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THE “GIVING BACK” ISSUE
THE HEALING POWER of ART
Dr. Born explains why “giving back” is good for your mind, body & soul
RxArt wants art installations in hospitals everywhere, and here’s why...
TORONTO’S TOP PHILANTHROPISTS
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With this issue, we’ve officially made it past the one year mark with TMB magazine. I think that’s a milestone worth celebrating! I certainly didn’t foresee such a warm and enthusiastic response to our publication, and for that, I thank all of you for the support, positive feedback and constructive criticism you have offered since we published our first issue last spring. We have worked hard to make each issue better and better for you, and will continue to push forward in our efforts to bring you great content rooted in our core philosophy: that with the right approach to “total” wellness, we can all cultivate beautiful, fulfilling, and healthful lives - inside and out. With this success, comes a certain amount of responsibility. Over the last year, the magazine has earned a loyal following of readers that really takes our messaging to heart. Your captive attention is a privilege, and an honour, we take very seriously. For this reason, it felt like the right time to use our pages as a platform to highlight a topic that is very important to me: giving back. Wellness, beauty, anti aging… these are battles that must be fought on many fronts. To be truly “beautiful,” we can’t just rely on the best creams, or medicines, or surgical techniques. The most captivating beauty radiates from within, and this kind of “inner beauty” shines brightest when we “give back.” When we think not of ourselves, but of others. When we use the gifts we have been given, or the privileges we have earned or inherited, to do good in the world. And the greatest thing about “giving back?” You actually get so much more in return… And so I present to you the “Giving Back” issue of TMB magazine. This month, we’re doing things a little differently: We’re talking about the “health and beauty benefits” of generosity, empathy and selflessness. We’re devoting our pages to the charities, philanthropists and everyday people who are doing invaluable work helping those in need. I hope they will inspire you - as they do me - to give back in whatever way you can. The smallest gift is often more meaningful that we can imagine... Enjoy the issue. -Trevor Trevor M Born, M.D. Founder - TMB Magazine & TMB Cosmetic Surgery (NYC & T.O.)
CONTENTS 8 DOC TO R â€ş S N O T E
Dr. Born explains why Giving Back is good for your mind, body and soul...
12 THE HEALING POWER OF ART
RxArt wants to install great works of art in hospitals everywhere. Founder Diane Brown tells us why...
17 TO R O N TO â€ş S TO P P H I L A N T H R O P I S T S
These local superstars work tirelessly to raise money for charity, but for them it isn't work at all...
34 I T TA K E S A L L O F U S
Philanthropy built SickKids Hospital,and now its poised to do it again...
39 B E AU T Y W I T H P U R P O S E
Beauty products that give back: our top list of skincare and cosmetics that are committed to doing good in the world...
In the Picture: Jeff Koons Installation for RxArt, Advocate Children's Hospital 5
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The greatest gift you can give yourself, is the gift of giving back to others... We all know that giving back helps those in need, but did you know that giving of yourself - whether it be your time, expertise, or money - has therapeutic value as well? A wealth of research now tells us that that giving back is not only beneficial for our mental health and well being, it's good for our physical health, longevity, it's even linked to beneficial changes in genetic expression. Certainly, a person’s beauty is only enhanced by their generosity and kindness; perhaps “giving back” is the secret to external beauty and vitality as well? If that’s the case (and the evidence suggests it is) it's about time we all officially added "philanthropy" to our beauty and wellness toolkit... >>
photo by Mark Binks
“ A PERSON’S
BEAUTY IS ONLY ENHANCED BY THEIR GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS.”
Dr. Born with rxArt founder Diane Brown (middle) and artist Dan Colen (right) at St. Mary's Hospital for children
o how exactly does “giving back,” give back in terms of health and wellness? It all starts with that “warm glow” we get when we do something good. Biologically, “giving back” activates regions in the brain associated with pleasure, trust, and feelings of connectedness. There is evidence that altruistic behaviour stimulates the production of “feel good” chemicals in our brains, including serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. That “high” you feel when you give back? Its real, and it’s actually addictive! But this is a stimulant we can get behind. It’s science, but its also common sense: doing things that make you feel good, are good for you. It doesn’t end there. One study out of Northwestern found that people who help others sleep better at night. The effects of sleep deprivation are well known. In fact, lack of sleep is even categorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a “public health crisis.” Better sleep decreases our risk for chronic disease (including heart disease and diabetes), it regulates our hormones and manages our hunger levels, it can even help you live longer. In terms of visible effects, I see it every day in my practice. Patients are always asking me to make them look “less tired…” I perform many treatments to minimize or correct the effects of lack of sleep - injectable fillers, eyelid lift surgery... Who knew that “giving back” could be the latest non-surgical, non invasive solution for dark circles?
The gift of giving back even extends itself as far as our genetic makeup. A study out of Florida compared the effects of eudaimonic and hedonic behaviours on genetic expression. In a nutshell: There are two types of happiness. Eudaimonic happiness is gained through meaningful pursuits, ie. giving back, and having a sense of purpose in life that extends beyond our own needs. Hedonic happiness is derived from pleasure - the kind that comes from self gratification. Like buying yourself something nice, or eating at a fancy restaurant. The study found that Eudaimonic happiness was linked to lower levels of inflammatory gene expression in immune cells, and higher levels of antibody and antiviral genes. Hedonic happiness had the opposite effect. What this all suggests, is that giving back helps us combat damage to our immune systems on a molecular level, thus lowering our risk for illness and disease.
ll of the physiological benefits to philanthropy are just one part of the equation. A part of me doesn’t even really care to understand how “I” can benefit from giving back to others. I give back, because I can, and because I know on some level, it’s the right thing to do. What I get in return is irrelevant, and I know that is a perspective than many of us share. Let’s all just look at the gift(s) of giving back then, as icing on the cake... 10
h ave been involved in charitable work for many, many years. As a medical practitioner who has spent a great deal of time in hospitals (including SickKids, where I worked as a resident), I am acutely aware of the countless patients who are being underserved, the doctors and nurses who are being stretched to their limits, the resources that are scant. I also know - every little bit helps. A patient recovering in hospital can benefit from the smallest things: a little more room beside their bed for an extra chair, a place where their family members can wait while they receive treatment, an environment that reminds them of their humanity, rather than their illness. This is why I was so moved by Diane Brown’s work with RxArt, and why I got so excited about the idea of helping to bring her unique concept to Canada. RxArt commisions top tier contemporary artists, inviting them into pediatric healthcare facilities to transform these often “sterile” spaces with great works of art. I have seen first hand what a difference it makes in a patient’s recovery when they are surrounded by beauty. Its why my office is so impeccable! When a patient walks through my office doors, they get inspired. They get lifted up, they get happy! We can all give back in some way, just a little bit more, and a little more often. It can seem daunting, but when you find a cause you are passionate about, it becomes less so. Bringing great art to more people, helping patients feel better and potentially heal faster… and all I have to do is spend a couple of hours every week serving as a board member? When I think of all the patients that will benefit from RxArt’s first Canadian installation at Trillium Health Centre, that is a gift in itself, and one I feel honored to receive. //
THE HEALING POWER OF ART...
Does great art have the power to “heal?” That was the question RxArt founder Diane Brown asked herself some years ago while undergoing a rather uncomfortable ct scan. “I was having some problems with health, and so I had to have this CT scan,” she tells me over the phone from New York where she is based, “It just made me so anxious and uncomfortable. I desperately wanted to get out of the room. But of course, I couldn’t do that. The only way I could deal with the experience was to escape in my mind. I imagined a Matthew Ritchie painting on the ceiling, and I became so engrossed by this vision that before i knew it, the test was over. It was a lightbulb moment. I wanted to do this for other people.” >>
Can art “heal?” RxArt transforms sterile healthcare facilities with works of art, and the effect it has on patients is nothing short of a masterpiece...
Trenton Doyle Hancock and Jason Middlebrook at Childrenâ€™s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas
>> Diane founded RxArt in 2000, with a mission to bring inspiring works of art to the sterile walls of pediatric hospitals. Diane tells me of the skepticism she encountered early on, and how things quickly changed. “When I started RxArt, no one wanted to give me a chance, even though I was offering this service and the art for free. In hindsight, I can understand their trepidation. The job of the hospital is to make people well. They have doctors, medicines, facilities - and that is where the money needs to go. They don’t have the time, knowledge or resources to be spending it on art.”
«HEALING IS HOLISTIC. YOUR SPIRIT HAS TO BE NURTURED AS WELL AS YOUR BODY...»
“One of my advisory board members helped me get in the door at Rockefeller University Hospital. The medical director at Rockefeller gave me a chance, and we put art in every room and left comment cards out for patient and staff comments. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and instead of ending the project there as was expected, they asked us for more art. From that point on, we’ve only grown.”
FROM TOP LEFT TO RIGHT: JEFF KOONS AT ADVOCATE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, SAM FALLS, URS FISCHER AND LAURA OWENS AT CEDARS-SINAI, DAN COLEN AT ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
“I have definitely seen attitudes shift with regard to the therapeutic value of art. More and more we are seeing that healing is holistic: your spirit has to be nurtured as well as your body.”
“That’s what we set out to do. Art engages the mind and the spirit. I know it makes a difference.” Diane is quite right, “holistic wellness” is no longer regarded as the realm of “touchyfeely” medicine like it once was. Studies now show that artwork helps to alleviate stress, reduce blood pressure and even increase white blood cell count, all of which are factors in the healing process. “I believe that art enriches the lives of everyone who is exposed to it. So absolutely, I always knew what we were doing was helping people. Hospitals are grim places. With maybe the exception of the maternity ward), you don’t go to a hospital for a happy reason. Its stressful, and anything we can do to alleviate that stress and make these spaces a little more comforting is only a good thing.” “The art and the artists that we work with, these are pieces that the hospitals would never have been able to afford. Hospitals often depend on random donations of artwork. It’s not curated, it’s not necessarily appropriate for the space or specific to the hospital. So I saw an opportunity there. Let’s bring great art, by great artists, to the hospital. We provide the works free to the hospital, and we work with some of the best artists in the world. Essentially, these artists are donating
their time to create these pieces (we pay for the materials and installation), but their real “payment” is the reward of knowing that their work is helping children in a profound way. It’s been hugely successful.” So what’s next for RxArt? Lucky for us,they are expanding their services into Canada, and their first phone call was to our very own Dr. Trevor Born. “I’ve known Trevor and Lisa for many years. And one day we bumped into each other at the greenmarket (we both get strawberries from the same guy...), and as we were leaving he said to me, “If you need help bringing RxArt to Canada, give me a call.” “So we attained charitable status in Canada, and once that was official, I called Trevor right away. We’re moving very quickly here with a couple of projects in the works, and Trevor is largely to thank for that progress.” Already in the pipeline here in Toronto, is a project at Mississauga’s Trillium Health Partners. Working with Winnipeg Manitoba born artist Marcel Dzama, RxArt has been commissioned to transform the waiting room in the Mothers and Babies Unit. “Trillium is renovating the whole Mothers and Babies unit, so the timing was perfect for us to get in there and contribute.” 15
“I have long admired Marcel’s work, its fanciful and delightful, and he’s also a father of a young child so I knew he would really respond to this project. And, he’s Canadian! So that’s a plus. We are exposing a whole new audience to this wonderful homegrown artist that they might not otherwise have seen. I ask Diane if there are any memorable RxArt projects or experiences that have stood out over the years. She takes her time, trying to pick just one is a challenge. “We did have one early project where we used video to project moving animals onto the hospital walls… There was a little boy who approached me at one pointand asked “Are you with the animals? I have to go to radiation and I’m worried they won’t be here when I get back…” His mother would tell me while he was in treatment that he had undergone six surgeries that year, and his prognosis was not good.” “I heard him running down the hall after his treatment, and at that point there was a tiger being projected on the wall... This little boy saw the tiger and his eyes just lit up. In that moment, he was in a jungle, watching a tiger - not a hospital. Moments like that are why I do what I do.” // w
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CO V E R S TO R Y
TORONTOS TOP PHILANTHROPISTS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: MARK BINKS
We’ve got our share of heroes in this town. They help build hospitals, they help feed the hungry, they help empower the downtrodden… In short, they change lives, and they’ve probably saved a few outright. These heroes are the people who dedicate their voices, time and money to helping others, they are Toronto’s Top Philanthropists. Everyday, and each in their own way, they put in the hours fundraising, lobbying, volunteering and doing whatever else they can to make our city and its communities healthier, safer, and more equitable for all. We know it's hard work, but here’s the thing: they don’t consider it “work” at all. In their minds, what they do is just… the right thing to do. That’s what makes them so worthy of recognition, and why we’d like to acknowledge them, and their causes, in this special issue of TMB. Hopefully their stories will inspire a few more people to get involved and give back in some way, big or small - it doesn’t really matter. Because as Mother Teresa once said, “It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” S TO R Y B Y : E R I N M C C A N N
SHEILA ALOFS The Foot Soldier... As I tour the halls of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (PMCC) with Sheila Alofs for the first time, she is stopped 3 times by people asking for directions, wondering if this elevator goes to that floor, does she know this or that doctor... It’s easy to see why people approach her. She walks these halls with such a gentle, yet confident authority, you’d be forgiven for thinking she was in charge of the whole place. We visit the results of some of her fundraising initiatives (as both a volunteer and former board member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation): The Magic Castle - a room that offers childcare and a place to play for children of cancer patients. The Gardens of Inspiration, a rooftop area where patients can go for fresh air and enjoy a reprieve from the sterile walls of the hospital. And finally, the revamped Palliative Care Unit, which I am surprised to find is imbued more with a sense of comfort, sensitivity and warmth than any kind of “bleakness.” But maybe... that warmth I’m feeling is the glow of love and dedication radiating off of Sheila. This is her “home,” and she takes great pride in showing it off...
b elieve it was Gandhi who said “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Certainly, in my case, that statement could not be more true. Volunteering at Princess Margaret (Cancer Centre) is where I found “me.” The universe is funny. It has a way of giving you what you need in order to get where you need to go... When my father fell ill, and eventually died of pancreatic cancer, I was devastated. I can tell you that the absolute last thing I saw myself doing after that experience was volunteering at a cancer hospital. But three months after he passed, a friend of mine asked if I would help her on a committee at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. That was the universe at work I think.
ostly, we’ll talk about relationships, memories… Things that really matter in our lives. When people ask me what I do, I often say “I have meaningful conversations with people. And I listen.”
Eventually, I helped to develop the “Healing Beyond the Body Volunteer” program at the hospital, where a group of trained volunteers works closely with patients as they navigate their difficult journeys at the cancer centre. The hospital can be a big, scary place. People get scared, they worry. “Why is it taking so long for the doctor to get here? Are they forgetting about me? Is there something they’re not telling me?” Me and the other volunteers, we try to just be present for them in those moments. We offer comfort, and company. I think people assume that in order to help a person deal with cancer, you have to make them “feel better.” The challenge is to be able to allow a person to feel fear, and grief, and anger, and just let them know that you are there for them in whatever way they need in that moment. If a person needs a distraction, I’ll give them one. If they need a cup of coffee, I’ll get them one. If they need to cry, I’ll let them.
I said “yes,” and that was where my “philanthropic” journey started. I had never fundraised in any real way, I had no idea how I could contribute… But then, I thought of all the ways other people had shown me kindness throughout my dad’s illness. I call them my “angels.” Every day, there were angels surrounding me, helping me cope, and understand, and get through it, until the very end. Not just the doctors and nurses, but all of the hospital staff, other patients...Even random people outside the hospital. One time, I wanted my Dad to have a La-Z-Boy chair where he could sit and look out at the ocean. So I went to go get it, and while I was in the store I just collapsed in grief. There was a man there with his son, and they offered their help. They delivered the chair to my dad themselves, so he wouldn’t have to wait a week for the store to deliver it. That kind of selflessness and kindness from total strangers carried me through. That was what inspired me to give back, and get involved with PMCC. I thought to myself, “I can do that for others.”
That kind of “ground zero” volunteering will really put things into perspective for you, because it strips everything away and reveals the things that truly matter. It was through this work at PMCC that I finally found the courage to face my own fears in life. It honestly saved me I think, from living a life that wasn’t true to who I was. I was unhappy in many ways. Now, I can honestly say, I have found my place, and my purpose. I’ll never forget, the night my father passed away, I was with him at his bedside, and I was a mess. I was just sobbing uncontrollably. And the very last thing I said to him was, “Dad, I’ll be okay. You can go now. From this moment on I am going to carry you in my heart always, and I promise you, we are going to do something great together...”
For the last fifteen years, I’ve mostly been involved with psychosocial oncology. So, helping people navigate the social, psychological and emotional aspects of cancer, from diagnosis through bereavement. I volunteer my time as a “chemo-buddy,” helping to make patients comfortable during their treatment. I’ll get them juice or snacks, run errands, pick up prescriptions… But mostly, I just spend time talking to them. I try to help them… maybe “forget” isn’t the right word... but I try and give them a little “break” from cancer.
I really had no idea why I said that, “Something great together?” It just came out. I didn’t understand what it meant at the time, but now I do. Every day at Princess Margaret, he and I are doing “something great” together. Our work there has transformed me, and my whole life, in all the ways that I needed, for the better. Isn’t that amazing?” // 18
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JENNIFER BASSETT Healing Through Helping... You probably know Jennifer Bassett as the party planning mastermind behind every event worth going to in Toronto. Her company Bassett Events has produced (to name a few) the Butterfly Ball, the Bliss Ball, the Stand up To Cancer Canada Benefit, the David Foster Miracle Gala and The Organ Project...And that’s just her day job.The rest of the time, she’s raising her two kids (Mackenzie, 11 and William, 10), and working tirelessly as an advocate and fundraiser for several causes dear to her heart including The David Foster Foundation and the Toronto Zoo. She is also a former Board member of the National Ballet School of Canada and Sunnybrook Foundation, and a founding member of the Spoke Club and Young Patron Council of the Royal Ontario Museum. Her story is a powerful one. In the face of unspeakable loss, she was able to channel her grief into a passionate campaign of giving, action, change, and ultimately, hope...
hilanthropy runs in my family, it’s in my blood. My parents were very active in the community.They really impressed upon us the importance of giving back. So I started off volunteering at the art auctions for SickKids, and then helping out with the Brazilian Ball, and then I became one of the founding members of the Young Patrons Council at the Royal Ontario Museum... I went on to start my own event planning company (Bassett Events), and we primarily do gala fundraisers. So both professionally and personally, I’ve been in the realm of fundraising and working with not for profits and charities from a very young age. But my first real passion for a cause was only ignited about 13 years ago...
he whole experience was so shocking. Here I was again, and again - the medical care was excellent. But within minutes of arriving,we’re talking about “what funeral home is your baby going to” and autopsies, and my baby was still inside me... It was traumatic. I went to the hospital to have labour induced, and as it turned out, I was already in labour by the time I got there. My little angel knew that it was not meant to be, so she decided to come on her own. Olivia was born later that night, and she was perfect. Absolutely perfect. From that experience, I decided I had to do something. This wasn’t how things should be. There was no one at the hospital to counsel us, there wasn’t even a space where parents and family could go just to process everything. My husband later told me, he asked the nurse to see Olivia (she had passed by this point), and the room he was taken to was basically a broom closet. We were grieving the loss of a child, my whole family was really, and the hospital had nowhere for us to go and no one to help us.
I was newly married, and I found out I was pregnant. It was a dream come true! I was over the moon. And then... I found out that I had a molar pregnancy, which is basically a cluster of tumours in your uterus. It was just… incomprehensible. They treat molar pregnancy as a cancer, so immediately I was told (rather bluntly) that there was “no baby,” and that I needed to have a DNC (dilation and curettage) and start chemotherapy. It all moved along so quickly, and yet - there was this profound sense of loss. Although the treatment was great, there was a lack of sensitivity. My bereavement felt… overlooked? It needs to be acknowledged: whether you’re at 12 weeks, or five months, or full term, there is a loss.
I did get pregnant again,and Dr.Barrett was there through it all. We’ve become close friends, and at a certain point I approached him about the idea of a bereavement clinic. We started collaborating, fundraising, and I’m proud to say that there is now a bereavement clinic at Sunnybrook Hospital. Dr. Barrett coined it “Olivia’s Legacy.”
My DNC was performed by Dr. John Barrett, and he was wonderful. I went through chemo for months, and as soon as I was medically cleared to try again, we did, and I got pregnant right away. Dr. Barrett would become my doctor, and he was so supportive. Getting pregnant again was scary, and he just went above and beyond to help me get through it. I was enjoying pregnancy, I got the “glow...” I learned I would be having a girl! It was all perfectly normal. Then, at 30 weeks I started having some pains... An ultrasound revealed that my daughter had a hole in her diaphragm, and as a result, her organs were crushing her lungs and heart.
I have continued to work with Dr. Barrett to help establish The Subsequent Pregnancy Project, which provides specialized care for parents who have experienced late fetal loss or neonatal infant death and have become pregnant again. Because like I said, it’s scary when you become pregnant again after you’ve lost a child. There’s anxiety, there’s fear, there’s all sorts of emotions, and there needs to be sensitivity and understanding about that. There’s never really any closure with trauma. I think there is acceptance, moving forward, remembering... And hopefully, there is healing. After I lost my little girl, I just knew that I had to change things. What happened to me - no one should have to go through that. Ultimately, getting involved and giving back to a cause so close to my heart has helped me heal. When I think that what I’m doing now could help other mothers and families? It’s a good feeling.” //
I’ll never forget when Dr. Barrett sat me down, and said to me, “Jennifer, you know what we have to do.” I did know. I couldn’t carry her to term. I would have to induce labour and give birth, and that meant my little girl wouldn’t survive. Next thing I know, I have a new doctor, and right away he’s asking me if I want an autopsy. I just looked at him, like, “Are you kidding me?” 21
THE BOWSERS A family tradition...
The father/daughter(s) squad of Bruce, Jennifer and Robyn Bowser has proven to be one of Toronto’s most prolific philanthropic teams, proving without a doubt that the family who fundraises together is the one that stays, plays and slays together. They talk to me about their long history of “giving back,” and how fundraising as a family has brought them closer together...
s parents, we wanted our children to know that with privilege and good fortune, comes a burden of responsibility to care for the less fortunate. We tried to help Jenny and Robyn cultivate a sense of responsibility and compassion from a young age, and we also wanted them to feel like they could actually make the world a better place, just by giving back.” Bruce Bowser looks at his two daughter’s and gets visibly emotional. His pride is well justified - Jennifer and Robyn are remarkable young women whose enthusiasm for philanthropy is a testament to Bruce (and mother, Julia)’s efforts raising them. The girls convivially tell him to “Keep it together Dad!!” as tears well up in his eyes. This is a routine for them: Dad gets choked up, they laugh and crack wise, and then he starts laughing… It’s all very sweet. This family is close, their love emboldened by a mutual respect for one another, and a passion for helping others.
hose are the memories I cherish most, because they are more meaningful than say, just going to the movies together. Which we do! But it’s the charitable work that I look back on and and am most grateful for.” “Absolutely.” Robyn continues, “Working with Jenny on projects like Dancers For Cancer, I think that’s the best time we spend together. Because we’re having fun, and making a difference at the same time, and we’re doing it as a family.” Robyn’s praise for Jenny’s work with Dancers for Cancer (DFC) is echoed by their father as well, and often. Jenny made quite a splash on the philanthropy scene this past year when DFC, an organization she founded in her teens, reached a landmark fundraising goal of $1 million dollars for the SickKids foundation. Funds were used to renovate a performance space and stage at SickKids hospital, giving kids and families important access to creative and therapeutic arts programming.
“We’re very blessed to have two amazing parental figures who have been able to teach us, and lead by example.” Robyn tells us, “Starting at the age of six, whether it was cooking meals for underprivileged families with my mom, or my dad encouraging us to give a portion of our allowance to charity… They set the tone for us early on.”
“Obviously, I’m very proud as a father to have two daughters that are so invested in giving back to their community.” Bruce explains “It’s been cool to watch them evolve and develop their own passions and find their own causes. Jenny, with Dancers for Cancer, and recently Robyn has become involved in supporting The Shoebox project, which collects and distributes gifts to at-risk women in crisis across Canada and the U.S.”
“I remember one time, I think I was six or seven years old,” Jenny chimes in, “And this family drove up to our house and asked my Dad if they could pick apples from the tree in our yard… My Dad could tell that they had very little, and so he let them. Just seeing compassion like that has been inspiring, and we’ve grown up with it our whole lives.”
The girls humbly look down at their laps as their father heaps praise, waiting for their chance to heap a little back on him. As CEO of AMJ Campbell, Bruce is the embodiment of corporate social responsibility. Philanthropy is at the core of his business model, supporting charities including The David Foster Foundation, Children’s Aid, and Trillium Health Partners Foundation.
Together, the Bowsers make one tenacious fundraising team. Whether it’s playing charity golf tournaments together (Bruce describes Robyn as the “ace” on his golf team), or volunteer trips as a family ( Jenny recalls a mission trip to Nicaragua in grade 10, where she was moved to see her Dad’s efforts helping children), or attending fundraising galas together. “The girls like to tease me because they’re always my ‘dates’ for these events,” He tells us through laughter.
“Giving back has definitely helped us recognize how incredibly lucky we are as a family, and it really feels good to be able to share some of those blessings with others.” Robyn says, “You know, giving is contagious. My parents inspired us to give back, and hopefully we will inspire others, and that ripple effect continues... I think that’s reason enough for families to get involved together. You never know how far that ripple will go.” //
“It’s been great for us as a family to participate in these things together,” Jenny tells us. “It brings us closer together, and a lot of the time we’re doing really fun things for charity, so there’s a lot of great memories.” 22
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MOLLY FITZPATRICK & LUCINDA KOGAN The Power Couple... To date, the annual Scrubs in the City gala has raised close to $5 million dollars for SickKids, with funds allocated to serve some of the hospital’s most urgent needs, including state of the art MRI machines, operating room upgrades, and the construction of facilities to make more room for families. 2017 marked the first year in Scrubs’ 16 year history where the gala sold out. So what exactly makes this particular gala so successful? So special? Well, first off, Scrubs is not your buttoned-up fundraising gala of yesteryear, all black ties and vichyssoise… Scrubs is a straight up party. A party where Toronto is transformed into a far, faraway land for one magical night. Where, this past year for example, one could shimmy and shake with a troupe of belly dancers, or pose for selfies with a camel, or just sit back and enjoy limitless champagne while watching men breathe fire… So there’s all of that. And secondly, Scrubs in the City is special because it has at its very core, two warrior goddess best friends running the show. I would describe them as the living, loving, fiercely-beating heart(s) behind Toronto’s most vibrant charity gala. They would describe themselves... as a couple of moms who love their kids and just want to set a good example…
hen we first met, there was an instant connection.” Molly tells us. “We’re the same age, our birthdays are only three days apart... We often finish each other’s sentences, we just think the same way... I was chairing the board of Scrubs, and at a certain point it was just so obvious what had to happen. I went to Lucy and I told her: This is a great event. But, you know, it would be even better if we did it together…” The two women look at each other and instantly get emotional. It’s clear that the love runs deep here. “It’s true!” Lucinda chimes in, “We really wouldn’t want to chair this event without each other. We’re a package deal. I mean... I think when you’re doing something meaningful, it fills your heart. So when you’re doing it with one of your best friends? It makes it that much sweeter.”
was pregnant with my oldest daughter Sophia at the time. Let me tell you - to be in that hospital, and see him like that, battling for his life… It changed me. And to then think, my God, this could be my own child?”
She pauses to collect herself for a moment. The mere mention of their kids stirs emotion in both women.
“I know I am so lucky that my daughters are ok. That constant gratitude is what motivates me to do what I do. We all live in a bubble sometimes, and it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to lead the lives we do.I hope my kids have that gratitude as well,and that they will eventually be compelled to give back in their own way.” Molly nods in agreement. “We need to lead by example, for sure.” Its time for her own moment now. She and Lucinda hold each other’s hands tightly.
“Yes, I feel so blessed that I can do this work for the (SickKids) foundation,” Molly elaborates. “And having her by my side through thick and thin, it kind of solidifies how I feel about giving back: you can never truly “give back” in a bubble. It’s about being a part of something larger, and in order to do that, you need to be with people who are also supportive and willing to open their hearts and minds… and that is Lucy. 100 percent dedicated and of the same mindset.”
“You know, sometimes things just find you… I went through some health struggles a few years ago. And when you go through those dark moments, you start asking those big questions, “Am I going to be here next year to be a part of this? What am I going to leave behind? What will that memory of me be?” And when you realize that you’re going to be okay, and if you have spent any amount of time in a hospital and you’ve seen people, and especially babies and children in need… It just puts everything into perspective. You feel so lucky to be alive. You appreciate the life that you have. And that is when giving back becomes less like giving… It becomes something that just seems natural, and necessary, and really, you are compelled to do it no matter what.
And so the story goes: For the last eight years, Molly and Lucinda have worked together as co-chairs of Scrubs in the City. In that time, they have managed to solidify its status as one of THE must-attend charity galas in Toronto. We ask them, what exactly has inspired them to “give back” so monumentally, and so successfully every year, for the last eight years?
I think that’s ultimately what keeps up doing it every year. We both knew years ago that we had something more inside of us to give to the world. We weren’t looking for anything at the time, but then it found us. And here we still are...” //
I have a nephew,” Lucinda tells us, “Who spent three months at SickKids when he was a baby, and he almost died. 25
RANA FLORIDA The Creative Champion...
When I think of women who are smashing the glass ceiling, Rana Florida is top of mind. As CEO of the Creative Class Group, Rana is one half of the visionary global advisory firm that has transformed how we define and encourage prosperous and healthy cities and communities. Her articles on business and leadership have been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. As a media personality, she’s interviewed President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama. She uses this considerable clout as capital for her many philanthropic endeavors and causes, including the Design Exchange (Canada’s only museum dedicated to design heritage), G.E.M (Girls E-Mentorship), and the St. Mike’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. On top of all this, she’s a mom of two infant girls. Its only fitting then, that she talks to us about the importance of making time for “giving back” in today’s time starved world...
hilanthropy is really woven into every aspect of my life, and always has been. Growing up in Michigan, my aunties and uncles were always doing humanitarian and philanthropic work, so I got excited about “giving back” at a very young age. I volunteered as a “candy striper” in my teens, and later I joined the Founders Junior Council at the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA). We organized a hugely successful fashion themed benefit every year called “Fash Bash.” Now, with my husband (Richard Florida) and our company Creative Class Group, our work examines ways in which communities and cities can be healthier and happier… Naturally, philanthropy is an essential part of that.
pend a couple of days a month volunteering somewhere, or foster a cat or dog, or introduce your network of friends to a cause by throwing a party for them... There are so many ways you can give back that don’t require all of your time or a bottomless chequing account. You can offer your expertise to an organization, or help elevate a brand or cause through your social media or marketing platforms - those things count too. With Creative Class, we give back in all those ways I describe. We donate our expertise, we give speeches and make personal appearances to help increase visibility for certain causes…Any initiatives that encourage the growth of healthy cities and vibrant communities, that is what we are passionate about and what we commit to. I (like many) have a soft spot for children, so I tend to connect with organizations that help advance kids, especially young girls. I’m currently on the advisory board of GEM (Girls E-Mentorship), which is an organization that offers mentorship programs to high school girls facing socio economic barriers. Being a female business leader myself, GEM and its mission really spoke to me. There are so many roadblocks preventing young women from getting those MBA’s, getting those executive leadership positions and running corporations... I want to see that change. Instead of creating another barrier like, “Go make an appointment with a career counsellor,” which can be quite stressful for someone who feels ostracized in any way, GEM is removing these obstacles and making it easy for girls to reach out through email, text and social. At the click of a button, they can get advice or feedback from really established women that they wouldn’t ordinarily have had access to. I love that GEM is using the technology we have now to make things more accessible to these girls, it’s such an innovative way to engage young people at such a critical time in their lives.
Giving back, in whatever way we can, whenever we can, is really a core tenet at the heart of Creative Class, and (because Richard and I are life partners as well) our household. I couldn’t even quantify how much time we spend every week on philanthropic work, because we have incorporated it into our lives and our work so completely. I mention that because I think the “time factor” is a barrier for many people who are contemplating getting involved and giving back in some way. I talk about it in my book Upgrade: Everyone is so time-starved these days, I call it “time famine.” We’re all trying to buy back time in our everyday lives using apps like Uber Eats or services like Grocery Gateway… So the very idea of spending time on philanthropy is just too overwhelming. Like, “How could I possibly make time for fundraising when I’m already struggling to get everything done in a day??” If you were to really examine your activities closely for a couple of days though, you would probably find a lot of your time is spent on “filler.” These are things that don’t have any value that just take up our time. If we could cut out some of that “filler,” we can reclaim these huge portions of time, and potentially put some of it to use doing charitable work. And the thing is, “giving back” shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s an important component of a healthy and happy lifestyle. It really does add a “feel good” value to your life that nothing else can give you.
That is really something we champion at Creative Class: using creativity and innovation to lift one another up and give each other a chance to succeed. It doesn’t take much on an individual level - but it does take commitment. If you commit to something (anything!) you are passionate about though, making the time for it actually becomes easy. //
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SHAE INVIDIATA The “Free Them” Fighter...
The picture really says it all, doesn’t it? Shae Invidiata is one fierce philanthropist on a mission. She founded her organization “Free Them” at only twenty years of age, and alongside her aptly named army of “Free Them fighters,” she is leading the charge against human trafficking here in Canada and abroad. Her work as an advocate for the cause earned her the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubillee Medal in 2012, which recognizes outstanding members of the community for their service, as well as the 2012 Joy Smith Foundation National Freedom Award, which honoured Free Them for its exemplary efforts fighting human trafficking. It may be the fastest growing illegal trade in the world (next to arms and drugs), but with extraordinary women like this on the frontlines, change is happening, one success story at a time...
hen I first encountered human trafficking up close, I didn’t fully understand it, and so it was a shock really. I was 18 years old, attending university in Hawaii, living in a dormitory on one of the main tourist thoroughfares in Waikiki. Every day, I’d wake up early before class for a morning surf or jog, and I would see these women and girls (many of whom were younger than me... 14, 15, 16 years old) walking the streets. I would eventually learn that this strip on Kuhio Avenue where I lived was nicknamed “Candy Lane,” because of all the prostitutes that would work there at night.
h at is what inspired me to found “Free Them.” You can’t fight something that no one knows exists. So, we set out to raise awareness on the subject and get people talking about it. That has led to more involved efforts to change legislation and secure funding for various NGO’s that help these women directly. Ultimately, I would love more people to join our movement and help us grow an army of “Free Them Fighters.” Anyone can be a Free Them fighter, as long as they are willing to stand up to, and fight exploitation. Whether it’s forced labour, or sexual exploitation, or any practice that violates a person’s human rights for the purpose of monetary or commercial gain. We want to educate people on this topic and this term, “human trafficking,” because there is really such a lack of understanding and awareness on the subject. Most people don’t even realize that it’s happening right here in Canada. Slavery still exists, and it is closer to home that you might think.
I wanted to understand why. Why would a girl choose to be in this line of work? Whether you believe prostitution is right or wrong, for me that was (and is) irrelevant. These women and girls were my neighbours. I would literally see them every morning and every night. It didn’t seem right to me to pretend they weren’t there. I wanted to learn more, and so I started reaching out to them. First, just saying hello, then learning names, then listening to their stories... I made a point of always acknowledging them, and being “present” for them. I never judged them. I just wanted to understand their situation. Because really - what separates them from me in the end?
I always say when you change one person’s life, you change the world, because you actually change their world. We all live in our own little micro-worlds, so on a day to day basis, nothing else really matters except the world as you see it and experience it. If you’re having a hard day or there’s something happening in your family - nothing else matters. So when I have the opportunity to come into somebody’s life who has been abused or exploited or tortured, and possibly help them smile again and restore their lives on some level - that’s why I do it. Are we going to be able to end this horrific illegal enterprise that enslaves over 27 million people worldwide? Probably not, but we might be able to change one person’s life. I spoke with one of our survivors last week; she’s got a job she loves selling trucks for GMC, she’s in a happy and healthy relationship... Her life is her’s again. For me, that’s what it’s all about. One person at a time, one day at a time, that’s how real change is made.” //
What these girls told me completely changed my perception of “prostitution.” They told me about all of the false promises that brought them to Hawaii: the modelling agencies that didn’t exist, the boyfriend that promised the dream vacation, the job that was never there… And then, the things keeping them there: debts to be paid off, threats against their lives or their families lives... I began to understand that the word “prostitute,” which we equate largely with “choice,” is widely misrepresented, and that the more accurate term to be using is “prostituted.” The trade of “prostitution” is not a “career choice” for these women at all. This was slavery. This was human trafficking. I remember thinking to myself, “Where is the world on this?” How could I not have known about this brutal practice that operates so casually right under our noses? 29
SUZANNE ROGERS The Lightning Rod...
Since launching her now legendary “Suzanne Rogers Presents” fashion focused fundraisers in 2010, it’s fair to say that “giving back” initiatives in Toronto have gone from “grassroots” to “glamourous.” Simply put: Before Suzanne, charitable fundraising was noble, but perhaps, a little lacklustre... Thanks to her, we now have red carpets, couture gowns, supermodels, celebrated designers, and world class galas that raise millions... She makes fundraising fabulous, but don’t be fooled: there’s much more to Suzanne than her attention grabbing wardrobe. Underneath all of the tulle and lace is a savvy philanthropist with a passion for children’s charities that is heartfelt, inspiring and contagious...
y late father-in-law (Ted Rogers) said something to me some years ago that really resonated... We were at an event, and there were many photographers there wanting to take my picture, asking me who’s gown I was wearing… And my father in law took me aside at one point and said to me, “You know, Suzanne, you’re always going to be photographed because of what you’re wearing… Be photographed for doing the most in the room...”
hey need special care, and in many cases major machines to help keep them alive. Some of them won’t survive past a very young age. The Darling Home offers these children, and their parents, a respite from the often unbearable stresses of their daily life. This little house, and the work they are doing really touched me so deeply, but not many people actually knew about it. That I can work with this little organization in Milton that only does very small fundraising initiatives normally, and give it a much bigger platform… And that I can do it with a major fashion event with someone like Giambattista (who hasn’t done a runway show in Canada for over a decade)...? I mean, that is so rewarding for me.
Something clicked in that moment. It stuck with me, because he was right. You know, you get older, and you won’t look as good in that same dress as you maybe once did… But what you DO, that will always outshine the material things. Be photographed for what you DO. Be remembered for the ways you contribute to your community and to society. That’s really a part of the Rogers family legacy that I am very grateful to have become a part of.
If you invest your energy into something you feel close to, something that pulls at your heart, “giving back” doesn’t feel like giving at all. It’s kind of a cliche but it’s so true: “giving back” really does give you so much more in return. To me, it isn’t “work.” I can’t imagine my life without it actually. It’s a part of who I am. In my family, philanthropy is just like brushing your teeth: you just do it. Every day, no matter what.
At the same time, I knew that I had something unique to offer the philanthropic community... I’ve always loved fashion and I love to dress up. I now see myself, and fashion, as a lightning rod of sorts. I can show up to an event wearing a gown, and if there are people who want to take my picture, I can use that attention and influence to bring recognition to causes that matter to me, such as children’s charities.
I was able to combine my two passions in life: fashion, andhelping children in need. Find something that fits you and it won’t feel like work. It could be animals, the environment, or it could be about preserving a building that you love… There are so many ways you can contribute that have nothing to do with writing a cheque. People think they have to contribute financially and that is not true. Giving time is also valuable. It’s about going to the animal shelter and helping out with the animals for a day, or packing boxes at the food bank for a couple of hours… There are so many ways you can help, that in the end, can be as significant as writing a cheque. These little things you do can actually help real people in a real way - and that is not insignificant.
I think that is my greatest achievement, that I’ve been able to use my name and the Rogers “brand” if you will, to affect positive change, and bring attention to charities that really need it. There are so many smaller organizations out there that are doing such great work for kids, but they aren’t necessarily commanding lots of attention in the media or the fundraising community. So, for example, I’m doing an event with (Italian haute couture designer) Giambattista Valli in November, and the organization we are supporting is The Darling Home for Kids. This is a little house out in Milton Ontario that has about 10 beds for children that are critically ill.
I think that would be my message to people out there: Never think that any gift you give is too little or too small. No matter what you do, contributing on any level, it does make a difference.” // 31
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IT TAKES ALL OF US PHILANTHROPY BUILT SICKKIDS. A N D I T ’ S P O I S E D TO D O I T A G A I N . . .
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hilanthropy works. That’s the message that the new Hospital for Sick Children proclaimed loudly to the world when it opened in 1951. Everyone had rallied to the cause – the city, the province, and the country. During the week-long open house that followed the official opening, 85,000 people, passionate about the hospital they’d built, lined up to tour it. And they kept donating, spontaneously throwing coins into the brand-new hydrotherapy pool. When it was drained, they’d given a further $25,000. cont >>
The ‘new’ SickKids under construction 1949
There's no space for the equipment, there's no space for the families... There's just nowhere to breathe...
t had been time for a new But it’s now the oldest hospital building SickKids. The original, on University Avenue, Toronto’s handsome, red-brick College hospital row. It’s time for a new SickKids. Street premises of the hospital A visit to SickKids Neonatal Intensive (now the headquarters of Care Unit (NICU) demonstrates Canadian Blood Services) had opened why. family with a premature and/ in 1892. But even by the 1920s, it or critically ill new baby needs three was out-dated and overcrowded. things: the best medical care; physical SickKids simply couldn’t serve the city’s separation from other families to population. By 1931, Toronto had grown prevent infection; and private space to 631,000 people. Even the hospital’s successes were The outpatient clinic working against it, because on College Street, new medical interventions 1916 meant more admissions. By the mid-forties, SickKids was an infested tangle of too-small spaces. Journalists called it “a rabbit warren.” Ants marched, literally, across the operating tables. The nurses sang about the cockroaches. It was routinely 85 degrees fahrenheit in the blood bank. Doctors’ offices were carved out of a chimney. The staff rebelled over working conditions. The College Street building had reached its limit. Today, SickKids finds itself in the same position. The ‘new’ hospital’ cornerstone was laid in 1949. In it, SickKids staff have done amazing things for generations of sick children and their families.
where they can bond, and parents can sleep. SickKids current NICU can only provide the first one. A Level 3 NICU is where the sickest, most vulnerable patients are treated. There are seven in Ontario. 36
When babies who need treatment above and beyond what their regional Level 3 NICU can provide, they’re referred to SickKids – and SickKids is the only hospital in the province that can perform life-saving surgery on newborns. So 800 very tiny patients a year arrive in SickKids NICU. It’s the best hope for the sickest of the sick, so everything about how it operates – from layout to equipment, from the glass in the windows to the heating and cooling system – needs to be the best it can be. Right now, as many as six isolettes (the specialized beds these babies use), are crowded into single rooms, each surrounded by a thicket of monitors. Which makes the spread of infection a constant concern. Infant brains thrive best in a quiet environment, but here, because it ’s a communal setting, noise is hard to control. An ear-shaped sign indicates when it ’s getting too loud. And, because the space is shared, others in the room have to wearnoise-cancelling headphones when difficult conversations need to happen. Natural light is cut off by blinds
A new hospital will enable SickKids to fight the greatest challenges in children's healthcare in the 21st century... to avoid overheating – temperature is critical to these kids. Supplies are on trolleys in the hall. Retrieving them introduces the risk of contamination every time the door swings. “There’s no space for the equipment, there’s no space for the families,”says Dr. Estelle Gauda, head of SickKids’ neonatology division. “There’s just nowhere to breathe.” But beyond functional problems, the biggest issue is simple privacy. Imagine you’re a mom who comes here. You’ve just had a baby, you’re recovering yourself – often from surgery – and the best the NICU can currently offer you is a chair in the taped-off zone around your baby’s bedside. The critical one-on-one contact you need with your newborn is difficult to achieve in this cramped, uncomfortable environment. It would be so much better for your recovery if you were in your own space,with a bed to rest in, your very sick baby by your side – being cared for by a world-class team. That’s how it will be. And this is where philanthropy comes into play.
SickKids is in the same place they were in the 1940s. They’re limited by an old building.
As Karen Kinnear, SickKids Clinical VP says, “We know a child gets better when their parents are near.”
SickKids needs to be rebuilt. As part of a 10 year transformation of the campus, the NICU will be completely reimagined – with single-child rooms, places for mom and dad to sleep, and calm for premature brains to
The NICU is not the only area of the hospital where SickKids confronts limits. Because of low ceilings, certain contemporary medical technology doesn’t fit in patient rooms. The old HVAC system doesn’t allow for the timely and precise temperature control some surgeries require.
A new building will accommodate everything SickKids can do for their patients. Just as in the 1940s, major philanthropists (in whose ranks many readers of this magazine are to be found) will need to take the lead. And just as in the 1940s, everyone – in Toronto, in Ontario, and across Canada The crowded – will need to rally to the NICU at SickKids today cause. A new hospital is how philanthropy will enable SickKids to take the fight to develop, which is critical (from 26 the greatest remaining challenges in weeks gestation to term, brain weight children’s healthcare in the 21st century. increases 400% – the same amount as from term to adulthood). Building a new SickKids is going to take all of us. // In the privacy of these rooms, the risk of infection is reduced, children Visit www. fundthefight.ca to learn more... can heal, and families can really form. 37
THE REAL CORNERSTONE OF SICKKIDS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE COMMUNITY. In 1951, the new Hospital for Sick Children opened its doors. It was the world’s biggest children’s hospital, and a huge achievement for Toronto, and Canada. Post-depression, and post-war, the public had understood that the possibilities for children’s health couldn’t be limited by a too-small, outdated building. Our community rallied to SickKids, exceeding our fundraising goal. During a week-long open house, 85,000 people, passionate about the hospital they’d built, lined up to tour it. SickKids was the achievement of all of us. We’ve done it before. And we’re poised to do it again. fundthefight.ca
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Giving Back isn’t just about fundraising or donations. For some companies, their business model itself is built upon a mandate to nurture and protect those in need, and who is more in need of care than Mother Earth? Aveda was one of the first companies to champion ethical, environmentally conscious production of beauty and cosmetic products. All of Aveda’s products use organic ingredients, its primary manufacturing facility runs entirely on wind power, and they were the first beauty company to use 100% post consumer recycled materials. Also, this shampoo smells amazing... www.aveda.ca
M·A·C released the bold red VIVA GLAM lipstick in 1994, donating an unprecedented 100% of the purchase price toward the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which supports programs that benefit the most marginalized, stigmatized and under heard victims of HIV/ AIDS. To date, VIVA GLAM lipcolors have raised over $400 million dollars for the cause. So go ahead - paint a little philanthropy on your pucker with this neutral pink version for a soft, everyday look. www.maccosmetics.ca 41
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Thermage® radiofrequency treatments smoothen the skin to help improve the contours of the face and body. • 1.5 million treatments and counting • Natural-looking results with little to no downtime • Softens the look of wrinkles and lines on the face
• Improves the appearance of crow’s feet, worry lines, and laugh lines • Improves the appearance of cellulite
Visit www.findthermage.com to locate a doctor near you. INDICATION The radiofrequency energy only delivery components of the Thermage CPT System and accessories are indicated for use in: Dermatologic and general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis; non-invasive treatment of periorbital wrinkles and rhytids including upper and lower eyelids; and non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids. The simultaneous application of radiofrequency energy and skin vibration by the Thermage CPT System and accessories are indicated for use in: Dermatologic and general surgical procedures for electrocoagulation and hemostasis; non-invasive treatment of periorbital wrinkles and rhytids; non-invasive treatment of wrinkles and rhytids; temporary improvement in the appearance of cellulite; relief of minor muscle aches and pains; relief of muscle spasms; and temporary improvement of local circulation (blood circulation). For use and operation by trained and accredited users only. Refer to the user manual for important information on indications, contraindications and/or patient selection criteria. ®/TM are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. Any other products/brand names and/or logos are trademarks of the respective owners. ©2017 Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. TRM.0095.USA.17
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Results and patient experience may vary. While CoolSculpting is safe, some rare side effects may occur. As with any medical procedure, only your CoolSculpting provider can help you decide if CoolSculpting is right for you. In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental area, thigh, abdomen and flank. Outside the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure for non-invasive fat reduction is available worldwide. ZELTIQ, CoolSculpting, the CoolSculpting logo, the Snowflake design, and Fear No Mirror are registered trademarks of ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. © 2017. All rights reserved. IC1964-A
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Our latest issue focuses on the health, beauty and wellness benefits of "Giving Back." Features articles include: -Toronto's Top Philanthro...
Published on Oct 16, 2017
Our latest issue focuses on the health, beauty and wellness benefits of "Giving Back." Features articles include: -Toronto's Top Philanthro...