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From Challenge to Innovation

The past year and a half has been unlike any other. The pandemic has illuminated some of the most glaring gaps in our healthcare system and has challenged our hospital’s physicians and staff in nearly immeasurable ways. But time after time, they have stepped up to care for our community with strength, grace and endless compassion— and you have stepped up with generous support. Together, we have been able to move the dial on health equity and ensure that those most at-risk are supported with care when they need it most.

To capture just a fraction of our activities over the past year, we are happy to share our 2020-2021 Donor Impact Report - a timeline of the challenges we faced and the accomplishments we celebrated together.

None of this would have been possible without champions and supporters like you. Thank you for fueling the healthcare revolution!

$200,000 grant from TELUS Friendly Future Foundation to help support Indigenous education and health

Women’s College Hospital Foundation gratefully accepted a recent donation of $200,000 from the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation in support of the development of The Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health's virtual hub.

The first of its kind, the virtual hub hosts trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive health information and tools for Indigenous communities from trusted Indigenous sources. The virtual hub will help remove barriers to healthcare, improving access to vital resources to support the health and well-being of Indigenous individuals, families and communities through the harmonization of Indigenous, traditional and western healthcare practices that respect the unique needs and strengths of all Indigenous peoples.

Louise’s Story: How BETTER Women has helped Louise feel better!

Louise was struggling with her weight and arthritis inflammation, but through a recommendation from her doctor, she was offered a spot in a new program: BETTER Women. A partnership between Women’s College Hospital and the Canadian Cancer Society, the program is designed to help women improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer through peer health coaching. Peer health coaches help participants set specific and actionable diet, exercise and lifestyle goals based on their unique needs and health profile and help them stick to their goals through regular check-ins.

As a result of her time in the program, Louise’s weight is down and her arthritis is no longer bothering her. The formalized plan and support system helped her stay accountable and change her health for the better. Louise’s experience was so transformative that she was inspired to increase her giving to Women’s College Hospital.

Click through to read more about how BETTER Women is helping women like Louise feel better.

       
BETTER Women Coaches

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT

Last month, the BETTER Women program graduated 15 new Peer Health Coaches from its training program! Peer Health Coaches are Canadian Cancer Society volunteers who are helping to encourage and empower women to take control of their health and well-being through one-on-one coaching and support. Click through to read more about the program and meet the volunteers.

Toronto Star Article Series

IN THE NEWS

Toronto Star: Read the first three installments of a six-part series by Dr. Danielle Martin and prominent guest contributors exploring the path to better health systems in Canada.

PROGRAM INNOVATIONS

The Toronto Anorectal Program (TARP) at Women’s College Hospital is treating patients with anorectal conditions and innovating with a new model designed to reduce surgical backlog.

Impact and Innovation

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS

Already under-represented and under-researched in healthcare, women’s health has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Women's Health Collective Canada—of which Women’s College Hospital Foundation is a founding member—strives to combat this trend and increase the standard of care for women across the country.

       

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Virtual Tour of London, England

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Join us for a live, virtual tour of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant global cities—London, England! Presented by Lifestyle with Purpose, in collaboration with Quintessentially Canada, proceeds from this virtual event will benefit The Emily Stowe Society at Women’s College Hospital.

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