Record gift will support the Promise Campaign to improve west end health
On September 7, 2017, our St. Joseph’s Health Centre community celebrated one of the largest gifts in our history! Peter Gilgan, Founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, donated $10 million to St. Joe’s Promise Campaign.
“My parents started our family in this community and I was born here along with my six siblings,” said Gilgan “I want to make sure that St. Joe’s remains a vital community resource for all of the new families starting out here today and am proud to connect my family name to this fine health centre.”
Gilgan is one of Canada’s most generous philanthropists. He has donated more than $175 million to support life-changing causes. “The importance of community care, and supporting St. Joe’s half-a-million neighbours who rely on this valuable community hospital, cannot be overstated,” he said.
“Peter Gilgan’s gift will help us improve our facilities to support our west end neighbours,” said Maria Dyck, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “We’ll be a better Health Centre thanks to him and are grateful that he has remembered where he and his brothers and sisters were born. Beyond dollars and cents, it marks the continued commitment of Peter to supporting community hospitals and great local care.”
In recognition of the gift, the Glendale wing will be renamed the Gilgan Family Wing. Mary Macleod, VP Clinical Programs said about the wing, “It’s where thousands of people come to us for care for conditions that literally run the gamut from asthma to wound care and over 27 other conditions in between.”
This transformative donation will have immediate impact at St. Joe’s. Critical priorities include modernizing spaces for patients for a better experience, purchasing new equipment and technology, and creating specialized areas to meet the community’s unique health needs.
The gift is a major event in St. Joseph’s history and for the west end. It brings our fundraising to over $60 million for the Promise Campaign. Peter Gilgan now joins co-chairs of the Promise Campaign, Victor Dodig, CEO and President of CIBC, and Brendan Shanahan, President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in helping keep the promise of a healthier west end. “St. Joe’s has been serving the west-end for almost 100 years and significant donations like these help the hospital to advance its vision for a healthier community,” said Dr. Bob Howard, Interim President and CEO of the St. Joe’s, St. Mikes and Providence Healthcare network. “We are thankful for the generosity of the Gilgan family.”
You can help keep the Promise too. Give today to support care in your community by making a secure gift online or call 416-530-6704.
“This is because of you,” said Peter Gilgan when announcing his $10 million gift for St. Joseph’s, referring to his 96-year-old mother who was in attendance. “The circle of life continues.”
“St. Joe’s always has been one of those great places that has never lost its way as a community hospital,” said Mayor John Tory
CIBC President and CEO Victor Dodig, who co-chairs the Promise Campaign with Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan, called St. Joe’s the “quiet, unsung hero of health care” and said Peter Gilgan is a “leading light” in encouraging people to give because they see the social return that comes from investing in the community.