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Lundon looking forward to role

The recently-appointed chairwoman of the Riverside Foundation for Health Care is looking forward to her new position.

Having been asked if she’d consider taking on the role, Livia Lundon noted that she “thought it would be a good opportunity.”

“I’m looking forward to it,” she enthused. “I’m quite excited.”

Lundon has been on the Foundation’s board of directors since 2010, and has acted as vice-chair since 2011.

She also sits on the Foundation’s special events committee.

“This coming year we’re still working on the digital mammography campaign,” Lundon noted, referring to the “Together We Can” campaign, which officially launched earlier this month to raise $650,000 for the new unit.

“We work with the Rainy River, Emo, Rainycrest, and Fort Frances auxiliaries to raise money,” she explained, though adding they don’t expect any more large campaigns this year.

“But then you never know what is going to come up,” she conceded.

One event the Foundation is planning is its annual dinner—this year with the theme “An Evening in Paris”—on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Memorial Sports Centre.

“It’s a big event,” Lundon stressed, noting it always raises a significant amount of money.

“It’s a lot of work but it’s well worth it,” she said.

Tickets are on sale now for $50 each, which includes a five-course French dinner.

Lundon replaces Deane Cunningham, who served as chairman for the past three years, acting as a strong leader and great asset to the Foundation.

He headed up the very successful “Just Imagine” campaign in 2006/07 to bring a CT Scanner to the Rainy River District and will remain on the board to complete his three-year term.

“Deane is a great board member and leader,” said Foundation director Nicke Baird.

“He is very generous, thoughtful, and committed to our organization and this community,” she added.

“I look forward to working with Livia, as well,” noted Baird. “She has a proven track record as a dedicated volunteer in our organization and is very committed to health care.”

Kim-Jo Bliss replaces Lundon as vice-chair of the board. She has served on the board of directors since 2011.

In related news, Craig Sanders officially was appointed as the Riverside board rep, John McTaggart will serve another three-year term, and Allan Katz was appointed as the Riverside CEO rep.

Bev Langner was re-appointed as the Rainy River Auxiliary rep, Heather Oltsher was re-appointed as the Emo Auxiliary rep, and June Keddie will represent both the La Verendrye and Rainycrest auxiliaries.

For tickets to the Foundation dinner, call 274-4803.

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