"More research provides better healthcare"
As healthcare needs evolve, so does the need to conduct better research. The Women's Giving Circle is in full support of this concept through its mandate to raise money for local patient centered research and hospitals. The Women's Giving Circle started in 2011 by one of the founding members, Shirley Abramsky, and the Chair, Gillian Little. Shirley and Gillian are inspired to work toward this initiative to improve healthcare. As Shirley states: "more research provides better healthcare." With Gillian's family and personal background in healthcare, she is inspired to make healthcare changes at a local scale. The members of the Women's Giving Circle are expected to pay an annual fee. Women over the age of 40 pay $500 and women under the age of 40 pay $250. The annual membership provides the Women's Giving Circle with the ability to raise funds. Since 2013, The Women's Giving Circle has provided $78,493 toward research.
Although the members of the Women's Giving Circle are from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, their common core values are to support local healthcare initiatives and patient centered care research. Dr. Roger Deeley, the Vice President of Healthcare Research at KGH, liaises with the board members of the Women's Giving Circle to coordinate the strategic deployment of research initiatives. Akin to the way research requires participation, The Women's Giving Circle encourages its members to participate by inviting them to three major luncheons that are sponsored by Shopper's Drug Mart. During these luncheons, members of the Women's Giving Circle are informed of the current research projects. In addition, speakers are also invited to the luncheons to share their area of expertise. The information allows the members of The Women's Giving Circle to reach collective decisions by voting on where to allocate funds. The frequency of the luncheons are intended to inspire the growth of the Women's Giving Circle. Something that truly engages the members is their luncheon that is held in early spring. During this luncheon, members have the opportunity gather a glimpse of some of the behind the scenes occurrences in the research that has been funded.
In tandem with the efforts to inspire and inform its members, the overarching goal of the Women's Giving Circle is to raise $50,000 annually. As such, the Women's Giving Circle is always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining The Women's Giving Circle, please call (613) 549-5452 or visit the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) website.
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