SAINT JOHN, Wed. Sep. 18, 2019: Members of the Canadian Ferry Association (CFA), including ferry owners, operators and suppliers, met in Saint John over the last few days to talk best practices with a focus on Innovation in Customer Experience.
Two days of presentations, panels and technical sessions wrapped up Tuesday night with a Gala Dinner in Uptown Saint John.
Along with the economic impact of bringing its conference to the Port City, the Canadian Ferry Association made a lasting impression by donating more than $30,000 to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.
Half of that was raised through a live auction, with good-natured and competitive bidding from CFA members from right across Canada. Then, the Association itself matched the bids to bring the generous gift to $30,270.
“Our members are in the business of making connections,” says CFA CEO Serge Buy. “They live, work and contribute to the communities we visit, and to provide a boost to a good cause is in our nature. We are thrilled to assist the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation with its efforts to expand and renovate Clinic 1 in its GIVE Campaign.”
“Our region is sewn together with threads of river and ocean ferry crossings,” says Saint John Regional Hospital President and CEO Jeff McAloon. ”They are a part of our everyday lives and are integral to our business, social and tourism development. To have this support from an industry that is so vital to New Brunswick shows how invested its members are in their communities.”
The donation will be an important piece of The GIVE: Clinic 1 expansion and renovation. Construction is expected to begin before the end of this year. The Foundation is in an ambitious, four-year, 12 million-dollar plan to double the square footage of the clinic, which has not seen substantive improvement in almost 40 years.
About the Canadian Ferry Association
The Canadian Ferry Association (CFA) is the national voice of the ferry industry in Canada. Our members adhere to the highest professional and operational standards and promote the safe delivery of ferry services across Canada. CFA is a member-based organization representing Canadian ferry owners, operators and industry stakeholders across the country. CFA has more than 90 members, with our owner/operator members accounting for nearly all of the major ferry routes in Canada.
About the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation
The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation raises money for medical projects, spaces and tools not covered by traditional government funding. It also supports mental wellness, research, education and patient comfort. Many of the projects supported by the Foundation’s fundraising are suggested by health care professionals who see a patient need not being met. Learn more at thegive.ca .