Waypoint’s Founding Donors leading the way in supporting mental health
Waypoint’s Founding Donors leading the way in supporting mental health
Posted on 12/03/2015
On Giving Tuesday, December 1st, nearly fifty Founding Donors gathered at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care for a special event in their honour. The heart of the evening centred on the unveiling of a plaque that now hangs in the hospital’s new front entrance.

Waypoint’s Founding Donors include everyone who has supported the hospital since it became a charity in 2009. With more than 90 entries in total, the commemorative plaque showcases the names of individuals, families and corporations who have generously given more than $1,000 each; all of them trailblazers who are starting the next chapter for the hospital and mental health care. 

“Your support is not just about the tangible, you have provided this community with hope,” said Board Chair Betty Valentine of the founding donors. “We are so thankful you are making mental health a priority and that you care about the people who come through the doors of this hospital.”

Founding Donors 2015

With more than $250,000 raised from donations in the last two and a half years, the hospital has been able to reduce stigma and reach out to the community through special events including a youth-focused film series and the Mental Health in Motion fun run. They have enhanced patient care and improved access to care with integrated mental health and addictions treatment and staff training on trauma and crisis. And donations have enhanced the patient experience with the purchase of musical instruments, computers and furniture and exercise equipment, all for patients. 

The hospital’s longest standing donor, The Waypoint Volunteer Association, received a special thank you at the event. The organization has been actively raising money to support patient activities such as boat trips, social events, Christmas presents and much more since long before the hospital divested from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2008.

Guests were also treated to a sneak preview of the theme for the hospital’s 3rd Annual Fundraising Dinner to be held April 1, 2016. An Evening of Music and Mental Health will feature internationally acclaimed violinist Vijay Gupta (1st Chair with the LA Philharmonic). An advocate for mental health through musical outreach, Gupta founded and serves as Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing free, live music to people faced with mental illness and living in homelessness. 

Tickets for An Evening of Music and Mental Health are available here or by calling 705-549-3181, ext. 2864. The early bird rate of $165 is available until January 5, 2016.