More than $90,000 raised for Brampton hospitals at Osler Ski Day


Published February 17, 2023 at 11:21 am

Left to right: Mary Watson, Osler Foundation; Ski Day Committee Chair Mark Yarranton, KLM Planning Partners Inc.; Jennifer Vivian, City of Brampton; Councillor Lynn Kiernan, Ward 1, Town of Caledon; Shelagh Barry, Osler Foundation; Mike Harris, the MBTW Group; Ken Mayhew, Osler Foundation.

William Osler Health System says its yearly Ski Day fundraiser was a success, raising a total of $90,697 this year for Brampton hospitals.

The 14th annual Ski Day was hosted at the Caledon Ski Club on February 14th to help support Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

The event allowed skiers to sign up as an individual or as part of a team, then create an online personal fundraising page to collect donations and pledges.

“It made my heart full to see so many of our community members spend Valentine’s Day with us on the slopes in support of Osler’s hospitals,” said Ken Mayhew, President & CEO at William Osler Health System Foundation.

“It takes a village to make events like this successful and we are so grateful to everyone who came out, donated, sponsored, and volunteered — it is because of your commitment that we are able to meet the needs of our growing community.”

The Jim Kennedy Top Fundraiser award — named in honour of the late Jim Kennedy, a passionate skier and co-chair of Osler Foundation’s Ski Day — was given to this year’s top pledge earner, Alistair Shields.

The money will help upgrade Peel Memorial, which is planning to add 250 inpatient beds and a new 24-hour Emergency Department to replace the urgent care centre. There are also plans for rehabilitation and continuing care services, enhanced mental health and addictions services, and more services for seniors.

The city’s portion of the Peel Memorial project and a new cancer centre coming to Brampton Civic Hospital will cost some $125 million. Brampton has already covered half the bill by transferring $62.5 million from capital reserves.

Brampton City Council has approved a 1 per cent tax levy to help pay for the healthcare projects. The city still needs to plug the remaining $62.5 million funding gap by 2027.

With files from Ryan Rumbolt

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