Author: Stephanie Conley

Como Foundation Donates $5M to Trillium Health Partners Foundation

Mississauga, On (September 28, 2020) – When the pandemic hit, Max Cucchiella and his wife, Sarah Veinot, along with their family, gathered around the kitchen table in their Port Credit home to help their community. They started making non-medical masks with a clear vinyl insert in the centre, so that those who are deaf or hard of hearing and rely on lip-reading could rejoin the conversation during COVID-19. The lip-reading lens mask, called My Access Mask, is continually evolving with a commitment to quality, innovation and design. Demand took off and the family launched the Como Foundation, which today is announcing a $5 million gift to Trillium Health Partners Foundation with proceeds from mask sales. The generous donation will be used to support the redevelopment and expansion of Mississauga Hospital.

The gift is the result of local innovation, benefitting not just those who are deaf or hard of hearing and Trillium Health Partners (THP), but also McRae Imaging, a local medium-sized business hurt by lost revenue as a result of COVID-19. McRae is now producing these novel masks at a commercial volume in Ontario and is listed on the province’s Workplace PPE Supplier Directory.

“I want to thank Max, Sarah, and the Como Foundation for their incredible generosity and leadership,” said the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. “It’s selfless actions like today’s donation that show the true Ontario spirit and help bring people together in support of the community and our frontline heroes at Trillium Health Partners.”

THP is the largest community academic hospital in Canada, with over 1.75 million patient visits last year, including some of the highest numbers for births, emergency visits and surgeries. Over the next 20 years, THP will experience more demand for care than any other hospital in the province, as the area population rises and the number of seniors triples in the next 10 years.

“Hospitals play a key role in keeping our community healthy in ordinary times, but during a pandemic it takes a whole community. Gifts like this one help us fight COVID-19, while also building for our future,” said Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO of THP. “Our deepest thanks to Max and Sarah, as well as their family and the Como Foundation for their generous gift.”

Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of the THP Foundation, remarked, “We are thrilled and grateful to receive this gift from the Como Foundation to support our Mississauga Hospital. I hope other community members are inspired by their example of innovation, entrepreneurship and generosity.”

While THP cared for one of the highest volumes of COVID-19 patients in the province, staff had to work harder because of the age of Mississauga Hospital, which opened in 1958. A new kind of health care requires new infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology within a more complete, efficient and inclusive system. To help achieve that vision, the larger, modern Mississauga Hospital will boast significantly more capacity to care for patients while reflecting the best of today’s standards. The hospital’s expanded emergency, surgical and ICU capacity will ensure THP can continue to provide high quality, accessible and sustainable care in the face of rising demand.

“As the mother of a child with special needs, I understand the benefit of these masks, and I’m truly delighted that they also allow us to give back to THP, where I have received life-saving care,” said Sarah Veinot. Her husband, Max, added, “It really just started at our kitchen table, where I kept trying to improve a mask for those with hearing and communications challenges. We all get the importance of excellent local hospitals, especially now, and I’m so proud to be able to give back during a time of heightened need.”

To order masks, please visit: www.thecomofoundation.ca

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About Trillium Health Partners

Trillium Health Partners is the largest community-based hospital system in Canada. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. Trillium Health Partners is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. For more information, visit THP.ca.

 

About Trillium Health Partners Foundation

Trillium Health Partners Foundation is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest-priority needs of Trillium Health Partners. For more information, visit trilliumgiving.ca.

 

About the Como Foundation

The Como Foundation designs and manufactures lip-reading masks for the deaf and hard of hearing community. For more information, visit www.thecomofoundation.ca

 

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Keeley Rogers
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Trillium Health Partners
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Muslim Community makes historic gift to Trillium Health Partners

Mississauga, On (August 19, 2020) – In a record-breaking pledge, the Muslim community has announced $5 million to support the future redevelopment and expansion of Mississauga Hospital, one of three sites that together comprise Trillium Health Partners (THP), as part of THP’s broader redevelopment plan. Individuals, corporations, mosques and community associations from the Muslim community have a long history of giving back to THP and other health care institutions across the country. Today’s announcement marks the largest gift to a hospital by the Muslim community in Canadian history.

Philanthropic support will be an essential component of financing THP’s future redevelopment project. This gift, led and organized by THP Foundation board member Abdul Qayyum Mufti and his closest friends and business associates, Nadeem Chaudhry and Atta Qureshi, shows the Muslim community’s commitment to its faith and the long-term health of the city and the region.

“I want to thank Abdul Qayyum Mufti and the Muslim community for showing the true Ontario spirit in making this generous contribution to support our frontline heroes at Trillium Health Partners,” said the Honourable Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario. “Our strength as a province and as a people comes from our diversity and shared values, and it’s needed now more than ever. By having each other’s backs, we can get through these extraordinary times.”

“I want to thank Mississauga’s Muslim community for once again stepping up to show how much they care about our city. Their generosity never wavers, and this is yet another example of the true spirit of Mississauga. This historic pledge will help THP get one step closer to building a new and modern hospital that will care for our growing, diverse and ageing population,” remarked Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

THP is the largest community-based acute care facility in Canada, with over 1.75 million patient visits last year, including some of the top numbers for births, surgeries and emergency visits. Over the next 20 years, THP will experience more demand for care than any other hospital in the province, as the area population continues to grow, with the number of seniors set to triple in just over 10 years.

“A redeveloped and expanded Mississauga Hospital is key to our ability to create a new kind of health care for a healthier community, ensuring we can continue to offer care with innovation, compassion and excellence. To our friends in the Muslim community, we extend a huge thank you for this most generous gift,” said Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO of THP.

Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of the THP Foundation, commented, “This momentous gift reflects the power of philanthropy in the most diverse city and region in Ontario. Thank you so much to the Muslim community for leading the way with this landmark gift to the new Mississauga Hospital.”

THP cared for one of the highest volumes of COVID-19 patients in the province, but had to overcome the limits of its Mississauga Hospital site, which opened in 1958 before today’s more rigorous hospital building codes. A new kind of health care requires bold new infrastructure and state-of-the-art technology within a more complete, efficient and inclusive system. To help achieve that vision, the larger, modern Mississauga Hospital will boast significantly more capacity to care for patients while reflecting the best of today’s standards. The hospital’s expanded emergency, surgical and ICU capacity will ensure THP can continue to provide high quality, accessible and sustainable care in the face of rising demand.

“How we look after those in need of health care is a measure of our commitment to each other. The Muslim community is proud to make this gift to the people of Mississauga and Peel, and we encourage all members of the community, across Canada and beyond, to contribute to this extraordinary project,” said Abdul Qayyum Mufti. “Charity is at the heart of our faith. One of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says You are not a believer if you sleep with your stomach filled while your neighbour goes hungry. We are thrilled that the Muslim community will be recognized by the hospital for this gift inspired by the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”

To make a donation towards this historic project, visit: trilliumgiving.ca/mc.

 

About Trillium Health Partners

Trillium Health Partners is one of the largest community-based hospital systems in Canada. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. Trillium Health Partners is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto and is an associate member of the Toronto Academic Health Science Network.

 

About Trillium Health Partners Foundation

Trillium Health Partners Foundation is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest-priority needs of Trillium Health Partners, one of the largest community-based acute care facilities in Canada.

 

Follow us:
Twitter @THP_foundation, @THP_hospital
Facebook/Instagram @trilliumhealthpartners

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Keeley Rogers
Senior Communications Advisor
Trillium Health Partners
alineh.haidery@thp.ca
Cell: 416.303.8159