The Board of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre evolved from previous groups who came together to plan, and over several years, to fundraise and to develop the infrastructure to ensure that the area would be able to attract and retain health care providers.
Efforts began in 2003 when local business owner, Nick Lalani approached a group of fellow business people and residents within the community. The dream of developing a state-of-the-art facility to retain and attract medical professionals was born. Support grew quickly, and soon a team of hard working volunteers formed a Foundation for the purposes of fundraising. Office space in downtown Lakefield was donated, enabling the project to have a facility that connected the community with this vision. The Foundation consisted of many prominent residents and business people including:
Dr Bruce Gibson, Foundation Chair, Karl Moher, Glenda Newson, Ross Bletsoe, Ken Pipher, Cheryl Kelly, Vern Hamilton, John Gray, Susan Mackle, Tony Ambler, Patricia Morton, Gord Blake, David Hadden, Alex Ramsay, John Sherin, and Nick Lalani.
Various committees were formed, and the project benefited by the enthusiasm of countless individuals who donated their time and expertise. The path to development was not always smooth, as the Foundation was challenged by some politicians who did embrace the concept. Yet the Foundation stood solid with the overwhelming support of residents, businesses and other politicians who recognized the need, and were willing to travel ‘unchartered’ waters.
With the gracious donation of land by the Ambler Family, the incredible financial support of the community, organizations and all levels of government, the dream was now a reality, and after a successful 5 year fundraising campaign, the new facility was born. The Morton Family cemented the construction of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre with a generous donation. On September 26th, 2009, the communities celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony. A recognition wall within the facility serves to acknowledge many of the pledges and support too numerous to list here, but that made this project possible.
The MCHC project continues to be a leading model of communities working together for improved healthcare, and is a testament to the strength of this region, and the residents within.