It all started with a $20 donation
Robin Smith stands next to a hemodialysis machine in the renal department. These machines provide life-saving care to those whose kidneys no longer filter blood appropriately. Smith is a proud donor to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation because his donations support the purchase of the hospital’s medical equipment.
By Heather Vita - June 6, 2018
Back in 1995, Robin Smith made a $20 donation to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation. Little did he know that over 20 years later, he would have given over $60,000 to various areas of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
“It has to start somewhere,” he says, while thinking back over the years. “Once I began, I found it easy to give—a little bit here, a little bit there—and it started to add up. Truthfully, I didn’t even realize how much I’d given altogether.”
Smith has been an Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy for 38 years and has always felt a strong need to give back to the community where he lives and works. “To me, it just seems absolutely essential that we all take care of what’s important to us, and there’s nothing as important as our health.”
“This tremendous healthcare facility that serves all of us in Thunder Bay and all the communities in Northwestern Ontario doesn’t exist by chance,” continues Smith. “Thanks to the people in our community who step up and donate, we have the equipment that allows healthcare professionals to take such good care of everyone.”
“Local care is important,” said Smith. “The chance to get home quicker matters. It lifts you up to heal at home.”
Smith has had multiple opportunities to witness the care provided at the hospital, with many of his family members receiving care. “It was excellent,” he recalled. “The staff here is professional, knowledgeable and cares deeply about patients.”
Ultimately, Smith wants to have a bigger impact on healthcare by continuing to donate to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation every year. He also wants to encourage other professionals in the community to consider making a donation. “I really believe that giving time or money is something we can all do,” he said. “It’s not just the right thing to do. It also makes you feel good.”