Gift of Lights Supports Grand River Kids

Gift of Lights Supports Grand River Kids

Since 2016, Bingemans Gift of Lights has raised $87,500 for kids at Grand River Hospital! This festive, family-friendly light display is the largest drive thru holiday light display in Southwestern Ontario, featuring two tunnels and over 300 animated and static light displays. Thousands of people from Waterloo Region and beyond have come to Kitchener-Waterloo to enjoy this holiday spectacle over the last several years.

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Grand River Hospital Is a Place for Learning... Thanks to You!

Grand River Hospital Is a Place for Learning... Thanks to You!

The Learning Development Fund at Grand River Hospital enables staff to pursue additional educational opportunities to gain new skills and further their professional development. It is also entirely funded by generous donors and supporters like you.

We asked hospital staff who received financial support from the Learning Development Fund to share how it promotes learning, helps them become better professionals, and ensures Care. Never. Stops. at the Hospital.

Here are just a few of the things they had to say:

“The reimbursement received through the GRH Learning Development Fund is greatly appreciated! Not only does it help financially, but it is a wonderful way to let team members know that continuous learning is recognized and valued in our organization.” – Heidi Clay, OHS, Physiotherapist

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Thank You, Volunteers!

Thank You, Volunteers!

Volunteers are critical to our vision of a world class health care system, and as National Volunteer Week comes to a close, we wanted to say thank you for everything you do for the hospital and our community.

Throughout the week, we shared the stories of John, Justin, Ed and Joyce, four of our incredible volunteers at Grand River Hospital. Learn all about their different volunteer roles, why they got involved and continue to volunteer in support of the Hospital, and how they make a big difference just by volunteering!

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Meet Joyce, the Cancer Centre's First Volunteer

Meet Joyce, the Cancer Centre's First Volunteer

Joyce Bell was Grand River Regional Cancer Centre’s very first volunteer when it opened in 2004.

“I had applied to Grand River Regional Cancer Centre before the building was completed,” Joyce recalled. “I did tours for the public of the Cancer Centre before it officially opened and worked the first shift of the Monday it opened.”

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Passing Time at the Hospital by Helping Others

Passing Time at the Hospital by Helping Others

Ed Cober and his wife have been coming to Grand River Hospital for more than a decade. Ed’s wife is a Kidney Care patient who regularly receives dialysis at the Hospital, a procedure that helps patients by cleaning their blood when their kidneys no longer can. Patients typically require dialysis three times every week, with each treatment lasting for about four hours—Ed and wife have been coming to Grand River Hospital on a regular basis since 2011.

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Volunteers Are Here to HELP

Volunteers Are Here to HELP

Meet Justin Hammond, a Grand River Hospital volunteer who has taken on numerous roles throughout the Hospital. Since he began volunteering in January 2018, Justin has volunteered in the Emergency Department, with the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), as an Information and Portering volunteer, with Grand Venture (the Foundation’s online shop in support of the Hospital), and by giving hospital tours for new volunteers and employees.

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Supporting the Health of Our Community in New Ways

Supporting the Health of Our Community in New Ways

John Lindsay has a personal connection to Grand River Hospital that led him to become a volunteer.

“As a former Grand River Hospital patient, I felt a great desire to give back to both the Hospital and the community,” John told us.

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week at Grand River Hospital

Celebrating National Volunteer Week at Grand River Hospital

Join us in celebrating our incredible team of volunteers this National Volunteer Week! As generous people from our everyday lives—parents, siblings, neighbours and friends—who give their time to make an extraordinary difference, volunteers are essential to supporting the health and wellness of our community.

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