Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) is pleased to announce that Melissa Hunter has been appointed as the organization’s new Director of Development. In this role, Melissa will lead and compliment the Foundation’s fundraising efforts in support of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA), with a focus on the ongoing Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project.
“Melissa is an exceptional philanthropist with a wealth of experience and strong community relationships throughout the Windsor-Essex area, and on behalf of the Foundation team and Board of Directors, I cannot express how fortunate and excited we are to welcome Melissa to the CKHA family,” said Christine Colautti, CKHAF President & CEO. “With the Foundation and CKHA currently working on the Our Hospital, Our Future Wallaceburg Site Redevelopment project, which will require an $8.9 million local share investment from our community, Melissa will play a pivotal role in helping our team successfully reach this goal.”
Melissa possesses a decade of experience in fundraising, with unique expertise in events, marketing, media relations, and relationship building. She is passionate about connecting donors’ interests with exciting and innovative community projects.
Earlier in 2023, Melissa obtained a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential by meeting a series of standards set by CFRE International. These standards touch on a wide range of criteria, including tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement for not-for-profit organizations. As part of her certification, Melissa has passed a rigorous written exam testing her knowledge, skills, and abilities as a fundraising executive, while also agreeing to uphold stringent Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.
“I am so excited to be joining the Foundation team, and working with the staff, Board, our hospital colleagues, and this wonderful community,” stated Melissa. “I look forward to growing donor support to fund high priority equipment and technology needs at CKHA, and working hard to connect the communities of Chatham-Kent in support of high quality healthcare in our local hospital sites.”
Melissa officially joined the CKHAF team on August 21, 2023.