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E-news from St. Joe's Foundation | 2020 Mid-December Edition

Stuff their Stockings with a Chance to Win Big



A Special Delivery for our Special Care Nursery


During the Equipment Auction at our Virtually Yours in Hope, Health and Gratitude Gala, generous guests donated more than $137,000 to enable the purchase of six new vital sign monitors for our Special Care Nursery. The nursery cares for more than 600 babies each year who are born premature or with health challenges that mean they need a little extra TLC before they go home.

Thanks to the generosity of the Paletta and Spallacci families, LiUNA Local 837 and 41 others, every one of the bassinettes in our special care nursery will soon have its very own dedicated vital sign monitor. These monitors will help our nurses and doctors to keep a close eye on the heart rates, oxygen levels and other vital signs of our tiniest patients. And that gives new parents greater peace of mind. We’re so grateful to all of our equipment auction donors for making this special delivery possible!

Thank You for your Support this Holiday Season!


Earlier this month, we sent out our Holiday mailer and invited our community to support St. Joe's with a donation made by mail or online at We're so grateful that so many of you have not only chosen to make a gift, but also to send in or post online words of encouragement to lift the spirits of the patients and staff who will be spending their holidays inside of our Hospital. This is a photo of just some of the holiday messages we've received and we're working on posting them for all to see! There's still time to make a gift and have your donation matched dollar for dollar by the Ever Hopeful Fund. All donations to our Holiday Appeal will have double the impact on the care St. Joe's is honoured to provide to our community--during COVID-19 and beyond.

Jackie Hames is Helping Youth Navigate the Mental Health System Thanks to a Gift from RBC

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In Ontario, when a young person turns 18 years of age, it’s time for them to transition out of the child/youth mental health system and into the adult system. While this may sound simple, for a teen, it means a lot of upcoming changes without a clear roadmap. It can be a daunting and confusing time, especially because there are often other major life changes happening around the same time in school, relationships, family dynamics, employment, and housing. There may also be increased social pressures, or experimenting with substance use, along with a growing desire for independence.

When one considers all of this, it becomes clear why youth may need someone to help guide them through this transition period. Enter Jackie Hames, a Transition Coach at St. Joseph’s Youth Wellness Centre in the downtown core. Jackie’s new role was made possible by a generous $300,000 donation from RBC. Learn why she’s grateful for this support and how she hopes to help Hamilton’s youth by reading the full story.

Five Reasons to Consider a Gift of Stock or Securities this Holiday Season


Donating to St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation by making a gift of appreciated stocks or securities is a great way to help our Hospital and it’s easier than you might think! Lydia Potocnik is Vice-President and Head of Philanthropic Advisory Services at BMO Wealth Management. She’s also a member of the Board of Directors at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. When we asked for her thoughts on making gifts of securities, she said, “Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference. A donation of securities is one of the most efficient ways to make a meaningful impact at St. Joe’s as it allows you to give more than you otherwise could using disposable cash income and helps you to avoid paying capital gains taxes.” Working with Lydia, we’ve put together five reasons why you may wish to consider a gift of stock this holiday season:

  1. You can make a significant charitable contribution without tapping into your disposable income
  2. Gifts of appreciated stock are exempt from any capital gains tax
  3. In addition to saving on capital gains, you’ll also receive a charitable donation receipt you can use with your 2020 income tax filing 
  4. You can choose to allocate your gift to a program or area at St. Joe’s that’s meaningful to YOU
  5. Gifting stock or securities is easy! Just complete the Letter of Direction to authorize the transfer
Click here for more information, or contact: Dana Visocchi Rice, Vice-President, Development  905-522-1155 ext. 35974

Expert Advice from St. Joe's: Christmas & COVID-19 in Hamilton


Recently Dr. Randi McCabe, director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic and Psychologist in Chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton was interviewed by Hamilton Community News regarding how people can make the best of the holidays amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Click here to read the full article which offers helpful tips and great perspective on why a quieter Christmas may be a welcome change for many.

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