Gananoque rejects Kingston hospital foundation’s funding request

Gananoque Town Hall. Photo by Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Brockvilleist.

Just before the end of 2023, Gananoque Council voted against a funding commitment to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF).

The motion, which was moved by Councillor Anne-Marie Koiner and seconded by Deputy Mayor Vicki Leakey, was voted against 5-2 at the regular meeting of Gananoque Town Council on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023.

In November, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation made a request to Gananoque Council for funding. In a delegation, UHKF’s Associate Director of Healthcare Advancement Abigail McIlquham and CEO Tom Zsolnay asked the Town of Gananoque to make a funding pledge of $75,000 in each year for five years (2024-2028) for a total commitment of $375,000.

However, Mayor John Beddows and other members of Council were concerned over the amount UHKF wanted pledged each year.

It was noted to Council that, if Council had agreed to the pledge, it would have been funded from an additional levy above operations and policy.

While the minutes of December 19, 2023, meeting are not yet available, the full agenda for that meeting can be read on the Town of Gananoque website.

2 thoughts on “Gananoque rejects Kingston hospital foundation’s funding request

    • I thought the same thing. Apparently Gananoque must be filled with people who don’t ever need medical care.

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