Your Impact

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Lighting the way to better heart care

The heart is one of the hardest working organs in the body, pumping vital oxygen and nutrients through the blood to keep the body’s system in good functioning order. When the heart becomes damaged or weakened by other conditions – a syndrome called heart failure – a person can be left breathless...
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Concussion recovery app launches with donor support

Small beginnings, big ideas and proactive creativity. Long before the advent of the smart phone, these were the principles that led Frank Cowan to success in the early 20th century insurance business. A century later, the Cowan Foundation has continued that legacy through their support of...
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Dr. Gillian Kernaghan

Reflecting on donor support

Your donation matters here. That short but profound statement is true. Every gift to St. Joseph’s helps to advance care, treatment, and research to ease the burden of illness and injury experienced by people from across our region. As wave 2 of the pandemic continues, we remain focused, strong and...
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Pacing Your Recovery 

It’s been almost nine years since Rob Staffen was in an accident that would change his life forever. Staffen was cycling down a mountain near Palm Springs, California in October 2012 when suddenly his road bike malfunctioned, catapulting him head-first into the rock-strewn desert landscape. The...
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Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8 

A sparkling symbol of community support

Every year during the Christmas season, a special tree is decorated in the Western Counties Wing lobby at Parkwood for the enjoyment of the Veterans in our care. The tree is known as the Veterans Tree of Caring and is part of our annual Season of Celebration campaign. It brings the spirit of the...
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Residents play floor hockey in wheelchairs

Your Donation Matters to Residents at Mount Hope

Every home has a hub. For residents at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, that’s the beloved Recreation Hall. Whether it’s a lively game of floor hockey (meant for any form of mobility), a soothing yoga class or foot-tapping entertainment, residents on each floor can come together as a community...
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Your Donation Matters this Christmas

Season of Celebration launched with a single question from the care-giving team, “How can we make Christmas a little brighter for those in our care, who can’t go home for the holidays?” What started as a small and thoughtful initiative 30 years ago, has grown into a special fundraiser that the...
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Bill and Iris Season of Celebration

Your Donation Matters to Bill and Iris

Life has been an adventure for 100-year-old Bill Thomson and his wife Iris, 98. For starters, Bill has a bridge named after him in the Dutch city of Genemuiden. It’s in honour of the brave Canadian soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands in 1945. As a young sergeant, Bill was the first to cross...
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