Statement on Anti-Racism from the Chairs of the Joseph Brant Hospital and Foundation Boards of Direc

As you may know, last week the Hospital and Foundation released a joint statement addressing recent events that have exposed systemic racism and intolerance that plague society.

We too are deeply troubled by the killing of George Floyd, and the violence directed at peaceful protests calling for action in U.S. cities. Racialized individuals should not have to live in constant fear from the very institutions that should be protecting them, and efforts to address this issue should not be met with brutal force to silence those who would speak out.

Racism and intolerance are issues that we have a responsibility to address. We have a moral imperative to seek out and expunge racism and all forms of discrimination from our institutions. We must create policies that support diversity and promote a culture of inclusivity in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The past few weeks have been an important time to listen and to acknowledge the truths and experiences of those whose voices have been ignored and unheard. It has been a time for racialized people to share their stories and to help others to better understand the suffering that racism and hate have brought to their lives.

This has also been a time to reflect. Joseph Brant Hospital and the Foundation are committed to seeking out and eliminating racism and discrimination. We have taken important steps to build a more inclusive organization, but more work can be done.

As board members, we have a responsibility to listen, to reflect and to work together to support JBH’s efforts to create a safe place for everyone to visit, work and receive care. We must strive to champion equity and inclusion and challenge ourselves as leaders in our own respective workplaces to dismantle structures that enable inequality.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can move forward together with this important work.


Sincerely,

 
Dominic Mercuri, Chair, Board of Directors
Joseph Brant Hospital
   
Anna Iacobelli, Chair, Board of Directors
    Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

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Joseph Brant Hospital and Foundation Statement on Anti-Racism

We, like you, are deeply disturbed and upset by the recent events that have once again exposed the systemic racism and intolerance that plague society.

The death of George Floyd was horrifying and unjust. Racialized individuals should not have to live in constant fear from the very institutions that should be protecting them. In the wake of Mr. Floyd’s death, many peaceful calls for action in U.S. cities have been met with police violence, creating even deeper divisions between citizens and a deepening distrust in those who hold positions of power.

Racism and intolerance are issues that we have a responsibility to address. As health care professionals, a hospital and a charitable foundation, we have a moral imperative to seek out and expunge racism and all forms of discrimination from our institutions. We must create policies that support diversity and promote a culture of inclusivity in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

The past few weeks have been an important time to listen and to acknowledge the truths and experiences of those whose voices have been ignored and unheard. It has been a time for racialized people to share their stories and to help others to better understand the suffering that racism and hate have brought to their lives.

This has also been a time to reflect. At Joseph Brant Hospital and at our Foundation, we are committed to seeking out and eliminating racism and discrimination. While we have taken important steps to build a more inclusive and diverse organization, we know that we can do better.

We have a responsibility to listen, to reflect and to work together to make JBH a safe place for everyone to visit, work and receive care. We will continue to proactively strive towards this goal, but it cannot be done in isolation. We encourage everyone – our staff, physicians, patients and members of our community – to reach out and help us advance our work to champion equity and inclusion. Your voices are important, and we need to hear from you and talk about what we can do moving forward.

Staff and physicians are encouraged to reach out to us at hr@josephbranthospital.ca

We need to face these hard truths and become an anti-racist organization. We must challenge ourselves to dismantle structures that enable inequality and to actively work towards ending discrimination both within our walls and in our community. We know there is much to do, and we will do it together.

Sincerely,

Eric Vandewall
President and CEO,
Joseph Brant Hospital
Anissa Hilborn
President,
Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation
Dr. Ian Preyra
Chief of Staff,
Joseph Brant Hospital           

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Thank you to our Corporate Donors to our COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic brough unprecdented challenges to Joseph Brant Hospital. We needed the support of our community to respond quickly to prepare to face the challenge of COVID-19 head on.

Our community stepped up and supported our COVID-19 Response in incredible ways and we are truly grateful. Specifically our corporate partners came forward with donations and in-kind support to help us keep our patients, families, physicians and the entire community safe.

Thank you to the following donors:

DonorsIn-Kind Partners
407 ETR Concession Company LimitedAbbott Nutrition
Argo Development Corp.ATS Scientific Inc.
AXYZ Automation Inc.August 8 Restaurant
Ball CorporationBarre Fion & Gator Teds
Barker Hutchinson & Associates Ltd.Bass Paper & Packaging Ltd.
Brattys LLPBirch Tree Family Medicine
Burlington Bayhawks GU10Black Swan
Burlington FoundationBurger Priest
Burlington Lions ClubBurlington Pediatric Dentist 
Burlington Missionary Baptist ChurchBurrito Master
Burlington Rifle & Revolver ClubCafco Industries Inc.
Burlington Toyota Scion & Burlington NissanCanadian Tire (Appleby) 
Busy Bee ToolsCanadian Tire (Fairview)
CanadaHelpsCanadian Tire (Waterdown)
CC Global Solutions IncCeleros Flow Technology
CogecoCOBS Bread Bakery
Coolbreeze Service, LtdCoscto
Daniel Kollek MPCDell EMC
Dan’s Welding & Fabricating LimitedDental Health Group
Dell CanadaEngineering for Kids Halton
DenBok Landscaping & Design Ltd.Environment & Climate Change Canada
Earthworks Landscaping Inc.Free Hockey Canada
Eat the Frog FitnessGeotab
Family Connections CollectiveGoody’s Restaurant
FORMCOR IncGreat Canadian Supplies
Gluckstein LawyersHand & Stone (Burlington)
Gore MutualHangry Chicken
Gorman IndustriesHome Hardware (Appleby)
Goudy Real Estate CorpHome Hardware (Weeks of Waterdown)
GyptechIKEA (Burlington)
H.A.R.P. SecurityLee Valley Tools
Halton Teachers’ Bargaining Unit Executive, OSSTFLindt Chocolates
HVAC Depot & Metal Mfg., Inc.LochSide Bar & Lounge
IBEW Local Union 105Longo’s
ICI Controls IncLowes (Burlington)
Iles-Brush Family FoundationMabels Labels
Islip Flow ControlsMaple Mews Clinic
Jetvac IncMcDonalds (Plains Road)
JT Design & Co. Inc.Moxies Restaurant
KbhomesNiagara River Trading Company
Li Cheng Professional coporationNickel Brook Brewing Co.
LiUnaNuance Communication (Pepe & Lela’s)
Longo’s Family Charitable FoundationNutrition Excellence
M.A.M. Group Inc.Panasonic Canada
Media Capital GroupRocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Melrose Investments Inc.Rona (Burlington)
Mondelez Canada Inc.The Home Depot (Davidson Court)
Nicholson & Cates LimitedThe Home Depot (South Service Rd.)
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.The Workplace Present
Oak Incentives GroupTim Hortons
ONEWORLD BRANDSToys R Us
Penwood FurnitureTransportCorp Canada
Probus Club of Burlington-LakeshoreVoortmans Cookies
QB Sports Bar Grill GamesWalkers Chocolates
R. Ferri AutomotiveZesty’s Catering Service
RUSTY GARDEN SUPPLY INC. 
SaturnsDrives 
SB Partners LLP 
Skeates Contracting 
Superperformance 
Sussex Strategy Group 
Sutherland Devlopment Group 
TCL Economic Valuation Experts 
Telus Greater Toronto Area Community Board 
The Landmark Foundation 
The McKeil Family Foundation 
Turkstra Mazza Associates 
VR Pro 

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