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Please find below our introduction to this new community initiative; a partnership between our Foundation, our Collingwood hospital, healthcare service providers and community wellness stakeholders throughout South Georgian Bay.

Read on about the Fund’s Mission, and the five Innovative projects awarded grants to date by the Fund. Be excited with us and join the Founding donors to enhance the value of the Endowment. Or, plan to gather your not-for-profit group to propose a Wellness enhancement program and in October apply for a grant from the Fund.

The details follow!

Barbara & Larry Hall, Lead Donors.


The Foundation created a dedicated endowment fund, The CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund, designed to generate monies from investments for Community sponsored wellness innovation projects, each year, forever.

The Halls assumed the role as lead donors and provided $100,000 of funding. The Foundation convinced the Halls that the Fund needed broader Community support and capital of at least $250,000 to provide sufficient income to fund meaningful projects. The Halls responded with an additional $75,000 of matching funds and the Foundation mobilized to find additional community donors to reach the required funding goal. Quickly the community stepped up – a dozen new donors responded, and the goal was met – and the search for community-based Wellness Innovation projects commenced.


Larry and Barb Hall’s connection with South Georgian Bay runs deeply, beginning in the late 1960’s with seasonal visits to ski with their family at the Alpine Ski Club. Occasional family member visits to the CGMH emergency department convinced them of the importance of a best-in-class hospital in the area. And Larry got involved, facilitating the planning for one of the Hospital’s first major fund-raising drives. Fast forward to the Fall of 2017, Barb and Larry had witnessed the growth of the Hospital Foundation, its impact on helping to foster excellence in care delivery at the Hospital. Importantly, the Hospital had attracted a cadre of best-in-class medical, support and administrative staff. South Georgian Bay was also growing with its people presenting challenging high expectations for service delivery. The Foundation had responded to this challenge, progressively raising the required monies to fund innovation. The Foundation’s focus was mostly on funding tools – the equipment that facilitated superb patient treatment and outcomes. Concurrently, the Hospital’s staff had created a hotbed of treatment innovation unparalleled in a rural hospital of its size in Ontario

But, as observed by the Halls, the growing health innovation talent outside of the Hospital in the community could be better challenged and fostered. What was needed, thought the Halls, was a source of seed capital to encourage and fund innovative wellness projects in Southern Georgian Bay Communities. The Foundation’s response to the Halls challenge was swift and effective – the result- the CGMH Foundation Wellness Innovation Fund.


Although the Fund has reached its initial funding target exceeding $250,000, so much more needs to be done to ensure South Georgian Bay continues its leadership in Community-based wellness innovation – the best place in Ontario to live, work, play and be healthy! Consider joining the Halls and the other dozen donors to build this special endowment fund. Programs like the ones highlighted above await your arrival!!

You can support the CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund with an outright gift now or as a legacy gift in your estate plan. Many donors are finding that gifts of marketable securities or insurance policies are an attractive and effective way to achieve both their philanthropic and financial goals. Smart philanthropy!

Please email, to discuss a gift towards the CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund.

Do you have an innovative wellness project and want to apply for funding from the CGMH Wellness Innovation Fund?

Please contact Jory Pritchard-Kerr for more information. Application deadline: January 31st, 2022


Phone: 705-444-8645

To apply, click link for the 2021 application form:

WellnessInnovationApplication2122 Form.pdf

Project/program outcomes must:

  • Take place within the CGMH Service Area
  • Enhance health and wellness for patients, citizens or visitors to the core service area
  • Be clearly innovative and collaborative in nature
  • For programs/projects currently in existence, the proposal must decrease delivery costs and/or improve effectiveness
  • The purpose or core outcome of the proposal must not be to increase revenue for a for-profit organization or individual