“This is the way health care should work.”
When we moved to Saskatoon fifteen years ago, we were lucky to discover the Saskatoon Community Clinic and its model of co-operative primary health care—community-driven, people-centred, team-delivered. This is the way health care should work. We’ve been members ever since, and the Clinic has been there for us every time we or our four children had any health concerns.
We try to give back to our community in as many ways as possible. One of those ways is our annual donation to the Saskatoon Community Clinic Foundation. In this year alone over 350 similar donations—large and small—were made. We are grateful to all of you for sharing our vision of a stronger community.
Gifts to the Foundation are invested in carefully considered projects at the Downtown and Westside Clinics. All fall outside the scope of the Clinic’s core funding and would not be possible without your support.
In 2019, the Foundation hopes to replace aging equipment, such as the foot-care chair and waiting room improvements. At the Westside Clinic, further improvements of the facility are needed to respond to the dramatic growth in patient numbers and programming needs—a testament to the vital role the clinic plays in the area.
Since its founding in 1962, the Saskatoon Community Clinic has been an agent for change. It has sought to welcome, include, reflect and respect the diversity of its members and the community, investing to address the needs of vulnerable populations like seniors, the transgender community, Indigenous people, and those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and HIV. Your gifts allow these initiatives to be transformed from ideas to reality.
The Clinic continues to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through efforts like the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, which builds understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Held by the Community Clinic three times in 2018, close to 150 staff, board members, volunteers and community partners attended. We participated this October for the first time. It was an extraordinary experience.
If you believe, as we do, in helping the Saskatoon Community Clinic grow a healthy community, please make your tax-deductible gift today. Donations made before December 31, are eligible for a 2018 tax-deductible receipt.
Happy holidays from our family to yours. Thank you for your generosity.
Yann Martel and Alice Kuipers
Members, Saskatoon Community Clinic