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Grand Ideas

A Warm Welcome to New Members of our Board

Angela Olano

Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Rounding out our team of dedicated community leaders, Dr. Neil Naik and Hongwei Liu joined the Board in the fall of 2020. Dr. Neil Naik practices family medicine in Waterloo, Ontario where he teaches family medicine and office management to medical students as an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.  Dr. Naik grew up in the GTA and studied medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed his residency in both urban Newfoundland and rural Nunavut, and further enhanced his education with an...

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Celebrating 125 Years at Grand River Hospital

Mia Huber

In 1893, Berlin, Ontario (renamed Kitchener in 1916) found itself in need of a genuine advance of medical care. The small but growing community realized that a hospital of their very own would support the increasing population, as well as care for the less fortunate, as they grew into a town and then a city. The Seagram family, famous distillers, politicians, and philanthropists at the time, generously stepped forward to offer 95 acres of land. ...if and only if the citizens could fully fund hospital construction costs, before the first brick or beam was laid. Drawing on the community’s innovative...

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Grand Grill COVID-19

Dan Lombardi

In response to Provincial Regulations and the growing health concerns of the community, the decision has been made to close the Grand Grill early. The event was originally slated to run until October 12, but as of today will be closed until next year.The outpouring of support from the Waterloo Region has been incredible and for that we say, thank you. Please click the video below for a message from our President and CEO, Paul McIntyre Royston.

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Grand Grill – Closure Announcement

Dan Lombardi

In response to Provincial Regulations and the growing health concerns of the community, the decision has been made to close the Grand Grill early. The event was originally slated to run until October 12, but as of today will be closed until next year.  We are encouraging all our participants to cancel their Grand Grills in order to keep our community safe. The outpouring of support from the KW region has been truly touching, and Grand River Hospital is beyond grateful for the generosity and support of its community. We thank everyone that was able to donate to the Grand Grill supporting...

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When We Go Back To School

Paul McIntyre Royston

At times I may feel worriedWill I remember each new ruleMy teacher’s voice will ease my fearsI am safe at school ~excerpt from ‘When We Go Back To School’ by Jennifer Ohrling Schools were shut down for six months due to COVID-19, and they’re just opening up now. During this time away, Jennifer Ohrling, a Grade 2 teacher at Brigadoon Public School in Kitchener, wrote a children’s book about coping with COVID-19 and going back to school, and had her students illustrate it. “I was trying to capture feelings, things students were missing most,” says Jennifer. “I wanted to give hope that when we go back...

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