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Our Foundation

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation (CBRHF) is a registered charity, responsible for raising funds to strengthen health care in Cape Breton.

One of only three healthcare foundations in Atlantic Canada nationally accredited by Imagine Canada, our Foundation and donors have raised multi-millions to fund priority health care needs at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and beyond.

Our Hospital

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH) opened in 1995, merging Sydney City, St. Rita’s and Cape Breton Hospitals.

The CBRH now sees approximately 600,000 patient visits per year, and is the main referral and trauma centre for our Island. The Hospital offers emergency services, ambulatory care, palliative care, pediatrics, general and specialized medical and surgical care, diagnostic imaging, cardio/pulmonary/neuro services, clinical support services, mental health and addiction services and more.

In 1998, the Cape Breton Cancer Centre opened as part of the CBRH, expanding the type of cancer care offered in Cape Breton to include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. The Centre, originally built to sustain 16,000 patient visits annually, now sees more than 45,000 visits per year.  A new and expanded Cancer Centre is currently being built to better serve the needs of cancer patients in Cape Breton.

Our History

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation (CBRHF) has a long and proud history of Cape Bretoners taking care of Cape Bretoners.

Established in 1985 by a group of community volunteers led by Jack Yazer (1913-2015), the first mission of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation was to lobby for a regional centre for health, now known as the Cape Breton Regional Hospital (CBRH).

Construction of the CBRH began in 1990, and simultaneously our Foundation launched its first capital campaign. A total of $6 million was raised – $3 million was committed to the Hospital’s construction, and $3 million was committed to building and equipping Cape Breton’s first Cancer Centre.

The CBRH first opened in 1995, while the Cape Breton Cancer Centre opened in 1998, helping to ensure more Cape Bretoners receive the care they need, here at home.

Since our establishment, with the support and generosity of our donors, the CBRHF has raised multi-millions to support the health care needs of the people of Cape Breton Island, from their first to their last breaths.

Help to continue to strengthen health care, here in Cape Breton, by donating today.

Honorary Trustees

Dr. Jack Yazer

Mahmood Naqvi

George Unsworth

Board Of Directors

Brian Purchase, Chair

President, Schwartz Furniture; Owner, Two Men and a Truck

Allyson Unsworth, Vice Chair

Mortgage Consultant, Premiere Mortgage Centre

Yianni Harbis, Secretary

CFO, Seaboard Industrial

Kiki Kachafanas, Treasurer

Partner, Hunston Kachafanas Chartered Professional Accountants

Stan MacDonald, Past Chair

VP (retired), Cape Breton Beverages

Simon MacDonald

Retired Supreme Court Judge

Troy Penney

Clinical Director, CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project

Chris Cameron

Chief Scientific Officer, Eversana

Jennifer Deleskie

Vice President of Business Development & Public Affairs Membertou Corporate

Mike MacArthur

Director of People Services for Eastern Zone, Nova Scotia Health

Tyler MacLennan

Lawyer, Sampson McPhee

Dr. Meaghan Keating

Hospitalist and phsysician recruitment/retention lead, CBRH


Paula MacNeil, CFRE CEO

Sheri Fortune, Database Manager

Paige Westbury, Manager of Marketing and Communications

Caitlyn MacDonald, Manager of Philanthropy

Brittany Hopkins, Administrative and Stewardship Assistant

Thomas Xidos, Financial Officer

Máire Neville, Annual Giving & Donor Engagement Officer

Craig Joseph, Fund Development Officer


This policy outlines the Foundation’s commitment to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our donors, volunteers and stakeholders.

This policy applies to information collected and transactions made on the Foundation’s websites, in person, over the phone or during off-site events and fundraisers.

The Foundation does not have access to any part of the health records of any patients from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

The Foundation is responsible for keeping personal information confidential and applying it for the intended purposes. The Database Manager, as the Privacy Officer, is responsible for the Foundation’s compliance to this policy.

Personal Information
Personal information is any information that can be used to identify or contact an individual. This includes date of birth, address, phone number, e-mail address, health history, financial data, bank account numbers, opinions, and personal views.  However, names, address and telephone numbers which are published in phone books or other public records and are not considered personal may be used to solicit potential donors for support.

Personal Information Collection and Use
When accepting donations and in working with volunteers, the Foundation collects information about these individuals. The privacy of all donors and volunteers is always respected. Personal information is only collected for the following purposes:

  • To identify donors and volunteers
  • To establish and maintain responsible relationships with donors and volunteers
  • To properly recognize and thank donors and volunteers for their support
  • To manage the Foundation’s business and operations, including tax receipting
  • To understand the needs, concerns and opinions of our donor and volunteers
  • To provide donors and volunteers with information to assist them in supporting our mission of strengthening healthcare for all Cape Bretoners

The Foundation collects information through donation forms (both online, in person and via phone), volunteer registration forms, personal interactions and correspondence.

Personal Information Disclosure
The Foundation does not share, sell, lease or trade donor information or mailing lists. Also, if a donor wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is marked anonymous in our database and will not be recognized publicly or in any print materials. Personal information about our donors is stored in a fundraising database, which can only be accessed through a password by an employee of the Foundation.

Internet Related Policies
The Foundation does not send unsolicited email. We only send emails to individuals/groups who are participating in Foundation events or have provided us with their email address. We do not share email lists or contacts with third parties.

We do not collect visitor information on our website, unless a donation is made. We do, however, track website usage stats to monitor trends on visits and page activity. This does not include the collection of any personal information.

Safeguards and Access
Personal information is kept in our electronic database, which is fully secured and password protected. If one wishes to be removed from mailing lists, email lists and/or phone lists or wishes to access their file, they simply need to contact the Foundation office at

Protecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal information is an important aspect of the way the Foundation conducts its business. Collecting, using, and disclosing personal information in an appropriate, responsible, and ethical manner is fundamental to the Foundation’s daily operations.  The Foundation strives to keep personal information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

This Privacy Policy informs every one of The Foundation’s commitment to privacy and establishes the methods by which privacy is ensured. This Privacy Policy applies to all personal information within the Foundation’s possession and control.

Consent occurs and is obtained when an individual signs an application or other form containing personal information, thereby authorizing the Foundation to collect, use, and disclose the individual’s personal information for the purposes stated on the form. Implied consent is granted by the individual when he/she signs the application or form.

The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation takes all complaints seriously, and will make it a priority to respond to all complaints by the end of the business day that they are received.

On receipt of a complaint, the Chief Executive Officer will determine if further action is required. A complaint may be dismissed if, in the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer:

  • On its face, it is frivolous or invalid
  • Is otherwise deemed inappropriate for consideration
  • If the complaint is deemed valid, the Chief Executive Officer will further investigate the matter and recommend what action if any is needed

All complaints will be recorded and noted to the Board of Directors through the CEO’s report to the Board.

Questions, concerns or complaints relating to the Foundations privacy policy or the treatment of personal information should be addressed to the Foundations Privacy Officer at: or:
Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation
45 Weatherbee Road, Suite 209
Sydney, NS B1M 0A1

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Financial Statements

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