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A Milestone on the Mountain: Osler Foundation’s Ski Day Reaches $1 Million Milestone for Local Hospitals


February 14, 2024 - Media Releases

A Milestone on the Mountain: Osler Foundation’s Ski Day Reaches $1 Million Milestone for Local Hospitals

The 2024 event raises $178,360, pushing the grand total in support of Osler over the seven-figure mark

Skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes in support of William Osler Health System. Pictured (L-R): Jennifer Vivian, City of Brampton; Ski Day Committee Chair Mark Yarranton, KLM Planning Partners Inc.; Mike Harris, the MBTW Group; Mary Watson, Osler Foundation; Doug Whillans; Jeff Bowman; Shelagh Barry, Osler Foundation; Nicole Ganter, Osler Foundation; Ken Mayhew, Osler Foundation.

FEBRUARY 14, 2024, BRAMPTON/ETOBICOKE – It was a momentous day on the slopes as William Osler Health System Foundation’s (Osler Foundation) 15th annual Ski Day reached a significant milestone, raising $1 million since its inception.

More than 240 skiers and snowboarders participated in this year’s event, raising $89,180 for Osler’s hospitals: Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness (Peel Memorial). Funds raised were generously matched by Steve Robinson from RBC Securities and the Chair of Osler Foundation’s Board of Directors, for a grand total of $178,360 to support the transformation of Peel Memorial into Brampton’s second hospital, plans for enhanced cancer care services at Brampton Civic Hospital, the future development of Etobicoke General Hospital and equipment needs across Osler.

In Ontario, communities are responsible for 10 per cent of all hospital redevelopment costs, as well as 100 per cent of equipment. Osler Foundation works with community members to raise vital funds to ensure Osler’s hospitals can continue to meet current and future health care needs of its rapidly growing communities.

“In the story of your life, it is a question of ‘when’ and not ‘if’’ you will need care from your local hospital,” said Ken Mayhew, President & CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation. “Our doctors, nurses and clinical teams need more space and equipment to provide the essential care our community needs. That is why events like Ski Day are so vital to what we do. It is easy to say ‘something should be done’—it’s harder to be the one to take action. This incredible $1 million milestone is a testament to the community members, sponsors and supporters—including many Osler staff members—who have stepped forward over the years to get it done.”

The annual Ski Day event, hosted at Caledon Ski Club, attracts skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities in support of Osler Foundation. In addition to enjoying the runs at Caledon Ski Club, participants had a chance to warm up by fire pits and enjoy unique food and drink stations throughout the day.

The year’s top pledge earner, Doug Whillans, was awarded the Jim Kennedy Top Fundraiser award, commemorating the late Jim Kennedy, a passionate skier and fundraiser, dedicated volunteer, and co-chair of Osler Foundation’s Ski Day for many years.

“Special events like Ski Day always remind us of the vital support of Osler hospitals’ greatest champions—our community members,” said Dr. Frank Martino, President & CEO, William Osler Health System. “As a leading hospital system in Ontario, we are looking ahead to a bright future for health care in our community, and we are so grateful for your continued support so we can provide exemplary, compassionate care, close to home for generations to come.”

Ski Day is made possible thanks to its hard-working organizing committee: Mark Yarranton, Committee Chair; Mike Harris; Jeff Bowman; Jennifer Vivian; and Doug Whillans.

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