New Foundation head John Bouza has ties to the community and commitment to KDH

APRIL 9, 2012 – The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director: Mr. John Bouza. One of the top fundraising professionals in Canada for decades, Bouza brings to the Foundation over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of charitable fundraising.

John Bouza

John Bouza

Bouza has been involved in many successful fundraising programs including major campaigns for the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa Heart Institute, Villa Marconi, Ashbury College and the Boys and Girls Club. He was the first person in Ottawa to earn the internationally recognized Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Bouza’s longstanding and passionate commitment to the non-profit sector and his leadership as a fundraising professional were recognized by his peers in 1998 when he received the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award from the AFP Ottawa Chapter.

The Board of Directors of the KDH Foundation is delighted with Bouza’s appointment. Dermid O’Farrell, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, elaborates: “We are so pleased that we’re able to attract this kind of talent as we continue to raise funds for essential new equipment for the hospital. We are proud of our contribution to KDH’s growth and transformation into Ontario’s leading small hospital.”

Bouza was attracted to the position by the potential he sees because of the people involved, current economic development factors, and exciting Kemptville Hospital initiatives. He lists the “dynamic vision,” of KDH CEO Colin Goodfellow, the “dedicated volunteer leadership of the Foundation,” and the “wonderful community support” that the Hospital and Foundation enjoy. Add to that the explosive growth in population and economic development in the Hospital’s catchment area, the launch of the Total Joint Replacement program, and the expansion into Barrhaven with an Urgent Care Centre to serve southern Ottawa and, according to Bouza, “We have a tremendous opportunity to promote community philanthropy in support of KDH.”

Kemptville was a perfect fit for Bouza, as he and his wife Judy Dougherty, a talented artist, had recently moved from Ottawa to rural Osgoode Township to enjoy a different quality of life.

Members of the community had an opportunity to meet Bouza at the Foundation’s Annual Spring Gala, held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre March 31, 2012. With over 150 guests in attendance, the event raised $41,000 for new medical equipment for Kemptville Hospital. Sponsors, auction donors, volunteers and generous attendees made it an evening to remember.

Proceeds from the Gala and other KDH Foundation events will make a difference to people in the community, providing equipment for the Hospital’s new operating rooms and emergency department, as well as replacing and updating implements and devices throughout the hospital, so that doctors, nurses and staff can care for the community with essential new medical equipment.

Funds raised by the KDH Foundation are used to supplement the funding provided by the provincial government, which only covers the basics; every hospital needs fundraising bodies to be able to provide quality care to its community. The money raised by the KDH Foundation is a critical source of funding for the equipment and capital needs of Kemptville Hospital. It is the support of the community that makes it possible for KDH to offer compassionate, patient-focused, high quality care – close to home.

For more information or to make suggestions or comments about the Kemptville District Hospital Foundation please contact John Bouza, Executive Director, Box 2007, 2675 Concession Road, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G 1J0, 613.258.6133 x194,

About Kemptville District Hospital

Kemptville District Hospital is a fully accredited healthcare facility committed to building healthier communities. We are distinct within the provincial health system as a model of hospital-led integrated health services. We operate on two sites and provide primary care management services, acute care hospital services, advanced orthopaedic care and pride ourselves on being a good partner within the system. Kemptville Hospital consistently ranks among the top hospitals in Ontario for both patient and employee satisfaction.

For further information contact:

Jenny Read, Communications Lead

Tel: 613-258-6133 ext. 223