Message from the President – September 10, 2021
It can’t be that fall is almost here but the warm days are already ceding to cooler evenings. On the upside, no more swatting flying insects and finding bugs in your beverages. I am past the stage of children starting school but thinking about those of you who are in the midst of managing and wish you only the best for the year ahead.
A staff member from our Genetics Lab dropped in the Foundation Office last week and was asking if we had “any more of those polka dot masks” from 2020. As you may recall, these were a big hit, launching our Mask Up campaign and raising funds for North York General. She told me that it is the only mask her son will wear and he would love another for the start of school. We managed to find one and we happily gave it to her and I think it made both our days. I share this because a year ago, I couldn’t imagine that we would still need masks as part of the school routine or going to the shops or a restaurant. But here we are, masks still in place, making steady progress on vaccine rates and really hoping this 4th wave doesn’t knock us all back.
What is next with COVID-19 is a question I get asked because I work for a hospital. I am no more informed than you, which is why I really value forums like House Calls – a virtual conversation with our community. I am not going to fib, I am ZOOMED OUT but there still remain many questions about what the future will hold for school, travel, the Delta variant surges, boosters, hospitalizations, whether COVID is here to stay, the mental health crisis and protecting all vulnerable populations, to name a few.
That’s why I urge you to jump on your computer on September 14 from 7-8 pm for an engaging conversation with three of our exceptional physicians, moderated by Megan Ogilvie, health reporter at the Toronto Star. You can be part of the discussion by asking questions in advance or live during the event.