Orillia Veterans Group Donates $3,000 In Support Of Pastoral Care At OSMH

OSMH Patient Experience Manager Kristen Dawson, Veterans Visiting Member Ab Mitchell, Unit 400 Vice President Colleen Payie, Unit 400 President Jack Gillard and Legion Visiting Member Bob Dimalane at the cheque presentation. Photo courtesy of the OSMH Foundation

Orillia’s Army, Navy and Air Force (ANAF) Veterans Unit 400 donated $3,000 as part of the club’s $10,000 pledge in support of pastoral care for patients with military service at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).

The donation was made possible through fundraising events that the 400 Unit held throughout the year and supports pastoral care, which offers emotional and spiritual support for patients of all faiths as well support for those who are undecided or not religious. The $3,000 gift brings the group’s total lifetime donation amount to over $21,000, according to the hospital. ANAF Unit 400 raises money through dart games, bake sales, dinners and general donations, which allows the club to donate a total of nearly $60,000 to the hospital and other community organizations each year. 

“Our veterans and military service members are an integral part of our Soldiers’ community and we want to make sure we serve them well while they are in our care,” said Kristen Dawson, manager of Patient Experience at Soldiers’. “The ANAF’s commitment to giving back to their community helps our patients receive the resources and support they need to thrive.” 

Last year, the ANAF’s donation went toward staff awareness initiatives that aimed to improve the identification of patients and family members of those who served in the military. The club’s donations have also helped support Orillia District Association of Churches’ presentations and pastoral care volunteers at Soldiers’ as well as the purchase of multicultural books of faith and furniture for the hospital’s worship centre.

“We can’t thank the Orillia Army, Navy and Air Force Unit enough for their ongoing support of our hospital and community,” said Lisa Wanamaker, development officer for the OSMH Foundation. “This donation will help us provide meaningful care to the veteran and active service member patient population at Soldiers’.”

For more information on Soldiers’ pastoral care services or to make a donation, contact the Foundation Office at 705-325-6464.


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