Alinea Group Holdings Inc. joins the More Than Just A Business Campaign as lead donor

Alinea Group Holdings Inc. (formerly the Paletta Group of Companies) has joined the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation’s More Than Just a Business campaign as the lead donor as we look to raise $100,000 in 100 days.

Alinea will match all corporate donations made up to $100,000 in total and is challenging businesses across Burlington to be more than just a business.

“With a new name and under new leadership, inspired by the example of our parents, my brother Michael and I are delighted to help the Joseph Brant Hospital improve the health and wellbeing of Burlington’s residents,” said Paul Paletta, President, Alinea  Group Holdings Inc. “Our new corporate identity is based on a commitment to create and serve our community. This donation is a powerful demonstration of that commitment and we urge other companies to join us in contributing to a healthier tomorrow.”

Taking place during Join the J month, the campaign is inviting corporate Burlington to show their customers, employees and friends they are doing more for our community and recognizing those corporate partners who have Joined the J.

“We are grateful to Alinea for their support of local healthcare and their matching challenge to corporate Burlington,” said Anissa Hilborn, President of the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. “This gift is a wonderful demonstration of leadership from our corporate community and we invite businesses across Burlington to join us and show they are more than just a business so we can continue to be there for our community in the moments that matter.“

For more information and to get involved with the More Than Just a Business Campaign, please visit jbhfoundation.ca/corporate-giving.

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Burlington Soccer Club names Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation Official Charitable Partner for League 1 Bayhawks Teams

The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is honoured to announce an official charitable partnership with the Burlington Soccer Club (BSC) and the Bayhawks League 1 team.

The BSC is committed to supporting the community with the ultimate goal of ensuring we are developing well-rounded young people who understand the importance of giving back to the community.

“As the Club continues to celebrate its 60th Anniversary year, we are ecstatic to announce a new partnership with the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation,” said Amal Chauhan, Executive Director, BSC. “We want to encourage the community to work together and support each other through this venture, with a specific focus on youth and adolescent mental health initiatives and the great work the Hospital is doing in this space.”

This BSC Strategic Plan places an emphasis on Community engagement, and the club strives to support the Burlington community through recreational and competitive sports

The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation inspires investment in Joseph Brant Hospital ensuring exceptional healthcare for our community.

The partnership features the JBH Foundation logo on our Men and Women League 1 Ontario jerseys, and includes a Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation promotional day on June 12 in support of Youth & Adolescent Mental Health Initiatives at JBH.

For more information on Burlington Soccer Club League 1 teams, please visit https://burlingtonsoccer.com/bayhawks/league-1/

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Request a We Love Our Hospital Lawn Sign

Once again this spring, you can show your support for Joseph Brant Hospital and the incredibly dedicated healthcare workers how much you support them with a We Love Our Hospital lawn sign.

Simply request your sign below and you will receive contactless delivery within 5 business days.

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    We’re coming door-to-door asking for your support

    Joseph Brant Hospital is there for you and your family in the moments that matter most.

    In order to provide the quality care that our community needs, we rely on your support to continue delivering exceptional health care, close to home. And we’re coming to neighbourhoods across Burlington this spring and summer to invite you to join our Community of Care with a monthly donation. When you sign up to be a monthly donor, you are selflessly contributing to our hospital’s mission of compassionate care and exemplary service, every time.

    We execute these door-to-door campaigns through our partners, Globalfaces, and are excited to meet you and discuss the benefits of becoming a monthly supporter of our hospital.

    We will be canvassing from May to July, and you will be able to identify our official fundraising representatives with their Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation apparel and lanyard with an identification badge.

    Please note, that GlobalFaces fundraisers will never ask for cash, cheque, or your credit information at the door. If you receive a follow-up call from GlobalFaces’ contact centre, the call will come from one of the following numbers: 1- 833-478-0402 or 1-833-467-0237. These numbers also appear on the canvassers’ ID badges.

    COVID Safety – Our Top Priority

    It goes without saying that health is our top priority. We are committed to following strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the health and safety of you and your loved ones including:

    • Using a doorbell ringer to limit physical contact with high-touch surfaces at your home
    • Not sharing materials or documents for a touchless experience
    • Wearing a face mask to protect both you and the fundraiser
    • Maintaining distance between you and the fundraiser

    For more information on our COVID-19 safety protocols, please visit the Globalfaces protocol page here or if you have any questions about the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation, please contact Kara Chatfield, Annual Giving Officer at 905-632-3737 ext. 5805 or kchatfield@josephbranthospital.ca.

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    JBHF Named Reader’s Choice Award Winner

    For the second consecutive year, the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation won a Burlington Post Reader’s Choice Award in the non-profit/Foundation sector, taking home Gold. A special thank you goes to the members of the community that voted us!

    Congrats to the winners in our category, and all the winners. For a complete list, please visit https://www.insidehalton.com/readerschoice-burlington.

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    JBHF Celebrates International Women’s Day

    On March 8th, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation celebrated International Women’s Day with our 4th annual Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Virtual Panel Discussion.  The insightful discussion showcased the power of women’s voices through their actions as leaders and philanthropists in our community.

    To watch the discussion visit the link here.

    Featured Speakers included: 
    Opening Remarks: Anna Iacobelli, Senior Vice-President, Metro West Region of TD Bank Group
    Words of Welcome: Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor, City of Burlington
    Moderator: Anissa Hilborn, President, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation

    Panelists

    • Barbara Elliot, Professional Sales and Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson
    • Claire Gillies, EVP & President, Consumer, Bell
    • Lisa Marcuzzi, Vice President General Counsel, Chief Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, ArcelorMittal Dofasco
    • Karen Roche, Fire Chief, City of Burlington Fire Department

    Closing Remarks: Dr. Ian Preyra, Chief of Staff, Joseph Brant Hospital

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    Celebrating Black History Month: Ancilla Ho-Young

    Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.

    The 2022 theme for Black History Month is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.

    The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is proud to celebrate and recognize Ancilla Ho-Young and her contributions to Joseph Brant Hospital and the Burlington community.

    Ancilla worked at JBH for over 45 years, including her last 10 years as Charge Nurse for Nina’s Place.

     “It was the best job I ever had,” she said. It was difficult but it was satisfying.”

    Since her retirement in 2016, Ancilla has remained active in the community as the president of the Burlington Caribbean Connection.

    She feels that Black History Month is a start, but wishes the accomplishments of black Canadians and people of colour were a deeper part of Canadian history.

    “I feel it is important that people know that Canada has had many black and people of colour who have made incredible contributions,” she said. “The history is important – diversity, equity and inclusion is important.”

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    Celebrating Black History Month: Michael Lee-Chin

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    The 2022 theme for Black History Month is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.

    The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is proud to celebrate and recognize Michael Lee-Chin, and his contribution to our community and our Hospital in particular.

    Michael Lee-Chin is a Jamaican-Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and the Chairman and CEO of Portland Holdings.

    Michael believes in “doing well and doing good” and that “those who can, should.”

    In recognition of his philanthropic efforts including his $11M in support of Joseph Brant Hospital, Michael was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2017.

    Michael’s extraordinary investments in healthcare, and our community will benefit us for generations to come.

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    Recognizing TD Bank Group’s commitment to youth mental health

    As we continue to live with the impacts of a global pandemic, we are still facing disruptions in our daily lives. We are searching for a new normal, and while we have all been affected, nobody has felt this more than the children.

    Studies have shown that in the last year, more than 50% of children and adolescents have reported clinically significant depressive symptoms.

    Children and adolescents have often been overlooked and underserved when it comes to the treatment of mental illness and the pandemic has greatly increased an already urgent need for early intervention and continuity of care throughout a child and adolescent’s care.

    However, thanks to the generous support of donors like TD Bank Group, our Child and Adolescent Psychiatric (CAP) program has been there to provide youth, like Lindsay, with the right care at the right time.

    Lindsay was struggling with asking for help.

    “I come from a family that was always competitive, and wanting to be the best at whatever I did,” she said. “It always felt like there was no time to not be okay.”

    When Lindsay was in her first year at Western University, she started to experience anxiety. She was living away from home for the first time and ended up leaving after her second year, feeling very alone and embarrassed to reach out.

    “I thought I could push through whatever I was feeling,” she said.

    Two years later, she felt like she was to the point that there was no passion or drive left. After a breakup with her boyfriend, and her first year not competing in competitive cheer after 18 years, it became too much to deal with.

    “From then it was a continuous battle of many fights with my mom and built up anger with my whole life to be breaking down,” she said. “The day I called my doctor and balled my eyes out was the first time I felt relief. She explained I was not alone in all the feelings I had.”

    After undergoing treatment, Lindsay is the happiest she has ever been.

    “I am so grateful for the hard times looking back because it only made me stronger and have a way more positive outlook on life and am a big mental health advocate,” she said. “I still deal with anxiety today, but now I know how to deal with it and how to better myself instead of going down a dark hole again.”

    Through the TD Ready Commitment, the Bank’s corporate citizenship platform, TD is committed to supporting innovative solutions like the CAP Program that are working to improve adolescent health and helping create more equitable outcomes for all.

    Over the past eight years, the CAP Program has seen a 400% increase in referrals, while providing a significant reduction in wait times. Prior to the pandemic, the CAP Program achieved zero wait time for appointments with a child and adolescent psychiatrist, nurse and social worker, down from 52 days in 2013.

    The impact on children and adolescents has been particularly hard during the pandemic and, as a result, the CAP Program referrals have increased exponentially over the past 18 months. Loss of control, feelings of uncertainty, and changes to routine are contributing to symptoms of anxiety, low mood, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, and parent-child relational problems.

    The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation is incredibly grateful to TD for their generosity in supporting leading practice healthcare in our community.

    With their outstanding support, Joseph Brant Hospital will continue to deliver on our vision to provide compassionate care and exemplary service, every time for the youth and families in our community.

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    Thank you Mrs. Teresa Longo

    The ongoing pandemic meant Mrs. Longo was unable to visit patients during her traditional holiday visit. However, she did bring gifts for patients and a donation from the Longo Family Foundation in support of urgent needs at Joseph Brant Hospital.

    The Longo family has been making annual holiday visits to Joseph Brant Hospital for decades, and it brings joy to patients and staff alike.

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