Oh, how sweet it is! Smile Cookie Campaign raises a record-breaking $44,981 for the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation

(Pictured left to right: Julie Morehouse, Foundation Administrative Assistant; Lisa Hostein, Foundation Executive Director; Jenelle Fess; Katherine Clatsoff; Kerrrie Swain; Dana Blake; Holly Gordon; Shaun Salverda, owner of the Jarvis and Hagersville Tim Hortons restaurants)  

Staff at West Haldimand General Hospital (WHGH) are smiling ear-to-ear at the news that the 2023 Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign raised a record-breaking $44,981 for the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation. The amount is nearly $16,000 more than last year’s campaign, which raised an amazing $29,000.

“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who purchased a Smile Cookie, and to everyone who helped volunteer to help make this such a success,” said Lisa Hostein, Foundation Executive Director. “I would also like to extend my thanks to Shaun Salverda, the owner of the Jarvis and Hagersville Tim Hortons’ locations and his incredible team. They all worked so hard to try to make a positive difference for WHGH. At some point, we will all need to use the hospital, and we have every reason to smile knowing that WHGH will have the best possible equipment for you and your family when you need it. This was all made possible because of our wonderful supporters like Tim Hortons and our amazing community members.”

Funds will help purchase a new a variety of items such as a Sarah Steady, a trauma stretcher and two Autopulse machines that will be used across multiple departments at WHGH.

Earlier this month, Tim Hortons announced that $19.7 million was raised nationally, through the sales of Smile Cookies this year, supporting over 600 charities and community groups across Canada and in the United States.

“The record-breaking success we had this year wouldn’t have been possible without every Tim Hortons team member, customer, and volunteer who took part,” said Shaun Salverda, owner of the Jarvis and Hagersville Tim Hortons restaurants. “On behalf of the Jarvis and Hagersville Tim Hortons’ locations, thank you to everyone who shared a smile. We are proud to know our campaign will help make healthcare better for people across Haldimand County.”

Tim Hortons in Hagersville and Jarvis and the West Haldimand Hospital and Healthcare Foundation sincerely thank the community for their support in raising these funds in support of WHGH.

While the province provides funds for hospital operations at WHGH, the community’s support is vital for the funding of hospital equipment.

Anyone looking to help the hospital can donate by visiting visit www.whgh.ca or by contacting foundation@whgh.ca.

Quick facts:

  • A Sarah Steady is a mobile lift used to transfer patients from one position to another.
  • An AutoPulse helps provide consistent chest compressions. It is an automated, portable device with an easy-to-use, load-distributing LifeBand that squeezes the entire chest in an uninterrupted “hands-free” manner, improving blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest.
  • Funds from the Smile Cookie Campaign will also purchase a trauma stretcher for the emergency department.
  • The Smile Cookie program started in 1996 to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario. Today 600+ local charities and organizations in communities across Canada benefit from Smile Cookie sales.