Best way to remember Dr. Dobbin is to support Heart Niagara
Re: Founder of Heart Niagara remembered as visionary, Aug. 28
It was wonderful to see the tributes being paid to Dr. Stafford Dobbin on his passing. He was indeed a visionary, although I don’t think his accomplishments have been truly recognized.
His vision consisted of preventive, rather than curative medicine, the concept at his creation of Heart Niagara. It resulted in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, and the Healthy Hearts School Program, a unique project that involves hundreds of school-age children in the Niagara Region, supported by both public and separate boards.
It has identified risks that could lead to developing heart disease. This information has been shared with parents and family doctors and has the potential of preventing many heart health issues. This program is one of a kind, and has been the subject of numerous research studies by Toronto’s Sick Kids.
To truly pay tribute to Dr. Dobbin’s vision would be to ensure that this and the many other heart health programs run by Heart Niagara continue. Heart Niagara is a non-profit organization run by countless fundraising efforts. No government agency, or other non-profits provide funding for Heart Niagara.
Appreciation for Dr. Dobbin’s contributions and legacy rests with the Niagara Community financially supporting Heart Niagara’s unique work, whether through ‘In Memoriam’ contributions, or organizations operating outside of their silos. Helga Campbell
Chair, Heart Niagara board of directors