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.

The Smiles campaign is supported by Scotiabank and Scotiabankers from across the region.  Over the years, Scotiabankers have volunteered their time to host fundraisers and participate 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.

Thanks to the generosity of Scotiabank customers over the years, 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 a laser scalpel, a neonatal transport incubator and ventilators.

Scotiabank has also supported the McMaster Children’s Research Collaborative by funding the Scotiabank Chair in Child Health Research. Both Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and Dr. Jan Willem Gorter have had the honour of holding the Scotiabank Chair.

“On behalf of our patients, we send an enormous thank you to Scotiabank and Scotiabankers for 25 wonderful years of Smiles,” says Pearl Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. “And we look forward to further honouring their long-standing support later in the year.”