Hazel and Kingsley Fox
Three Generations of Giving Back
Heather Fuller remembers growing up in a charitable household. Her father, Kingsley Fox, was in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War and went on to work in finance, becoming president of a life insurance company. This work led him to become a member of West Park’s Board of Governors in 1974 until 1987, when he passed away. Together with his wife Hazel, the couple supported many of the hospital’s endeavors and events with their family.
“My father often said, ‘We are fortunate in life and we should always give back to the community whenever and however we can,’” Heather says. “I think that is why I have always been a volunteer in my personal and professional life.”
Heather spent 10 years as a West Park board member, from 1991 to 2001, and served as Chair of the board from 1999. Her husband David Fuller, a lawyer, had preceded her as a board member, serving from 1982 to 1991, and later joined the Foundation board from 2007 to 2013. And now, their daughter Kathryn, who is also a lawyer, is the third generation of her family to be a director on the Foundation board.
“We have all really had a passion for the hospital and all the things that you do so well,” Heather says.
“I hope that people will realize that West Park is a place that we will all need one day. It’s there for us, and we need it to be strong and continue to be excellent in its specialized services.”
When her parents passed away, both their wills left money to West Park, which went towards a courtyard in their name. And in memory of their commitment to West Park, the Foundation created the Hazel & Kingsley Fox Society to honour and celebrate individuals who have generously contributed $1,000 or more in an annual period. These members receive invitations to donor recognition events, exclusive insider access to West Park news and updates, and a pin that recognizes their giving. Their names are also listed on the hospital’s Donor Wall, on the Foundation’s website and in the annual Impact Report.
Heather hopes to see the membership of the Society continue to grow, and considers these donations to be an investment in our future.
“I hope that people will realize that West Park is a place that we will all need one day,” she says. “It’s there for us, and we need it to be strong and continue to be excellent in its specialized services.”