2018 IW Winners

Executive of the Year - North Bay

Tammy Morison

Tammy Morison

When it comes to support for North Bay Regional Health Centre, Tammy Morison continues to be inspired by the generosity of her community.

As CEO of the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation, Morison leads a team of six staff and more than 100 volunteers who are passionate about raising funds for programming and medical equipment to serve their communities. She considers it an honour to be involved in fulfilling donors’ wishes.

“I have the privilege of helping people in our community express their gratitude in a meaningful way, and they have the opportunity to have an impact on something they are passionate about,” Morison said.

“My most rewarding experiences are helping donors accomplish meaningful and impactful acts of giving. Many of our donors started their relationships with our foundation from its beginnings. This is a result of active stewardship and effective relationship management.”

There has been continual change and constraint during the last five years of budget limitations – a collective challenge amongst Ontario hospitals – and many could be deterred from the daunting task of seeking donations. But Morison flips that idea on its head.

“Yes, changes are taking place, but it is an empowering experience when we are ensuring that we can help out the hospital by still purchasing the urgently needed equipment, and we are having an impact on the care available because of philanthropy,” she said.

It’s that endless zeal to improve the lives of the people in her community that has guided Morison through life, which began in the small logging town of Gold River, Vancouver Island, where she was raised with two brothers.

In her post-secondary career, she studied sociology and spent six years in the military reserves. She lived in various communities across the country before settling in the Gateway City where Lois Krause, the foundation’s former CEO, and Barbara Minogue, the foundation’s past campaign chair, were among her early mentors.

“I really loved it in North Bay, and I wanted to return to Northern Ontario,” she said. “It’s been wonderful.”

Under her direction, the foundation raised more than $6.2 million to purchase diagnostic imaging equipment, including an MRI, to serve the district. She also led an initiative to raise more than $500,000 to implement the six-bed Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit, which allows children to remain in the community for care.

Morison is also a strong champion of community partnerships, the newest of which is with Providing Adults with Developmental Disabilities Lifelong Experiences (PADDLE). After raising $20,000 from a winter fundraising event, patients will now have access to important dental care under sedation close to home.

Morison is mindful of taking all the credit for the health centre’s successes: she wants to give acknowledgement where it’s due.

“We have incredible volunteers who help connect us with people who have a passion for heatlh care, the ability to have an impact, and who desire to make a difference in our community,” Morison said.

“So, while I lead the team in the background, it’s the people in our community who are actually making it happen.”