Thank You Sarah McLachlan!

It was a real pleasure and privilege to be part of the Sarah McLachlan concert to benefit the Osler Foundation. Prior to the concert, I was experiencing NHL withdrawal so I was really looking forward to this once in a lifetime event with a Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian music legend! What a spectacular time we had. To think that all this happened for Osler, in the Rose Theatre in Brampton, is awesome.

There was a reception before the concert started. Sarah (I am of course on a first name basis with her now) was generous with her fans. She signed autographs, posed for pictures and enjoyed personal moments with people who wanted to tell her how her music impacted their lives. She sang all of her hits, including my favourite, I Will Remember You. Every now and then you’d hear the audience sing along, and in between songs, there was thunderous applause.  Sarah gave three encores and stayed for the 50/50 draw and auction. The Foundation auctioned off two guitars from Long & McQuade for an incredible $ 20,000 and the 50/50 winner donated his winnings of nearly $4,000 back to the Foundation!

Overall the benefit concert raised $634,000, of which Osler hospitals will receive the net proceeds. Congratulations and thank you to all those involved with putting together such a fine evening and giving such a tremendous boost to Osler’s redevelopment and renewal plans. And, to our new friend Sarah, thank you for an unforgettable concert.

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Celebrating Osler

Last week, on the heels of being awarded Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, we held a week-long celebration for Osler Anniversaries – Safe and Compassionate Care … Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

ImageWe celebrated a whopping 40th year at Etobicoke General Hospital, our fifth year at Brampton Civic Hospital, and a noteworthy milestone in Peel Memorial’s journey of renewal.

From multi-faith sunrise ceremonies to the unveiling of artwork encompassing more than 800 community members’ submissions, to an exclusive concert with Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan,
the celebration was nothing short of spectacular.

The entire week was all the more meaningful as loyal friends and supporters – individuals who care deeply about quality health care in the communities where they live and work, shared in the joy with us.

I was especially pleased to see the enthusiasm on everyone’s faces as they took in both of our 20-feet long art mosaics. There was a lot of pointing and excitement when people found their submission. These art mosaics, with pieces from all across the community, will be on permanent display in our hospitals. Take a look at the making of the mosaics!

It was inspiring and humbling to see how far we have come, and how bright our future shines ahead of us.

Last Tuesday Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, MPP for Etobicoke North, announced government approval to move ahead on the next step for Etobicoke General’s redevelopment. This redevelopment means renovations and expansion of the Emergency Department, new space for the Critical Care and Intensive Care units, a new maternal newborn unit, a new ambulatory procedures unit and a new outpatient oncology facility.

On Thursday, Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West, announced that we are moving ahead with a crucial first step in the process to select a team for the redevelopment of Peel Memorial. We will be looking for a team with the capacity to take on a project of such significant size and complexity.

READ MORE ABOUT REDEVELOPMENT: BuildOsler.com

To our donors, volunteers, government officials, community partners, patients, staff and physicians, THANK YOU for being a part of our amazing journey. Our reasons for celebrating and giving thanks continue to multiply.