$6 Million Donation To Benefit New Oakville Hospital

Posted: June 14, 2011
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO (June, 14, 2011) – The campaign to equip the new Oakville Hospital has received a further boost thanks to a $6 million gift from Oakville philanthropists June and Ian Cockwell.

The couple, with their family foundation Amarna, is donating $4 million to the campaign and has pledged an additional $2 million as part of a multi-strategy community challenge. The purpose of the challenge gift is to encourage as many people as possible to support the new Oakville Hospital. The family’s goal is to inspire donors to “elevate their giving sights” when considering their own financial support to the campaign.

“Thank you, June and Ian for this very generous gift. Your ongoing commitment to the health of our community is truly inspiring,” said John Oliver, President and CEO of Halton Healthcare Services. “The support you provide so generously will help to improve the care that will be provided in our new hospital and will benefit families in Oakville for many years to come.”

This gift will provide core support to many areas of the new Oakville Hospital, including the maternal child department. Each year OTMH provides care to approximately 2,500 mothers and babies and more than 900 paediatric patients.

“The Maternal Child Program at OTMH provides exceptional care to our patients and their families,” said Dr. Robert Morrow, Physician Program Leader for Maternal Child. “We look forward to moving into our space in the New Oakville Hospital which will provide us the opportunity to further improve that care,” he continued. The Amarna Maternal Child Department will be named in honor of this donation.

“This transformational gift is a testament not only to the generosity of June and Ian but to their vision and commitment to being architects of change in our community,” said Tina Triano, CEO of Oakville Hospital Foundation. “The donations that this challenge could inspire will far exceed the $2 million match. This is really what this unique gift structure achieves for our hospital.”

June and Ian Cockwell have, for many years, been active and passionate supporters of numerous charitable and community organizations in Oakville.

“As a family, philanthropy in Oakville is our focus,” said June Cockwell. “The motto that Ian and I grew up with, unity is strength, is one of our core values. By working together towards the common goal of a new and improved hospital, we as the community of Oakville are making a contribution that will outlast us all.”

Media Contact: Suzanne Hallsworth Communications Director Oakville Hospital Foundation 905.845.2571 ext 6250 shallsworth@haltonhealthcare.on.ca