Donor Spotlight

Commitment, leadership, creativity, and compassion. These qualities are demonstrated time and again by our donors.

The articles found on this page illustrate and celebrate the generosity shown by individuals and organizations within our community.

Patient care is better at Guelph General Hospital because of community support.

Cindy Bray

Way to go, Louie!  That’s what Cynthia Louise (Cindy Lou) Bray’s dad used to say to her when she did something great.  Cindy is one of GGH’s Registered Pharmacy Technicians and she deserves a “way to go” from all of us. Her name was added to the GGH Donor Wall this past fall in recognition…

Khalil Khamis

Khalil Khamis Leads by Example Khalil Khamis has a steady gaze and calm demeanour that immediately puts people at ease. He sits in a booth at his restaurant and shares his inspiring story. Khalil’s parents came to Canada forty-seven years ago as refugees from Uganda, escaping the human rights abuses and repression of the Idi…

Donor Spotlight – Guelph Family Martial Arts

GUELPH FAMILY MARTIAL ARTS — SMALL BUSINESS WITH A BIG HEART Guelph Family Martial Arts (GFMA) is looking to expand. The dojo is seriously crowded with certificates, awards, and trophies—big trophies—some as tall as Sophie Skoufis, who works with her son, Nathan, in the thriving business. GFMA offers Guelphites a wide range of training in…

Donor Spotlight – Guelph Lions Club

This story began in 1925. Helen Keller, a famous American and the first deaf-blind person to earn a college degree, spoke to the international Lions Club convention, inspiring its members to become “Knights of the Blind.” Since that time, Lions Clubs across the world have focused their service on prevention of blindness, sight conservation, and…

Donor Spotlight – June Cauthers

As a patient, June Cauthers has experienced first-hand the difference community support has made at Guelph General Hospital. “I’ve spent time in the hospital over the years and I’ve seen wonderful changes in the types of equipment being used to care for patients – from improvements to blood pressure machines to how records are being…

Donor Spotlight – Kevin Malinski

Kevin Malinski of Platters Catering & Events is a shining example of Guelph’s generous business community. When you think of supporting the Hospital, financial gifts might first come to mind. They are certainly important, but our donors help us save lives and improve health in many different ways. Our generous business community supports our work…

Remembering John Wood

The Wood Family have been supporters of Guelph General Hospital for more than 30 years, almost as long as the Foundation has been in existence. In fact, their first gift in 1987 was only the seventh gift we ever received. At the end of November, we announced that John and Barbara Wood had made an…

Julianne Fleming

What you give, you get back. It’s a common experience among The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s community of supporters. Julianne’s husband was already quite ill when they moved to Guelph and her life was entirely devoted to caring for him. “I was his full-time caregiver,” says Julianne. “We moved to Guelph specifically to be…

Ross McKinnell, Guelph, 2018

Ross McKinnell targets $10,000 for his community

In 1958, Ross McKinnell competed in the Commonwealth games, and today his love of cycling gives him a way to give back to Guelph General Hospital and his community as a Tour de Guelph cyclist and fundraiser. It was a fascination for bikes that eventually led Ross McKinnell to the Commonwealth Games. Now 60-years later,…

Doug MacMillan organizing BTB plaques for display

Doug and Cathy MacMillan, The Letter M Marketing

When Doug and Cathy MacMillan bought their company, they knew they wanted to build their business on building community. They didn’t have a concrete plan, but their intent and their ability to identify opportunities led them down a twenty-plus-year path that now has their business deeply invested in community – and thriving as a result.…

Ernie & Elysia

Ernie Kalwa & Elysia DeLaurentis

Ernie and Elysia’s support of the Hospital dates all the way back to 2004, shortly following a family member’s surgery at Guelph General. “We really appreciated the care of the surgeons” said Ernie, “especially that of Dr. Kenneth Reed”. It was this care that inspired their first gift. Visiting the Hospital under these circumstances brought…

Wayne and Maria Bricknell of Wayne Pitman Ford Lincoln Inc.

Wayne & Maria Bricknell

You can make a difference in your community. We met with Wayne and Maria Bricknell to discuss their motivations for supporting the Hospital. They support the Hospital through our Circle of Life collective philanthropy program and through sponsorship of Tour de Guelph by way of the Pitman Pit-Stop. Philanthropy runs deep in their family. Wayne’s…

Christina Magee and Marc Harwood of Stone Road Mall

Christina Magee & Marc Harwood, Stone Road Mall

Leading Stone Road Mall’s Children’s Charity Golf Tournament into its 5th year. Christina’s connection to Guelph General Hospital began when her youngest of two children. She spent quite a bit of time at Guelph General Hospital with her son when he was young due to various health issues. It was this experience that ignited Christina’s…

Sarmazian Brothers Flooring

Sarmazian Brothers Flooring: An extra special anniversary celebration! Leading up to the Sarmazian Brothers 10th Year Anniversary One Day Sale, the management team decided that they wanted to do something extra special as part of the celebration sale. Due to “strong roots in the community”, Sarmazian Bros. Flooring wanted to “find a way to give…

Kurtis Lammer

Seventeen-year-old Kurtis Lammer Raises $40,865 for the Hospital Kurtis demonstrated a great deal of tenacity while imagining and then creating UNIT 6 Haunted House. Unit 6 Haunted House was in the making for over two years. Kurtis was originally planning to have it ready in time for the 2015 Halloween season, but ran out of…