Anishnawbe Health Foundation Appoints First Executive Director, Julie Cookson

TORONTO (JUNE 20 2016) -“On behalf of the Board of Directors and Anishnawbe Health Toronto, I am pleased to welcome Julie Cookson as the inaugural Executive Director of the Anishnawbe Health Foundation.  Julie brings great experience and enthusiasm to her new position,” says Diane Gray, President, Anishnawbe Health Foundation and member of the Anishnawbe Health Toronto Board of Directors.  “Julie’s background in not-for-profit management and experience in fundraising and capital campaigns will be an asset to our work.”

Julie Cookson has twenty years of experience in fundraising and not-for-profit management spanning national, regional and local charities.  Her career has focused on increasing donor support and partnerships in the health care sector and includes senior leadership roles at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.  In her most recent role at St. Joe’s she was responsible for the planning and implementation of the $70M Promise Campaign, working with the campaign cabinet to surpass the 50% mark in under two years.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at Anishnawbe Health Toronto and the Foundation to build support and bring greater profile to this vital cause,” says Julie Cookson.  Julie joined the Foundation on May 30, 2016 and can be contacted at 416-416-920-2605 ext. 555 or

Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) is a fully accredited Community Health Centre. The Centre’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal peoples in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing traditional healing within a multi-disciplinary health care model. Founded in 1987, AHT is the only provider of western medical services and traditional health and healing services to the rapidly growing Aboriginal community in Toronto.

The Anishnawbe Health Foundation will work closely with AHT to support capital needs, including raising funds for the recently announced Aboriginal Community Health Centre building project, and funding research, teaching, traditional healing practices, and other key initiatives that will lead to improved health and wellness for the Aboriginal community.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Hester

Executive Director
Anishnawbe Health Toronto
(416) 360-0486 X222

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