Jim Suske and Bev Livingston

When Jim Suske’s company was purchased by Royal Bank, Jim and his wife Bev Livingston could have moved anywhere in Southwestern Ontario for his new role with RBC.

The couple had been living in Calgary, and were looking for a new community to call home, and had a few wish list items including proximity to the lake, easy access to Toronto, and a walkable city.

In the end, they chose Burlington and are glad they did.

“We love Burlington because it feels like a small town community, with top quality restaurants, and everything we need is within walking distance,” said Jim.

Being new to the area, the couple reached out to the Hospital Foundation for a tour of the Hospital. They were long-time supporters of the Hospital in Bev’s hometown of Barrie, and understand the role that Hospitals play in a community.

“I had a tour of the Hospital in Calgary, and thought it was a good way to get to know our new community,” said Bev. “We are all going to need the Hospital at some point in our lives, so we should support the Hospital in the community we live in.”

For Bev, that time came sooner than she was hoping as she broke her foot playing badminton. She was extremely grateful for the care she received both in the emergency department, and ongoing with the fracture clinic and is pleased to able to be walking more again.

In addition making a donation to the Foundation, Jim volunteers on the executive committee for the CAAAR! 3 on 3 Road Hockey Tournament.

“The number one reason I got involved was that I`ve always been interested in philanthropy,” said Jim. “And I have a connection to hockey, as I played when I was younger and so did my son.”

In the end, Jim and Bev believe that supporting the Hospital is an investment in their own future.

“We all need the Hospital,” said Bev. “The Hospital is going to be there for all of us.”

Alf Petersen

As a former paramedic, Alf Peterson knew something was wrong in January 2014. He was suffering with what he called an “annoying dry cough” that wasn’t getting any better. In fact, his breathing was become more laboured, despite the absence of any pain. Growing concerned, he unlocked his front door, dialled 9-1-1 and proceeded to pass out.

As a former paramedic, Alf Peterson knew something was wrong in January 2014. He was suffering with what he called an “annoying dry cough” that wasn’t getting any better. In fact, his breathing was become more laboured, despite the absence of any pain. Growing concerned, he unlocked his front door, dialled 9-1-1 and proceeded to pass out.

His memories of what happened next are hazy and include the EMT’s attending to him in his home, transporting him to the ambulance, and the familiar sound of the siren en route to Joseph Brant Hospital, a sound he’d heard many times during his career.

When he woke up in the Intensive Care Unit at JBH, he was informed that he had suffered a heart attack.

Mr Petersen has returned to JBH regularly in the years since for regular checkups, and has received “super” treatment each and every visit from the staff, who he says are “just like family now.”

As a Burlington resident, he sees the tremendous growth taking place and understands the importance of having quality healthcare close to home. He’s seen it first hand.

Mr Petersen has joined our Dedicated Donors Club with a monthly donor to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. Monthly donations provide reliable, timely funding for critical needs and supports healthcare close to home.

Monthly gifts join together to have a tremendous impact for patients and the dedicated medical professionals committed to providing compassionate care at Joseph Brant Hospital.

Adam and Christine Doering

Like many families, Adam and Christine Doering have had their share of experiences at their local community Hospital. Both of the Doering’s daughters, Madison, 9 and Charlotte, 2 were born at Joseph Brant Hospital, and Adam’s brother, Mark, was treated at JBH when he was first diagnosed with brain cancer.

The Doering family supports the Maternal and Child Unit, having seen first-hand the quality care provided to parents and their newborns at one of the happiest and often overwhelming times in their lives.

“All of our families have in one way or another gone to Joseph Brant Hospital for care,” said Adam. “We need to make sure the Hospital has all the resources to give the community the best care possible.”

As lifelong Burlington residents, Adam & Christine believe that the incredible level of support for the Hospital is one of the things that make this community such a special place to live.

“We have been inspired by a number of people we know who have made wonderful contributions to the community. Excellent healthcare is very important to any community, and to us, supporting the Hospital is supporting Burlington.”

For Adam and Christine and their family, their support will have long lasting benefits.

“The investments we make in Joseph Brant Hospital today will ensure better care for us, and for our loved ones for years to come,” said Adam.