One has to admit, waking up to freshly fallen snow is magical. And perhaps even more so if you don’t have to contend with a commute, which is the reality for many of us. I am grateful that I have something different to look at in my garden (below) from my kitchen “desk”, as the Foundation staff have returned to remote working to reduce the community footprint in the Hospital.
Winter has come early with several snowfalls in the city these last few weeks. I am also just getting use to the shorter amount of daylight, which is a sign that the holiday season will soon be here, albeit a different sort of holiday for all of us.
I am so pleased to share with you a good news story. Today, the new Steinberg Family Paediatric Centre, gracing the 4thfloor of our hospital at the corner of Leslie and Sheppard, opened to patients, families and staff. The finishing touches were put on the Centre over the weekend and patients were transported this morning from the 3rd floor, up to the amazing new purpose-built space.
In my childhood family home, where my siblings and their families normally gather for weekends such as the one approaching, things won’t be the usual. During Thanksgiving, years ago, someone in my family (p.s. it was me) started the tradition of going around the table and asking each of us to share what they were thankful for.
Like many of you who have loved ones in other cities, provinces or countries, I am consumed with news of COVID-19 second waves not only in Canada but in the UK, where my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter reside.
Dear Friends, With our thoughts turned to the end of summer, many of us are facing issues associated with resuming education, re-entering our places of work, managing the impact on family members as our “bubbles” open up and the looming likelihood of a second wave of COVID-19.
Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe that it is already mid-July, which I have marked with a two-week (happy) quarantine, as my 17-month-old granddaughter arrived from the U.K. with her parents.
Dear Friends, It has been 96 days since the Foundation staff decamped from the heart of North York General to reduce the community footprint within the hospital.
Dear Friends, My team and I remain working remotely and like many of you, it is still unclear when we will be able to return to our office on a regular basis.
Dear Friends, This week may not be well known outside the hospital world, but it is Nursing Week, celebrated in close proximity to Florence Nightingale’s birth, some 200 years ago.
North York General Foundation
4001 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON