January 30, 2017
I have found the news over the past several days profoundly disturbing.
From the Presidential order to temporarily ban entry to the United States for citizens from 7 specific countries – and the fear and chaos created in its wake - to last night’s horrific shooting in a Quebec City mosque during evening prayers – I find myself wondering how to make sense of all of this.
Lives have been affected, indeed last night lives were taken in a heinous act of terror.
What can I, one person do, you may be asking. I am asking myself that question and I know that I have to do something. I am not a politician. I am a nurse, a mom, a grandmother, a friend and your CEO.
What I know is this. I know that we, all of us, have to stand together. HDGH is part of a warm, welcoming and diverse community. We celebrate what our Prime Minister said in a formal statement, “Diversity is our strength, and religious tolerance is a value that we, as Canadians, hold dear. Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric”. Nowhere is this statement more true for me than here in Windsor. We have to be true to our Canadian values of inclusivity, respect, compassion and human decency. We have to have faith in the goodness of people in the face of last evening’s evil.
To very clearly demonstrate our commitment and to help anyone who is trying to make sense of all this, we at Hôtel-Dieu Grace will hold a 15 minute Unity in Prayer tomorrow, January 31st, at 11 am in the Brown Auditorium. The Prayer will be led by Father Larry Brunet.
Please join me in coming together with our friends and our colleagues to affirm our commitment to stand together as a community.
All are welcome.
January 13, 2017
As part of the ongoing conversations around mental health care in our community, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) will continue to take a leadership role in our work in delivering this much needed service to Windsor-Essex. We will continue to work closely with our community partners and government to improve mental health care service delivery, advocating for increased funding and system improvements. As part of this important responsibility, HDGH President and CEO, Janice Kaffer, has made two recent public requests for funding and continued progress in this portion of health care delivery.
On Thursday, January 12th a 4 ½ -minute submission was made at the 2017 Pre-Budget Consultation to MPP Yvan Baker, parliamentary assistant to the Ministry of Finance. Hôtel-Grace Healthcare reconfirmed its leadership and passion for mental health and the critical need for additional funding to support the growing needs unable to be met with current resources.
Prior to the pre-budget meeting, The Windsor Star featured an Opinion-Editorial piece by HDGH President and CEO in the Saturday, January 7th, 2017 paper on priority of mental health care for Windsor-Essex. This piece gained significant attention by industry professionals and elected officials.
In efforts to remain transparent and continue with your on-going support, both pieces are available for you to read below.
- Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare Pre-Budget Presentation
- Featured Windsor Star Op-Ed Submission: January 7, 2017