Dr. Heather Morris
It only took a few short years for Dr. Heather Morris to figure out she was in for a lifetime. The retired WCH obstetrician and gynecologist was fresh out of her residency and a new member of the Women’s College Hospital medical team in the 1960s when she made her first gift to the hospital.
“Once you make a commitment to something that matters, you continue,” she says.
Morris not only continued giving — she just celebrated seven straight years of monthly donations to Women’s College Hospital Foundation; she remained a part of the medical team until her retirement in 2002.
She chose WCH as the place to jumpstart her Canadian medical career 50 years ago after moving to Toronto from Edinburgh, Scotland to be close to her only brother. “It was a relatively small and intimate hospital with an academic standard,” Morris remembers. “To me, that was very important.”
Morris valued the academic connections that helped to keep her up to date and the relationships she developed with patients, students and colleagues including the late Dr. Dawne Jubb and Dr. Geraldine Maloney, who was department chief from 1957 to 1966.
That same commitment to personalized care and academic excellence are what keep her giving today. “It’s a people-place. It always was. I’m pleased to support it.”