“When women need help, WCH is providing the best research and care.”
Sheila Hambleton recalls hearing about Women’s College Hospital’s new plans to build the hospital of the future back in 2009 through a newspaper story.
“I remember thinking it was about time Toronto’s hospital for women had a new home.”
The vision in the paper proved so compelling that Sheila made a monthly pledge to support the hospital’s construction – a commitment she continues to honour today.
A retired high school teacher and principal, Sheila has always been interested in the challenges and opportunities facing girls and women.
While president of the Soroptimist International of Toronto – a global women’s organization devoted to improving the lives of women and girls – Sheila oversaw a $20,000 donation to WCH’s new neonatal unit in the late 80s. It was through that organization that Sheila was first introduced to WCH – “I was very impressed that the hospital was started by women doctors,” she says.
“Soroptimist means ‘best for women.’ That’s what Women’s College Hospital is about, too. When women need help, they’re there providing the best research and care with a great bedside manner.”