The Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation welcomes a new leader after a year-long search. Mira Trebilcock has been hired as the foundation’s new Executive Director and steps into her new role today.

The foundation says the Timmins, Ontario native is an experienced non-profit advancement professional with a strong track record of success working in fundraising, business development and communications.

“Healthcare professionals have been unwavering in their commitments to patients, families and communities during these trying years,” says Trebilcock.

“I am excited for the opportunity to enhance the hospital’s ability to touch lives. With ever-evolving technology, There’s never been a time in which the impact of philanthropy in health and medical sciences has been greater.”

Trebilcock’s previous experience includes working as the Director of Development with Regina’s Mother Teresa Middle School, a Grade 6-8 school in the centre of a neighbourhood that Maclean’s has described as Canada’s worst neighbourhood in 2007.

Other work experience includes working as a Development Officer with the College of Notre Dame and as the Coordinator of Business Development for the Regina Hotel Association.

Trebilcock also brings an impressive sports resume to the community. She and her professional football team, the Regina Riot, won the Western Women’s Canadian Football League championship in July 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The defensive back also played NCAA women’s hockey, soccer and rugby at Lake Forest, Illinois, while majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience and women and gender studies.

She’s also completed her Master of Science in Kinesiology and Health Studies from the University of Regina and has coached hockey at Notre Dame.

“I’ve played quite a few sports so I’m always eager for anything that will get me back into that world,” she adds.

Mira, her spouse Meaghan and their 1-year-old daughter, Bowen, joined Kenora in the last few weeks and have been spending time acclimating to their new home.

“I am incredibly excited to return to Northern Ontario. I love the community; it is built on a spirit of hard work and people coming together for a shared goal,” she adds. “I’m super excited to be in Kenora, be a part of it and help grow it.”

Jess Rheault stepped away from the director position after 12 years in July 2021. During her tenure, the Foundation raised over $10.5 million for equipment and renovations at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

Trebilcock says the foundation’s monthly 50/50 raffle has led to new fluoroscopy equipment, a new reverse osmosis machine, an ECG monitor, as well as an investment in women’s health with the purchase of colposcopy clinic equipment and hysteroscopes.

“A huge shoutout to the team prior. Their legacy in terms of starting that 50/50, it’s been tremendously successful and impactful in terms of fundraising and awareness of hospital foundations across Ontario. They all followed suit and started their own 50/50s,” says Trebilcock.

“The proceeds of the monthly raffle and donations to the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation are instrumental in ensuring patients receive the best healthcare possible with the latest life-saving equipment and state-of-the-art facilities,” she adds.

You can make a donation to the foundation or purchase 50/50 tickets HERE, or at the Matiowski Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays under the Whitecap Pavilion. 50/50 participants must be 18 years old and be in Ontario at the time of purchase.

Other fundraisers include this summer’s Par-3 Charity Challenge golf tournament on July 21, the Lifesavers Dinner in August, Hockey for Health events and more.

Trebilcock adds she’s open to having conversations about the future and direction of the foundation. You can reach the Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation at lwdhf@lwdh.on.ca, their Facebook page or by calling 807-468-9851 ext. 2469.