Hamilton researchers get $5.1M Valentine’s Day gift


Published February 14, 2022 at 9:24 am

As far as Valentine’s Day gifts go, this one is a big step up from a box of chocolates.

Hamilton’s Juranvinski Research Institute was gifted $5.1 million on Monday (Feb. 14) by the family for whom the health research organization is named.

Margaret and Charles Juravinski said in a statement announcing the gift that this was their way of showing their love for the Hamilton community.

“We’ve had more than 65 Valentine’s Days together, and we’ve received more than our share of chocolates and flowers over the years,” the couple said.

“Recently, we’ve loved learning about how the gifts we are making are quite literally changing the lives of people in our city and across the country. Valentine’s Day is a beautiful opportunity for us to show our love for Hamilton and its robust community of talented, innovative health researchers and practitioners.”

The JRI is a partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. It was established in 2019 with the Juravinskis’ historic $100-million estate gift.

This latest $5.1 million gift will support research centred around the themes of child and youth health, integrated care and burn trauma.

“We know the health system can be challenging to navigate and has been under incredible pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Julian Dobranowski, chair of the JRI’s scientific and steering committees.

“We know that burn trauma has significant impacts on a survivor’s mental and physical health. And we know that our children and youth have struggled, especially during the last two years. That’s why these three areas were selected as strategic priorities for this new gift.”

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