Legacies Make a Difference
I Give Because... Bequests Matter
Like many people in our community, the late Charlotte McClatchie was an immigrant to Canada and spent many decades of her life living quietly in east Toronto. Charlotte truly embodied the spirit of our community – proud of her Irish heritage; with a strong work ethic (many years of employment with Bell Canada); profound faith (long-term member of St. Luke's Anglican Church); and deep sense of family and community. She attracted an extended network of neighbours and friends and gave back to the community whenever she could – frequently sharing her passion and extensive knowledge for gardening (along with clippings from her own beloved garden) with anyone who inquired.
Over the years, Charlotte had many of her health care needs met at Michael Garron Hospital. She was always pleased with the quality of care and friendliness she received from the Hospital Nursing Staff. Being the generous, civic minded woman that she was, Charlotte decided she could do more to help the Hospital and left a gift in her Will. Her legacy has been used to fund a Paediatric Isolation Treatment Room in the newly renovated Stavro Emergency Department. Her bequest helps to ensure good health for the children of east Toronto for many years to come. Bequests, like the one Charlotte made to MGH, make a big difference for our Hospital. No matter the size, each gift goes a long way towards building a healthy future for everyone. Leaving a gift in your Will is a very simple thing to do. The size of gift does not matter, but the legacy you leave will make a lasting impact.
I Give Because…
This is a story that began in 2000, when Beach resident Jenny Houghton was first diagnosed with breast cancer. It is a story of inspiration and one that we can all celebrate as a testament to the strength and courage of our loved ones who live with cancer.
During her courageous battle with cancer, Jenny became a grateful advocate for the exemplary care and support she received at Michael Garron Hospital's Oncology Clinic. She identified the need for new treatment chairs within the Oncology Department and for years through her Jenny’s Beach Party celebrations raised tens of thousands of dollars for equipment needs of the program.
Sadly, Jenny lost her battle with cancer and died peacefully on March 1, 2005 – her passing was felt almost as strongly by the Oncology Clinic doctors and staff as it was by her family and friends. Knowing that the needs of Oncology patients and their families are ongoing, Jenny left a generous bequest to Michael Garron Hospital in her Will. This gift was used to help fund the expansion and relocation of the current MGH Oncology & Haematology Clinic.
In recognition of her courage, determination, friendship and support, the waiting room in the new Clinic was named after Jenny. Overlooking the waiting room is “Jenny’s Garden”, a beautiful collection of acrylic-on-canvas floral tiles by artist Jeremy Bortz representing Jenny’s bright energy. Jenny’s friends and family purchased the tiles, and each tile is inscribed with a personal message on the back. In addition, special treatment chairs have been purchased giving patients comfort while receiving chemotherapy. These have become known as “Jenny’s Chairs”.
Jenny’s kindness, generosity and desire to make things better for others continues to live on. Jenny has left a legacy that has gone way beyond, perhaps, even her own expectations.
Although she is no longer with us, Jenny’s spirit and determination live on through the commitment of those who knew and loved her. A celebration of life through Jenny’s Annual Beach Party is held each year. In keeping with Jenny’s last wishes, all funds raised go towards the comfort of Oncology patients, and their caregivers.