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Published on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Buy a brick, help the hospital

Own a piece of OTMH history

Buy a brick, help the hospital
Photo by Nikki Wesley/Metroland
Councillor Dave Gittings, Perspective CEO Steve Montague, Pravin Sharma, First Lady of the District Governor Surinder Sharma, District A 711 Lions Club International, Oakville Hospital Foundation Chief Development Officer Suzanne Hallsworth, Mayor Rob Burton, Caldwell Securities Vice President Chris Coderre, and D'Orazio Infrastructure Group President Jim D'Orazio during the kickoff for the Oakville Hospital Foundation "Buy a Brick" campaign where anyone who donates $100 will receive a reclaimed brick from the old hospital site. The goal of the campaign is to sell 500 bricks to raise $50,000 for the Hospital.
By Marta Marychuk, Oakville Beaver

People can own a piece of Oakville’s history by purchasing a limited edition reclaimed brick from the now closed Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) on Reynolds Street.

The former OTMH closed in 2015, after serving the Oakville community for 65 years.

Proceeds from the sale of reclaimed bricks will go to the Oakville Hospital Foundation to support the ever growing and changing health care needs of a much larger and more advanced hospital.

The idea to sell old bricks to raise money for the new hospital started about two years ago, said Chris Coderre, vice-president and investment adviser at Caldwell Securities Ltd., as a way of giving something back to the community.

Originally, Coderre says they were just taking reservations for the bricks, but now the campaign is going full steam ahead.

The Oakville Hospital Foundation, Caldwell Securities, Cropac Cranes, D’Orazio Construction and Perspective Marketing have made a limited amount of bricks available for purchase in the next few months.

The goal is to sell 500 reclaimed bricks at $100 each to raise $50,000 for the new hospital, located on Dundas Street and Third Line.

“One hundred per cent of the proceeds are going to the foundation,” said Coderre. Each donor will receive a $100 charitable tax receipt from the Oakville Hospital Foundation.

Oakville Hospital Foundation says the organization has long understood that its hospital is built of more than just bricks and mortar. But now, the community can help put the bricks to work.

People can purchase a brick at and own a piece of Oakville’s history. The bricks can be picked up weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Caldwell Securities, 1464 Cornwall Rd., Suite 5, in Oakville.

“It’s all going to a good cause,” adds Coderre.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

Categories: News

Tags: Oakville Hospital



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