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

Champions Start Small: A Gift from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation Helps Our Tiniest Patients

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St. Joe’s is home to the busiest maternity ward in Hamilton and every year our Special Care Nursery helps about 600 sick or premature babies to receive the care and support they need to go home safely. These bundles of joy need a lot of specialized equipment to help them learn to feed and breathe on their own.

Equipment is an essential item at our Hospital that is not funded by the operating dollars we receive from the province. But recently we received a new grant of $11,500 from the Sandra Schmirler Foundation to help purchase a new bassinet and two feeding pumps for our Special Care Nursery. Sandra, a gold medal winning Olympian, believed that Champions Start Small, and this donation will help us take care of our tiniest patients. Read more here.

A Notice to our Donors and Friends


Security Incident at Third-Party Provider

Recently, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation was informed by Blackbaud, Inc. (“Blackbaud”), a third-party service provider, that they had discovered and stopped a ransomware attack on their systems. In an abundance of caution and with deep respect for the trust that our donors have placed in us, we are sharing this information with you and have posted a notice about it on our website. Please click here to learn more and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Access to Mental Health Care Matters

That’s why Hamilton Community Foundation has granted and facilitated $100,000 in funding to help ensure our community and our frontline workers have access to the mental health care they need


Mental health and addiction-related concerns are predicted to be the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic as our community grapples with feelings of stress, anxiety, isolation and depression from the economic, social and emotional impact of the virus. Here at St. Joe’s, we’re busily preparing for this forecasted increase in demand for mental health services and $100,000 in grant funding is helping to ensure we’ll be ready. 

A $50,000 grant from Hamilton Community Foundation’s Pandemic Response Fund is supporting six months of operations of a new mobile mental health unit. Registered nurses from the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service team at St. Joe’s have rented an accessible bus that travels across the Hamilton region providing essential bloodwork and medical injections to hundreds of outpatients who were temporarily unable to come to the Hospital for care due to measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. Read more about how this grant is ensuring people living with schizophrenia have access to the care they need—now and beyond the pandemic—by clicking here.

A long-time leader in mental health care, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton was one of only five Hospitals in Ontario selected to provide virtual mental health care to the healthcare workers who have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic since the very beginning. A second grant of $50,000 from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Hamilton Community Foundation is helping the Hospital recruit a dedicated intake worker who will work evenings and weekends to be accessible during off-peak times when doctors, nurses, long-term care staff and personal support workers are more likely to have time to seek the mental health care and support they need. Read more about this grant to support the mental wellbeing of Hamilton’s heroes of healthcare by clicking here.

Erin Dunham: Entrepreneur, Restauranteur, and the Community Champion for the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women


We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women Community Champion, Erin Dunham!  

Erin is the CEO and co-owner of Hamilton-based hospitality group The Other Bird, the parent company behind a family of unique dining and hospitality destinations including: Odds, The Mule, Burro, Hunter & Co., Rapscallion Comfort Kitchen, and The Arlington Hotel.

Erin's high profile in the Hamilton community, as well as her experience as a client of the Mood Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton made her the perfect Community Champion for this event. We are so proud to have Erin as our 2020 Community Champion, and are honoured to share her story with you. Click here to watch.

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As we all continue to navigate this new normal, and as a healthcare charity committed to caring for the wellbeing of our community, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation had to rethink our fall season of signature fundraising events. But we don’t want to cancel them entirely, so we’ve decided to take our three fall events online! Read more about each one below.



Gala | Saturday, September 19th, 2020 - The event which has historically capped off our Fall event season will be the event to kick it all off in 2020! Our events team has been working tirelessly to bring all the glamour you’ve come to expect from the St. Joe's Gala, *delivered to your doorstep*. By leveraging streaming technology and curating an artfully-created, personally delivered Gala Celebration Box, we’re ensuring guests of our Virtually Yours gala get to enjoy all of the fine food, wine, auctions and entertainment from the comfort and safety of their own home. Learn more here. (*Some restrictions will apply)


Run for Women | Sunday, September 27th, 2020 - Being physically distant will not prevent our community from supporting women's mental health programs at St. Joe's through the Shoppers LOVE. YOU. Run for Women! Join us for Run for Women Day in Canada, a live stream event on September 27, and complete your 5k or 10k walk or run at your convenience anytime between September 17 and 27. For more information, FAQ's or to register, visit here.


A Mental Health Morning | Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 -  Our annual breakfast in support of the Mental Health & Addictions Program at St. Joe’s goes virtual! Tune in as former Barenaked Ladies lead-singer, Steven Page, shares his own struggles with mental illness. Through funny and moving anecdotes, Page will share how his creative processes supported his recovery. Learn more about Mental Health Morning or nominate someone for a Spirit of Hope award here.

Thank You for your Support #HAMONT


We’re making progress in the fight against COVID-19—thanks to the support we have received from YOU, #HamOnt. From generous donations to hand-written notes, and deliveries of coffee, donuts, masks and more—your generosity knows no bounds. So today, we just wanted to say THANK YOU with this summary of all the ways you’re helping us to care for our community at a time when it’s never been more important. Read the full impact report

Shop for Art & Support St. Joe's!


Shop for art from the comfort and safety of your own home. Six exclusive prints are available and a portion of funds raised will support the most urgent needs at our Hospital arising from our role on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. For further details, please visit here.

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