June 22, 2015
The IWK Foundation celebrated extraordinary moments from the last fiscal year this morning during its Annual General Meeting. These moments were made possible thanks to the generous support of Maritime donors, partners, volunteers, IWK Health Centre staff members and patients and families.
The event was emceed by 13-year-old Caden Flynn, an IWK patient who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 18-months-old. Caden has faced many challenges throughout his life, but he reminded guests that no matter how many obstacles you face, you have the power to change the world.
The IWK Foundation inducted Dr. Alex Gillis as an honorary trustee. Dr. Gillis is one of the founding fathers of the IWK. Before the Foundation was established he was instrumental in soliciting private funds for the betterment of the IWK. His passion for the Health Centre, his advocacy and exceptional care for patients and families, along with his many years as a generous donor and volunteer make him an exceptional candidate for an IWK Foundation Honorary Trustee Award.
Mrs. Marjorie Lindsay presented Margie Probert with the 2015 John Lindsay Sr. IWK Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes IWK Health Centre staff members who help improve people’s lives in the Health Centre and in the community. Margie has dedicated her career to the Nephrology and Hematology/Oncology service and helping families that are dealing with these chronic and often life-threatening conditions. In her role as clinical leader over the last 17 years, she has demonstrated her leadership with her colleagues and served as a true advocate for patients and their families. In the community, her volunteer affiliations include the Kidney Foundation, Camp Lots-a-Wata and Light the Night for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her team would call her a caring, diligent, self-sacrificing and fearless leader. Congratulations Margie!
The IWK Foundation also presented the annual Robbie and Jean Shaw Scholarship to two very deserving IWK patients – Michael Rumsby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia and Dalton Brown of Grand Manan, New Brunswick. Both of these amazing individuals have faced cancer – Michael was diagnosed with two brain tumours when he was in junior high and Dalton was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia just after finishing grade six. Both have overcome many challenges and are graduating from their respective schools with honours.
The IWK Foundation’s 2014-15 annual report, You Help Make us Extraordinary, was also unveiled this morning. Featuring many remarkable individuals who help make the IWK the special place that it is today, you can read the report by clicking on the thumbnail.
On behalf of the IWK Foundation team, thank you to our donors, partners, volunteers and supporters. You have helped make the IWK everything it is today and you will help shape the future of care as you work with us to address urgent health care needs.