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Osler celebrated another exceptional year at Annual General Meeting

William Osler Health System (Osler) celebrated an exceptional year at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) June 27, which was attended by its Board of Directors, staff, physicians and volunteers, as well as dignitaries and community members. The meeting took place at Brampton Civic Hospital, and highlighted Osler’s accomplishments and initiatives from 2017-2018.

During the meeting, a number of reports were delivered via video and through in-person remarks. In addition, an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote address was delivered by Dr. Joe Cafazzo, Lead, eHealth Innovation & Executive Director, Healthcare Human Factors, University Health Network, on how technology is changing the future of health care for patients and providers.

“This past year was filled with many remarkable achievements – a true testament to Osler’s dedicated staff, physicians and volunteers who continue to go beyond to provide access to high-quality health care to patients and families across this region,” said Vanita Varma, Osler’s Board Chair. “I continue to be inspired by their dedicated efforts and unwavering commitment to deliver on Osler’s vision of patient-inspired health care without boundaries, each and every day.”

Vanita Varma announced Marion Fisher as the recipient of the Kay Blair Community Service Award – a recognition presented to an individual who is committed to serving the needs of Osler’s community, patients and families, and who recognizes what it means to be compassionate, kind and understanding. “Marion Fisher is a shining example of a compassionate volunteer and so deserving of this year’s Kay Blair Community Service Award,” said Varma. “With 50 years of service as a volunteer supporting patients and their families at Etobicoke General Hospital, and as a member of Osler’s Volunteer Association Board, Marion’s contributions have inspired an entire generation on the importance of community service. We are so proud to count her as a member of the Osler family.”

Osler’s Board of Directors elected three new members at its meeting: Mark Beckles, Kulvir Singh Gill and Jasmine Tehara. The Board also bid farewell to four members: Rani Dhaliwal, Beck Hoffland, Avninder Singh and Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan. In addition, it renewed and ratified terms of four existing board members: Lisa Coulman, Jane McMullan, Geoffrey Ritchie, and Vanita Varma.

“Osler had another incredible year thanks to the dedicated staff, physicians and volunteers who are the heart and soul of all that we do,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, Osler President and CEO. “From the opening of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness to significant redevelopment progress at Etobicoke General Hospital and expanding services at Brampton Civic Hospital, Osler achieved many noteworthy milestones while continuing to demonstrate its commitment to providing patient-inspired care.”

Jane McMullan was appointed as the Board’s Chair, assuming responsibilities from outgoing chair Vanita Varma.

Highlights of Osler’s Annual Report were also presented at the meeting. The report is available at

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