Expression of gratitude
P.E.I. summer visitors establish generous endowment for Charlottetown hospital
Milt and Arlene MacLean live in Burlington, Ont., and return to P.E.I. every summer to enjoy their cottage at Stanley Bridge, overlooking New London Bay.
They say they are proud of their Island roots and both have fond memories of growing up on their family farms here.
In December 2016, the MacLean’s decided to establish the Milt and Arlene MacLean Endowment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in recognition of the excellent care provided to their family and friends. The more than $100,000 endowment is also in appreciation for the life-saving care that Milt received in 2014 while visiting P.E.I.
Milt required emergency cardiac care and thanks to the expertise available at the QEH, he received a pacemaker and made
a tremendous recovery.
Milt grew up on Peter’s Road, along with his six siblings, and wanted to make this gift in honour of his parents, Blanche and Willard MacLean. Arlene, an only child, grew up in Lower Freetown and wishes to honour her parents, Etta and Prowse Gardiner.
The couple met in the 1960s when both were employed by CIBC. Milt was hired in Murray River and Arlene in Summerside where they met.
Milt and Arlene lived, along with their two daughters Dawn and Cindy, and worked in five provinces before retiring in Burlington.
“This endowment gift allows us an opportunity to express how grateful we are for the expertise, care and healing available here at the QEH, when we and others need it most,’’ the pair said in a statement.
“There is comfort in knowing that the QEH is there for visitors as well as Island residents. We were very pleased with the QEH Foundation’s expertise in assisting us to find the most tax efficient method to fund this endowment from our investment portfolio. This is an important consideration for others to consider as it really can make a difference.”
QEH Foundation chairman Bob Sear says receiving this
“We appreciate every dollar we receive, but it is very special when former Islanders donate to help us purchase life-saving medical equipment.” Bob Sear
“Occasionally we receive gifts from off-Island residents, but to establish a named endowment from the MacLean family really means a great deal to us,” said Sear.
He said it is a goal of the QEH Foundation to reach out to more Islanders living away, particularly across Canada and the U.S.
“Many summer visitors have family and friends living here, gift was remarkable. and they want to make a difference in the community where they know their donations will have the biggest impact,’’ said Sear.
“Some have parents or siblings who are aging and require specialty services such as hip or knee surgery, eye care or had a recent stroke. Others may have had heart issues or require cancer care. We appreciate every dollar we receive, but it is very special when former Islanders donate to help us purchase lifesaving medical equipment.”
The Milt and Arlene MacLean Endowment will be added to the QEH Foundation donor wall as part of the Fall Friendship Dinner in October.
The principal will remain intact, and the income earned shall be directed to the hospital’s greatest equipment priority need on an annual basis.
Milt and Arlene MacLean of Burlington, Ont., have created an endowment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in recognition of the excellent care provided to their family and friends.