“I was recruited 18 years ago by Pat Keenan to be a Foundation board member and specifically to run a Gala,” says Patti Cunningham of how she first came to St. Michael’s. “I thought that if I was going to do volunteer work what better place than a hospital?
I’m very proud that I’ve been able to help raise money for St. Michael’s.
And I probably would have done my job, enjoyed it, stayed on the Board for couple of years and then moved on; however, I became increasingly motivated to help out. With every year on the Foundation Board my appreciation of the skill of the people working within the walls of St. Michael's has grown. There is incredible expertise here at all levels.”
Like many others, Patti feels a difference here. “I think the mission of the Sisters - their focus on caring is still here – and I’m not Catholic – and there’s a great respect for the individual. It is the tremendous quality of caring as well as the quality of care that makes St. Mike's such a special place. People seem to work together better. I hope that never changes.”
“I’m very proud that I’ve been able to help raise money for St. Michael’s.”
In her time with the Hospital, she has seen it grow from a comparatively small organization to a very large successful one.
“The target for the first campaign I was involved in was $20 million. Now we’ve just completed a $140 million one. I’m very proud that I’ve been able to help raise money for St. Michael’s.
Patti herself was once treated in Emergency and found the care “amazing.” Her husband has had surgery here, and her daughter, who is diabetic and having her first child, is under the care of Dr. Andrea Lausman, specialist in high-risk pregnancy.
What impresses her is the breadth of St. Michael’s reach: “We do serve the inner city and that’s so important, but if you live in Rosedale or you work downtown and you have a heart attack, you’re coming here.”