Our community. Our family.

Guest blog by Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation

This past summer, I had the incredible opportunity to once again travel to China. It was a meaningful trip because I have two wonderful daughters that my wife and I adopted from China. To be able to bring my daughters back to the country of their birth was incredibly special and led me to reflect on the importance and meaning of family.

The word ‘family’ means something different for everyone. Some find their family in those related by blood, others find family in their spouses, friends, caregivers and co-workers.

In my experience, for many volunteers, staff and physicians at our three hospitals, family also refers to many of the co-workers that they spend so much time with and the patients that they care for.

People who support the Foundation often reflect that you never need your community hospital until you do. Community hospitals, like ours, impact thousands and thousands of families every year. As a teenager with a mother who became ill and again as parent, this has been true for me personally. And after attending the Gala Benefit Concert on Saturday night, it was evident that most people who were in attendance have lived this experience as well.

The belief in the work of Osler volunteers, staff and physicians was palpable that night. The event raised an incredible $746,000 for our hospitals. Just as importantly, it was a profound demonstration of the trust and commitment that our communities have for its hospitals. This trust and commitment would not be possible without all of you. Through your generosity and kindness, the Foundation guides others to pay it forward.

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As we enter into the season of giving, I would like to thank you for the tremendous impact you have on others—changing people’s lives, one family at a time.

All my best to you and yours over the holidays and a wish for good health, growth and a little adventure in 2018. I know I speak on behalf of the entire Foundation when I say, we look forward to continuing to work with you in the service of our communities in the year ahead.




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