Twenty-five years of Smiles

Twenty-five years of Smiles

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation and Scotiabank are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. For 25 years, the Scotiabank Smiles for MacKids campaign has made a real difference for patients and families, raising more than $6 million for the Foundation.

In recognition of Scotiabank’s long-standing support, the 2G Child and Youth Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) was renamed the “Scotiabank Child and Youth Clinic” on November 6. The clinic is the largest in the hospital, serving approximately 31,000 patients last year. Multidisciplinary teams collaborate to provide a range of specialty services, including cardiology, exercise and nutrition, neonatal follow-up care, and urology, among others.

“On behalf of our patients, we send an enormous thank you to Scotiabank and Scotiabankers for 25 wonderful years of Smiles,” says Pearl Veenema, the President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “It is an honour to rename this important clinic to acknowledge the significant role Scotiabank has played in enhancing health care for pediatric patients across south-central Ontario.”

McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation is Scotiabank’s longest-standing philanthropic partner in Canada.

The Smiles campaign is supported by Scotiabank, Scotiabankers and their customers from across the region. Over the years, Scotiabankers have volunteered their time for the former Mother’s Day Telethon in addition to hosting fundraisers and participating in the sale of plush toys. Additional fundraising activities have included barbeques, spaghetti dinners, craft shows, book sales, and the sale of lapel pins and bracelets. The Steve Varey Memorial Golf Classic is another much-anticipated fundraiser that brings the community together.

“On behalf of our patients, we send an enormous thank you to Scotiabank and Scotiabankers for 25 wonderful years of Smiles.”

The campaign has helped support many areas of the hospital including the expansion and redevelopment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Angiography Suite. These funds have supported the purchase of equipment such as an MRI anesthetic machine, a neonatal transport incubator and ventilators.

Scotiabank has also supported the McMaster Children’s Hospital Research Collaborative by funding the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research. Two physicians have had the honour of holding the Scotiabank Chair: Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, whose leadership has enabled researchers to make great strides in better understanding autism, obesity, childhood cancers and neuromuscular diseases; and Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, who primarily focuses on addressing the growing challenges of children with chronic health conditions transitioning into the adult health care system.

The Foundation thanks Scotiabank and Scotiabankers for 25 years of support.