Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

About Us

Since 1987, Providence Healthcare Foundation has been working with our generous donors and the community-at-large to raise essential funds for Providence Healthcare. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends for your outstanding dedication to the Foundation. All of our supporters – donors, ambassadors, and volunteers – have truly made a lasting difference through their generous spirits and unwavering commitment to Providence Healthcare.

Each year, we meet with the Providence Healthcare’s Senior Management Team to identify equipment and program needs. This ensures our annual fundraising objectives are clearly defined, but more importantly, it ensures donor dollars are directed to the areas of greatest need.

In the fiscal year 2014/2015, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $3.5 million (net) to directly support the most urgent needs of Providence Healthcare. We will achieve this goal through various fundraising initiatives which include: active major gift and planned giving programs, our three special events, bi-annual direct mail appeals, third-party events, tribute program, family fundraising campaign and staff campaign. In fact, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are already well on our way to meeting our target!

Meet the Foundation Team


Jennifer C. Stewart, CFRE

President and CEO

Jennifer comes to work every day with a smile because of the people at Providence Healthcare – the patients, residents, clients, staff and volunteers. It is so easy to build strong relationships when staff share a common purpose of seeing people go home healthy and with hope. Jennifer believes Providence does some of the hardest work in healthcare. Giving hope to people when they’ve been told there is none, lifting people up when they need strength, and helping people die with dignity. When you support Providence Healthcare, you are directly supporting the people who rely on us for care. You are touching hundreds of lives each year…and for that, we are truly grateful.


Emily Dawson

Director, Cultivation and Strategy

Emily joined Providence Healthcare Foundation in 2004 and has worked in virtually every possible role over the years! Currently, as Director of Cultivation & Strategy, Emily is primarily responsible for building strong and meaningful relationships with our donors to help them connect their philanthropic values to the work of Providence Healthcare. Emily’s passion comes from a long history with Providence: “I watched my parents volunteer with Providence for years and saw both my grandmothers live out their final days in the Hospital. I love fundraising and I can’t imagine practicing my vocation anywhere else!”


Charlene Criscione

Signature Events Manager

A warm welcome to the newest member of the team! With 12 years of event planning and fundraising expertise, that includes managing community, national and signature events, Charlene is a perfect addition to the Foundation. She describes herself as a “highly creative and results-driven management professional with entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision. A great combination that will support our much-anticipated and highly successful signature events.


Andrea McGilvray

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Andrea brings her enthusiasm and positive attitude to the role of assisting the Foundation’s President and CEO and Board of Directors achieve their aggressive fundraising goals. “I am continually inspired by the dedication and hard work of my co-workers as well as the Foundation Board of Directors’ commitment to Providence Healthcare.”


Sandra Aldcroft

Annual Fund and Marketing Manager

With over 10 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Sandra enjoys working at Providence and bringing her knowledge and perspective to her role as Annual Fund and Marketing Manager. Each day she helps to ensures that key Foundation messages are strong and resonate with donors and the community that Providence serves. “The people at Providence truly make it a special place to be each and every day.”


Melisa Ngan

Annual Fund Officer

Melisa is the newest member of the Foundation team.

She is an experienced and passionate fundraising and event

Management specialist with over six years of experience.
Melisa will support the planning and execution of the
philanthropic programs at the Foundation.


Emily Gaetz

Database Administrator

Emily has been working at the Foundation for almost two years. She enjoys the fast-paced environment, working with a great group of people and within an organization where she is constantly being challenged and learning new things.


Dara Lockwood

Events Assistant

Coming to the Foundation as a volunteer, Dara spent months learning and developing her skills before being hired on full time as the Event Assistant. Dara is now in a position that she loves where she supports the planning and execution of the Foundation’s three signature events; Cuisine & Cuvée, the Providence Golf Classic and the Silver Ball.

To make a difference in the lives of our patients, residents, and clients, please click on the “Donate Now” link above. Visit us in the Foundation office located on the main floor of the Hospital in room C208, or call us at 416-285-3630 or toll-free at 1-866-285-3630.