New president sets sight on fundraising goals for Burlington hospital foundation


Published February 21, 2024 at 3:50 pm

Brant hospital Burlington website

Meeting the financial goals for the redevelopment of the Mental Health & Addictions Unit at the Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) will be a priority for the hospital’s new Foundation president.

Named to the post today, as the new Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation president and chief operating officer, Ashley Davidson will also be tasked with developing a new strategic plan for the Foundation as well as helping to determine the organization’s long-term objectives.

Davidson succeeds Anissa Hilborn who left the position earlier this year.

Ashley Davidson

The JBH Foundation is a charity that raises funds for health care and services for the hospital.

“Ashley is dynamic, capable, and passionate about our Foundation and our community,” said Leon Denbok, Chair of the JBH Foundation Board of Directors. “We truly believe we’ve found the right person to lead our organization to achieve our ambitious goals and continue the organizational vision to inspire investment in Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH), ensuring exceptional healthcare for our community.”

Davidson joined the Foundation in 2012 and has since held progressively senior roles, serving as the Chief Development Officer since 2019.

Prior to coming to JBHF, Davidson spent eight years as a professional fundraiser for Trillium Health Partners Foundation in Mississauga, and for the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. She has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation since 2020 and is a Board member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

“Every day I am inspired by the incredible generosity of our donors and their steadfast dedication to helping ensure our community has the very best healthcare, close to home,” said Davidson. “Exciting things are happening at JBH, and I am thrilled to continue working alongside our exceptional board, hospital and Foundation team to help realize all that is possible when vision and philanthropy intersect.”

The growing need to redevelop JBH’s Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) program launched the $20 million “For All Minds” fundraising campaign.

This project will eventually see the relocation and expansion of the Inpatient Mental Health and Addictions Unit at the hospital with the addition of a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), a relocation of some of the Outpatient Mental Health Unit, and the addition of a new Child and Youth Mental Health Day Hospital.



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