Message From the President

There’s nothing more important than family

This past summer, I had the incredible opportunity to visit China. It was a meaningful trip for my family because I have two wonderful daughters that my wife and I adopted from China. To be able to bring my daughters back to the country of their birth was incredibly special and was the catalyst to reflect on the importance and meaning of family.
What makes a family? The word ‘family’ can mean something different for everyone. Some find their family in those related by blood, others find family in their spouses, friends, caregivers and co‑workers.
When I read through this edition of Partners, the concept of ‘family’ struck me most. When illness or adversity strikes, families – however they are made – come together to weather the storm. This is evident in the stories about the Maciel family and the Kshatriya family. We also see this in a story about Iris Brown. Her lengthy stay in our Critical Care Unit at Etobicoke General led her to develop lasting relationships with the staff there, many of whom consider her family.
As the new patient tower and ancillary services building at Etobicoke General Hospital come to life, we are driven to do more for your family. Since it is the community that equips our three hospitals – Brampton Civic, Etobicoke General and Peel Memorial – the staff and volunteers at Osler Foundation are pushing forward to raise funds. We hope you will join us on this journey to help us continue to provide excellent health care for your family for years to come.

Ken Mayhew
President & CEO