Message From the President

Giving thanks to our generous community. Together, we’re building a healthier future.

At some point in our lives, we all need medical care, whether for ourselves or a loved one. I know I have.
 
I was thinking about that when I recently had the opportunity to personally thank donors who helped build and equip the new Peel Memorial.
 
Thanks to them, and to you, patients are now receiving care at Peel Memorial. In our urgent care centre, nervous moms comfort young kids with fevers, and grown kids comfort their gracefully aged moms. In our surgical suites, a brother is having cataract surgery and in our cardiac diagnostic clinic, a grandfather is undergoing tests.
 
We bring thanks on behalf of the community who are already receiving exceptional care, through the facilities and equipment you have provided.
 
While we are close to raising the funds needed to fully equip Peel Memorial, we are aware that the need for Etobicoke General is just as urgent. We do not underestimate the work it will take to build on our tremendous momentum and we are honoured to be working with community leaders and champions in Etobicoke.
 
Brampton Civic continues to evolve to meet the needs of this community. With thanks to Orlando Corporation, construction will soon begin on a new Endovascular Therapeutic Suite (ETS) that will provide life-saving treatment for vascular conditions, close to home. Very few community hospitals in Canada offer the kind of sophisticated surgeries made possible through the planned new ETS at Brampton Civic.
 
While the final numbers are being determined, this past year was the best ever in our fundraising history, by far, thanks to volunteer leadership and donors, some of whom you will read about in this issue of Partners. You’ll learn about gifts from grateful family members like Ed Sielmanowicz, featured on our cover, and Paul Vella, both of whom sing the praises of Etobicoke General and the compassionate care they witnessed there. You’ll also read about some extraordinary physicians, staff and a very special volunteer. And, I hope you’ll join me in congratulating the Indo-Canadian Friends of Osler, who completed their $1 million pledge for Osler’s three hospitals!
 
We are very grateful for the support of those featured in this issue of Partners, and of the many selfless donors who have a long legacy of passion, leadership and generosity. We do not take it for granted and we hope we can continue to count on that legacy as Osler’s hospitals grow to meet the needs of our community.
 

Ken Mayhew
President & CEO