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Stories of the Season

Read the many stories of the Season to learn about the difference your donation has made in the lives of people across St. Joseph's Health Care London.

Meet Bob Armstrong A little red fire engine. That was the most memorable Christmas gift Bob received as a child. Do you remember yours?When he was just 8-years-old Bob stayed home to keep his dad company when the rest of the family went to the Christmas bazaar at church. His father was recovering from an injury and...
A talented painter Let me tell you a little more about Bob and his painting life…It was 1948 when Bob had a serious accident on the job as an electrician. Just 22 years old and a veteran of the Second World War, Bob needed something to keep him busy during six weeks of recovery time.So he pulled out the oil paint kit...
Brighten Barb’s life this Christmas There’s no place like home for the holidays, but for many this Christmas home is in the hospital.In 1993, Barb Peters left everything – home, friends and family – and was admitted to hospital at age 24 to be treated for bipolar disorder, something she had been struggling with since adolescence but...
Brighten Scott’s Life This Christmas There’s no place like home for the holidays, but for many this Christmas the hospital is a second home.Scott Allison, a music and math teacher at Lester B. Pearson School for Performing Arts, is one of the many people who receives ongoing care from St. Joseph’s – during the holidays and all year...
Brighten Albert’s Life This Christmas There’s no place like home for the holidays, but for many this Christmas home is in the hospital.Albert, a 91-year-old veteran of World War II, is one of the many people cared for by St. Joseph’s during the holiday season. For the past four years Albert has been a resident of the Veterans Care...
It's the little things that make the biggest difference Imagine coming to St. Joseph’s for a breast MRI on a cold winter morning. You’re sitting in a private room, in a hospital gown, waiting to be called back for your scan. You aren’t sure what awaits you. Your journey of care is just beginning. And then a nurse walks in the room and hands you a...
Angels of the giving season You too can help brighten a life this Christmas. Please give a gift in support of those in hospital over the holiday season.For over 50 years the volunteers of the Parkwood Hospital Auxiliary have been supporting the lives of those who come to Parkwood Institute for care. For this caring and...
Honouring their service On a trip back from the grocery store, Ross Murney became light-headed and confused. He later collapsed into a bed of rocks. Ross had just had a stroke.“I just remember waking up later in the hospital,” he recalls. Ross found it difficult to cope with symptoms from the stroke. Movement in his right...
Sandy’s secret is her positive attitude Some people are experts at turning lemons into lemonade. For Sandy Koenig, her knack for friendship, love and laughter has made the last 50 years a joy – not only for her but for all the lives she has touched during her time at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care.When Sandy Koenig moved into Mount...
Designing an end-of-life care environment that feels like home When Marjorie Parker’s husband Ted was admitted to the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Institute, she knew that caring for him would be a challenge. Ted was unable to hear and beginning to show signs of dementia. He would sleep uninterrupted for days at a time and was not particularly responsive...