We are your neighbours

When it comes to health, we are here for you ... and your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers, and your neighbours. When you or someone you know and love is faced with a major disease or chronic illness - that's 9 out of 10 of us - HealthPartners and our 16 member health charities are on the ground, in 1,200 communities with: local programs and services, tools to help make each day a little better, treatments that work, a helping hand to families and caregivers, and life-saving research.

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Message from Eileen Dooley, CEO, HealthPartners

Health, especially good health, is something we often take for granted. But when we or those we love face major illness or chronic disease — like 9 out of 10 of us in P.E.I. — health becomes critically important to us, our loved ones, our families, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours.

Fortunately, there is a group of health charities that works here helping Islanders every day to help those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or facing chronic disease. Every day, these organizations — our HealthPartners’ charities — benefit our friends and families with their dedication and on-the-ground efforts. They not only provide programs and tangible support to those we love, but are also responsible for major advances in cures, treatments and diagnostic tools.

This investment in people’s health is a testament to the power of workplace giving, where every dollar raised in local campaigns, at local workplaces and by local people helps people in our community, because we are your neighbours.

Workplace giving touches the lives of many of the people you know and care for — people like Angie, Cody, Trisha, Brenda and Gerry, and Donovan, whose stories we share here. They and many others across P.E.I. benefit from the impact of your generosity.

The dollars you donate will save a life — perhaps that of someone you love or someone you may never meet.  If you are a federal government employee, you can contribute through your workplace charitable campaign (the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign [GCWCC]) or directly to HealthPartners. Thank you for your generosity and your desire to make a difference.  

 

Eileen Dooley
CEO, HealthPartners

The people in your neighbourhood — all familiar faces.

But what might not be so familiar to you is a reality that affects 87% of Canadians — a reality that may even affect your family. At the neighbourhood level, this means that at some point during their lifetime, many of the people you know will be challenged by some of the most devastating chronic diseases and serious illnesses faced by Canadians — including breast cancer, stroke, dementia, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and ALS.

What will bring some measure of comfort to these neighbours of yours is that the health charities represented by these diseases or illnesses are working at the ground level — in community after community — to support peoples and families.

This meaningful, significant work involves both life-saving research to find a cure as well as practical programs, services and resources.

Local support. Local services. Local impact.

Since 1988, HealthPartners has been your link to these health charities — and has raised over $150 million in the process so these 16 member charities, staff and volunteers can be there for those 87% of Canadians who need help.

 

HealthPartners: We Are Your Neighbours

Every day, thanks to a HealthPartners’ donation to one of 16 of Canada’s most well-known health charities, someone in your neighbourhood benefits. These charities and their staff and volunteers are hard at work, delivering programs, services and other resources at the local level.

  • Meet Angie

    Angie MacCaull of Summerside would never have expected to experience heart disease: she is active, not overweight, not a smoker and is only 45. You can imagine her shock when tests revealed eight blockages in her coronary arteries. Angie is anxious to get involved with the Heart & Stroke to advocate for women’s heart health and help other women who are facing similar health challenges.

    “If I can save just one woman’s life, this will all be worth it.”

  • Meet Trisha

    In 1993, Trisha Clarkin was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, a devastating genetic motor neuron disease. Without family nearby to support her, she felt isolated, but when she moved to Charlottetown in 1999, she found out about Muscular Dystrophy Canada. The people in her support group have become her family and she no longer feels alone.

    “I appreciate the good work HealthPartners does for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. I’ve been able to benefit from the support group, equipment resources and research that’s been available to me because of the financial support from HealthPartners.”

  • Meet Brenda and Gerry

    Ever since Gerry Gray of Charlottetown was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, he has participated in studies he believes are vital to the development of effective treatments, not only for him but for all who are living with the disease. Both Gerry and his wife, Brenda, are grateful for the support they receive from the Huntington Society of Canada and its PEI chapter.

    “Our Huntington Society social worker has made such a difference to not only Gerry and I but to other families in PEI also living with the disease.”

  • Meet Donovan

    Donovan McNeely is the father of two boys with severe hemophilia A. Shortly after his first son’s diagnosis, he and his wife, Jenn, met Shelley Blaquière, president of the PEI chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society. The chapter has helped the McNeely family in many times of need.

    “Because we have no hematologist on the Island, we need to travel to the IWK Centre in Halifax for treatments and checkups. Not only was the chapter there for us emotionally, they were there for us financially. We are, and always will be, grateful for what they do for us.”

  • Meet Shauna

    Shauna Sullivan-Curley, resident of Charlottetown, PEI, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 33 years old. A cancer survivor for 25 years and immersed in the cancer world through the duration, Shauna observed vast improvements to the services available to patients in PEI undergoing their cancer journey. With the help of the Canadian Cancer Society, research continues to improve the outlook for people with cancer.

    “People are living longer, survival rates have improved, more options are available for drug treatments, environment for chemotherapy treatment is more pleasant, and opportunities for social work, chaplaincy service and dietary services are now available, but the work can’t stop here, as we need to invest in more research.”

     

 

Here’s how we help in P.E.I.

Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada leads the fight against diabetes with programs and local activities in communities throughout P.E.I.

Snapshot impact:

  • Islanders served directly through phone calls and emails
  • 45 children with Type 1 diabetes attend D-camps
  • over 550 Islanders attend 40 programs and educational events
  • through the Community Pharmacy Outreach Program, people with type 1 diabetes and their loved ones receive diabetes supplies, information about medication, advice on managing diabetes, information on new productions and hear about research
  • 1-800-BANTING contact centre responds to over 2,200 diabetes-related calls and emails each year

Heart & Stroke

Heart & Stroke Prince Edward Island provides information, resources, education and support at the community level.

Snapshot impact:

  • 275 Islanders signed on to Count Your Cubes, a 28-day sugary drink challenge to reduce sugar intake and raise awareness about the harmful effects of sugar
  • 69 participants attended the Caregivers conference, receiving information and tools to deal with stress, chronic conditions and supporting loved ones through recovery
  • CPR training offered across P.E.I. to continue improving survival rates
  • Telestroke is making it possible for neurologists to use a laptop and video link to diagnose and treat stroke, anywhere, anytime
  • Canadian Stroke Best Practices offers information to the medical community to improve outcomes in heart health

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society in P.E.I. provides wigs, prosthetics, travel assistance and prevention programs to support people with cancer.

Snapshot impact:

  • information service responded to 282 phone and email inquiries from patients, friends, family members, health professionals and the general public
  • peer support offered to 10 Islanders in the last two years through CancerConnection
  • close to 500 Islanders access CancerConnection.ca every year for information about cancer
  • Island children aged 8–17 living in families affected by chronic illness or disability attended Camp Triumph
  • free and confidential peer support phone service for adults 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with cancer or are caring for someone with cancer

Muscular Dystophy Canada

Muscular Dystrophy Canada enhances the lives of those affected by neuromuscular disorders with ongoing support and resources while searching for a cure through well-funded research.

Snapshot impact:

  • over $7,000 worth of equipment provided to 12 Islanders
  • 34 Islanders were supported with resources and supports to enhance their quality of life
  • Independence through Innovation offers youth more autonomy by applying gaming technology to home automation, environmental aids and assistive devices

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society provides information, resources, education and support at the community level. These include workshops and webinars about current and emerging treatments, and recent research findings.

Snapshot impact:

  • chronic pain management workshops attended by 112 people, who learned new information and skills and shared experiences with others who have chronic pain
  • 673 participants at an Understanding Arthritis information sessions on arthritis, risk factors, joint protection strategies and emotional challenges
  • 205 attendees at public forums featuring topics such as emerging treatments and recent research findings
  • through the Childhood Arthritis Backpack Program, backpacks filled with resources and tools delivered to children to help them lead healthier, more fulfilling lives
  • family day outings for families with arthritis

HealthPartners and you

For over 25 years, HealthPartners and Canada’s 16 leading health charities have been working together to create healthy workplaces and communities. Our partner charities have had a major impact on the treatment of and services related to chronic disease and major illness. From increasing the survival rate of Canadians with cancer or cystic fibrosis, to the first organization in the world to focus on liver disease research, to providing speech therapy for Parkinson’s sufferers, and more, the 16 charities have made the difference in the lives of millions of Canadians affected by chronic disease or major illness — Canadians from all walks of life and in communities and neighbourhoods in every corner of the country.

Our research indicates that 87% of Canadians will be confronted with a major health issue at some point during their lifetime. Beyond having to deal with major physical challenges that go hand in hand with a chronic disease or major illness are a host of other challenges, including mental illness.

There is a strong connection between the physical and the mental, between the body and the mind. Mental illness is not only a very real side effect of chronic disease or major illness, but it also exacerbates the physical symptoms.

In recognition of this mind–body connection, HealthPartners’ 16 partner charities have implemented a range of support programs and offer a host of other resources to meet these mental health needs. Their clear guidance, educational resources and support programs help people living with long-term illness cope with mood disorders like depression. You can read about the mind–body connection in our Chronic Disease and Mental Health Report.

HealthPartners 16 Member charities

Impact of your donations

Donations to HealthPartners help our 16 leading health charities:

  • conduct critical research to help prevent some of these diseases
  • develop support and education programs to keep people in our communities healthier
  • find treatments and cures we need to save and transform lives in our community

Your donations help transform people’s lives, including people who live right in your own neighbourhood. To learn more about their impact, you can read the real-life stories of some of those who have benefitted — stories that are living proof of how your donations help to transform lives and make a real difference, at the local level.

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