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$60,000 donation to support Canadian health care workers during Coronavirus

As a community-based organization, we know that our neighbourhoods are only as strong as our front-line workers.

In appreciation for the tireless effort health care workers are providing, we are pleased to announce that Fairstone is donating $60,000 to six hospitals across Canada, earmarked for mental health and support programs for COVID-19 frontline health care workers.

From e-therapy to meals to daycare to wellness programs, we are pleased to support the people who are keeping our communities healthy. Our $60,000 donation will be shared among:

  • The Queen Elizabeth II Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Our donation will fund an e-Mental Health application called “Therapy Assistance Online”, which is being widely used by health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The London Health Sciences Foundation in London, Ontario

Our donation will be directed to a number of mental health initiatives for staff, physicians and leaders, including a peer support phone line, a City-Wide Wellness Task Force for employees and a Virtual Fitness & Wellness program, to name a few.

  • The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in Vancouver, British Columbia 

Our donation will support essential services for COVID-19 health care teams, enabling them to provide the best patient care possible. Essential services such as onsite prepared meals and daycare for their children will help alleviate the stress of health care workers’ daily responsibilities.

  • La Fondation du centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Quebec

Our donation will be directed towards upcoming mental health programs across the organization. Currently, the Foundation is helping workers reduce stress and gain peace of mind through essential services offered on site for meals, daycare and peer-to-peer support.

  • The Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal

Our donation is going to their COVID-19 Emergency fund. Because an increase of psychological reactions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, is anticipated for staff in the aftermath of the pandemic, our donation will also be directed to building programs to support mental health.

  • The Toronto General and Western Hospital in Toronto 

Our donation is going to the Coping and Resilience for Employees and Staff program which will address mental health challenges and effective self-management for their teams related to COVID-19.

The health and capacity of our front-line workers is critical to ensuring the health and safety of our neighbourhoods. Working tirelessly and in trying conditions, health care workers today are facing higher risks of burnout, stress, depression and anxiety due to the demands of treatment during the pandemic. We hope our donation enables health care providers to feel supported by their communities, as they focus on fighting COVID-19.

Fairstone has over 235 branches across the country, and our employees, family members, customers and neighbours have all been affected by the pandemic. Each day, we are working to understand how Fairstone and our employees can make a difference in our local communities. This donation is only one avenue we are pursuing to support communities in the fight against COVID-19; we’ve also enhanced employee supports, implemented financial relief options for customers, and adapted our business to provide Canadians access to the money they need to manage tough financial times, from the safety and comfort of home. Customers who are financially impacted by COVID-19 should contact their local branch or call 800-995-2274 to discuss what relief options are available for them.