McCain family gift supports CAMH redevelopment vision
TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - Prominent displays of philanthropy may be
commonplace for many hospitals, but today marked a "first" for CAMH: the Mood
and Anxiety Building, one of the first of four new buildings of CAMH's
redevelopment project, now bears the name of a donor.
The McCain family - Michael and Chris, together with Michael's parents,
Wallace and Margaret - committed $2 million to support CAMH's redevelopment
vision in May 2008. To recognize the gift, CAMH's Mood and Anxiety Alternate
Milieu Building has been named The McCain Building.
"The McCain family's generosity is helping transform the lives of our
patients, many of whom are already benefiting from receiving care in more
dignified surroundings," said Dr. Paul Garfinkel, CAMH's President & CEO.
"Moreover, the McCain's public demonstration of support transforms public
attitudes, and challenges the stigma that historically made people reluctant
to attach their names to our cause. We offer profound thanks to the McCain
family on behalf of CAMH and the clients we serve."
"The four of us chose to support CAMH because it represents a need in the
community that is pervasive, and an aspect of Canadian health care that
affects all families," said Michael McCain, President & Chief Executive
Officer of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Michael became a volunteer with the CAMH Foundation two years ago, and
quickly stepped up his commitment by taking on the role of Co-Chair of the
Transforming Lives Capital Campaign to raise $100 million for CAMH's
redevelopment. "There is an overriding social injustice - these issues are not
properly recognized or supported because of the associated stigma."
Michael's wife Chris also lends volunteer leadership to CAMH. She plays
an important role in the success of CAMH's gala fundraiser, Queen Street
Margaret and Wallace share Michael's sentiments: "These are areas of
medicine that have been under-funded and misunderstood. We are very happy that
these serious deficits are being corrected," said Margaret. Her education in
social work, coupled with her well-known involvement with issues affecting
women and children, such as family violence, have given her a keen insight
into CAMH's mission.
The McCain Building is one of the first four buildings to be completed in
the pioneering redevelopment which will replace CAMH's outdated facilities
with a mixed-use "urban village" that speaks of hope, dignity and recovery.
Eleven more buildings are planned over the coming years.
"As CAMH's new kind of hospital comes to life, you will see an increasing
number of donors proclaiming their support for CAMH by allowing us to attach
their names to our facilities," said Darrell Gregersen, President & CEO of the
CAMH Foundation. "More and more Canadian leaders are publicly aligning
themselves with our cause, demonstrating that these are issues that, as a
civil society, we can no longer ignore."
About The CAMH Foundation
The CAMH Foundation raises funds to support the work of CAMH, a
specialized teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto,
and the largest mental health and addiction facility in Canada. CAMH is also a
Pan American Health Organization and a World Health Organization Collaborating
Centre. For more information, please visit www.supportcamh.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Jean Geary, (416) 535-8501 ext. 4395