimming, as a family we enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. 

My proudest accomplishment are my sons who make me smile every day. 

I feel motivated by the patients here at RVH and inspired by the supporters of RVH.

I have always enjoyed the creativity and complexity that is involved with event planning and feel it is a privilege to now be a part of the team to organize events that raise funds to support patient care at RVH. 



Danielle Davies

Development Assistant
(705) 728-9090 ext. 41520
DaviesD@rvh.on.ca 

I always knew I wanted to be someone who made a difference in the world, therefore community involvement and philanthropy has been a continuous passion of mine over the years. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to be a part of the RVH Foundation team to make each life better together. I believe I was put on this planet to help others, which is why I am so grateful to be a part of Team RVH and apart of this caring community.

Prior to joining the RVH Foundation team, I worked for Georgian College as a Program Support Clerk for the Job Finding Club for Immigrants Program. I cherish the experience I obtained while working with newcomers to Canada, community partners, local businesses, and employment professionals throughout my time with the program.  As I transition into this new role, I also contribute experience in administration, event planning, social media marketing, financing, and client services.

I am overly grateful to be marrying my best friend next summer, my fiancé and I live in a century home in Elmvale with our dog, Volt, who is a White Sheppard we rescued just over two years ago. Throughout my childhood, I attended various racetracks with my family, and I continue this tradition with my Fiancé who also races cars across North America. Outside of the office, I am also an avid lover of home decor, baking, cooking and DIY projects.

My motivation comes from the patients at RVH, working as a part of this team has inspired me to be stronger and to understand that we are truly stronger together. The supporters of RVH inspire me to think big and be benevolent in everything that I do.

I am excited to be a part of this amazing team of philanthropic professionals who are motivated, caring and supportive of the patient care at RVH.



Eric Dean, FAHP
 

Chief Executive Officer
705-728-9090 x 41518 
DeanE@rvh.on.ca
 

It’s hard to believe that I’ve had the privilege of raising funds for health care for nearly 30 years. 

While I’ve enjoyed seeing the impact of community support in hospitals in Toronto, Lindsay and Ottawa, I’ve called Barrie home now for over seven years and I’m so impressed with the generosity of our region. 

When I arrived in Barrie, the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre was still under construction and today we’ve seen its impact in the thousands of patients treated every year and more than 12 million kilometres of travel saved each year by having this care closer to home.  It’s so rewarding to share the impact of community support with donors who helped make this project, and others, happen.

I’m inspired by the team, both at RVH and the foundation. We are surrounded by board members, teammates and volunteers who strive each day to make life better for patients and their families.  We see extraordinary compassion and commitment in this common cause.

My wife Loraine and I are proud to be part of this community.  While our daughters are grown and thriving in their own cities, we’ve been enjoying getting to know the biking and hiking trails throughout the region and getting involved in the community.  I’m especially passionate about my involvement with the Rotary Club of Barrie and the opportunities Rotary provides to work with like-minded individuals in Rotary, Rotaract and Interact – in Barrie and throughout the area.

Lastly, I’m really honoured to work every day with people who want to create a better future for our community.  It’s a great privilege to help donors find a way to give back, to make a difference and to put their passion and values into action. 

Megan

Megan Goldwell
Philanthropy Officer
705-739-5600 x 41612
GoldwellM@rvh.on.ca


As one of the newest members of the RVH Foundation I am grateful to join this dedicated team of philanthropic professionals as we raise funds and awareness for RVH and the patient centred care they provide.

My passion for healthcare advocacy and raising funds for hospitals began early in my life. My mother had MS and lived in a continuing care hospital for many years. I literally grew up in hospitals. I am forever indebted to talented doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers who work tireless to care for the sick and vulnerable in our communities.

In my role as Philanthropy Officer, I look forward to the privilege of getting to know our donors, hearing their stories, and understanding what inspires them to give back.

To my role, I bring over a decade of experience as a sponsorship, marketing and corporate communications professional. Most recently, I spent six years raising funds through corporate partnerships for the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, UHN.

In my spare time, being somewhat new to Barrie, I look forward to reacquainting myself with the friendly people and beautiful topography of this region. I love hiking with friends, reading a good book at the beach and going for picnics by the water. I have many fond memories visiting my Godmother who lived in Victoria Harbour and worked at RVH for many years as a nurse. I hope to carry on the family tradition of serving the Barrie-Simcoe-Muskoka communities with kindness, compassion and excellence.



Jennifer Harris 

Stewardship Specialist (Interm)
705-728-9090 x41513
HarrisJen@rvh.on.ca 

Healthcare has long been a passion of mine. After working as a medical administrator in Cardiology for 20 years, I decided it was time for a change, but I wanted to remain in this field. When I applied to the RVH Foundation it was on a whim – a whim that’s turned into a fantastic opportunity.

I love getting to know the patients and donors at RVH. It’s humbling to hear their stories of care, and how they’ve been touched by the compassionate staff at RVH.

I was born and raised in Barrie and have watched this community grow over the years.  The hospital has always been there for my family and it has been a privilege to see the positive changes as it has also grown, including the recent opening of the Child & Youth Mental Health inpatient unit and the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program. 

My family, my church, and music are my strongest passions. I’m fortunate to say my two sons are my proudest accomplishment and I have been their biggest fan at all of their sports games. With a background in piano and choral singing, I also work part-time as the music director at my church. 

Patients and donors who accomplish great goals while overcoming huge obstacles motivate me. I also draw inspiration from those who prove one person can make a significant difference – like Zach Makes Tracks.



Charlene Mamo

Foundation Accountant 
705-728-9090 x42147
MamoC@rvh.on.ca



Amber McGarvey-Moreland  
Stewardship Specialist (Maternity Leave)

I believe in giving back to your community in whatever capacity you can. Volunteering is just a way of life for my family. You’ll find me volunteering anywhere I can lend a hand.

A passion for helping others has led me to a career in the non-profit sector, largely in healthcare. I’m particularly passionate about palliative care.

As Stewardship Specialist it’s exciting to assist the donors who come into the office. It’s the day-to-day donations where you get to hear the donors’ stories – those are the ones that stick with you. I always strive to help donors realize they’re making a difference, no matter the size of the gift.

It’s imperative to share what’s important to them – especially when it comes to what their donation supports in the health centre.

Born and raised in Orillia, I’m thoroughly involved in the arts and culture scene in my hometown. I love live music and everything from classical to folk to funk – especially The Beatles. In the same creative vein, I create jewellry for my line, Koi Jewellry. I also love going antiquing and bringing home vintage treasures.

Inspired by my grandfather’s passion for his community, it’s important for me to build on his legacy, and leave my community better off in some way. He was an incredible mentor and I aspire to do the same. I’m also inspired by the people around me who are positive, adventurous and motivate me to be a better person for my daughter, Coral.

I get the most satisfaction from thanking donors – having the opportunity to bring them into the hospital to see the impact of their gift. Our annual donor appreciation event is a highlight for me because we can show the impact of their support, but also inspire and showcase RVH’s exceptional employees, volunteers and physicians


Brianna McKenna

Donor Relations Specialist
705-728-9090 x 41516
McKennaB@rvh.on.ca 

In life I truly believe that everything happens for a reason; although, at times it is difficult to understand why. Personally, this was especially true while grieving the loss of my niece, Bridget. While going through the daily motions and grieving this loss, my family organized a run in memory of Bridget to raise awareness for Pregnancy and Infant Loss with funds raised going to support RVH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Bereavement Program. This is where my experience began with the RVH Foundation. As part of the Partners in Caring program my family received wonderful support from the Foundation team. It was during this experience that I immediately fell in love with the idea of working for such an incredible organization and team of individuals.

Bridget has guided me to a new path and I am extremely humbled to have the opportunity to work with the donors and supporters of RVH. Now, I am excited to hear the stories of our supporters and to work alongside them in their meaningful projects to benefit our community and the patients at RVH.

As the middle child of five kids my family means everything to me. Outside of the office you will find me with my siblings and their growing families spending as much quality “auntie” time as I can with them. When not with my nieces and nephews my husband and I can be found at the gym, watching our favourite TV shows or thinking about our next home renovation project.

Inspiring stories motivate me; stories of people who are going through life changing events but continue to bring positivity and goodwill to the community – Terry Fox, Rick Hansen, and even our little Bridget. These are the stories I am excited to be part of here at the RVH Foundation. 



Kelly Pottage 

Community Giving Manager 
705-728-9090 x41510
PottageK@rvh.on.ca
 

It is a privilege to be a team member in the RVH Foundation as it allows me to help and collaborate with community members who organize events and initiatives to raise funds for exceptional patient care. I am passionate about this cause, particularly because two members of my immediate family have received life-saving services at RVH. Both incidents were sudden and unexpected and if weren’t for the incredible quality of care provided by the health care providers and the tools and technologies they have access to, either situation could have turned out very differently. Needless to say, my family is and will continue to be, very grateful to RVH. This is why fundraising to ensure the organization can continue to deliver the highest possible quality care for its patients, is important to me and very close to my heart.

My background in journalism, corporate communications and working in the fundraising department of Georgian College for over a decade, has created a pathway of experience in writing and story-telling, building relationships for the betterment of important work and causes, and the skills to stitch together and project manage the many little pieces and details that create meaningful events and projects. No two days are ever the same, and that creates exciting and rewarding work.

As one of the newer team members in the Foundation, I look forward to getting to know, thank, and work with the dedicated supporters and donors who have stood behind RVH, in many cases year after year, to help it thrive and evolve for the benefit of the community and patients.

When I’m not at work, I can be found driving my two teenagers to their activities, reading the news snuggled up with our two dogs, and once in a while, I like to hit the greens to golf with friends or my husband which is my favourite activity (although I’m a work in progress on the course). I also enjoy really good quality coffee, and have found that Café Royal in the main lobby of RVH offers a great cup of brew!

 

Kim Sexsmith
Senior Administrative Assistant
705-728-9090 x41514
SexsmithK@rvh.on.ca


I am relatively new to the RVH Foundation, and never worked in healthcare before, but it’s already exciting to be part of a team who has a passion about helping to provide the best healthcare for our community.  

You would not know it by speaking to me, but I am originally from England. In fact, I moved 13 times before I turned 18. I am now a proud Canadian and am inspired by the life I have been able to create here. I have a lot of gratitude for everything we have as Canadians and it makes me want to be generous and giving.  I am passionate about paying it forward, which is something I have also instilled in my son and daughter.

Outside of the office I’m a long-time Blue Jays fan and go to as many games as I can squeeze in. When I’m not there you’ll find me at the movie theatre, a concert, or socializing with friends.  I love to go on walks, spend time with my family and have fun with our two dogs. My husband and I love to go to Mexico and the Dominican Republic and our bucket list includes retiring somewhere warm and exotic.

One of the most rewarding experiences of my life was finding my brother who was given up for adoption as a baby. I always knew something was missing. It took seven years of searching, but finally we were reunited, and have a wonderful relationship.

I aspire to be a model of hope, positivity and resilience. It’s my own personal passion to make anyone I come into contact with, feel important, and listened to. Everyone deserves a chance to tell their story and be heard, and there are many amazing stories at RVH!

Rebbeca Truax, MBA, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy 
705-728-9090 x 41525 
TruaxR@rvh.on.ca

Working with donors is the best part of my role as director of philanthropy. Every day I cross paths with someone new and I’m reminded that philanthropy knows no boundaries. Our donors come from different backgrounds, different experiences – they range from 10 years old to 90 years old. I learn from each of them.  

I was inspired to join this profession because I saw the incredible difference philanthropy makes to communities. As someone with roots in rural Ontario, I understand the importance of building a strong community and people helping each other. People can build anything they want to when they’re empowered. 

RVH supporters are amazing people who energize and inspire me. Healthcare touches everyone, at some point in their lives, and in response people have made RVH a charity of choice.

Outside of the foundation, I lead an active life. I’m a passionate road cycler and enjoy a variety of other sports including yoga, circuit training, hiking, skiing and golf. My favourite musician is Billy Joel - it’s impossible not to dance when his music comes on.

My greatest achievement is my son – he’s curious, positive and kind.

Our patients are my biggest motivator, knowing everyday they’re braving something that’s often unexpected and with such grace. It is inspiring to know that our patients are supported by their community.

Donors are the centre of everything we do at the RVH Foundation. I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with them and honour their generosity.