After 11 years at the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, Janice Perrino is stepping down to take a new position on Vancouver Island.
Perrino, the executive director of the foundation, will leave her position on July 15. From there, she will take over as the president of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation.
“I love this hospital and what we’re doing,” she said of her role with the medical foundation,” but there also comes a time when it’s okay to let someone else take over at the helm.”
At present, the medical foundation is working on a $20-million campaign to supply the medical equipment for the expansion at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
“She has done an exceptional job of raising funds for our hospital and all of the other medical facilities in the region,” said Walter Despot, chair of the foundation board.
She has also worked with other campaigns at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
These include a mobile MRI van, CT scan, digital stereotactic mammography machine, new digital imaging equipment, student residence and other pieces of medical equipment for other health facilities in the region
Perrino said the role in Nanaimo will be a bigger position in an organization with a different focus.
In addition to her work with the medical foundation, Perrino also served four terms on Summerland’s municipal council, including two as mayor.
“Summerland will be near and dear to my heart forever,” she said.