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Meet Our Heroes

IWK Heroes

Meet some of our IWK heroes— courageous patients, exceptional caregivers and generous supporters— who know the value of the IWK to the Maritime community. They inspire us to ensure the IWK can continue providing the specialized care it's known for every day.

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Marissa Gootjes

Marissa Gootjes

Thanksgiving Day in 2017 began as an ordinary day for the Gootjes family of Quispamsis, New Brunswick. After a hockey practice and a family dinner, their oldest daughter, Marissa, went to a friend’s house to watch a movie.

Whitetail Fisheries

Whitetail Fisheries

When it comes to supporting the IWK, Whitetail Fisheries are lobstars! 

Maggie Archibald

Maggie Archibald

Ever since her first menstrual cycle at age 12, Maggie Archibald, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, has struggled with debilitating pain.

Canadian Sunshine Kids

The Canadian Sunshine Kids Foundation

Over the last 15 years, the Canadian Sunshine Kids Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of the IWK’s hematology/oncology/nephrology inpatient unit, contributing $145,000. Most recently they made a very generous donation of $25,000 in 2022.

Oonig (Oonie) Paul Ward & Jeff Ward

Oonig (Oonie) Paul-Ward

In 1996, Jeff Ward and his late common-in-law partner, Lori Ann Paul, gave the IWK a very special gift — a dreamcatcher.