18 FOCUS MARCH 2018 Rachel began her new role on January 15, 2018, following in the footsteps of Executive Director Cindy Lister, who retired as of December 31, 2017. “Over the 20 years that Cindy served as Executive Director, she saw our Foundation through many capital campaigns, raising more money than anyone before her,” said Mark Fletcher, President, Port Perry Hospital Foundation. “Rachel brings to us the continuing positive energy that Cindy has provided over the years. We look forward to a long association with her.” “Big shoes to fill,” Rachel commented. Read on to learn more about the new CEO: RACHEL AGNOLUZZI A warm Scugog welcome to the new CEO of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation. 2 1 *at the time of the interview Q: What professional experience prepared you to take on this new role, Rachel? A: “I came to fundraising as a volunteer when my chil- dren were very young and I stayed at home, some 25 years ago. When I decided to re-enter the workforce, the wonderful executive director at the Second Harvest took a leap of faith and hired me. After eight years, I moved into the hospital sector. I am proud of being part of fundrais- ing $64.8 million to build the Southlake cancer care centre in Newmarket. My next position was an interim role as Executive Director for the York Region Children’s Aid Society, followed by the Rose of Sharon. It was tremendous fundraising experience, leading projects and campaigns.” Q: How are you settling into your new job? A: “I’m three weeks in,* and the warm welcome from the community has been incredible. The Board of Directors is very supportive and has demonstrated a team approach to bringing me on board. I’m really encouraged by how com- mitted this community is to their hospital. Matt Anderson, the CEO of Lakeridge Health, sees Port Perry Hospital as a flagship of what a community hospital should be, and what it is.”