On Nov. 26, the main lobby at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) was filled with angels.

This year marks seventh annual Angel Tree ceremony, founded by The Heart of Business owner Brenda Stanley and she has once again partnered with Bell Media to continue the Radio for Cardiology campaign. The money raised helps support Bell Media’s pledge to the Hearts and Minds campaign, specifically the Cardiac Intervention Unit of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program.

The official launch of the Angel Tree campaign was marked with the placement of the first angels by Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, in memory of her mother Terry O’Brien, and by Sharon Sheard, RVH renal services manager, in honour of her brother Maj. Michael  Doucet and her aunt Violette Pickard, both of whom passed away last month. The ceremony was accompanied by the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Choir under the direction of Chris Bohdanowicz.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for people, especially if they have lost someone they love,” said Skot. “It is also a special time to be inspired by angels who are still among us. The Angel Tree ceremony is a beautiful way to remember those people, while at the same time supporting the important work we are doing to bring care closer to home. We are fortunate to live in a community so full of generous and kind-hearted people.”

RVH invites patients, visitors, physicians and volunteers to honour a friend or loved one this holiday season by supporting the Angel Tree campaign. The angels can be purchased for a minimum donation of $10 from the RVH Foundation, located in the health centre’s main lobby near Café Royale, until Dec. 23, or online at AngelTree.Kintera.org.

Photo: Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre recently hosted the official launch of the Angel Tree campaign with the placing of the first angels on the tree by Sharon Sheard (left) and Janice Skot.

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