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From the Foundation's Co-op Students

Angela Olano

Meet Aavanti, the foundation’s Fulfillment and Marketing coordinator and Uzma, the foundation’s Marketing and fulfillment coordinator. They were our Winter 2021 co-ops, working remotely, and on their last day with the foundation, they wanted to share a bit about how their first-ever co-op term went! “Hi I’m Aavanti, and I’m a second-year Economics major at the University of Waterloo and I’m Uzma, a second-year majoring in Health Studies at University of Waterloo! One of Aavanti’s favourite things to do during Quarantine is spending time with her cat, Gatsby. Named after her favourite character from the book The Great Gatsby. Alongside...

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$1M Anonymous Gift to Hospital’s Greatest Needs

uzma motala

One long-time Kitchener-Waterloo business leader has always had a unique appreciation for what a wonderful home Kitchener-Waterloo has been for him for the last 70 years, and he felt compelled to do something special for the cities that had been so good to him and to his family. He recently did just that, donating an incredible one million dollars to support the highest priority needs at Grand River Hospital (KW and Freeport sites) and St. Mary’s General Hospital. The 90-year old donor who wishes to remain anonymous, recalls, “after the second world war, the turmoil in Europe didn't provide a...

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Meet One of Our 1000 Friends

Aavanti Gaitonde

We’re on our way to 1000 monthly subscribers! Our goal is to gather 1,000 monthly subscribers by the end of 2021. Two of our 1000 friends are Gerry and Susan Remers, who have been monthly subscribers for over 5 years.  Their donor journey began when two of their grandchildren were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the care provided by the dedicated NICU staff inspired them to become monthly donors. Following this, After they lost their father in 2015 and sister-in-law in 2020, they saw – first hand – the level of care delivered by the front line workers...

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World Cancer Day

Angela Olano

Gail Shantz began her 47 year career as a nurse at Grand River Hospital after completing her nursing training onsite, where the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre currently operates. In speaking about her 47 years of service, Gail boasts about how lucky she was to have had the chance to work on almost every single floor, from being on the IV team to working with medical imaging. Her tenure, and no doubt friendly nature, led Gail to view the hospital as her home away from home. “I used to walk in the door and think this is my second home”,...

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Virtual Fundraising 101 with Grand River Hospital Foundation

Mia Huber

During an extraordinary year, our community has come together and unified in a single cause. To care for the safety and health of one another during this pandemic. We are very grateful for all the support in so many ways that Grand River has received because of our community. Because in our community the Care. Never. Stops. This year, more than ever, we are looking to our community of leaders to donate support, skills, and passion in joining our cause!  Although we are unable to come together for in-person events and fundraisers, there are still incredible opportunities to connect virtually. What's better than engaging and creating FUN (and funds) with...

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