Paying it Forward
Annual bursaries are available through the Foundation
Through the Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund and Roberta’s Dream Bursary, the Portage District General Hospital Foundation is investing in the people who will continue to provide high-quality, innovative care for the community going forward. Application information is included below, as is an invitation to designate your donation to these funds.
Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund
The Portage District General Hospital Foundation is honored to have a fund in recognition of the late Dr. Michelle Bailes and her contributions to our community.
A highly respected member of the Portage medical community and a proud supporter of the PDGH Foundation, Dr. Bailes regularly attended the annual PDGH Gala and was very generous in purchasing auction items. She was highly respected by staff and was a strong advocate for her patients.
Dr. Bailes approached life with extraordinary enthusiasm. She was passionate about traveling the world to visit friends, exploring new places, and especially scuba diving in the South Pacific. She loved music, skiing, cooking, and entertaining friends and family at her home in Portage. A vibrant, vivacious, and loving person, she lived life to its fullest and completely embraced time spent with those she loved.
By donating to the Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund, you are both honoring Dr. Bailes and contributing to the work we undertake through the Portage District General Hospital Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift will support numerous initiatives.
The Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund will give out an annual bursary for a Portage District General Hospital staff or staff family member to participate in furthering their education in the healthcare field.
The Fund will assist in equipment purchases and support projects for the Portage District General Hospital.
The Portage Clinic will make an annual donation to the Fund to provide two $1,500 bursaries for graduating high school students – one in Portage la Prairie and one in the surrounding area, to further their education in science.
An auction prize will be dedicated each year at the PDGH Gala “in honor of Dr. Michelle Bailes” to recognize her contributions and to raise money for the Foundation.
If you would like to contribute to this fund, cheques can be made payable to “Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund” and sent to the Portage District General Hospital Foundation.
Dr. Michelle Bailes Fund recipients
Hanaa Bakr, Portage Collegiate Institute
Haley Firiotte, St. Paul’s Collegiate
Haley received direct entry into the faculty of science at the University of Manitoba.
Mason Borgtfjord, MacGregor Collegiate Institute
Mason will attend the University of Manitoba to study Microbiology.
Amy Haw, MacGregor Collegiate
Amy is attending Brandon University to pursue a career in nursing.
Emma Cloutier, St. Paul’s Collegiate
Emma is attending the University of Manitoba to pursue a career in nursing.
Hunter Dayholos, Portage Collegiate Institute
Hunter is studying science at the University of Manitoba.
Samantha has worked as an LPN at Portage District General Hospital and is attending Red River Community College to pursue her Bachelor of Nursing.
Roberta’s Dream Bursary
Retired nurse and former Portage District General Hospital Foundation executive director Roberta Linette received financial assistance while pursuing her education. She now wishes to provide similar assistance to hospital staff and has established a bursary to be administered by the Portage District General Hospital Foundation.
All staff who are entering a health-related educational program at the university level are eligible for the bursary. They must be registered in a recognized Baccalaureate, Master’s, or Doctoral program at a recognized institution and have accumulated at least one year of full-time service at Portage District General Hospital.
Applications for Roberta’s Dream Bursary will be reviewed and approved by a committee comprised of:
A board-appointed representative of the Portage District General Hospital Foundation
An on-site representative of the Portage District General Hospital responsible for nursing services
A representative of the donor, or the donor herself
Aspiring applicants must submit their application in a sealed envelope addressed to:
Roberta’s Dream Bursary Committee
c/o Portage District General Hospital Foundation
524 5th Street SE
Portage la Prairie, MB
Roberta’s Dream Bursary recipients
Luba has worked at Portage District General Hospital for four years and is pursuing her Bachelor of Nursing.
Lisa has worked at Portage District General Hospital for seven years and is pursuing her Bachelor of Nursing.