Welcoming spring with a record-breaking Holi Gala

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s safe to say that springtime is in full bloom. But two weeks ago when we had our final blast of winter, Osler Foundation welcomed spring a little early, and in colourful fashion, with their fourth annual Holi Gala, presented by Interstate Freight Systems (IFS).

Traditionally, Holi is known as the “festival of colours” in India that marks the arrival of spring and end of winter. At Osler, it’s an opportunity to celebrate and connect with the incredibly diverse community that we serve in Brampton.

This vibrant night brings together the best in traditional and contemporary Indian culture through food, dance and entertainment making it one of my favourite events to attend. More than 850 guests attended the sold out event as well as several dignitaries including Patrick Brown, Ontario’s Leader of the Official Opposition; Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton; and other MPP’s and City Councillors.

The timing of the event coincided with the latest tour for the Sun Life Financial Osler Global Health Team, where a clinical team from Osler was on the ground working and providing care with health care partners in Punjab, India and Karachi, Pakistan. Osler emergency physician Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, who was part of a previous tour, spoke to the crowd about how these partnerships benefit patients from our two very different, yet deeply connected continents. Learn more about the current team’s experience in their daily blog.

By the end of the night, Holi Gala raised a record breaking $400,000 to support vital programs and services at Etobicoke General Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness! Congratulations and thank you to our dedicated Co-Chairs, Dr. Vandana Ahluwalia and Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, the volunteer committee, and the many enthusiastic staff, physicians and sponsors for their support of patient-centred health care delivered in our community and beyond.

In case you missed it, check out the photo gallery from the event!

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