Celebrating a community of trailblazers and changemakers

2020-11-13 11:27:25 AM

Although our world has been turned upside down, one thing has remained the same: our community’s generous support and belief in advancing equitable access to healthcare for everyone.
 
With National Philanthropy Day just around the corner, we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate our entire community, and highlight just a few of the many philanthropic leaders who continue to stand up and stand with us as we revolutionize healthcare.
 

LOUISE FAST
 
Louise-Fast-DD-Pic-(1).jpgMeet Louise: For over 30 years, Louise has been a committed donor to WCH, leading transformational change to healthcare. She is a proud member of WCHF’s 100Women group and a long-time member of the Foundation’s volunteer Advisory Council. In response to COVID-19, Louise has stepped forward with a transformational $1 million gift in support of Women’s Virtual - Canada’s first virtual hospital.
 
A trailblazer in her own right, when asked what inspired her to once again make a generous donation in support of WCH, Louise pointed to the hospital’s dedication to innovation and its leadership position in virtual care:
 
“Even before the pandemic, WCH has been using technology to improve different aspects of medicine to reach patients wherever they live and improve access to care for everyone.
 
Thanks to Women’s Virtual, people in Northern Ontario can access the same kind of experts and care that we can in Toronto. Hip replacements can be done in one day and patients can connect to their surgical team from the minute they get home. People can safely connect to mental health discussion groups online so even now, during the pandemic, they’re not missing out on treatment.

This isn’t research and innovation that will remain in a silo. Women’s Virtual has been able to develop all sorts of ways to keep doctors and patients connected. It is transforming our entire healthcare system for the better and bringing it into the 21st century.”
 
Thank you, Louise, for your courageous leadership and support of revolutionary advances in virtual care!
 
RUBY DHATT
 
Ruby.jpgMeet Ruby: a medical radiation technologist at WCH and recently appointed co-chair of neWCHapter, a group of trailblazing young leaders dedicated to raising funds in support of WCH. For Ruby, assuming the co-chair role was an exciting opportunity to deepen her commitment to the hospital and inspire other young women to get involved:
 
“I’ve been on the neWCHapter committee since 2016 and originally joined to help raise awareness about women’s health. Getting to know the other members has been so much fun and being involved in planning the committee’s events has been so rewarding. When the co-chair position opened up, I knew I’d be a great fit to help this community grow.
 
I’m so inspired by the work Women’s is doing. The hospital is always one step ahead when it comes to innovation and meeting the needs of the communities we serve. Virtual care is a great example of this. Last year, our signature event showcased how virtual innovation at Women’s had enabled same-day joint replacement surgery and now, a year later, virtual care is all everyone is talking about!
 
Finding ways to give back and help people has always been important to me and I can really see the impact our events are having by raising awareness and raising funds in support of the hospital. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish going forward!”
 
Thank you for your leadership, Ruby! To give back to their community and help raise awareness about Women’s College Hospital, neWChapter is hosting a free Yoga Nidra class on December 2, 2020. Visit wcnewchapter.ca for more details.
 
IKRAM AL MOUASWAS
 
Ikram-Al-Mouaswas-4-2-(002).jpgMeet Ikram: Deloitte partner, WCHF Board Member and monthly donor. When asked what inspired her to volunteer and support the hospital, Ikram pointed to Women’s commitment to innovation and equity:
 
“Deloitte is a proud supporter of WCH – last year, during Pride, we were Women’s Equity Partner. We were proudly the key sponsors helping Women’s their TRS program, and this year we had our first-ever involvement with the Shoppers Run virtually. Through this partnership, I’ve had the privilege of learning about the impact the hospital is having on healthcare innovation and access.
 
The fact that the hospital is home to the province’s Digital Health Evaluation Centre of Excellence, bringing together health professionals, data scientists, researchers, and technology professionals  all dedicated to transforming our healthcare system for the better, is remarkable.
 
Women’s is applying this expertise to caring for underserved communities, like patients who are trans, refugees, Indigenous, and so many more. I truly believe everyone deserves the same equitable access to care, and Women’s is working to accomplish this goal, and is a Pioneer within this space
 
I see Women’s as a cause and a mission first, then a hospital second – one which is important to me and one I want to support. This is  why I chose to become a monthly donor. I believe when something is important to you, you find a way to prioritize it and to make it a part of your system. I’ve automated my phone bill and insurance payments. Why not automate my support of an organization I am passionate about?”
 
Thank you, Ikram, for your leadership and dedication to creating a healthier, more equitable world for everyone!  

 
CHRISTIE PINESE
 
AWxRoseCityGoods034.jpgMeet Christie: owner of Rose City Goods gift shop in Toronto and generous donor to Women’s College Hospital. Through an ongoing campaign in her shop, Christie supports WCH by donating 25% of proceeds from the sale of a specially made line of soap that is hand-crafted by a female artisan from the Yukon.
 
“At Rose City Goods we pride ourselves in supporting female artisans and female run businesses. So, after learning about Women’s College Hospital’s commitment to advancing healthcare for women, choosing to support the hospital was a no-brainer to me.
 
I strongly believe that everyone should have equal and fair opportunity to access quality healthcare, and Women’s is making that a reality. I love that the hospital is striving to provide care for women across the country, no matter where they live.
 
As women, we’ve got to empower each other and lift each other up. I hope that through the awareness and funds our shop is raising, we can help to inspire our community to think about how they can support a cause that they’re passionate about, too.”  
 
Visit Rose City Goods’ website to shop the soaps!

Thank you, Christie, for championing women’s health in the community and supporting equitable access to healthcare for women everywhere.