CEO returns to Okanagan
Chelsea Powrie - Jan 12, 2021 - People in Business

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The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation will have a new CEO at its helm this spring.

Sally Ginter, currently CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Toronto, has been hired to fill the role.

Ginter grew up in Peterborough, Ont., but has previous experience in the Okanagan. From 2010-13 she served as regional director for the Canadian Cancer Society in Kelowna and oversaw more than 5,000 volunteers in 40 Interior communities, including the South Okanagan through an office in Penticton.

In 2016 she was appointed CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities and prior to that served as president and CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, North America’s then-largest autism services provider. She also volunteers as a director on Autism Canada’s board of directors and serves as chair of its governance and nominating committee.

She and her husband, Lauren, and their son, Carson, are looking forward to moving back to the Okanagan.

“I am thrilled to join the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation team and am excited to work alongside the board, the staff, the volunteers and all those who generously support the important work done by the foundation,” she said.

“I look forward to returning to the Okanagan and, in particular, am delighted my family and I will become part of the warm and welcoming South Okanagan community.”

Peter Steele, chair of the SOS Medical Foundation board, said the foundation’s entire team is excited about Ginter’s pending arrival as CEO.

“Sally was our number one candidate, and we’re lucky to have attracted her back to the Okanagan,” Steele said. “We’re looking forward to her arrival this spring.  Sally brings a wealth of experience and already has a string of contacts here in the valley through her work with another Okanagan charity.”

The SOS Medical Foundation fundraises for Interior Health facilities throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen.

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