Friday, July 18, 2014

New directors named to Foundation board

The 2014/15 Rouge Valley Health System Board of Directors: Back row from left, Gord Moore, Jim Boyko (Vice-Chair), Dr. Mark Prieditis, Wayne Cassidy, Shiv Bansal, Frank Ortencio, John DiCesare, Victor Sgro, Tom McCulloch, Michael Claener (Treasurer), Ken Scullion and Dineshkumar Subramaniam. Seated from left, Dr. Romas Stas, Janet Ainslie, Terri Toms, Judith Barker (Chair), Sherry Robinson, Nancy Maxwell, Lucy Stocco and Chad Hanna (President & CEO). Absent: Michael Angemeer, Mark Jackson, Peter Lobraico, Dr. Joe Ricci, Faith Mariano, Joan Wideman and Rik Ganderton.
Two community leaders elected to hospital charity’s Board of Directors

July 18, 2014 — A long time volunteer and supporter, along with a returning founding member were elected to the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation (RVHSF) Board of Directors at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting at the end of June.

Wayne Cassidy and Peter Lobraico begin three-year terms on the Board of Directors and will help to provide leadership and oversight to the activities of the Foundation. Judith Barker, who accepted the nomination to continue to Chair the RVHSF Board of Directors for the 2014/15 term, is pleased on behalf of her fellow Board members, to announce the addition of the newest members.

“These two men are great community supporters and have a special bond with Rouge Valley,” said Ms. Barker. “Their generous support, of time, talent and finances has already proven they are great friends to the Foundation. Through their involvement as Board members, we are certain they will help us achieve great success in the years ahead to raise needed funds to provide the Rouge Valley Health System with leading-edge medical equipment.”

Wayne Cassidy, Principal of D.W. Cassidy & Co, is actively involved in community service through local charities and minor sports, including sponsoring and running an annual charity golf tournament which has raised close to $500,000 over the last 26 years, benefiting local charities including the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation. He and his wife Sandra are long-time donors and supporters of Foundation signature events such as the annual Rouge Gala and Who's Your Caddy? ladies-only golf tournament.

Peter Lobraico is was a founding member of the first Foundation board in 1989 and served on the board for 12 years, six years as chair. Peter left the Foundation Board at that time to serve as a member of the Rouge Valley Health System board for nine years. Peter is looking forward to rejoining the Foundation Board as it moves forward with fundraising to support Rouge Valley's expansive and well-respected surgical program and has agreed to Chair the Plastics/Cancer Surgical Fundraising Campaign for 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spectacular Homes of Toronto East Revealed During Gates Open Home and Garden Tours June 14

People looking for spectacular home and garden ideas enjoyed the 2014 Gates Open Home and Garden Tour June 14.

Nine breath-taking homes situated along the Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto East were featured, in the Bluffs area, which boasts some of Canada’s most enviable real estate. Community volunteers along with the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation, organized the exclusive event in support of the community hospital’s surgical program.

“We are opening our homes and gardens to guests to showcase the beauty of the Bluffs and Scarborough’s million dollar view of Lake Ontario,” Committee Member Erin Fulton-Girgis said before the tour. Her own home – which recently underwent extensive upgrades - was part of the tour. “This neighbourhood is often called Scarborough’s best kept secret. Our goal is to let others see what we already know: the Scarborough Bluffs is an amazing place to live.”

The eight selected homes ranged from traditional to urban d├ęcor, each magnificently appointed. Their grounds are impeccably manicured, some with walkways that meander down to the lake. The June date assures the seasonal perennials are in full bloom, accented with each homeowner’s favourite annuals in their inspiring landscaped properties along the 65-metre high escarpment. 

“Rouge Valley Health System was my home away from home as a child growing up with asthma,” says Erin. “When we moved into our home two years ago, we knew it needed some TLC. Since then we have gutted the first and second floor to better suit our lifestyle and have done a lot landscape work outside. Unveiling the new look of our home is a perfect way to support the hospital that helped me as a kid.”

Thursday, May 1, 2014

ThrowBack Thursday: Roger Anderson

Regional Chairman Roger Anderson has fond memories of Ajax and Pickering's hospital from over the years. Here's what he tells us: 

"I can remember the days when you could go to the Ajax and Pickering hospital, no traffic light, only one way in and one way out. 

There was no exit off Clements. And when you walked in the front door of the hospital, everyone knew who you were, because they were all local. It didn't matter whether you were visiting or you were there for care, everyone knew who you were. 

And today, as you go in, it's still the same, except there's so many new people they don't know everyone anymore.But the care and the attention is still the same."

Thanks for sharing Chairman Anderson.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Walk with Heart hits ambitious $100,000 target, yet again

When it comes to the Rouge Valley Health System’s Cardiac Rehab team, it is a marvel to behold what they can accomplish with the amazing energy level their staff and volunteers bring to everything they do. Such is the case with the 2014 Walk with Heart, which once again ‘wowed’ everyone who attended on April 26 at Rouge Valley Centenary’s 11th Floor rehab centre.

With a morning full of activities and entertainment, the 727 participants walked their way to the event’s goal of $100,000. It was the second consecutive year the event has hit that ambitious target and organizers were raving about the support they received.

“A big thank you to everyone who participated and helped out with this year’s Walk with Heart!,” says Lynn Scholey, an Exercise Therapist for the Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Service. “It’s a total success story.”

See more pictures here.

She points to a few of the many highlights from the event to show how they were able to reach their goal. The biggest walk team this year was 30 walkers and the highest fundraising total was $6,000!
Other notables: The donation from farthest away came from Gosnells, Australia, and the largest one-time donation was $1,020.

Among the fun had during the morning, were Boy vs. Girl Exercise Therapist challenges, featuring a fun tricycle race and biathlon challenge. Exercise Therapist Mike won the MET test challenge with the highest peak oxygen consumption.

Miss Universe Canada finalists came out to offer support and many of the hospital’s cardiologists attended and took part in cardiac test challenges to support fundraising for the event.

All in all, the Walk with Heart was a tremendous success again and everyone from the Cardiac Rehab team expresses their appreciation to all of the participants, donors and volunteers for their generous support.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Celebrating 60 years of Ajax's hospital: Muriel's story

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering hospital is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. We asked some of our long-time supporters to share their memories of how the hospital has impacted them over the years:

On May 27, 1955, our son Eric was born at Ajax General hospital.

Dr. Ruddy was called to attend. As he was on his way to a party, he was wearing a tuxedo. (Knowing the story) our son says "of course he was wearing a tuxedo, he was delivering me, wasn't he!?"

There was one nurse that evening on maternity. As she was busy in the delivery room, the five women in postnatal, went to the nursery, picked out our own babies, and took them back to our rooms to breastfeed.

Since then, the hospital has seen us through many incidents, including my husband's three heart attacks!
Muriel Hughes, Ajax

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Healing Hope Brunch puts cancer care in spotlight

Cancer survivor holds second annual event to support ‘excellent’ oncology program

Letna Allen-Rowe enjoyed the success of her first Healing Hope Brunch so much that she decided to bring even more hope to the staff, doctors and patients of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital’s (RVC) Oncology Unit, by bringing the event back for a second time.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I have benefited from the services of Rouge Valley Centenary hospital, its team of doctors, oncologists, nurses and volunteers. I pledged to give back to the hospital, so for my second year of this event I hope to raise enough funds this time to double the effort,” says Ms. Letna. “If I can replace one pair of surgical gloves, or even an injection needle, I may be able to help save a life from the dreaded effects of cancer, especially breast cancer.”

See all of the photos from the event here.

This year’s Healing Hope Brunch featured a fantastic lineup of entertainment, with host Marcia Brown, a fashion show with designs by Hylton House of Designs as well as Premier Jour, and even a couple of special guest speakers from RVC’s Oncology team, who shared their knowledge on cancer care. Ms. Letna, a performer and singer herself, was very excited to bring together talented performers including Jimmy Reid, Mr. Cooper, the Forest Creek Steel Band Orchestra, Mel C, Marley Edwards and duo Rochelle Robinson and Jestiena Salmon for the audience’s listening pleasure.

The brunch took place at the St. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough, Sunday, March 30 and proceeds support both RVC’s Oncology Program as well as the Jamaica Cancer Society.