Mattamy's Gilgan honours roots and parents with $10M donation to St. Joseph's

Mattamy’s Gilgan honours roots and parents with $10M donation to St. Joseph’s

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Mattamy’s Gilgan honours roots and parents with $10M donation to St. Joseph’s

Peter Gilgan, founder and CEO of Mattamy Homes, is paying tribute to his parents and his childhood in the west end of Toronto with a $10 million donation to the Promise Campaign at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Gilgan, who was born at St. Joseph’s, is making one of the largest donations in the hospital’s history.

One of Canada’s most generous philanthropists, Gilgan has donated more than $175 million to support life-changing causes. This donation to the $70 million Promise Campaign has sentimental value for Gilgan and his six siblings. The gift will name the Gilgan Family Wing in honour of his parents and the family’s strong ties to the community.

Peter Gilgan hugs his 95-year-old-mother, Mary, outside of St. Joseph's Health Centre.
Peter Gilgan hugs his 95-year-old-mother, Mary, outside of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

“The importance of community care, and supporting St. Joe’s half-a-million neighbours who rely on this valuable community hospital, cannot be overstated,” said Gilgan. “My parents started our family in this community and I was born here along with my siblings. I want to make sure that St. Joe’s remains a vital community resource for all of the new families starting out here today and am proud to connect my family name to this fine health centre.”

Gilgan’s donation will have immediate impact and advance the campaign’s goal to modernize and enhance spaces for patients, purchase new equipment and technology, and create specialized areas to meet the community’s unique health needs. “Peter Gilgan’s gift is transformative for St. Joseph’s. It’s one of the largest in our history and will help us improve our facilities to support our west end neighbours,” said Maria Dyck, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “We’ll be a better health centre thanks to him and are grateful that he has remembered where he and his brothers and sisters were born.

“Beyond dollars and cents, it marks the continued commitment of Gilgan to supporting community hospitals and great local care.”

Gilgan will join forces with co-chairs of the Promise campaign, Victor Dodig, CEO and president of CIBC, and Brendan Shanahan, president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, in the promise to make Toronto’s west end one of the healthiest community in Canada. Dodig and Shanahan both have strong community ties and have committed to transform care at St. Joseph’s.

“Peter’s business has always been about building communities,” said Dodig. “This transformative gift is pivotal to supporting this community, for the people who call it home today and for future generations to come.”

St. Joe’s sees over 500,000 visits every year and its teams provide the full spectrum of care from paediatric to specialized services for seniors, supporting people and families through all of life’s important moments.

“St. Joe’s has been serving the west end for almost 100 years and significant donations like these help the hospital to advance its vision to make this community one of the healthiest in Canada,” said Dr. Bob Howard, interim president and CEO of the newly integrated health network which includes Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital. “We are thankful for the generosity of the Gilgan family.”


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