June Wilson finds it reassuring to live just a five-minute walk from MSH.
In the past two years, June’s two grandchildren have visited the Emergency Department (ED) at least half a dozen times and she often meets them there. “Thankfully, it’s been mostly minor things like sprains and scrapes,” she says. “It means a lot to know the hospital is there for us when we need them.”
For example, there was the time June’s 11-year-old granddaughter was taken to the ED after she’d been in a car accident. “She was complaining of soreness and had a bad abrasion on her neck,” she recalls. “The team in the ED was absolutely amazing. They couldn’t do enough to take care of us.”
In turn, June has found the ideal way to give back and help ensure her hospital is fully equipped to care for her and her loved ones. She made her first donation to MSH in 2005 and became a monthly supporter two years later.
“I’ve always felt it was important to have a strong medical facility like Markham Stouffville Hospital in our neighbourhood,” says June. “The hospital is an integral part of the community and touches virtually every resident.”
June chose to become a valued member of our monthly giving program – MSHFuture – when her employer announced they would match her donations. “That gave me the opportunity to optimize my support,” June explains.
June quickly realized just how easy monthly giving is and sees how each gift provides the best patient care possible. She encourages other supporters to consider monthly giving as well.
“It’s an easy way to budget your support. It’s automatic, so making a donation is not something you have to remember to do,” June says. “At the end of the year, you receive a tax receipt for all your donations for your income taxes.”
However you choose to make your donations, June says the most important thing is to give.