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Anna White continues foundation work despite layoff from position

Anna White, who has served as the development director for the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation for 18 years, is now a director and treasurer with the foundation’s board of directors.
Anna White, who has served as the development director for the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation for 18 years, is now a director and treasurer with the foundation’s board of directors. - Frank Gale
STEPHENVILLE, N.L. —

Most people whose job becomes redundant after being in the position for 18 years would likely be upset with their employer.

Not so for Anna White (formerly Anna Simon) who was sorry to have to leave the position of development director with the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation but felt strongly she wanted to still be an active individual with the board of directors.

That board decided last November that, due to the economic condition of the region and the current financial status of the foundation, it would be best served to make the position of development director redundant.

Laura Aylward, foundation chairperson, said this decision was not taken lightly and made in the best interests of the foundation as the board realized the alternative was the dissolving of the foundation, a last resort.

She said it was decided board members would manage the foundation’s office and day-to-day operations to no longer incur expenses of an employee’s salary and benefits.

White said to her, it was the most financially responsible thing as a board they could decide upon.

“Where I was first and foremost at the front of the day-to-day operations, I realized the financial situation the board was in,” she said.

White said for nearly two decades her passion was raising finances for the foundation office and what it does is crucial to maintaining the health care services provided in the Bay St. George region.

That’s why she agreed to become an active director of the board and members voted her in as treasurer in January of this year.

“With the active participation of our directors and community volunteers, the board can’t only continue on but thrive in supporting our hospital,” White said.

She’s been enjoying her newly married life to Tony White, who is also on the board of directors, volunteers in the office and with the annual radiothon.

White said she is still looking for employment and for now is enjoying showing members of the foundation how the office is run.

Aylward said her board is sorry to see their long-term employee leave the position but is leased to have her back on the executive to give them guidance.

She said the priority of the board has always been to maintain fiscal responsibility and transparency for all financial activity.

About the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation:

 

Members of foundation board of directors has its members overseeing the management of the foundation’s office hours open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekly.

Board volunteers are training in the foundation’s office to provide the public the physical office to continue to donate to the hospital foundation with monies raised going towards the purchase of capital medical equipment for the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital.

Since January increased membership on foundation from 14 to 20.

Capital equipment campaign 2019-20 will be announced shortly once the board of directors has perused the list.

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering may contact the foundation office at 643-7478 or visit the office during business hours.

Mailing address: Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation, 142 Minnesota Drive, Stephenville, NL, A2N 2V6.

Check out the foundation on Facebook at Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation.

Source: Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation

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