Pat and Ian Fraser
Pat and Ian Fraser, who have been married for over 57 years, have a long history with Women’s College Hospital. Pat has been volunteering for an impressive 42 years, and now sets her post at the Information Desk on Fridays. All four of the Frasers’ daughters and two of their nine grandchildren were born at Women’s College Hospital. Adding a recent great-granddaughter to the mix, women’s health is clearly an important issue for them.
“Women’s health is a significant part of our day-to-day lives” says Ian. “Our daughters and even their children may not be future patients of Women’s College Hospital but they will certainly benefit from the work being done here.”
It’s one of the reasons Pat and Ian chose to make a gift to Women’s College Hospital – in honour of their four daughters, four granddaughters and their new great-granddaughter.
Pat and Ian made a significant donation to The Campaign for Women’s College Hospital
– a $50,000 gift using securities they held in their portfolio. It’s an easy, tax-efficient way to support Women’s College Hospital, because donors can avoid paying tax on capital gains.
Making a donation with a gift of securities wasn’t the only easy decision for the Frasers. Giving to Women’s College Hospital just came naturally to them. “We receive such good care and attention here,” says Pat, who is a patient of Dr. Len Sternberg, Director of Cardiology. “And there is a personal touch to your care,” adds Ian. “I’ve always been so impressed by such a comfortable and caring atmosphere.”
When asked why others should consider giving to Women’s College Hospital, both Pat and Ian note the Hospital’s impressive history and vision to tackle some of Canada’s most pressing health-care issues. “There isn’t another hospital in this city we would consider supporting. Women’s is the fit for us,” they reflect.
As the couple ages and estate planning matters become more immediate, they believe the focus of their gifts should be on initiatives that have a lasting value to the community – and Women’s College Hospital fits the bill. “You’re not just building something and plugging in doctors and programs. Women’s College Hospital is creating a modern facility designed around innovative new services, staff and most important, patients. It’s a legacy and vision that will endure.”