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Environmental Services first department to raise funds for St. Michael’s 3.0

Toronto, April 1, 2014

By Kate Taylor, St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation

Luis Silva, a supervisor with Environmental Services, sells a Valentine’s candygram.
Luis Silva, a supervisor with Environmental Services, sells a Valentine’s candygram. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

The 285 people who work in Environmental Services make up the first department to contribute to St. Michael’s 3.0, with a pledge of $25,000 over five years to go toward the redevelopment project.

Through a combination of bake sales, penny drives, Valentine’s Day candygram sales and weekend soccer tournaments, the department has achieved its initial goal of $5,000 in the first year. In 2014 they’re considering spaghetti lunches, pancake sales or soup potlucks.

The idea to contribute to the campaign came directly from the staff:

“We wanted to do something to give back to our workplace, and the whole Environmental Services team just rallied behind a pledge we could all work towards,” said Mary Wheeler, a unit service worker. “We’re doing it for the benefit of the patients who walk into this hospital every day. Who knows, maybe one of our loved ones will need to be in the new tower someday.”

Tony Nguyen, director of Environmental Services, said he challenges any other departments to match or surpass his team.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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