FALL 2020 ISSUE
our community is our foundation.
Historic $2 million donation
earmarked for diagnostic imaging
When they moved to Gravenhurst as permanent residents, they weren’t sure they would find the same quality of health care as in the city.
A local couple from Gravenhurst has
The visits to the emergency department
made the largest single gift from a living
alleviated any doubts. Since then, the
donor in the history of the South Muskoka
Grays have found a local doctor and
Hospital Foundation (SMHF). The $2
dentist. “Along with the rest of the health
million gift, from Bary and Brenda Gray,
care team at the hospital,” says Bary, “we
is a game-changer for the diagnostic
really feel we couldn’t be in better hands.”
imaging department at South Muskoka
Why such a generous gift? “Quality
Memorial Hospital. In recognition of their
health care and a well-equipped hospital
extraordinary gift, the imaging department
are so important to a community,” says
will be renamed the Bary and Brenda Gray
Brenda. “We feel very fortunate to be in
Diagnostic Imaging Department.
the position to show our gratitude in this
This generous donation will be used to
purchase new ultrasound and radiology equipment
SMHF Executive Director Colin Miller
says, “Many people don’t realize how
radiology (x-ray) unit and new ultrasound
important donors are to the range of
units, as well as upgrades to the rooms. The current x-ray unit is partially digital but also uses cassettes that require additional processing to digitize the images. The new units will allow an image to be taken
“Quality health care and a wellequipped hospital are so important to a community. We feel very fortunate to be in the position to show our gratitude in this way.”
services a community hospital can offer,” he explains. “The Grays’ generosity will benefit the South Muskoka community for many years to come.”
and within seconds, the technologist will know if it is acceptable. The new units are remarkably ergonomic, meaning less fatigue for its operators. And most importantly, the image quality will be much better, ensuring faster and more accurate diagnosis.
during a shift change,” recalls Brenda, “yet Bary received
In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, Ontarians wondered if the crisis that had overwhelmed health care systems of countries overseas would be experienced here at home. Fears of the unknown rose as the first Canadian coronavirus cases were announced.
prompt and caring attention from good-natured staff.”
What was happening inside our hospital at that time?
The generosity of the Grays’ gift came after two visits to the emergency department when Bary suffered an urgent health issue. The couple was overwhelmed by the excellence of the care and attention Bary received. “Both times we arrived
The Grays have enjoyed many years in Muskoka. Initially, they vacationed in Gravenhurst, golfing and staying at a local resort. They decided to build their retirement home in 1999, but used it as a casual residence for 10 years until Bary was ready to retire in 2019.
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From inside a pandemic: our hospital (at both hospitals) have required a COVID test on admission, Janice Raine, Chief Executive, Nursing & Clinical and each hospital has cared for three COVID-positive inpatients. Services, says it started with emergency response planning Until test results come back, patients remain under investigation by the hospital’s pandemic command team, reviewing and isolated. Constant movement of patients to the most provincial directives from the Ministry of Health to prepare. appropriate location has been Staff worked together to quickly an ongoing challenge for nursing implement those directives, and environmental services. And which changed frequently as the Our staff are on the frontlines minimizing the number of staff in developing situation evolved. By the with the virus every day for our contact with COVID or suspected middle of March, hospitals across communities. We are a stronger COVID patients has required Ontario were directed to reduce team, brought closer together by streamlining activities involved in non-essential services, including the crisis. postponing elective surgeries, direct patient care. except for urgent cases. Keeping staff and patients safe meant that protocols had to be adapted and new ones developed. Visitor access to the hospital was restricted, and those coming to hospital for essential care were screened for COVID-19 at the entrance. All Auxiliary-based volunteer activities were suspended. Preparing for a potential COVID-19 influx meant transitioning patients out of the hospital to create capacity for what might come.
“Our day-to-day work became managing COVID and ensuring we had enough staff,” Raine said. “I can’t say enough about how hard everyone is working, together as a team. We are all in this together.” All departments have to maintain physical distancing, and creating additional areas for waiting and patient care at each hospital was very challenging where space is already tight. Walls needed to be built, rooms needed to be renovated, and the maintenance department rose to the occasion. “All team members had to collaborate,” says Raine, “because each department couldn’t accomplish what needed to be done without assistance from another department.” As months passed by and hospitals were directed to restart services that had been postponed for the potential surge, volumes and traffic have grown and inpatient occupancy is back
Janice Raine, Chief Executive, Nursing & Clinical Services
“We started wearing more personal protective equipment (PPE) in the hospitals,” Raine recalls. “We implemented additional infection control protocols, physically distanced our patients, enforced additional isolation precautions, and augmented our staffing.” The personal protective equipment supply chain challenges at the beginning of the pandemic had everyone concerned. “We didn’t know how long the supply would last,” Raine explained. While the Materials Management department sought supplies, staff were encouraged to conserve. In the inpatient areas, anyone suspected of having COVID-19 had to be isolated in a private room with health care workers appropriately garbed to provide care. Over the course of the pandemic so far, more than 1,400 patients
to pre-pandemic levels. “Our staff are on the frontlines with the virus every day for our communities,” says Raine. “We are a stronger team, brought closer together by the crisis. Spirits are still good. We’re all helpful to each other. Everyone tries to help.” As for the second wave, Raine says with confidence: “We’re ready.”
Pandemic can’t quash altruism
COLIN MILLER, Executive Director, South Muskoka Hospital Foundation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We are grateful to have witnessed this outpouring of compassion.
South Muskoka Hospital Foundation
JODIE EVANS Chair
Can there be a silver lining to COVID-19?
companies partnered and raised funds
One wouldn’t think so. Yet again and
from the community and then both
again, we have witnessed acts of altruism,
companies matched those donations —
almost from the moment the pandemic
tripling the original amount.
Another challenge presented itself: our
Altruism is the ultimate spirit of giving
traditional fundraising golf tournaments
— when we act to promote another’s
were cancelled due to COVID-19. Our
welfare, even at our own risk or cost. And
longest-standing golf tournament, the
that is precisely what we have seen from
Dave Ellis Pro-Am, could not be held for
the first time in 34 years. The organizers
In March, the Foundation launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund and asked for support from the community. The fund’s
asked players and sponsors to donate instead and we watched in amazement as they surpassed their $20,000 goal.
KEVIN SMITH Vice-Chair
DAVID SMITH Treasurer
NATALIE BUBELA Director
ROBINSON CLARK Director
purpose was to supply three new ICU
Recently we received the largest ever
beds as well as address other needs that
donation from a living individual — altruism
could arise. That request was the spark
personified. This $2 million gift will go
that ignited an explosion of generosity.
to our diagnostic imaging department
So many people from all sectors of our
to update facilities and purchase new
community came forward to donate or
to run a fundraiser on our behalf. Support came from everyone: year-round residents, seasonal residents, and businesses — both local and corporate. New, occasional and stalwart donors all came forward with enthusiasm and compassion.
We also received many atypical gifts that supported our most valuable resource — our staff. People donated meals for the staff who worked long and hard to care for patients and adapt to the new protocols. There were offers of housing
for any staff who were concerned about
interestingly creative and diverse. A
bringing the virus home to their families.
17-year-old cottager swam eight kilometres
Businesses dropped off PPE at our doors
around Tondern Island. Two young women
with no expectations in return. Everyone
sold beautiful custom-made bracelets. A
wanted to do what they could to help and
brand-new business donated a portion of
it became a flood of generosity.
every appointment and another business hosted multiple virtual fitness classes with proceeds to the hospital. An expectant mother and business owner hosted a guess-the-due-date fundraiser. Two realty
Altruism. In a difficult time, it came to us in so many ways. We are grateful to have witnessed this outpouring of compassion.
MARK GIDLEY Director
GLENN GREAVETTE Director
PAUL HAMMOND Director
LESLIE WILFORD Director
Thank You for your gift.
South Muskoka Hospital Foundation is grateful for every donation it receives. The following individuals, businesses, and organizations made gifts of $500 or more between July 1, 2019 and October 1, 2020. We make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of this list. If we have accidentally omitted or misspelled your name, please contact us at the Foundation office. 4 Star Drywall (99) Ltd. Abundance Canada John & Karen Acton AJL Janssen Landscaping Ltd. Bonnie & David Alexander Cindi Alexander All About Kitchens All Ontario Recycling Inc. Charles & Sandra Allbon Allport Marina Lucio & Angie Angelucci Trevor & Lynda Appleby Larry & Evelyn Archibald Brett Ashton Sally Ashton Fred & Janet Augerman Ron & Pauline Austin Auxiliary to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Aubrey & Marsha Baillie Marcus Baker Gus Baril Jeff & Gale Barnes Alice & Tom Bastedo Karen Beatty Lorrie J. Beavis Ruth Bell-Towns Benevity Community Impact Fund Bigwin Realty Inc. Janet Billett Sonja Morawetz & Steven Blevins Jeffrey and Janice Bly Bradley & Lorna Bowes Richard & Joan Boxer Malcolm & Leslee Boyes Brent Quarries Brian Brocklehurst Dan & Cynthia Brooks K. Joanne Brown Amanda & Chris Brown Kevin & Cheryl Browne Browning Island Cottagersâ€™ Association Joyce & James Brubaker Glad Bryce Natalie & Constantine Bubela Marg & Jeff Buddo Patricia Burns
Guy Burry & Liz Lundell Tye & Janet Burt Don & Diane Burwell Cadre Cary Cain Call of the Wild Sanitation Marian & Wilson Campbell Shirley Campbell Canada Life Assurance Company Canadian Tire Gravenhurst Canadian Tire Bracebridge William & Jane Cannon Robert & Andrea Carlson Brian Cartwright Casey Contracting Muskoka Ltd. Castle Peak Residentsâ€™ Council Castle Peak Retirement Residence Inc. Cavalcade Ford CBRE Limited Cedar Group Ungad & Stephanie Rickard Chadda Ron Chafee Charles Norcliffe Baker & Thelma Scott Baker Foundation Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited Andrew Chisholm & Laurie Thomson Chuck McNair Electric Ed & Mary-Lou Chuter Martin & Marilyn (Love) Clague Peter & Catharine Clark Rob & Sydney Clark Bob and Marnie Clarke Gwen & Bob Clarke Sherida & Phillip Clarke Clarke Muskoka Construction & Project Fred & Bonnie Clayton John & Pattie Cleghorn Harold & Marilyn Clements Dennis & Leslie Cleveland Don & Helen Coates Mitchell Cohen Joy Cohnstaedt Marilyn & Richard Coles Joan Colnett Doriene Colson Conam Charitable Foundation Cuyler & Margaret Conway
Coote, Hiley & Jemmett Ltd. Bob & Fran Cornell Terry and Helen Corrigan Ken & Linda Coulson Arnie & Lauri Coulson Donna Coulson & Ken Robinson Jana & Keith Coulson Coulson Bros. Scow Service Christopher & Louise Cragg Gordon Creber Doug Cross Katherine & William Cross Keith & Tacy Cross Victoria Culotta Curb Signs Inc. John & Elizabeth Curran George Currie Dale & Lessmann LLP Bruce Danard Ray & Susan Danniels Dave Ellis Pro Am Golf Tournament Alfred & Martha Davis Helen Dawson Michael & Janet Dawson Harry Debes Vicki Dechert Leo Delzotto Fern & Paul Dempsey Carey Diamond William & Joan Dickie Arnold & Elizabeth Diker Brian & Shirley Domelle Don and Shirley Green Charitable Foundation Donald F. Hunter Charitable Foundation Ron & Mary Doty Eleanor & George Douglas Jon Dove Anthony Drohomyrecky Barry Duke Dunc Brown Contracting Ltd. Janice & Robert Dunlop Patrick W. Dunn Paul & Stasia Dunn Eagle Landing Inc. Earl Ferguson Construction Inc. Earthline Foundations and Shoring Ltd. Beverley & Richard Eastwood
Robin Green Shirley & Don Green Green Country Farms Ltd. Alan Greenberg & Darcia Rowntree Ron & Debby Griffiths Robert & Marcia Groskorth Kay and Richard Gurbin Larry Hall Paul & Shirley Hammond Brad & Louise Hammond Ann Hansen Harbour Real Estate Investments Inc. Harold E. Ballard Foundation Brian & Valerie Harris Harris, Sheaffer LLP Doug Hartkorn Debbie & Jamie Hastings William & Christine Hemens Chris Henderson Hermant Family Foundation Henry & Elvira Hildebrandt Harry D.L. & Alverna Hill Nancy Hill David & Donna Hillyard William & Rosalie Hitchcock Jeff & Judy Hodges Enno & Marina Hoekstra Gordon & Shirley Hollingworth Home Building Centre - Gravenhurst Courtney Hood Hoos Law James C. & Carol Hoskins Joanne Hoskins Dean & Pamela Howard Carol Howorucha Mike Hudson John & Elizabeth Hudswell Lillian Hunter John C. Hurlbut Ralph & Eleanor Hutchings Neil Hutchinson Joseph and Janet Hutter Hydro One Networks Inc. Biagio Iannantuono & Stamatina Kappos IBM Canada Inc. Benjamin Imrie Dan Imrie Indianhead Harbour Monique and John Ingleson Bob Jacob James Thwaites Ltd. Jason A. Armstrong “Drive Muskoka” Kenneth E. & Edie Jewett Joan & David Moore Fund John McConnell & Margaret Ann Wilson McConnell Foundation
Steve and Jane Jones JSW Manufacturing Inc. John & Gisela Jurgeneit K.W. Rogers Insurance Brokers Jorg Kagi Kathnan Investments Limited Kavelman Fonn Foundation Kawartha Credit Union Don & Shirley Kennedy Kathryn Kent Christine & Jim Kerr Boris & Carol Kikely Verla Killer Knowles Plumbing Ltd. Kubota North & the Jackson Family Wayne & Chris Kummer Gary & Ellen Lachance Jan Lackstrom Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Gravenhurst Lake of Bays Association Lakeland Holding Ltd. Donald & Karen Lang Stuart & Kim Lang James & Joya Larock Lawrason Foundation Edgar & Jill Leeder Maryella & Doug Leggat Rodger Leslie Steven Lester Jane & Dick LeVan Sarah Libfeld Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski Charitable Foundation Brett Lindros Lions Club - Peninsula Lions Club Lions Club - Stephenson District
Paul Ecclestone Bill & Marion Edwards George & Penney Edwards Wendy Eisen Gary & Susan Elliott Carol Ellis Paul Erb Eric Grundy Sales Ltd. Estate of Alexander McDonald Estate of Betty Leone Fitzmaurice Estate of Donald Glenwood Coates Estate of Hubert Beresford Clinch Estate of Peter Bowman Stuart Estate of Peter John Harris Bill & Barbara Etherington Don & Neena Evans Jodie & Randy Evans Family Wealth Consulting Inc. Harold & Susan Featherston William Fee Paul & Laura Feick Bob & Kelly Fenn John & Lorna Fenn Phyllis & Graeme Ferguson Lorne & Gail Fillman Nancy Finch & Daniel Henshaw Finkler - Friedland Family Foundation Robert Finlayson Lisa & Stephen Fitzmaurice Fitzmaurice Brothers Carpentry Ltd. Danny & Laurel Fleisher Dave Flucker Allen & Jinny Flye John & Kelly Flye Bruce & Karen Fraser Margarete Fromm-Cameron G Wallace Investments Ltd. Gagnon’s Independent Grocer Brenlee Gales Jim & Iris Gardiner John & Annabelle Garrow Shirley Gates Kenneth Gee Brenda Gefucia Mark & Patricia Gidley Newton Glassman Dan & Lynn Gliddon Norman & Jean Goring Mark Grammer David Grand Douglas Grand Bary & Brenda Gray William & Lynne Gray Greavette Chevrolet Buick Cadillac GMC Ltd. Angela Green
Douglas Morley Catherine Morrison John Morrison K. David Muir Craig A. Murray Muskoka Bay Golf Corporation Muskoka Brewery Muskoka Chrysler Sales Muskoka Community Foundation Muskoka Custom Cleaning Muskoka Drilling & Blasting Muskoka Highlands Muskoka Highlands Golf Links Muskoka Home Builders’ Association Muskoka Kia Muskoka Lakes Association Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club Muskoka Lumber & Building Supply Centre Muskoka Originals Muskoka Pioneer Power Muskoka Timber Mills Muskoka Window & Door Centre Jef P. Muyshondt Mark & Donna Naylor Stephen Neil Andrew Nelan Newall Family Foundation Trust Newlands Family Foundation Newton Glassman Charitable Foundation Nick Nicolaou NorStar Aluminium Products Ltd. Northpine Foundation Hilary Notkin Edwin & Margot Nufer Adam and Dena Ochshorn Maureen & Carl Ofield Alanne & Georginia O’Gallagher Old Muskoka Lakers Hockey Team James Onions Origin Merchant Partners Desmond & Pamela O’Rorke Martin & Sheila O’Shaughnessy Len Overbeak P. Medley & Sons Ltd. Lou & Jennifer Pagnutti Jean & Donald Parsons Joyce & Malcolm Payne Neil Payne Bob & Deb Peacock Margaret Peacock Peerage Realty Partners Inc. Penguin Properties Inc. Persimmon Golf Inc. Ian & Elizabeth Phibbs Kent & Susie Phillips Pineridge Homeowners’ Association
Pittsburgh Muskoka Foundation Plad Properties Inc. Douglas & Diane Porter Michele Power Neville & Viviene Poy Propeller Fine Homes Robert Purves Joseph Quinn Thomas Quinn Rayworth Family RBC RBC Foundation Read Elliott Family Foundation Raymond & Sandy Reichert George & Alana Reid John & Pamela Rennie Richard Wallace Real Estate John Richardson Peter & Jan Rickard Paul & Susan Riedlinger William Rivers Evelyn Roberts Alana Robinson Trent & Carol Robinson Stuart & Marlene Robson Rocky Island Tire Co. Ron Austin Electrical Rotary Club of Bracebridge Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotary Club of Gravenhurst Bill & Joan Rowland Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 161 (Bracebridge) RP Investment Advisors LP S.E.C. Education Foundation EDF Charitable Fund Peter F. Sale Sam Yakubowicz Family Foundation Lisa & Robert Saunders Josie & O.R.J. Savijarvi Rolf & Rosemarie Schoene Scotiabank Gifford & Lesley Scott Ron & Pauline Scott Richard Scully Edward P. Seagram Erica Segal Mary Sharp Muriel Shaw Alfred & Heather Sherk Lydia Shier Bob & Joan Shook Judy Shute Cliff Sifton George & Marion Simpson John Sisson
Lions Club of Baysville Lions Club of Bracebridge Lions Club of Port Carling Lions Foundation - Bracebridge Hubert & France Lippe Andrew Sheiner and Liza Mauer Barry & Carol Lockhart Jon & Nancy Love Doug & Nancy Low Steve Low Steve Lowden Peter Lynd M & S Whipp Ltd. Rob MacDonald Clyde & Kelly MacDuff James MacLean Gail & John MacNaughton Joseph & Louise MacNeil Scott and Sheila MacNicol Cindy & Bill Mailling Heather Malnick Bob & Lois Manning Muriel Marshall Monica Martin Martin Heichert Ltd. Elizabeth Mason Phil & Elizabeth Matthews McCarthy Tetrault Anna & James McConnach Marty & Claire McConnell Dorothy McCullough Katherine McDevitt Alexander & Marion McDonald McDonalds Restaurants of Muskoka Robert McEwen Blair McKay Peter & Margaret McLaren Peter and Virginia McLaughlin Amy McLeish & Jean-Guy Lafleur Robert McLeish & Carol Conlin Katherine McLeod Paul & Barbara McNicol Mark McQueen Don J. McVittie Margaret & Michael Michalski Milford Bay Cafe & Corner Store Ross & Louanne Miller Colin A. Miller Myles Mindham MNP LLP Modern Home Carpet One Modern Road Inc. Gary & Judy Moore Lois Moore William Moore Robert Moores
Boyd & Cathy Smith David & Rosemarie Smith Gertrude & Ronald Smith Jeff Smith Kevin & Natalie Smith Timothy Smith Keith & Linda Sommerville Warren Spitz St. George’s Church - Falkenburg Shirley & William Stafford Tom & Linda Steadman Morley & Dawn Stephen Richard and Jennifer Stephen Stephen’s Butcher Shop Jim & Jinty Stewart Stikeman Elliott Law Company Stonegate Private Counsel - Muskoka Mary & John Storey Ann E. & Michael Stoten Fred Streiman Peter & Alberta Stringham Subaru of Muskoka Taboo Resort & Conference Centre Tamarack North Ltd. Elizabeth Tell-Briese Tracy Tennant Terence Marine Richard & Karen Terry The Edge Benefits Inc. Charles & Audrey Thibault
Murray Walker Brian & Nancy Thompson Katharine & Robert G. Walker Jennifer Thompson Richard & Janet Wallace James & Sally Thomson Bruce Walter Thomson Terminals Ltd. Alan & Carole Ward Kirk & Mary Thornton Judith Watson Walter & Dianne Thur Victoria Weaver Titanium Logistics Inc. Weed Man Muskoka Maggie Tomlinson Weismiller Tim-Br Mart Torkin Manes LLP Weisz Family Foundation Toronto Foundation Wes Finch & Sons Excavating Ltd. Town & Country Automotive/Esso Robert West Town of Bracebridge David & Anne Wetherald Town of Gravenhurst Katharine Williams Township of Muskoka Lakes Peter and Eve Willis Francois Tremblay Carol Wilson Tri Lakes Training Cynthia Wilson True North Log Homes Gordon Wilson Barbara Tucker Windermere & District Lions Club Linda & Peter Turvey Windermere Women’s Institute UJA Federation of Greater Toronto Daniel Wittlin United Way of Greater Toronto Henry Wolfond & Rochelle Reichert United Way Ottawa Thomas & Elspeth Wood Barbara & Peter Van Capelle Burton & Leslie Wray Catherine & Dale Vanclieaf Bob & Joan Wright John & Elena Vella Liora & Simon Yakubowicz Verge Insurance Group Gordon & Michele Young Veridian Corporation (Elexicon Energy Inc.) Wahta Mohawk First Nation Philip Waite If you would like to give the gift of life, please Frederick J. Walker
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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL: DAVID RIDER Our cottage is on an island on Lake Muskoka. On a weekend in early October, it was time to winterize the cottage as the season was quickly coming to an end. I was storing a boat in the boathouse when a gas line broke and spilled some gas on the floor of the boat. I was using a trouble light to see and the gas ignited. Fortunately, the local marina operator saw the fire and came over and called for an ambulance. The paramedics met us at the marina and off we went to South Muskoka Hospital in Bracebridge. Upon arrival at emergency, I was quickly attended to by the resident doctor. I suffered second-degree burns to my face and hands. Pictures of my burns were taken and immediately forwarded to the burn clinic at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. They sent back instructions and the doctor and nurses removed burnt skin, applied bandages and gave me pain killers. I was then admitted to Sunnybrook Burn Unit for two weeks of surgery and care. I was very impressed with the staff at South Muskoka as they were competent, caring and quick to assess and bring together a team to look after me. It was my second visit to South Muskoka as I had previously spent almost a month there. I can’t say enough about the quality of care and the teamwork that is evident in this institution.
Your Generosity Matters In 2019/2020 we raised
$3,267,458 THANKS TO
Community Organizations and Corporations
With your support weâ€™ve been able to
u purchase new equipment u make facility renovations u support staff and patients during COVID19
Lake Muskoka Legend As a Canadian living in England, 17-year-old Caroline Lewitt
A competitive swimmer, Caroline was robbed of her chance
knew she wanted to do something to help as COVID-19
to compete internationally because of the pandemic. That
spread across both of the countries she loved. Every summer
loss combined with the insights her brother shared about
she spent time at the family cottage on Lake Muskoka. In
his experiences as a volunteer emergency medical technician
her early teens, she competed at the Canadian National
inspired Caroline to help in some way.
Championships as a member of MUSAC (Muskoka’s swim club) where she was warmly welcomed, made great friends, and where she continues to hold several club records.
It didn’t take her long to come up with an idea. She wrote to 40 local friends and family members and asked them to sponsor an eight-kilometre swim around Tondern Island on Lake Muskoka. The money raised would go to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund recently announced by the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation. “As summer residents,” says Caroline, “many of us have benefitted from the services of our local hospital so I wanted to find a way to help support our local health care providers at this difficult and unprecedented time.” Caroline literally dove into her new challenge upon her arrival in Muskoka in July. Having not had access to a pool since mid-March, she built her stamina gradually by swimming in Lake Muskoka for a few kilometres every day. Her goal was to raise $5,000 for the hospital. Her recollections of the swim that day: “I completed the swim on Friday, August 14 and luckily, it was a lovely morning. I started from the bottom of Tondern Island at roughly 7:30 a.m. I swam north, past the Beaumaris yacht club and then south down through Milford Bay. Other than in front of the club, the lake was calm meaning that it was rather enjoyable. I ended up completing the swim in just under two hours which I was very pleased with… and rather surprised too; my goal had been to complete it in under three hours.” Caroline exceeded her goal by $600, raising a total of $5,600.
“Anyone can be a hero. If you would like to give the gift of life, please contact the Foundation office or visit our website at www.healthmuskoka.ca
Caroline at the start of her swim at the bottom of Squirrel Island, adjacent to Tondern Island, about to head north.
Giving back community highlights
We ask and you listened. And responded. Thank you. When our community heard that the Foundation had created an emergency fund to help support the hospital during COVID-19, the ideas and help came swiftly in so many new and creative ways. We are grateful for all your efforts.
Muskoka Lakes Bracelets was founded in 2019 by two long-
time Muskoka cottagers, Tamara Bahry and Amanda Petrovic, who wanted to help their community. This year, proceeds from the sale of their custom-designed bracelets will go to the hospital. The bracelets are gold or silver in the shape of either Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph or Lake Rosseau. Fundraiser lasts until the end of 2020, go to https://www.muskokalakesbracelets.ca/ for more info.
The Muskoka Lash Spa Boutique is a brand-new
business in Gravenhurst and owner Larissa Barritt is already contributing to her community by donating $5 from every appointment to the hospital. To support this initiative, call (705) 543-1226.
The Muskoka Community Foundation (MCF) hosted a Stayat-Home Gala across Muskoka on May 2nd. Social distancing at its finest, this first-of-its-kind event hosted all the familiar elements: dinner (delivered), speakers, entertainers, musicians and more. The Foundation received a portion of the proceeds, which totaled $9,800. From left, event organizer Shelly McLean, Katherine Craine of the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, MCF Chair Daniel Bradbury, Colin Miller of the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation, and event organizer Beth Goodhew.
The Dave Ellis Pro-Am Golf Tournament wasn’t held this year, for the first time since 1986, due to COVID-19. Organizers asked players and sponsors, in memory of Dave Ellis and the past 33 years of the fundraiser’s history, to donate their registration or sponsorship. The result was that they surpassed their goal and even exceeded last year’s total and raised $20,851. Back row, from left: Lynne Ellis, with tournament organizers Leslie Cleveland, Jen Stephen and Neil Paton present a cheque to (front row, from left), South Muskoka Hospital Foundation Executive Director Colin Miller and Development Officer Leah Walker.
Tri Lakes Training hosted multiple virtual fitness
classes with more than $2,000 going to the hospital. Owner (and new mom) Ashley Waites wanted to do even more, so she held a guess-the-due-date fundraiser raising $480. Photo shows Ashley doing her best to balance many balls.
Chestnut Park Real Estate and Peerage Realty Partners started campaigning back in June and, through
the community, raised $10,003 for the hospital. Chestnut Park and Peerage Realty each matched the community donations, tripling the total to $30,009. At left, Chris Kapches, President and CEO of Chestnut Park Real Estate and Gavin Swartzman, CEO of Peerage Realty Partners.
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