Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation Has New CEO

Press Release

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation is thrilled to announce that Perry Esler will assume the role of President and CEO.

Esler is a seasoned fundraiser and non-profit leader with over 25 years of experience in the charitable sector. During his career he helped raise over $100 million dollars for local, national, and international charities. Esler will be joining the foundation’s team June 15 according to Dr. Nancy Harris, chair of the foundation’s board.

Perry Esler

“Perry’s experience working successfully with hospital foundations, rare disease research funding groups, and patient advocacy groups will be a great benefit for our hospital and the Orillia region,” said Harris.

Esler will be leaving his current position as CEO of Defeat Duchenne Canada, a patient advocacy organization based in London, Ontario. He helped grow the organization from a grassroots charity into a federally recognized organization granting more than $1M annually for Duchenne MD research.

Prior to Duchenne he was with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as vice president for 16 years leading fundraising programs for 170 children’s hospitals in Canada and the U.S.

Esler’s leadership, strategic planning, and fundraising skills will be an asset to the Soldiers’ Foundation as it continues to fundraise and advocate for Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. In partnership with OSMH, the Soldiers’ Foundation supports the health and wellbeing of our community through crucial upgrades to equipment and services.

The Soldiers’ Foundation is a partner of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and the communities it serves. The foundation fundraises to purchase medical equipment, sustain programs and help the hospital maintain its position as a leader in providing quality community-based healthcare.


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