Marion Fisher has spent 50 years supporting patients and families at Etobicoke General as a volunteer. This year she is the recipient of Osler’s Kay Blair Community Service Award – a recognition presented to an individual who is committed to serving the needs of Osler’s community, patients and families and who recognizes what it means to be compassionate, kind and understanding. The Award was presented by Board Chair, Vanita Varma on June 27 at Osler’s Annual General Meeting.
About Kay Blair and the Kay Blair Community Service Award
“Marion Fisher is a shining example of a compassionate volunteer and so deserving of this year’s Kay Blair Community Service Award,” said Varma. “With 50 years of service as a volunteer supporting patients and their families at Etobicoke General Hospital, and as a member of Osler’s Volunteer Association Board, Marion’s contributions have inspired an entire generation on the importance of community service. We are so proud to count her as a member of the Osler family.”
In addition to volunteering on Osler’s Board, Kay was Executive Director of Community MicroSkills Development, which works to ensure the betterment of social services and community development by providing the necessary support and guidance to individuals, enabling them to succeed in life.
Kay received many awards for her efforts including: being named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women; Top 100 Award –Trailblazer; the Premier's Award for Community and Social Services; and most recently - the Frances Lankin Community Services Award for her significant contribution to the non-profit community services sector.
Kay provided tremendous leadership and direction to the organization, ensuring the community was served in a way that exemplifies inclusiveness, kindness and compassion. She will be forever remembered for her compassion, guidance and kindness along with her ability to quickly build deep connections with everyone she met.
Kay fought a long and courageous battle with cancer and passed away peacefully on September 26, 2016 surrounded by loved ones.