YOUR GENEROSITY IS REVOLUTIONIZING
HEALTHCARE
Donor impact report 2018/2019

Leadership Message Thank you for being part of the movement to revolutionize healthcare!

Together, we are leading a revolution that will help ensure all Canadians have access to the highest quality care, where and when they need it.

We are so proud to share just a few of the many examples of innovative and impactful initiatives led by Women’s College Hospital over the past year that were made possible through the generosity of our community—a community of advocates, allies, changemakers, and trailblazers.

CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT
CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

JENNIFER BERNARD, CFRE
PRESIDENT & CEO
WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION

Leadership Message
Fueling A Vision of Equity and Access

Last year, your investment in Women’s College Hospital helped raise an incredible $14.8 million to drive forward the vision that we share—a vision of a healthier and more equitable world in which all people are able to pursue their greatest potential.

Today, the mission of Women’s College Hospital has never been more relevant or necessary. With the support of our generous donor community, we are breaking down barriers to healthcare access through innovative virtual initiatives; we are advancing health for women through cutting-edge research and clinical care; we are reimagining what a hospital experience should be by putting patients at the centre; and we are transforming and improving care for marginalized populations that have traditionally been overlooked by healthcare—the LGBTQ2+ community, Indigenous peoples, refugees and newcomers to Canada and many more.

Thank you for being part of the movement to revolutionize healthcare!

Christopher Knight and Jennifer Bernard,
Women’s College Hospital Foundation

Trailblazers & Changemakers Every dollar donated is helping to close gaps in healthcare—for women and for everyone.

Joined by over 39,000 donors and supporters, your commitment to Women’s College Hospital has incredible impact. You are helping our medical leaders and researchers tackle the most pressing healthcare challenges facing Canadians today—high costs, hallway medicine and a lack of gender-focused research—to create a stronger, more equitable healthcare system.

Trailblazers & Changemakers
Changemakers: The Earthy Family

For most of her life, Urve Earthy experienced fainting spells and a host of other unexplained symptoms. Despite visiting 15 different specialists, it wasn’t until she was connected with Dr. Paula Harvey, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Initiative at Women’s College Hospital, that she received a diagnosis—dysautonomia.
 
Inspired by the life-changing care Urve received at Women’s College Hospital, the Earthy family chose to make a significant donation to fund two fellowship positions in dysautonomia and heart health, as well as initiatives in virtual care. The family hopes their multi-generational gift will help raise awareness and improve treatment options for other patients suffering from this rare condition.


L-R: Urve, David and Alex Earthy

WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL IS A CUTTING-EDGE, FIRST-RATE HEALTHCARE FACILITY COMMITTED TO DRIVING FORWARD A VISION OF HEALTH EQUITY FOR EVERYONE.

THELMA BACCHUS,
GRATEFUL PATIENT AND MONTHLY DONOR

DRIVING INNOVATION AND RESEARCH Your generosity is fueling health system innovation and research that is transforming the patient journey.

In Canada, the average length of a hospital stay following a hip replacement is several days. Women’s College Hospital is changing that: thanks to a combination of state-of-the-art surgical and anesthetic techniques and an innovative new virtual care app, patients undergoing joint replacement surgeries at WCH are able to return home just hours after surgery while remaining fully connected to their care teams.

By freeing up much-needed hospital beds, innovation in ambulatory care being led by Women’s College Hospital has the potential to help alleviate hallway medicine while saving the Canadian healthcare system tens of millions of dollars. Your support of this important work is also ensuring patients have the opportunity to heal at home, where research shows they recover more quickly.

DRIVING INNOVATION AND RESEARCH
LIFE-CHANGERS: Reach for the Stars

After Liz Walter passed away from pancreatic cancer, her family—husband Bruce and daughters Sarah, Hannah, Emma and Victoria—looked for what they could do to have the greatest impact in the fight against cancer. They found their answer in supporting hereditary cancer research at Women’s College Hospital. This groundbreaking research holds the promise of saving lives by stopping cancer before it can even begin.
 
Together with their close friend Lisa McCann, last summer the Walter family organized Reach for the Stars—a gala event held at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum. In just one evening, the event raised over $1 million to support cutting-edge cancer research at Women’s College Hospital.


L-R: Sarah, Hannah, Bruce, Emma and Victoria

BEING ABLE TO RECOVER FROM SURGERY IN THE COMFORT OF HOME, BEING ABLE TO BE WITH MY YOUNG SON, AND STILL FEELING CONFIDENT THAT I COULD CONNECT WITH MY CARE TEAM AT ANY TIME WAS SO HELPFUL TO MY RECOVERY.

Kaori,
GRATEFUL SAME-DAY HIP-REPLACEMENT PATIENT

CULTURALLY SAFE CARE BEGINS HERE You are helping Women’s College Hospital ensure that all Canadians have access to the highest quality care, where and when they need it.

In particular, the newly-launched Indigenous Health Program at Women’s College Hospital is working to close crucial gaps that affect the health and well-being of Indigenous communities.

As the first hospital-based initiative of its kind in Canada with a focus on harmonizing Indigenous, traditional and Western healthcare practices, the Indigenous Health Program at Women’s College Hospital is transforming non-Indigenous healthcare programs and spaces into inclusive ones.
 
Led by Dr. Lisa Richardson, strategic lead of Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital and co-lead of Indigenous medical education at the University of Toronto, the multi-pronged program is focusing on research, education, and digital and library resources to increase access to culturally safe services, care and education for Indigenous patients and students.

CULTURALLY SAFE CARE BEGINS HERE
TRAILBLAZERS: The Holdbest Foundation

The Holdbest Foundation, a family foundation focused on addressing underserved needs, has generously stepped forward to provide philanthropic support to launch the Indigenous Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.
 
The Foundation was inspired by the hospital’s efforts to ensure Indigenous voices are central to the program’s development. “We are impressed by the fact that the program is so community-driven,” says Irene Chalmers, director of the Holdbest Foundation. “The broad scope of the program’s objectives—to value Indigenous knowledge, engage an Elder, and make efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming space—is helping to ensure that Indigenous patients are receiving holistic care that considers their unique needs and world views.”
 
Irene hopes the Holdbest Foundation’s commitment will inspire others to consider supporting the Indigenous Health Program at Women’s College Hospital.

FINANCIAL
HIGHLIGHTS

  • WHO ARE OUR DONORS?

     
    Individuals 15%
     
    Corporations 10%
     
    Bequests 9%
     
    Special Events 17%
     
    Foundations & Charities 49%



  • WHERE DO WE GRANT FUNDS?

     
    Research Chairs 17%
     
    Research & Education 20%
     
    Clinical Program Support 14%
     
    WIHV 10%
     
    Capital 39%


Detailed audited financial statements are available on our website.

THE
VOLUNTEER
LEADERS OF WCHF

Women’s College Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Christopher Knight – Chair
Eden M. Oliver – Vice Chair
Debbie Simpson – Vice Chair
Elle AyoubZadeh
Gail Cecil
Carol Cowan (ex officio)
Wendy Cukier (ex officio)
Paul Damp
V. Ann Davis
Stephen Dowd
Elizabeth L.W. Fanjoy
Susan Garnet (ex officio)
Dr. Paula Harvey (ex officio)
Jane E. Kinney
Blair Levinsky
Ron McEachern
Heather McPherson (ex officio)
Joanne Mealia
Paul Melville-Gray
Jennifer Ocampo-King
Marisa Piattelli
Jennifer Reynolds
Maryam Sanati
Kara Wood

Women’s College Hospital Foundation Advisory Council

Carol Cowan – Chair
The Hon. Elinor Caplan
The Hon. Margaret McCain
The Hon. George Smitherman
Elisabetta Bigsby
Darleen Bogart
Pat Campbell
Sylvia Chrominska
Louise Fast
Shanon Grauer
Ann Kerwin
Mary Susanne Lamont
Janet MacInnis
Mary Lou Maher
Colleen Moorehead
Jocelyn Palm
N. Jane Pepino
Susan Perren
Len Racioppo
Gail Regan
Dr. John Semple
Dr. Elaine Todres

OUR
DONORS

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100 Women

Jocelyn Allen
Gail R. Appel
Elisabetta Bigsby
Yvonne Bland
Marlene Cepparo
Sylvia D. Chrominska
Carol Cowan
Beatrice Crawford
Lynn M. Damp
Wendy Daniels
V. Ann Davis
Alex Earthy
Louise A. Fast
Sabrina Feldman
Patricia Fraser
Linda Frum
Shirley Granovsky
Karen Green
Stephanie Griffiths
Kathryn Kearsey
Mary Susanne Lamont
Nancy MacKellar
Mary Lou Maher
Nancy E. A. Main
Margaret Norrie McCain
Luci McEachern
Colleen Moorehead
Katherine L. Morrison
Gail O’Brien
Jocelyn Palm
Kerry Peacock
N. Jane Pepino
Megan Porter
Vivian Racioppo
Linda J. Reed
H. Gail Regan
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon
Nancy Ruth
Michelle Samson-Doel
Barbara Stern
Eleanor Thall
Stephanie Trussler
Sheila Craig Waengler
Benita M. Warmbold
Sally C. Wright
Anonymous

Spirit of Life Society

David Aronoff
Betsy Murray
Penny Bell & Jack Pasht
Danielle Berrut
Yvonne Bland
Donna Brown
Lorraine Brown
Ruth Buchanan
Thomas Caster
Carol Cowan
Jean E. Dryden
David & Urve Earthy
Tanya & David Feagins
Lynn From
Cecile Goodman
Nancy Griffin
Martin & Vicki Heenan
William Hughey
Helen Kampfmuller
Linda Langero
Janet MacInnis
Nancy E. A. Main
Aviva Mayers
Margaret Norrie McCain
John & Lynn Milligan
Kathleen Mulheron &
George Szuszwal
E.M. Orsten
Jocelyn Palm
Roseanne Pelz
Gail Regan
Jenny Tan
Megan & Chad Tregunno
Dr. Lorena C. Vicente
Sheila Craig Waengler
Wendy Weaver
John & June Wevers

WE ARE WOMEN'S

To learn more about Women's College Hospital Foundation, please visit our foundation website.
Our report is also available in a printed format - download the PDF version of the report.

Our report is also available in a printed format - download the PDF version of the report.

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Women’s College Hospital Foundation
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Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
416 323 6323
foundation@wchospital.ca
www.wchf.ca

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