Spirited and creative giving

Singing, dancing, dressing up, stair climbing and taking pies to the face were all highlights during this year’s Share the Spirit campaign.  

See highlights of all the great events during 2017 in the Share the Spirit Wrap Up Video (YouTube)

On Oct. 5, St. Joseph’s annual employee and physician giving campaign started off with great enthusiasm – evident by the 150 new or increased payroll deduction sign ups on launch day. Attendees were invited to hear about the campaign while enjoying a free slice of pizza and the chance to win exciting prizes such as a year of free parking at any St. Joseph’s site, an Apple iPad, a night's getaway at the Idlewyld Inn, a $250 VIA Rail travel voucher and more.

The spirit to give continued during the first ever Waffle Wednesday event generously sponsored by Compass Catering.  With great success staff, physicians, volunteers, patients and residents were invited to purchase tickets to enjoy a delicious breakfast with all proceeds donated to Share the Spirit. Most impressive was Parkwood Institute therapeutic recreation specialist Leah Taplay’s accepted challenge to make and wear a waffle suit for the morning. As a result of Leah’s bravery and creativity, Parkwood Institute Rehabilitation Coordinator David Ure donated an additional $100 to the campaign. 

“As the new Share the Spirit Co-Chair, I feel fortunate to have witnessed such enthusiasm and camaraderie,” remarks Laura Dockstader, Communication and Public Affairs Coordinator. “On Waffle Wednesday I was particularly impressed with staff, patients and visitors all enjoying breakfast together. Some individuals even chose to pay it forward by purchasing a breakfast ticket for the next person – true moments of our mission in action.”

The fun didn’t stop there. On Nov. 3, 17 participants dared to take on the stairs at One London Place – climbing to the top of London’s tallest commercial building, a total of 24 stories high. No easy feat for participant Courtney Morgan, communication assistant, who took on the challenge in high heels after reaching her goal in just one day. Stacey Sprowl, Veterans Special Services Secretary, led the team as the top fundraiser for the StairClimb bringing in a total of $720. 

“Staff and physicians took the events to the next level for the campaign this year,” says David Ross, Share the Spirit Co-Chair and St. Joseph’s Director of Finance. “I continue to be impressed that each year, the campaign is met with even more energy and passion than the last.”

Similar to last year’s campaign, many leaders set challenge goals for their teams to reach a targeted per cent of new or increased payroll deduction sign ups. If the team was successful, leaders stepped up by either taking a pie to the face, singing karaoke, getting a spray tan, dressing in a costume, dying their hair or other fun rewards for their team’s participation.  Every site was able to enjoy an appearance from Director of Facilities Terry Maslen, who not only attended each pie in the face event across all sites, but also participated in Parkwood Idol, and allowed his team to spray tan him then dress him in a Hawaiian outfit for the day. 

“It takes leadership and vision to achieve fundraising success,” says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “Having been a part of Share the Spirit since its inception, I can tell you that this year's campaign had both in healthy supply. The mobilization of committed talent, as well as the creativity and visibility of this year's campaign all contributed to outstanding success.”

Share the Spirit is St. Joseph’s annual employee giving campaign in support of the health and well-being of the community, including those served by St. Joseph’s and the United Way Elgin Middlesex. Staff are invited to support one or both organizations through payroll deduction, monthly giving or one-time gifts. Since its start in 2008, Share the Spirit has raised more than $1 million. 

Full details on the totals raised for this year’s campaign will be available in the New Year. 

Thanks to everyone who contributed and congratulation to our prize winners!

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