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Dragon paddlers reach The Hill and nearing $20,000 for Gilda’s Club

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017

The Dragons Abreast Toronto team of dragon boat paddlers we told you about last month achieved their Canada Day 20th anniversary celebration goal of reaching Parliament Hill on Canada Day after a six-day paddle along 100 km of the Rideau Canal. In the process, the breast cancer survivors group, started by east TO resident Eleanor Nielsen, wanted to raise $10,000 for Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto, a charity that assists women battling cancer. At press time the group had way exceeded that, raising over $18,000 for Gilda’s. Their hope was to be on Parliament Hill during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s founding but that was thwarted by heavy security around the Hill. “We got to the base of Parliament Hill but security was so tight we couldn’t wait to go through the lines to get on...

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Kids orphaned after Courtney Sayliss loses cancer battle

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Two-and-a-half years ago [Issue 006, December 2014] we told you about the brave fight against cancer being waged by east TO resident Courtney Sayliss, who was struggling to have a good Christmas for her two boys. Sadly, her tale this spring took a tragic turn as the brothers, Joey, 7, and Jonny, 3, lost first their father, Joe Parum, to a massive and unexpected heart attack in May and then, on June 24, Courtney, perhaps devastated by the loss of her main life support, succumbed to her disease. The boys are being cared for by their maternal grandmother Sharron, who needs support to meet all the various expenses involved in taking on this responsibility. Community members have put together a GoFundMe page to assist, which at press time had raised just over half of its $50,000 goal. You can...

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Dragons Abreast dragon boat team to celebrate 20th anniversary with paddle to Ottawa for Canada Day

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017

A dragon boat team of 20 breast cancer survivors started by an east TO resident will celebrate its twentieth anniversary by paddling 100 km of the Rideau Canal to arrive in Ottawa on July 1.

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MGH formalizes partnership arrangement with Sunnybrook

Posted by on May 1, 2017

East York’s Michael Garron Hospital recently announced it had formalized its relationship with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on April 13 by signing a joint Strategic Alliance Agreement. The arrangement formalizes a working relationship that goes back some time and that most recently saw cardiology patients from MGH treated at Sunnybrook during a four-month renovation and upgrade of the MGH heart catheter laboratory, for example, as reported in Issue #027 in March. “By formalizing our strategic partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre we can easily share and implement best practices, build capacity and ensure that we maintain the high-quality of care that defines our hospital,” MGH President & CEO Sarah Downey said in a...

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EY seniors support worker wins Canada-wide company award

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017

A seniors’ support care worker with an East York company that helps seniors to continue living at home has won recognition as top Canadian employee of the firm. Verna Edwards, who provides a variety of in-home services for seniors through the local East York-based franchise Home Instead Senior Care, was chosen as “CAREgiver of the Year” for Canada last month, the company recently announced. The nine-year veteran of the local firm, located on Woodbine Ave., now becomes one of seven regional finalists for the “Mary Steibel CAREGiver of the Year” award, the network’s top caregiving honour, which will be presented at its annual international convention in Omaha, Nebraska from April 26-28, a company press release adds. The company’s owner, Colin Macdonald, said he was proud to see Edwards recognized for her “compassionate service and commitment to older adults,” to...

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Better info for cardiologists and less radiation for patients at newly reopened MGH ‘cath lab’

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017

With the reopening of the “cardiac catheter lab” at Michael Garron Hospital on Feb. 23 heart patients in East York and area will be able to get better service at less risk.

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