Montfort receives record $1M donation

… but the Montfort Hospital recently found one large cause for celebration, after philanthropist couple Yves Tremblay and Sylvie Villeneuve announced …

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Located at Mer-Bleue Road and Brian-Coburn Boulevard in Orléans, the Hub is scheduled to open next summer. The project, led by the Montfort Hospital, includes as partners the Youth Services Bureau, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Community Geriatric Psychiatry Services, Bruyère and the Champlain LHIN.

According to Montfort CEO Dr. Bernard Leduc, the new facility “will be built with the patient in mind, both physically and logistically.”

The province, which is picking up $75 million of the Hub’s $87-million cost, sees it as a prototype for the future of the healthcare system in Ontario.

The remaining $12 million, meanwhile, is expected to come from community donors. Tremblay says that his and Villeneuve’s donation brings that total to a little more than $3 million.

The pair are hardly strangers to philanthropy, regularly (and quietly) giving to numerous causes. In 2003, Tremblay, who was a senior vice-president at JDS Uniphase until his retirement two years earlier, was, along with JDS founder Jozef Straus, the reluctant public face of an otherwise anonymous $15-million donation by some of the company’s employees to The Ottawa Hospital.

In the late 2000s, meanwhile, Tremblay and Minto Group chairman Roger Greenberg co-chaired a $20-million fundraising campaign to expand The Ottawa Hospital’s cancer centre.

Tremblay has also served on the boards of governors of The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Health Research Institute, La Cité Collégiale and the University of Ottawa.

Like many philanthropists, he prefers to remain out of the limelight, but says it was important to get in front of this project, in part to help dispel the misconception many people, including potential donors, have of the Montfort as a hospital that only serves Ottawa’s French-speaking residents.

“Montfort is a bit cornered because it’s perceived as a French hospital catering to the French population, and this is wrong.”

The hospital provides between 15 and 20 per cent of all acute care services in hospitals in Ottawa, while about 25 per cent of births in Ottawa hospitals occur at the Montfort.

“And the majority of families who go there are English-speaking,” Tremblay adds. “But if you’re French, it’s the only place where you can be guaranteed to be served in French.

“So people need to understand that the Montfort Hospital is as much their hospital as the Queensway Carleton and The Ottawa Hospital are.”

Health care trailblazer to breast cancer survivor

patientcentered care at The Ottawa Hospital — the same approach she … “She embodies The Ottawa Hospital mission to provide each patient with …

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Hélène’s actions and commitment to care at The Ottawa Hospital have long since continued into retirement as a volunteer and as a donor — she continues to find ways to give back. Hélène has been particularly interested in supporting women’s health through the Shirley E. Greenberg Women’s Health Centre and the Rose Ages Breast Health Centre, which has a room named after her.

I would encourage people to think about their legacy and how they can support future generations by leaving a gift in their will to support The Ottawa Hospital.

A new journey

Her retirement years have also presented her with new opportunities. In fact, it wasn’t until she was 68 that she fell in love with and married Philip Donnelly and became a wife for the first time. “He is a man who is the epitome of kindness and compassion,” smiles Hélène. With their marriage, Hélène welcomed two new important roles in life as a stepmother and step-grandmother. This new family immediately made her think more about the future and the legacy she wanted to leave for the next generation. It is of the utmost importance to Hélène that her stepchildren, step-grandchildren and the children of her friends have access to the world-class health care in Ottawa. “I would encourage people to think about the legacy they want to leave and how they can support future generations by leaving a gift in their will to support The Ottawa Hospital.”

With that, Hélène will continue to blaze a trail for future generations and inspire others to give back, just as she has.

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