Hospital Foundation names Ellis-Perry new CEO

Barney Ellis-Perry

The Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of Barney Ellis-Perry as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation effective August 2, 2022. The new CEO was selected after an extensive search that attracted interest from across the country and the United States.

Barney is delighted to be returning to his home province of BC, after working in the US for eight years.  Barney’s most recent position was as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, where he led a team of forty staff with annual goals of raising $17 million and engaging over 24,000 alumni.  Prior to Vanderbilt, Barney was the Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations at the international fundraising consultancy GG+A, where he worked for a wide variety of not for profit and university clients throughout North America and Australia.  In 2014, Barney was recruited from UBC to be the CEO of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Alumni Association where he partnered with their hospital foundation.  During his 3.5 year tenure at UCI Barney worked collaboratively with campus leaders and alumni volunteers doubling alumni engagement. 

Barney was born and raised in Vancouver where he worked in fundraising and constituent engagement until 2014.  He has over thirty years of fundraising and constituent engagement experience spending 14 years with UBC where he held several key fundraising and alumni relations positions including Director of Alumni Engagement Campaign and Director of Alumni Relations.  He served as Strategic External Relations Officer at UBC Land & Building Services where he created Canada’s first campaign for aging university infrastructure.  His proudest accomplishment at UBC was successfully designing, launching, and co-leading UBC’s Start an Evolution Campaign, the world’s first dual-goal campaign for a major university with goals of raising $1.5 billion and of doubling active alumni engagement by 2015.   

Prior to UBC, he worked for the Canadian Diabetes Association, and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation in Vancouver where he created and executed the ground-breaking Lights of Hope Campaign, and developed a major gift program for the Foundation.  He was a founding partner of a fundraising consultancy for three years where he consulted for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, and most recently Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.  


Barney works hard to balance unique and creative ideas with execution rooted in strategy backed by over 30 years of experience in alumni relations and fundraising.  Barney’s expertise spans all aspects of advancement with expertise in strategic planning, board and constituent relations, campaign visioning and planning, marketing and branding, and in spearheading innovative and immersive constituent engagement and annual giving strategies across various digital, social, and in-person platforms.


Tony Harris, Board Chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, said “we are delighted to welcome Barney to the Foundation. His myriad professional accomplishments and leadership experience will be a valuable asset to us and, given we are in the strongest financial shape of our 30-year history, future campaigns can be undertaken with confidence. Fundraising to support a much needed, entirely new patient care tower in Nanaimo will define the coming decade for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, and we are thrilled to be working with Barney, and to support him as he embarks upon a very exciting future with the Foundation.”  

Living in Nashville, Tennessee, Barney is eager to return to his home Province with his husband of 28 years and two cats. They will be living in Lantzville with his niece and her family until they find a home of their own.   Barney succeeds Janice Perrino who retires from the Foundation on June 30 after six years of outstanding leadership. 


Perrino retires as head of Nanaimo Hospital Foundation

Janice Perrino

Janice Perrino retires this month after six years as CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. 

Making the announcement, she said it’s been an incredible honour to support the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and the extraordinary medical staff, management teams and support staff who care for the residents of our region.

Foundation Chairman Tony Harris said healthcare in our region is profoundly better because of Perrino. “It has been one of my great honours to support (her) as the CEO of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation,” Harris said. 

“All of our successes over the past six years are because of our incredible team from the Hospital Foundation, Nanaimo Lifeline and Code Brew. I’ve been blessed to work with you, learn from you and I can’t thank you all enough. You have given me joyous memories I will treasure for the rest of my life,” said Perrino.

The Nanaimo Medical Staff Engagement Society website states the Foundation has seen major changes and experienced tremendous growth under Perrino’s  leadership.

“Most notably, the Foundation’s fundraising efforts have enabled the completion of several projects at NRGH, including a new CT Scan and Patient Care Monitors, new cardiac equipment, and an expansion to the Heart Health Department between 2016 and 2018. From 2019 through 2021 the Foundation ran campaigns for a new Endoscopy Surgical Suite, a major renovation of the lobby and cafe at NRGH, and a new Hip and Knee Clinic.

The first phase of raising $5 million for medical equipment in the new Intensive Care Unit is under way. The ICU campaign is the largest and most successful campaign ever undertaken by the Foundation. As well, there were dozens of smaller projects supporting staff education, patient comfort programs, a mobile clinical van, and a diabetes high-risk clinical room in Obstetrics."

Perrino said her hope for the future of the Foundation is that they take it to a new level, take on bigger, broader fund raising campaigns and make Nanaimo the centre of excellence in healthcare for all the residents north of the Malahat.

She also lauded everyone who makes donations to the Hospital Foundation. “We see every donation that comes in and you are our heroes by helping us to improve care for our healthcare facilities, medical staff and the patients," she added. 

Before coming to Nanaimo, Perrino spent 11 years as executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

She was active in civic politics, as mayor of Summerland from 2008 to 2014 and prior to that, a councillor for two terms.