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Championing health research for older women during COVID-19 and beyond

Women’s College Hospital Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to Women’s College Health Research (WCHR) for their recent gift to support innovation in virtual care, the hospital’s COVID-19 relief efforts, and Dr. Paula Rochon’s leading research focused on identifying evidence-based solutions that improve the lives of women as they age.

Formed in 1994, WCHR is an independent organization that owns and manages the building at 790 Bay Street, the former home to Women’s College Health Research Institute, the Bay Centre for Birth Control and other hospital offices, to support health research and education at Women’s College Hospital. To date, WCHR has donated a transformational $16.6 million, making them WCHF’s largest donor.

Jocelyn Palm, WCHR board member, long-time hospital volunteer and donor to WCHF, shares what inspired the group to make this important gift during a year of challenge and uncertainty.

Q&A with neWCHapter: WCHF’s young professionals committee

This National Volunteer Week, Women’s College Hospital Foundation is celebrating the passionate volunteers in its community who have dedicated their time and energy to advancing the healthcare revolution. One such group is WCHF’s young professional’s committee: neWCHapter.

Read more to hear from Christine Lee and Ruby Dhatt, neWCHapter co-chairs, about what inspires their support of Women’s and their hopes for the future of healthcare in Canada.

BETTER Women: How volunteer peer support is helping to improve health outcomes for women

When Wendy Daniels heard the new BETTER Women program — a joint initiative between Women’s College Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society — was recruiting volunteer peer health coaches, she didn’t think twice about applying. In fact, she thought of her mother.

Click through to read more about how volunteer peer health coaches like Wendy Daniels are helping to redefine cancer prevention for women across the province.


From the archives: Celebrating 100+ years of helping women advance careers in the health sciences

For more than 100 years, the Association of Volunteers at Women’s College Hospital have remained committed to advancing training for young women doctors, nurses and health science researchers.

Click through to read more about how the Association has been able to offer unique training, mentorship and learning opportunities and help break down barriers to those who have been historically excluded from the healthcare field.





We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, so we’ve asked our WCH experts to help address your concerns. Follow the link below to view informative videos about how the COVID-19 vaccines work, their safety and efficacy, and even answers to vaccine rumours.

Indigenous vaccine

Here's how community groups are getting COVID-19 vaccinations to Indigenous people in Canada's largest city

CBC: Dr. Lisa Richardson says it's critical for Indigenous health and social service providers to reach out to other Indigenous people to help build awareness and trust in COVID-19 vaccines.

Paula Rochon

Why do most ‘long-haul’ COVID-19 sufferers seem to be women? The case for more sex-inclusive research

Toronto Star: Dr. Paula Rochon explains that researchers are still trying to determine why women seem to suffer more from long-haul COVID.

patient recieving vaccine in WCH family practice

Family Practice Health Centre’s Vaccine Clinic Welcomes its First Patients

Last week, WCH’s Family Practice Health Centre launched a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for eligible patients, with over 50 first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were administered on day one. Read more about the tremendous impact this clinic is already having on our community!

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Cancer and COVID-19: A Q&A with Dr. Lofters

In honour of Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Aisha Lofters, Chair in Implementation Science at The Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers at WCH, is answering some of the most common questions around COVID-19 and cancer care.


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Virtual Hereditary Cancer Series

January - November, 2021

Are you interested in learning more about hereditary cancers and the most relevant advances in BRCA1 and BRCA2 research? Join WCH researchers and experts for a free monthly webinar series exploring a new topic every month.

Sienna, Italy

Virtual Tour of Siena, Italy

May 15, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. EDT

Consider this special event as a unique gift for Mother’s Day — a live virtual tour of Siena, often described as the heart and soul of Italy! Presented by Lifestyle with Purpose, in collaboration with Quintessentially Canada, net proceeds will benefit the Lifestyle with Purpose Endowment Fund for the Emily Stowe Society. Tickets to this authentic and inspiring 90-minute private live virtual tour are only $45 +HST. Deadline to register is May 14, 5:00 p.m. Hope to see you in Italy (virtually!)

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Run for Women

July 4 - 11, 2021

Join us virtually this July at the Run for Women, presented by the LOVE. YOU. Program at Shoppers Drug Mart. $35 from every registration in Toronto will be directed to support Women’s College Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

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