Leland Kainellos holds up a sign about the importance of turtles to the natural environment. Leland was one of the participants in the first Turtle Walk held in Haliburton on the weekend./DAVID ZILSTRA Staff

Walker to retire from HHHS Foundation

By Jenn Watt

Published Jan. 27 2017

After 18 years as executive director of Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation Dale Walker will be retiring from the organization responsible for raising more than $13 million as of June 1.

Walker first joined HHHS Foundation 20 years ago on its board of directors and was key to the initial $6 million capital campaign to build the Haliburton and Minden hospitals.

“Dale over the years has always displayed the ultimate professionalism in her approach to the Foundation’s business and the uncanny ability to deal with each and every potential donor on a very personal one-on-one basis” board chairman Peter Oyler said in a press release.

“It is this approach that has earned her the respect and the trust of the different commercial industrial and residential sectors of Haliburton County. Dale will definitely be missed and it will be difficult to find an individual with her credentials to fill the position.”

Walker said she’s retiring from the position but not from work; she and her husband Jerry Walker own Home Hardware in Haliburton and have plans to relocate the business to a new building which is in the planning stages.

The Foundation is responsible for funding many improvements to HHHS facilities and is in the midst of a $1.25 million fundraiser Making Moments Matter for the palliative suite at the Haliburton hospital.

The Foundation board has begun the hiring process for a new executive director which they intend to have filled by spring.

Read more in Tuesday's Haliburton Echo .