Our Stories

Ryerson students deliver rays of sunshine

Toronto, August 14, 2013

By Audrey Gouskos

Jason Lu with flower arrangements
Jason Lu with flower arrangements

Jason Lu, a second-year student at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, is trying to dispel the idea that business students are focused on material trappings.

Lu and fourth-year student Daniela Camilli, are project managers for Simple Gestures, a program that distributes floral arrangements used at university events to local community partners and exposes future business leaders to the benefits of compassion and community spirit.

“Our goal is to give previously used flower arrangements new meaning,” said Lu, who regularly wheels cartloads full of flowers from the university to the hospital’s gift shop, where they are collected by Spiritual Care.

Spiritual Care, together with charge nurses on the various floors, determine which patients are most in need of an uplifting gesture. Many St. Michael’s patients travel from other parts of the province for treatment, often making it difficult for their families and friends to visit them on a regular basis.

Spiritual Care has coined the Ryerson program “random acts of kindness.” St. Michael’s patients have been the beneficiaries of this environmentally friendly program since October 2012.

“Nursing and Spiritual Care staff become very excited at the prospect of making someone’s day,” said gift shop operations manager Cynthia Guertsen. “It’s an injection of colour and spirit for the hospital and its patients.”

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

See More of Our Stories in 2013