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 season into the building with its pretty white lights and festive ornaments. It is a shining symbol of the strong community support that enables the very best care for the brave men and women who honourably served our country.

Just as a tree is nourished by its roots, donors help meet the emerging needs of the Veterans in our care. St. Joseph’s is honoured to provide care in spirit, mind and body to Canadian Veterans through personalized physical support, psychosocial support and dementia care. But it is the generous support of our community that ensures each Veteran will benefit from the best medical equipment and a comfortable and engaging environment to live each day to the fullest.

Things like mobile blood pressure monitors, over bed tables, new chairs in the Veteran’s library and power recliner chairs are just some of the things that donations will support this year to help make our hospital feel more like home. 

Now, more than ever, we are grateful for the generous support provided to the Veterans Tree of Caring. Thank you to all donors who have thoughtfully contributed to this special initiative to  bring comfort and joy to the Veterans who make their home at Parkwood.

In addition to individuals in our community, the following corporations and Veterans organizations have generously supported the 2020 Veterans Tree of Caring:

  • ANAF Ontario Provincial Command
  • ANAF Unit #255
  • ANAF Unit #261
  • ANAF Unit #261 Ladies’ Auxiliary
  • ANAF Unit #255 Ladies’ Auxiliary
  • ANAF Unit #265
  • ANAF Unit #345 - Ladies' Auxiliary
  • ANAF Unit #383 York
  • General Dynamics Land Systems - Canada Corporation and Community Connection Team
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8 
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8 Ladies' Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #12
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #55 Ladies' Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #145
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #172
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #185 Ladies' Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #188
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #188 Ladies Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #243
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #252
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #278
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #295 Ladies' Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #420 Ladies Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #447
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #513 Donnybrook
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #531
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #532 Ladies Auxiliary
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #598

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.”

Laurence Binyon

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