Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial raises over $1.3 million for Osler

The Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial recently reached a milestone, raising a total of $1,305,700 to both fulfill and exceed their $1M pledge to Osler Foundation. The funds will support redevelopment initiatives at the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

“Building the new Peel Memorial takes a lot of community support and we are incredibly grateful to the Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial for its fundraising efforts and the remarkable accomplishment of exceeding its one million dollar pledge,” said Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation. “Their generosity and commitment have helped us realize the vision of a new Peel Memorial which is poised to take on an innovative new role, shaping the future of health care in this community.”

“However more needs to be done to raise money to help complete construction and fund the purchase of millions of dollars of equipment to be installed in the new Peel Memorial. The leadership demonstrated by the generosity of the Amigos will raise sights and inspire philanthropy throughout our community in support of this important project,” he added.

The Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial gathered to celebrate this achievement during an exclusive open house at the Peel Memorial redevelopment office in Brampton on Friday January 15. Manuel Alexandre, Chair of the Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial presented Osler Foundation with a cheque for $1,305,700.

“It was very exciting to present that cheque,” said Manuel Alexandre. “Our volunteers do this out of the goodness of their hearts and we have a lot to cheer about. Our dedicated partners at LiUNA Local 183, Local 506 and OPDC gave us an important boost by raising additional funds for Peel Memorial. Our collective effort helps ensure our community has access to the equipment, facilities and programs needed to continue to provide leading-edge health care to our community.”

The Amigos Portugueses do Peel Memorial have worked in close partnership with LiUNA Local 183 and Local 506 over the past four years by helping to organize fundraising events in support of Osler Foundation including dances, barbeques, golf and bocce tournaments. The funds raised will enable the new Peel Memorial to provide specialized outpatient-based care, including urgent care, day surgery, and clinics that help individuals better manage chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and kidney disease.

During the open house, guests received an exclusive tour of the Peel Memorial mock up rooms which strive to replicate some of the most common rooms to be built in the new facility. These include a triage area (for the Urgent Care Centre), a typical exam room, and a Major Procedures Room. These rooms are designed to replicate the fixtures, fittings, layout and working environment for the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

Construction is moving steadily ahead at the new Peel Memorial and the building will be completed by fall 2016. Following a period of equipment installation, training and orientation, the new facility will be fully operational in early 2017. While Queen’s Park will pay 90 per cent of the cost of construction, Osler Foundation must raise $30 million through the community to help complete the construction and to provide 100% of the funds to equip the facility. When fully operational, the community will have expanded access to urgent care, dialysis, hi-tech diagnostic services, day surgery, senior’s programs and much more.