COVID-19 Updates: Message from the President – October 8, 2020
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. For context, this ranges from 16-22 family members depending on the holiday and yes, there is the occasional “not this again” but once the recitals commence, it is lovely.
While we won’t have as many people around the table or enjoy the company of visiting family and friends, we have much for which to be thankful. Even if you don’t observe Thanksgiving, we are all thankful for someone or something in our lives. Perhaps we can reflect and give thanks to our North York General Strong ❤️ healthcare team who will be here to care for us all weekend long. Whether on the front line or behind the scenes, every day they are adapting to offer the best care and the best care environments through these moments of universal uncertainty. We also give thanks to all of you, the other half of our North York General Strong ❤️community who unfailingly support our hospital. And for my part, I am thankful that I have the privilege of being able to work for this community through my role at the foundation and don’t tell my siblings, but I am thankful (just this once) to only have to make Thanksgiving for four, not 16. They won’t get out of going around the table though as I have an insisted on a virtual “what are you thankful for”!
This weekend brings some incredible weather and many of us will be getting our legs out for Rally 2020 where the community and our hospital family will walk or run 1k, 5k or 10k to raise awareness and funds for this hospital which means so much to all of us, especially as we tackle the second wave of COVID-19. I brazenly stated I would do all three distances at the same time so I am thinking I will do this before I eat on Sunday! It is not too late to participate as you have all weekend to do your own Rally.