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A record breaking number of SMILES!

A group of 10 people in masks. Each one is holding up a number or symbol. Together is reads $45,488,85

From left: Dr. Vikram Ralhan, chief of staff, GBGH; Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation; Joanne Smith, Sid Beelen, Marisa Collee and Kim Trude, Tim Hortons; Tyler Pilon, manager of Intensive Care, Surgical Services & Respiratory Therapy, GBGH; Janet Trude, Tim Hortons; Christine Baguley, philanthropy officer, GBGH Foundation; Catherine Johnson, development coordinator, GBGH Foundation.


For one week – from September 13-20 – our local Tim Hortons restaurants in Midland, Penetanguishene, Waubaushene and Port Severn sold Smile Cookies with 100% of the funds collected being donated to Georgian Bay General Hospital.

Thanks to the passion and dedication that our local restaurant owners – Kim Trude & Joanne Smith – and their team members showed surrounding the campaign, plus incredible community support, the results this year surpassed any in recent history.  $45,488 was presented to the GBGH Foundation on October 15, designated to help the hospital purchase three new Telemetry Packs for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“Telemetry packs are portable heart monitors, used in the ICU to continually monitor and record a patient’s heart rate and rhythm,” says Tyler Pilon, manager of Intensive Care and Respiratory Therapy, GBGH. “For patients recovering from heart attack, stroke or other trauma, consistent monitoring of heart function enables the medical team to provide the best possible care.”

The local Tim Hortons restaurants have generously supported Georgian Bay General Hospital during previous Smile Cookie campaigns, with total giving of more than $307,000!

“We are so grateful to Joanne & Kim, and all of their team members, for the incredible impact they are having on patient care at GBGH,” says Nicole Kraftscik, executive director, GBGH Foundation.  “The whole community rallies around the hospital during Smile Cookie week, and the results are tremendous; 45,488 Smile Cookies means 3 new Telemetry packs for GBGH this year!”

“We were absolutely blown away by the generosity of Canadians for our annual Smile Cookie campaign,” says Tim Hortons Chief Marketing Officer Hope Bagozzi.

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