Donor Spotlight: Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber
A Gift to Entertain West Park’s Young Visitors
When patients come to West Park for rehabilitation or complex continuing care, their stay is often measured in weeks, months and even years. But for patients with young family members, the separation can be especially difficult.
The new West Park will be designed to increase the comfort of patients and their families, with indoor and outdoor amenities that will make the hospital an enjoyable place for children to visit a parent or grandparent they may be missing terribly.
Members of the West Park community, including the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber, are making generous contributions to the Get Your Life Back Campaign to help build an integrated campus of care that will enhance the care experience for patients.
The Kingsway Humber club recently made a gift of $25,000 to create a children’s play area in the main concourse of the new hospital. The Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber Children’s Play Area will be an accessible space for patients to make happy memories with their young visitors. This gift reflects Kiwanis’ wonderful commitment to improve the lives of children, one community at a time.
“We hope the children’s play area will provide a positive experience for families visiting West Park,” says Stuart Roberts, president of the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber. “Young visitors will soon have an area where they can be engaged with activities.”
The Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber was established in 2004 through the union of two clubs that each had a remarkable history of community service. Its volunteers have a long history with West Park, including Syd Collier, who volunteered with Kiwanis for 45 years. Syd was a volunteer in West Park’s amputee outreach program, helping to motivate patients. In 2010, Kiwanis donated $5,000 to West Park in Syd’s honour. Sadly, he passed away in 2011.
“We are grateful for Kiwanis’ contribution to the Get Your Life Back Campaign to help build the new West Park,” says Joanne Cole, CEO of West Park Foundation. “Their commitment to the West Park community will have a lasting impact on our patients and their families, and will help make the care experience even better for patients with young families.”