A Message from the Chair of the Board of Directors

Dear Community Members & Friends,

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton proudly serves more than two million people in the region with compassionate care, leading programs and services, and innovative research, so many of us have a St. Joe’s story.  My wife, Anna, and I are both St. Joe’s babies.  Years ago, I had surgery at St. Joe’s and learned first hand that it was and is a very special place.  And, up until my Dad’s passing in 2000, my family and I spent a lot of time with him in the Nephrology Unit where he was a patient for five years. 

If you have your own connection to St. Joe’s, then you’ll agree there is something different about our Hospital – an intangible uniqueness, something distinctive that elevates St. Joe’s from excellent to extraordinary.  Even though my Dad has been gone for 17 years, the connection our family has to some of the nephrology nursing staff is still there.  They remember him and they remember us.    

For me, what began as corporate fundraising through my business interests and the Around the Bay Road Race, has now become a focus for my personal charitable giving. Over the years, Anna and I attended the Foundation’s annual Gala as guests and were then honoured to chair the 2015 event and help raise significant funds for the Hospital that has been integral to our lives. 

I have been privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation for six years now.  I’ve watched with pride as generous donors and our community rallied to support Hospital projects and programs, including opening the new Margaret & Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare on the West 5th Campus and the redevelopment of the Charlton Campus Surgical Centre.  I’m inspired by what the community has supported and in awe at what we achieve when we work together. 

That’s why I look forward, during my two years as Foundation Board Chair, to finding even more ways to share St. Joe’s story with you and to bring to life that intangible quality that makes St. Joe’s, St. Joe’s.  It’s the stories about the people, the care, the innovation and how it all supports the future good health of our community that I hope will move you to make a gift to our Hospital.  Every gift – big or small – will inspire hope, healing and discovery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton now and for generations to come.

Thank you for your support,

Ben De Rubeis
Chair, Board of Directors
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation




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