A Lasting Gift
WCH Association of Volunteers creates new endowed Chair in memory of long-time member Maureen Green
The entire Women’s College Hospital community is extending its deepest gratitude to the Women’s College Hospital Association of Volunteers and the Estate of Maureen Green –– a long-time volunteer –– for their transformational gift to establish an innovative new Chair position and invest in new diagnostic imaging equipment for the hospital’s Breast Centre.
A devoted member of the Association of Volunteers for over 17 years, Maureen Green helped to raise thousands of dollars each year in support of programs and initiatives close to her heart. When she passed away in 2020, the executor of Maureen’s estate advised the Association of Volunteers that she had left a transformational legacy gift to the group in memory of her husband, Philip Green.
In 2021, in honour of Maureen’s memory, the Association chose to direct her gift to support two important initiatives: the establishment of an endowed Association of Volunteers–Maureen & Philip Green Chair in Healthcare Equity and Access; and funding to support the acquisition of four new mammogram and four new ultrasound machines for use at the Breast Centre –– state-of-the-art technology that will significantly advance Women’s College Hospital’s role as a leader in breast cancer diagnostics and care.
The Association of Volunteers–Maureen & Philip Green Chair in Equity and Access will be held by a world-class healthcare professional who will work with researchers at Women’s College Research Institute to identify and address gaps in health equity and access that are impacting marginalized and vulnerable populations –– including women, older Canadians, and people from racialized communities.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly exposed the inequities in our healthcare system –– inequities that are preventing marginalized groups from receiving the care they need and realizing their true potential,” says Lindsay Campbell, President of the Association of Volunteers. “It is an honour to have the opportunity to establish this Chair position in Maureen and Philip’s memory –– a role that will ensure the hospital will always have a healthcare leader dedicated to closing gaps in equity and access for people across Canada.”
As an endowed position, the Chair position will be held in perpetuity for as long as Women’s College Hospital and the University of Toronto exist. We look forward to sharing news of the inaugural Chairholder in the months ahead.
Thank you to the entire Association of Volunteers and to the family of Maureen and Philip Green for creating an extraordinary legacy of impact –– one that celebrates the power of generosity while igniting change for generations of Canadians.