Letter from Samuel Elfassy, Board Chair, North York General Hospital

March 21, 2020
First responders run towards the problem and help others. With an infection, it is the collaborative response of us all that makes the difference. Our government will provide the necessary institutional responses, but that pales compared to the response we collectively can supply.

We are all first responders now.

You will see full page ads within various news publications asking others to support North York General tackling COVID-19. 

While the devastating effects of COVID-19 on our community and their families are not fully known yet, I do know that pandemics are a breeding ground for exacerbating existing and creating new issues. On a good day, philanthropy plays a critical role in supporting NYGH, but that role is even more critical right now.  I am so proud of our nurses, doctors, social workers, pathologists, porters, cleaners and countless others the hospital over, who care for our community.

In my role as the Hospital Board Chair, it is an honour to support our community coming together to help those on the front line. NYGH will respond better and recover more quickly because we are coordinating our philanthropic response.  Thank you for making a world of difference in our community.