Ex­pres­sion of gratitude

P.E.I. sum­mer vis­i­tors es­tab­lish gen­er­ous en­dow­ment for Charlottetown hos­pi­tal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

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

large en­dow­ment

“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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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