Author Archives: Diane McCabe

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
I had never considered that close to 300 children will spend the holidays in the hospital this year, so it is especially heartwarming that the SickKids Hospital makes it a home away from home by decking the halls with twinkling lights and festive trees. Kids get to enjoy making holiday…

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
 The ghosts and goblins have come out to haunt the SickKids Hospital.  The Foundation sponsored a Halloween Parade today and it was such a treat to see the smiling faces and creative costumes that the kids and staff put together. I have 7 weeks left to go on my Volunteer…

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
Did You Know? In Canada, about 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. SickKids treats approximately 25 per cent of those children at its Garron Family Cancer Centre. The Centre is designed to enhance and integrate all aspects of cancer research, learning and care. Cancer is the most common cause…

Innovation can be as simple as clearing mattresses from the road!

One of the key deliverables on my PULSE assignment is to introduce and sustain a culture of innovation into my Foundation.  I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on ‘Achieving Extraordinary Outcomes: Models for  Innovative Thinking” last week, where a professor from UCLA gave one of the most enlightening and inspirational talks on how to incorporate innovation […]

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
In a partnership with Dairy Queen and the Children’s Miracle Network, the SickKids Hospital hosted their annual Miracle Treat Day.  We had snow (real and fake), ice skating, Christmas carols,  a Toronto Maple Leaf, a Toronto Blue Jay and 5000 free Oreo Cookie Blizzards to hand out to the crowd. The front lawn was…

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
Last week the SickKids Foundation organized a community barbeque to raise money for the Hospital.  We had a raffle, silent auction, and sold tickets for lunch.  We had Hospital and Foundation staff, patients and their family members as well as the local community participate.   I  volunteered at the raffle booth…

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
Last week at the SickKids Hospital in Toronto, the cast, crew and yes, horses from  Montreal’s Cavalia  Odysseo show, which is like a Cirque de Soleil type troupe, donated  a 30 minute performance for the  patients  and staff of the Hospital and Foundation  The stage was set up on the front…

Originally posted on SickKids Foundation:
We made $400 for the Family Campaign! The Olympics came early to the Foundation.  We hosted our version of the Olympics and made $400 towards the Family Campaign.  I was recruited to Team Luxembourg where we hosted the Ping (Beer) Pong event.  Other favorite events were there Synchronized Swimming (…