St. Joseph’s Foundation: Purpose
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay was established to support the works of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, which includes St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG). The Foundation is a separate organization working in cooperation with St. Joseph’s Care Group. Our objective is to raise funds that support capital purchases for the Care Group.
Purchasing healthcare equipment offers far-reaching benefits for people in Northwestern Ontario. More than that and with your help, assistance is available for those who require palliative care, rehabilitation programs, addictions and mental health programs, support for independent living, and safe homecare assistance. Your generous support ensures that individuals and their loved ones receive crucial community care now and in the future.
Monies raised by St. Joseph’s Foundation are used strictly for equipment and capital purchases not funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care or other funding agencies – not for the funding of staff positions at SJCG.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a long history dating back to 17th Century France (1650). In 1881, five Sisters arrived at Prince Arthur’s Landing (now Thunder Bay) to teach and provide spiritual support in the parish. This role quickly expanded to caring for the sick or injured in the frontier town.
Their work and efforts were instrumental in establishing schools and hospitals in the Region, as well as taking care of orphans and the elderly. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie continue to fulfill their mission to God and the community, meeting the unmet needs of the communities in which they serve.
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay is proud to share the crest of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, its central motif symbolizing the principal works of their Congregation: education (gold cross) and the care of the sick (red cross). More information about the crest can be found on the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie website.
Since its inception in 1983, St. Joseph's Foundation of Thunder Bay has raised over $25 million, including more than $10 million raised for four capital campaigns. We are grateful for the support of the many contributors that helped us achieve success in these campaigns:
1986 - St. Joseph's Heritage SOS Campaign
1997 - St. Joseph's Hospital Campaign
2002 - Hogarth Riverview Manor Campaign
2012 - St. Joseph's Hospice Palliative Care Campaign
Over the years, the Foundation has held many fundraising events, but is perhaps best known for hosting three key annual events: Benny Birch's Birthday Party, Grand a Day Draw and the St. Joseph's Golf Classic.
The opening of St. Joseph's Heritage in 1979 was welcomed with great enthusiasm by the community, but it was soon apparent that additional funding was required for the new facility. The beautiful birch trees surrounding the Heritage proved to be the inspiration for the creation of Benny Birch, mascot for St. Joseph's Heritage, and in 1982 Benny’s first birthday was celebrated with an outdoor fair to help support the Heritage. No one could have imagined that, more than 30 years later, we would be celebrating Benny Birch's Birthday each year. This family-oriented fundraiser has become a community favourite.
In 1992, the Grand a Day Draw began, giving ticket purchasers a chance to win $1000 each day in the month of November. Early bird prizes and bonus draws are part of this popular fundraiser.
Our successful St. Joseph's Golf Classic was launched in 2002, in support of the Hogarth Riverview Manor Campaign. It was very well received by the community and has continued to be a popular annual golf tournament since then.