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A Home Run for Clients at CAMH


Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to provide inspiration and instill a sense of joy in people. A small gesture, a token of friendship, a few brief words of affirmation, or even the simple act of hanging out with a person can be all it takes to show that someone is loved.

On June 9, we had the pleasure of welcoming Toronto Blue Jays players Liam Hendriks, Aaron Loup, Roberto Osuna and Aaron Sanchez, as well as Blue Jays President Paul Beeston, to our Client BBQ – an event made possible by the CAMH Foundation Gifts of Light program.

Gifts of Light has evolved tremendously over the years, and what started out as a grassroots initiative that sought to give small gifts to patients over the holidays has grown to one that is focused on providing comfort and care to clients. The program plays an important role in improving the comfort and lifting the spirits of clients, as CAMH is the only hospital in Toronto that does not have a gift shop, and many of our patients do not receive visitors during their stay here.

While we can talk about the success of the event, we’d rather share comments from a CAMH staff member who work with our clients on a daily basis, and from a client who was thrilled to participate in this event:

“When times are tough for our patients and staff, to spend those few extra minutes with us has meant the whole world to the patients on the floor. A few minutes of time to our patients, are experiences they’ll remember for a lifetime. It is the little things that will never be forgotten. On behalf of myself, the team and the patients we all work with, we can’t thank you all enough for the great event. Thank you a million times.”
– Scott Freer, Recreationist

“I can truly say I now feel there are still people with intelligence, compassion and most importantly, common sense using our God-given minds to cut through the ‘red tape’ and give hope back to previously deflated, devalued and defeated souls.”
– David Rowan, CAMH client

The event was made possible by the hard work of the Gifts of Light committee, Maple Leaf Foods, who supplied food for our BBQ, the generous support of CAMH donors & volunteers, and Donna Slaight, whose leadership and undying commitment to our clients has allowed the program to evolve to where it is now.

And while it doesn’t take much to provide hope and inspiration, it does take effort. We thank all those who take the time to make our patients feel loved and appreciated.

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