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E-news from St. Joe's Foundation | 2021 June Edition

Meet Our 2021 Run for Women Community Champion, Christine Yanke

A trauma-informed approach to care from St. Joe’s Womankind Addiction Service helped Christine on her journey to recovery

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Christine Yanke is a mom, a wife, an accomplished author, and Canada’s first certified YogaFit for Warriors instructor. She is also a former client of St. Joe’s Womankind Addiction Service and knows firsthand how using alcohol and drugs to cope with stress, grief, and trauma can spiral into a full-blown battle with substance abuse.

This summer, Christine is participating in the SHOPPERS LOVE YOU Run for Women to raise funds for women’s mental health programs at St. Joe’s. She credits the Hospital's Womankind program for helping to get her life back on track after struggling with addiction.

Christine shared her remarkable story of recovery with us, both in this website story and in this fantastic video. The Run for Women takes place between July 4th - 11th. Registration ends this Friday, June 25th at midnight, so don't delay! Sign up to run or walk in support of women's mental health programs at St. Joe's below. Use code RFWIMPACT for $5 off your registration fee!

St. Elizabeth Village Returns as the Lead Sponsor of the St. Joe’s Golf Tournament for Year Four

Golf for a Great Cause: The Annual St. Joe's Golf Tournament Presented by St. Elizabeth Village Raises Funds for the Renewal of Emergency Mental Health Services

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After a long winter and early spring spent in lockdown, a sunny day on the links in support of St. Joe's never sounded so good. St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation is proud to join forces once again with St. Elizabeth Village, a Zest Community, to present the 4th Annual St. Joe’s Golf Tournament. The tournament will take place on Thursday, September 9th at Glendale Golf & Country Club in Hamilton.

While we are emerging on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to take the utmost care to ensure the health and safety of our golfers. Attendees will be treated to on-course (socially distant) food stations, an online auction where bids can be submitted via your mobile phone, and a variety of well-loved contests such as longest drive, closest to the pin, and hole-in-one.

Book Your Foursome Today!

For those interested in a great day on the course, individual golfers can register until the day of the event for $300, while booking a foursome is $1,200. A host of sponsorship opportunities are also available. For all event inquiries, please contact Adam Tillich, Senior Officer, Special Events and Community Partnerships with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation at 905-870-5417 or via email at For more information click here.

Nominations Open for the 2021 Spirit of Hope Awards

Honour and celebrate those that have overcome mental health or addiction challenges or made impactful contributions to either field

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Meet Emerson Edwards, last year's Spirit of Hope Awards recipient in the youth category! Emerson was honoured with the award in 2020 for courageously sharing his lived experience with mental illness and advocating against bullying.

Listen to Emerson's inspiring story here, and if you know a youth, individual, or group who has overcome mental health or addiction challenges, or made impactful contributions to the mental health and addictions field, nominate them today for the 2021 Spirit of Hope Awards.

The deadline for nominations is August 31, 2021, at 12 noon, and award recipients will be announced during “A Mental Health Morning" on October 7. Nominate a youth, individual or group today!

Zain Explains the Race to Vaccinate Ontario and Tips on Curbing the Delta Variant

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Ontario's COVID-19 numbers continue to steadily decrease, with more people being vaccinated with at least one dose, and many others having received their second. While the Delta variant remains a variant of concern, there is still a sense of excitement about a slow return to normal.

Dr. Zain Chagla, Medical Director, Infection Control at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton recently joined a panel of experts on The Agenda with Steve Paikin to help answer the most pressing questions about Ontario's re-opening plans, and how the Delta variant's emergence may impact them. Watch the full video here.

Join Us for A Mid-September Mixer

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The St. Joe’s Foundation gala is coming to you virtually once again on Sept. 18, 2021. It’s a “Mid-September Mixer” featuring a chef-inspired, multi-course menu paired with cocktails and mocktails that have been artfully crafted by a certified mixologist, musical entertainment, and more! Join us from anywhere you can access the internet to virtually mix and mingle in support of the care our hospital is privileged to provide our community. For details and to secure tickets, click here.

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