Team of donors raise funds for renovation project

Every year approximately 250 volunteers generously donate almost 20,000 volunteer hours throughout the Hotel Dieu Hospital Site at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. These volunteers take their commitment even further by raising money to fund the purchase of much-needed hospital equipment, supplies and patient comfort measures. Last week, the volunteers announced a gift of $80,000 towards the renovation of the gastroenterology (GI) recovery suite.

“This is our purpose, this is why the volunteers are here,” explained Carol Hazell, head of Volunteer Services to Hotel Dieu. “We want to give the hospital things it might not otherwise have.”

When the volunteers originally expressed their interest in supporting this project, Shannon Coull, UHKF’s Director of Leadership Philanthropy, knew of two other donors who could team up with the volunteers to fund the project even faster.

Ron Irvine is a grateful patient of the GI program who has previously supported the purchase of specialized equipment. He donated $10,000 to the redevelopment project, citing extraordinary caregivers as his reason for giving back to the Kingston hospitals.

“Really, the reason that I give is for the staff,” explained Ron, “They are incredible and if it wasn’t for their hard work every day we wouldn’t have the healthcare that we are so lucky to have.”

Dr. Lawrence Hookey, a physician within the Division of Gastroenterology, is also showing is support for the renovation.

“It’s important to patients, it’s important to the hospital,” said Dr. Hookey, “I knew that when I started talking about this renovation that I should be setting an example and supporting it financially as well.”

Before the redevelopment can begin, the community must raise 10% of the cost of the project. Together, these inspiring donors have committed approximately half of the funds required to begin the renovations. You can help, too! Visit to contribute to this exciting initiative.