Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) honoured its community partners on February 8, 2018 with a reception. Community partners refer to people, and organizations that have helped the foundation raise funds for the hospital expansion.

Ceremonies kicked off with speeches from MDHF Board Chair Brian Penman, and Mayor Gord Krantz. “What thrills me is the young people who are here tonight.” Penman said. He was referring to the Little Leaders Kids for Health program. He told of one encounter with a little boy who gave him a piggy bank with approximately $7 in it. “You know something, that was as important to this campaign, as it was to that child, and his mother,” Penman added.

Among the little leaders was Mackenzie Morton. She was nine-years old, and did her fundraising over a weekend spent with grandma and her cousins. “They decided to make bookmarks, and when they had a certain amount ready to go they went to the driveway and started selling them,” Angela Morton, Mackenzie’s mom explained. After the driveway they took them to a local restaurant, and sold them there.

By the end of the weekend they’d raised $35, and decided to donate it to the hospital. This came as a total surprise to her parents. “We got a call that said this was what she was doing,” Angela said. Mackenzie shared the credit. “It was actually Fiona and Marilyn that decided to give money to the hospital. I just went along,” she said.

Other honourees included the Black & White Pyjama Party, the Rotary Club, La Rose Speciality Foods & Fine Italian Bakery, Milton Canadian Champion, Italian Canadian Club of Milton, Dufferin Aggregates, Milton Gujarati Parivaar, Milton Active Transport Oldstars, and many others. Each was introduced, called to the front, and recognized. They were presented with a certificate and posed with a picture with Mayor Krantz and Helen Vatistas. The Black and White Pyjama Party is a women only event started by Margaret Saliba. It’s grown to over 300 people.

Many groups have their names in different departments in the hospital. The Milton Haunted House has its name on a treatment room in the blue section of the Emergency department. It takes over a unit in Milton Mall every year for one weekend in October. For more information on the Milton District Hospital Foundation, and the little leaders visit:
Photos by: David Geall

Laura Steiner

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