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St. Michael’s Young Leaders ring the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange

Toronto, September 10, 2013

By Kate Taylor, St. Michael's Hospital Foundation

Members of the St. Michael’s Young Leaders rang the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Sept. 5.
Members of the St. Michael’s Young Leaders cheer after ringing the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Sept. 5.

Members of the St. Michael’s Young Leaders rang the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Sept. 5.

Fifteen members of the group were present, along with Dr. Robert Howard, president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital; Alayne Metrick, president of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation; Mike Norris, chair of the foundation board of directors; Tom O’Neill, chair of the hospital board of directors; and Tony Arrell, a foundation board member and an early supporter of the group’s formation.

The Young Leaders, comprised of 50 young professionals aged 25-35, raise funds for priority areas at St. Michael’s within the Inner City Health Program primarily through three annual events: The Dodger (a dodge ball tournament), The Giver (dinner and dance) and The Duffer (golf tournament). Additionally, they recently pledged to raise $1 million over the next four years for St. Michael’s 3.0, the hospital’s building and development project.

Since its formation in 2007, the group has raised more than $500,000 and has funded a baby mannequin for the simulation centre, the Baby and Me Passport Program (a portable health record and information booklet for young pregnant homeless/underhoused women), a stretcher for trauma patients in the Emergency Department and a student knowledge exchange room in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.

The group’s annual dodge ball tournament, The Dodger, will be held Sept. 12 at the Steam Whistle Brewery. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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.