Summer sun and fun(draising)

Summer is a marvelous season.  With the warm weather, there’s always a flurry of events and activities happening in the city.  

Behind some of these activities are community groups that take advantage of the great weather to hold fun (and delicious) events, which help raise money to support community causes, like our hospital.

Again this summer, the community has stepped up to raise funds for Osler. When possible, I like to stop by these events to say thanks to the organizers for their energy and hard work in pulling everything together.

If you’re looking for some fun, local summer activities to do, stop by one of these events hosted by long-time Osler supporters.  

Chinguacousy Lions Club – Since 1986 they’ve donated $93,250

  • Friday, July 27: Annual Steak BBQ Fundraising Event/Ma Sanderson’s Ranch/Embleton Road, Brampton
  • Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1: Second annual Wingfest/Chinguacousy Park/Bramalea Rd., Brampton.

Gifts of your time, dropping by to say thanks, making a donation, or spreading the word about all the great things Osler is accomplishing in the community are all helpful in helping us reach our fundraising goals.

Why do we fundraise?

Ontario hospitals typically receive annual funding from the government that covers 75 – 80 percent of our costs, leaving a gap to fill to meet patient care needs and balance budgets. 

As we improve and expand patient care, we rely on donations and partnerships to help support hospital programs and equipment upgrades that government funding doesn’t cover. This is where your help and contributions are critical to our delivery of care.

So if you have a spare weekend, grab your kids or some friends and come out for a cause that benefits your hospitals and the services we provide. And while you’re at it, why not take advantage of this fantastic weather before it disappears for the winter?

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Osler’s strategic plan

It’s been said that it’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan. Whether you’re building a deck, organizing a family reunion, or operating a hospital system, you need a plan.

This is an exciting time for us. We’ve officially kicked off a corporate Strategic Planning process that will clearly outline what we plan to accomplish in the next five years, and the steps that we will take to get there. Our five-year Strategic Plan will also help to guide our actions and the way we deliver services to meet the health care needs of our diverse community.

To start things off, we recently held a session for a ‘Citizens’ Advisory Panel – a group made up of Osler patients, donors, volunteers, and members of the general public.

Our strategic planning process is unlike any other ever taken on by Osler, and it presents us with an exciting opportunity to shape our future directions, with input from you.

This fall, we plan to continue to engage with our community through public sessions that will encourage feedback and ideas to help shape our Plan, so watch out for details on how you can get involved!