Please refer to our new fundraising page on the Joseph Brant Foundation Website to make a donation & to read our updated story!
We are also pleased to announce $1000.00 of our raised funds have been donated to Heartache2Hope. This money is going to aid in funding adolescent peer support groups for teens grieving a suicide loss.
Sarah & Emma
Our mission is to raise enough money so that we can create a change at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, that will have a positive impact on the youth and individuals being cared for in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit (1 West).
Burlington residents were pleased to see the new Michael Lee-Chin patient tower open up just over a week ago on August 21, 2017. The new tower contains; A Main Hospital Lobby, Information Desk, Gift Shop, Emergency Department, Cancer Clinic, Surgery, Intensive Care Unit and Acute Medicine, among many other advancements the hospital desperately needed. The Joseph Brant Hospital website states that, "the construction of our seven-storey patient tower took place over 28 months and has set the stage for Our New Era in health care".
Although the new tower is very exciting and is a great advancement needed in our community, it lacks any advancement at all in one of the most publicly known and most prominent growing sectors in our society today. No changes have been made to the Mental Health Unit (1 West) which we hoped would have been included in the renovations of the new tower.
Over a year ago, myself and my friend Emma Elliott were inspired by her brother Mac Elliott to create a change in the 1 West Unit. Emma's brother Mac was admitted into the 1 West ward for suicidal tendencies. With a saddened heart, we regret to inform you that Mac is no longer with us today.
With the help of your donations, Mac's friends and family, as well as other former patients from 1 West will be provided the opportunity, as a tribute to Mac, a chance to improve the unit by; repainting walls, upgrading toys and instruments like the piano Mac loved to play with, and creating an overall more welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for youth to endure during their rehabilitation at Joseph Brant.
Your donation will provide us with the means to purchase and provide: paint brushes, plastic drop sheets, cleaning supplies, and other necessities to paint the walls of the units corridors and two common rooms at no cost to the hospital.
Furthermore, with the means provided by your donation, we have plans to create a very special "Tree of Hope" in the main corridor of the 1 West Unit. The goal of the Tree of Hope is to provide patients discharged from the unit, a place to leave thoughtful messages, and words of hope for future patients to read as they arrive at the unit and during their stay. Discharged patients will be provided with the opportunity, if they so choose, to write a message of hope on an apple and add it to the painted Tree of Hope on the wall. We believe these words of hope from one patient to another can be extremely impactful, as well as the Tree will create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone.
Mental Illness is no secret in our society. Many of us know someone, love someone or have been personally affected by mental illness in our lifetime. Emma and I believe this change will positively impact our entire community, not to mention the individual healing process of many. With the help and encouragment from Joseph Brant Hospital staff, as well as donations from family, friends, and the community, the goal of this page is to raise enough money to improve the 1 West Unit in 2018.If we happen to exceed our goal, 50% of the profits exceeded will go towards any other enhancements that the Inpatient Mental Health Unit finds applicable, and the other 50% would go towards Heartache2Hope, a support group for families of suicide victims in Halton that is completely run off of donations.
Every donation counts! Thank you in advance!
- Jodie Schnurr
- Judie McMillin
- Rick Elliott
- Nicole Shewchuk
- Georgina De Camilli
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