Family as Faculty Program

An Energized Community of Supporters Raises the Bar for Care

Pam and her husband Rick

When Pam and her husband Rick walk through the front doors of Holland Bloorview they feel newly energized.

“It just lifts my spirit, every single time,” said Pam. “We’ve had the pleasure to witness first-hand how Holland Bloorview has nurtured our granddaughter, Penelope, helping her grow into the thriving five-year-old she is today.”

Penelope’s grandparents have been by her side for all her physiotherapy and speech therapy sessions, and Pam says they are always made to feel very welcome, like part of the team.

“This is Penelope’s second year with the Bloorview School and it’s incredible to have all the services she needs in one spot,” says Pam. “When she’s there, Penelope doesn’t feel like a girl with disabilities – she feels accepted and can just enjoy being a kid. There is nothing she can’t do.”

Pam and Rick decided to become monthly donors to Holland Bloorview as a way to show their thanks to the staff and volunteers who have made such a difference in their granddaughter’s life and the lives of so many other children at the hospital. In so doing, they joined our broader community of supporters who make it possible for us to provide high levels of pediatric rehabilitation care and perform much-needed research on key areas of impact.

Donors and volunteers play integral roles in the overall model of care at Holland Bloorview. Our community includes an incredible 1,300 volunteers, including more than 150 who serve as Family Leaders, who partner with our clinicians to co-design the services that ensure children and families are best supported beyond clinical care. Together, this community of individuals contributes time, energy and insight, help to end stigma and improve the lives of children with disabilities.

“Our monthly gifts help with long-term planning, and that predictability gives staff a bit more freedom to use their imagination, and expand even further on their inspiring ideas,” Pam says.

 

 

“At Holland Bloorview, Penelope doesn’t feel like a girl with disabilities – she feels accepted and can just enjoy being a kid. There is nothing she can’t do.”

“At Holland Bloorview, Penelope doesn’t feel like a girl with disabilities – she feels accepted and can just enjoy being a kid. There is nothing she can’t do.”

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