Your Impact


Landmark donation is advancing mental health research

Ryan Finch is deeply committed to making transformational change to mental health care. His drive to stand up for mental health is fueled by personal experiences and what he sees happening in the community - and he’s in it for the long term. In June 2023, he took his decade-long support of mental...
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Heeman family

Nurturing our community

Ask the farming Heeman family about their giving philosophy and the response is fittingly down to earth – both literally and figuratively. “The community is a lot like a plant – if you nurture it, invest in it and care for it, it will thrive and prosper,” says Will Heeman. Sitting around the table...
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Tara Smith holds up a cheque

"I actually won"

Tarra Smith, an RPN in the Veterans Care unit at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute, didn’t expect a “whole lot” from her single entry into the staff lottery. She had heard in the past about a few coworkers who’d won Whole Lotto Love, and decided to sign herself up through payroll deduction. “I looked...
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people playing wheelchair rugby

Forward focused

Growing up, Natasha Smids loved sports and animals. A natural athlete, she played everything from soccer and badminton to rugby and basketball. And with more than one pet at home and surrounded by farms, she dreamed of becoming a veterinarian technician specializing in large animals. And so, once...
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Profile photos of two nurses

Fueling lifelong learning

Working as a nurse for more than 35 years, Jeannette Lydestad, RN, has taken many opportunities to further her education. “Learning new things always keeps your mind active and young,” she says. Recently, Jeannette realized her family needed the security of a full-time role – something not available...
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A woman (Tricia) leaning up against a glass railing

Finding the strength

Tricia never expected she’d be starting the fight of her life when she went to St. Joseph’s for a routine mammogram. There were no signs that anything was wrong – she didn’t feel a lump. But her mother had faced breast cancer before, and Tricia asked her doctor to sign her up annual mammograms just...
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Ken Fleet and Smibert Family photo

Symphonic serenity

Ken Fleet’s motto was ‘sing your song’. Whether he was teaching choral and instrumental students at Medway High School, conducting the Amabile Boys and Men’s Choirs, or preparing for national competitions – music fueled his soul. A local music legend and a beloved husband, father, grandpa and...
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A man (Neil Pasricha) standing on stage at a podium

The 2024 Breakfast of Champions was worth waking up for

If there’s one word to describe the 2024 Breakfast of Champions, it’s this one: awesome . An excited crowd of close to 1,200 people woke up early and came together at RBC Place London on Tuesday, May 7 for this year’s event. It was a high-energy morning spent celebrating people making a difference...
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five care providers in the breast care program

281 steps to world-class care

“We have world-class breast care here, and it’s because of the people – and the technology,” says Dr. Sarah Knowles, surgical Oncologist and Interim Medical Director. And every year, 23,000 patients walk the 281 steps from the front door of St. Joseph’s Hospital to the breast care program. They...
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