Pictured left to right: Shelagh Turner, Doug Rankmore and Al Hildebrandt at the Foundry.

Foundry fundraising meets $2 million goal

KGH Foundation and CMHA in Kelowna hit goal to open youth mental health care centre

It is with extraordinary pride and gratitude that we announce the completion of our ‘Not Alone’ campaign to raise $2 million to support the opening of Foundry Kelowna.

That was the word from Doug Rankmore, CEO of the KGH Foundation and Shelagh Turner, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Kelowna in announcing the completion of a fundraising partnership between two local, non-profit organizations that has been a remarkable success.

In just seven months, the KGH Foundation and CMHA Kelowna have succeeded in their goal to raise the funds necessary to open Foundry Kelowna, a new integrated care centre aimed at supporting youth and families struggling with mental health and substance issues.

“Every aspect of this project has demonstrated collaboration and innovation. We are so inspired by how our community has caught the vision of Foundry Kelowna,” said Turner. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for youth and families to take charge of their health by providing a variety of services through an integrated and personal approach.”

Indeed, the partnership set the tone for what was to become a massive collaborative effort by the community to fundraise for the cause.

“From elementary school classes to 100 Men Who Give a Damn, we were overwhelmed by how this cause touched so many. We saw unprecedented creativity in how the community gave; how friends and families were engaged, how our messages of hope and action were shared,” said Rankmore. “The opening of Foundry is really a testament to what can be accomplished when we work together. We are so grateful to the community for making this possible.”

With the construction phase for Foundry Kelowna now complete, CMHA staff will spend the summer coordinating services and programs provided by 24 different agencies, from primary care to social programs, who will work together to provide youth with the help they need when they need it.

By September, Foundry Kelowna will be ready to officially open its doors to walk-in’s.

“This campaign has been transformational for our family,” said well-known local businessman, Al Hildebrandt, whose leadership and support of the Not Alone campaign was also a driving factor in its success. “When we support our young people’s mental well-being, we are supporting the future health of our community. I’m really proud of our community for coming together for our young people.”

Achieving the $2 million goal represents a significant mile-marker. Yet both organizations acknowledge there is still an urgent need to continue to raise funds for Foundry and other community-based, early intervention mental health initiatives.