Carey Bornn today announced he is moving on from his position of executive director of the SOS Medical Foundation. (Contributed)

Carey Bornn, face of the SOS Medical Foundation moving on

The foundation credits the success of their largest fundraising campaign to the efforts of Bornn

After four years and a successful fundraising campaign, South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation executive director Carey Bornn today announced he is moving on.

Bornn joined the organization during their large campaign to fund medical equipment for the the Penticton Regional Hospital (PRH) expansion.

In 2019 the SOS Medical Foundation achieved their goal, raising $25 million, and credits their successes to the efforts of Bornn.

“After completion of a large campaign, fundraising organizations often relax and take a breath. Not so under Carey’s leadership. His desire to get onto the next task was immediately taken up by his staff who are just as enthused about supporting quality healthcare services in our region as Carey,” said Peter Steele, chairman of the SOS Medical Foundation’s board.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors, staff and the many volunteers, we cannot thank Carey enough for his contribution to the SOS Medical Foundation.”

In four years under Bornn’s leadership the organization successful set up a $2.4 million endowment funded by an estate gift, added a permanent MRI and Spect-CT scanner at the Penticton Regional Hospital, and raised over $600,000 in 2019 for South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver. They also started the current campaign for a second CT at the Penticton Regional Hospital, and, through the generosity of the Summerland Health-Care Auxiliary, recently installed a new X-ray unit at the Summerland Health Centre.

“I have really enjoyed my time working with such wonderful people. Having success in what I do is important, but for me it’s always about enjoying relationships. Those who know me well, know that family is everything to me. My three boys and nine grandkids give me so much joy in life,” said Bornn.

Bornn pointed to what helps him achieve goals he set for work success.

“When I started fundraising in 1991 I began a habit of every year setting work goals. Setting clear goals and plans sets the path for success. I believe in an old quote by Theodore Roosevelt – ‘Believe you can and you’re halfway there.’”

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