Oakville Couple Donates $500,000 to Hospital Campaign

Posted: January 3, 2013
OAKVILLE (January 3, 2013) – Jim & Deborah Westlake are giving back to the town they call home by donating $500,000 to the campaign to equip the new Oakville Hospital.
Jim proudly shared “in our opinion, Oakville is the best community in Canada to live in, and we do our part to keep it that way”.
The Westlakes have a long history of supporting charitable organizations including hospitals, universities, children's associations, United Way and local Oakville causes.
In recognition of their generosity, the café courtyard of the new Hospital will be named in their honour. Located on the eastern side of the new building, the courtyard will be a 7,500 square foot garden and outdoor seating space adjacent to the main floor cafeteria and a large civic square park. This fully accessible courtyard will feature direct access to the cafeteria and a double sided fireplace that can be viewed from the courtyard and the cafeteria as well as benches, tables and chairs for patients and families to enjoy a time away from the emotional experiences they are dealing with.
The courtyard is just one feature of the healing environment the new Hospital will offer. Rooms will provide more privacy for patients and space for family to remain overnight. Calm, quiet spaces, both indoor and outdoor, will give patients, families and friends a place to gather and support the healing process. These design elements can reduce stress and anxiety and positively affect an individual’s health.
“The Westlakes’ gift enables us to strongly invest in the state-of-the-art technology our caregivers need to diagnose and treat patients today and for years to come at the new Hospital,” said Tina Triano, CEO of the Oakville Hospital Foundation. “We are deeply appreciative of their generosity and their commitment to improving healthcare in our community.”
About The Oakville Hospital Foundation
The Oakville Hospital Foundation is partnering with the community to fund essential equipment for Oakville’s Hospital to enable high quality patient care. Generous support from the community is needed to help the Foundation achieve its campaign goal and equip the state-of-the-art healthcare facility scheduled to open in December 2015.
For further information:
Suzanne Hallsworth,
Community Giving & Communications Director    
Oakville Hospital Foundation    
905.845.2571 ext 6250