About the Atlantic Canada Branch
From yesterday to today…
The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s first Chapter in New Brunswick was formed in Woodstock in 1970. That same year, kidney patient Judy McKay and Dr. S. Paul Handa, the Province’s first nephrologist, attended the National Organizing Meeting in Toronto, returning with the information necessary to start a Branch. On their return, Judy McKay personally contacted former Premier Louis J. Robichaud who took a lead role in bringing New Brunswick business and community leaders together around the cause. On May 16, 1971, the inaugural meeting of the New Brunswick Branch was held.
In 1971, a small group of people from Summerside, Prince Edward Island, started the "Gerri Lynn Memorial Chapter", in memory of Gerri Lynn Sheen, a teenaged kidney patient from Summerside. The Chapter carried on until 1976, when it became inactive. In 1979 a meeting was held in Charlottetown and the PEI Branch was formed. The first meeting official meeting of the PEI Branch was held on February 28, 1979.
On February 2, 1972, a meeting was held at the Hotel Nova Scotian in Halifax where a slate of officers was brought forward to form the first Executive Committee of the Nova Scotia Branch. Under the leadership of Dr. Eric Balcom, President, the provincial branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada was on its way.
Newfoundland was first represented as a chapter established by Margaret Fitzgerald, her husband Charlie, and Dr. Henri Gault, the province's only nephrologist. With the help of the Northwestern Rotary Club, in 1973 this chapter became the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch of The Kidney Foundation of Canada and Margaret Fitzgerald was elected as its first President.
On May 6, 2009, the New Brunswick Branch and the Prince Edward Island Branch were merged to form the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Branch and in June, 2011, all of the Branches in Atlantic Canada were merged to form the Atlantic Canada Branch. Over the years, the number of Chapters has varied based on the level of interest in various communities across the Branch. Today, we have active Chapters and volunteer groups in all four Atlantic Provinces. These committed volunteers provide support to kidney patients and their families; volunteer their time at dialysis units; promote organ donation; attend health and wellness fairs and participate in fund raising activities.
The Atlantic Canada Branch is seeking additional volunteers. Click here for a variety of activities, initiative and programs.
Branch Board of Directors 2015-2016
- Fay Clark, Past President
- Mathew MacFarlane, President
- Cheryl Harding, Vice-President
- Thomas Meade, Vice-President
- Theresa Ellis, Treasurer
Directors at Large:
- Barb Legay
- Edward Miller
- Judy Martin
- Lori Brooking
- Ruth Boudreau
- Sandi Kidston
Chapter / Local Volunteer Group Contacts:
Fredericton Chapter - Jennifer Vienneau (506) 453-9352
Saint John Chapter (and St. Stephen) - Jennifer Vienneau (506) 453-9352
Southeast New Brunswick Chapter - Emile Gallant (506) 858.8624
Sussex Chapter - Jennifer Vienneau (506) 453-9352
All other parts of New Brunswick -1-877-453-0533
Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador - Jackie Dolomont (709) 753-8999 | 1-800-563-0626
Amherst Chapter - Keri MacIvor 1-855-832-8099
Melva C. Walker, Kings County - Donna Walker (902) 681-0123
Springhill Chapter - Marilyn Maddison (902) 597-3204
Truro Chapter - Dorothy Roode (902) 893-8056
All other parts of Nova Scotia - 1-855-832-8099
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Chapter - Heather McGrath (902) 892-9009