At the annual University Hospitals Kingston Foundation’s ‘Celebration of Giving’ event, several members of our community were recognized. These individuals and groups have shown outstanding leadership and support for healthcare in our community.
Caroline Davies presented the Davies Awards for Philanthropic Leadership on behalf of Kingston philanthropists Michael and Elaine Davies. Josée Theriault, who was among the recipients, said she was “touched and humbled” by the award, “[it] comes to me as I’m leaving the Providence Care Board after nine wonderful years of learning new insights and of growing.” Josée was nominated for consistently promoting healthcare philanthropy as a “way of life.” Josée encouraged everyone to “never lose focus on why we do what we do and to selflessly continue to serve those in great need.”
Ian Wilson presented Dr. Albert Jim, a Neurologist at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, with his namesake Award for Volunteerism in Fundraising. Mr. Wilson cited Dr. Jin’s “generosity, positivity and determination to help build a brighter, healthier future for Kingston’s hospitals.” Dr. Jin welcomed the award saying, “The care and programs we provide on a world-class level, and the people who work in our hospitals, are part of the strength of our community.” Sharing some of his own journey, he added, “My family came here 45 years ago with very little and we found the hospitals provided us with a foundation of security and safety that we couldn’t find anywhere else. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help the people who helped us.”
2018-2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS
Ian Wilson Award for Volunteerism
Dr. Albert Jin
Neurologist, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Jin was nominated for his personal commitment to healthcare philanthropy, and for using his “generosity, positivity and determination” to help build a brighter, healthier future for Kingston’s hospitals.”
The Davies Award for Philanthropic Leadership
Knights of Columbus, Archdiocese of Kingston Diocesan Association
The Knights of Columbus were nominated for having “rallied members and councils from across the region” around the singular goal of rebuilding Providence Care’s Providence Manor. Through their “tireless fundraising events and initiatives, Providence Care is that much closer to achieving the vision of building an exceptional new long-term care home in our community thanks to the Knights of Columbus.”
Dr. Graeme Smith, Dr. Romy Nitsch and Dr. Shawna Johnston
Physicians, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, KHSC
These physicians were nominated for having gone “above and beyond the scope of their work to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve care for women.” Thanks to their efforts, KHSC will now be able to furnish a surgical suite with state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgical equipment, which will improve health outcomes for women across our region.
Vice-Chair, Providence Care Board of Directors
Josée Thériault was nominated for consistently promoting philanthropy as a “way of life.” Her leadership to the planning and fundraising efforts to build Providence Care’s new long-term care home has grown connections with new and existing donors.