George Reynolds Endowment Fund


Supporting Patient Care for Years to Come

Submitted by April Patry, Executive Director

The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation recently established a named endowment with a $20,000 gift to Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation. The fund is a memorial tribute to honour long-time summer resident, George Reynolds.

Philanthropists Nona Macdonald Heaslip and William Arthurs Heaslip, supported arts and education throughout their lives. The couple established The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation in 1997, and through its ongoing work, the legacy of Nona and William Heaslip continues as a force for good in Canada. 

George served as a Director of the Foundation for many years and his longstanding support, both professionally and personally, inspired the Foundation’s generous gift.

The George Reynolds Endowment will support the Wiarton Hospital, as it has provided care to many of the Reynolds’ family and friends at times of need since opening its doors in 1949. 

George and his beloved wife of 68 years, Joan, shared a passion for the Bruce Peninsula and spent as much time as they could at their cottage on Tyson Island in Howdenvale Bay. George and Joan shared a deep love and respect for rural and cottage life and instilled this in their four children, 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

“Our parents would be very thankful and humbled by the establishment of this Fund, as is the entire Reynolds’ family. We hope this Endowment assists the Wiarton Hospital for generations to come. This is a tribute to both George and Joan. Together, they were able to support each other and achieve more than they ever thought possible. The Reynolds’ family is very grateful to the William and Nona Heaslip Foundation for their generosity,” said Donna Reynolds.

Bruce Peninsula Hospitals Foundation established its “Caring for Tomorrow” Endowment Fund in 2005 to benefit hospitals on the Bruce Peninsula. Donations are permanently invested and professionally managed. A portion of the annual investment income is used to support the purchase of medical equipment, improve hospital facilities and assist clinical staff with continuing education. As urgent needs arise, or when new medical procedures or services are introduced, the Fund will be there to help!

The George Reynolds Endowment will be recognized through the Foundation’s Caring for Tomorrow display in the centre corridor of the Hospital.

A gift to the Endowment is a legacy that will ensure future generations get the hospital care they need, when they need it, close to home. More information on the Caring for Tomorrow Endowment is available at or by contacting the Foundation at 519-534-5856.