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Interview: Why Pride matters

Celebrating Pride is an important way that we stand with our LGBTQIA2S+ community members, and it reminds us of the continuous work we need to do to create inclusive spaces. We sat down with Wayne Peterson, Board Member of the Kensington Health Foundation, to discuss why Pride matters to him.

Out and proud at Kensington Health

At Kensington Health, Pride is a chance to celebrate our LGBTQIA2S+ community members, and to acknowledge the need for accepting and safe care, especially in our long-term care home.

Shirley's passion for nursing

After a long nursing career that spans more than 51 years, Shirley Gardner, a Registered Nurse, retired from the Kensington Eye Institute in June.

Don't neglect your eye health

The fear of catching COVID-19 is still very real, and some patients are understandably hesitant to return to a medical clinic for care.

Standing with Kensington's Black staff members

Kensington was founded on diversity. It is not just a value we try to live, but it is at the core of who we are as an organization. In 1954, The Doctors Hospital, now Kensington, was founded with a commitment to serve the diverse community and cultures of the Kensington area.

Day in the life at the Infusion clinic

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Cherylann, and many others living with an autoimmune disease, felt scared and anxious about their health.

Beauty in Anxious Times

One of our donors, Dana Kuszelewski, a Gardens family member who has become more and more engaged with the Kensington community since the pandemic began, decided that in addition to the tins of biscuits, coffee runs and other goodies she’d brought for frontline staff – not to mention her support to the 2020 Response Fund – she needed to up the Garden’s brightness. So she called her local florist, Ivana Grahovac of Alana’s Flowers on The West Mall, to see what they could do and Ivana immediately offered Dana orchids at a very discounted price because she knew they’d last that much longer and offer much more enjoyment to staff and residents.

Happy Retirement Greta

This month, we said goodbye to Greta Busby, who has been working as a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) in the south building of Kensington Gardens for the past 18 years.

Celebrating Nurses

Nurses are the heroes we count on when we’re sick. They help when we are at our most vulnerable. They give us expert guidance and put us at ease in difficult times, and they always lead with compassion and a smile.

Long-term Care nurses giving more now then ever

Our care teams are on the front line every day, supporting each other, our residents, and their families. For many of them, this is more than just a job. They do this because they take pride in helping our community and in being there for our residents.

Thank you for giving

It started with a Friend of Kensington, a longtime donor and supporter. She saw the need on Kensington’s front line and wanted to help. So she put forward a community challenge, offering to match all donations up to $50,000. We put out the call to the Kensington community who raised over $102,000! To all of you, who responded in so many ways wanting to do something in support of our heroic frontline workers: THANK YOU!

Meet Chanel, the health care panda lifting spirits

At Kensington, Chanel is a conversation-starter, giving Diann’s teammates a moment of levity during the tough battle on the frontline with COVID-19.

A Special Delivery on Mother’s Day

Early on Mother’s Day, the Kensington team, armed with buckets of roses and chocolates, delivered gifts to residents at Kensington Gardens.

Harbord Village gives shout out to Kensington’s front line

On Saturday, April 25th, the Harbord Village Residents’ Association – a group made up of neighbours in the Kensington area – rallied dozens of people and marched down the street to Kensington Gardens.

Kensington Health’s Chapel becomes command central for Covid-19 Response and Testing

Understanding the tremendous challenges in long term care, redeployed physicians and staff from Women's College Hospital have stepped in to help Kensington swab and test every resident.

Neighbour helping neighbour in the Kensington community

Carmen’s Independent City Market, located in the Kensington community at 301 College Street is helping Kensington Health in a very meaningful way. Every Friday beginning April 3rd and over the coming weeks, Carmen’s City Market will be donating a fresh and delicious meal for all staff to enjoy --- their way of giving a big shout-out to hard working caregivers.

Thank you Donna for 15 years of service

This April, Donna Punch, VP of Ambulatory Services, is retiring, after a rewarding nursing career that spans over 49 years.

Recreation therapy

We sat down with Second Mile Club Program Coordinators to learn more.

A love of a lifetime

Love is in the air at Kensington Health, and lovebirds Woody and Jeannie — both residents at Kensington Gardens — share the story of their 50 years of love and life together.

The Singing Harpist

Dianne Parke-Jones joined us at the annual tree trimming event at Kensington Gardens.

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