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Thanks to 2,339 residents who Joined the J today in Spencer Smith Park; an amazing accomplishment!

join-the-j-smallThanks to the 2,339 residents who turned out Oct. 1 in the pouring rain at Spencer Smith Park to Join the J and attempt to  break a Guinness World Record for the number of people forming a human letter.
We may not have broken the record, just set by Queen’s University in September at 3,373 people; when we began planning our event in August the record was 2,173 set by Dell. But we achieved a number of other incredible things:
  • 2,339 people came out in the pouring rain in support of Joseph Brant Hospital!
  • #JointheJ was trending nationally on social media
  • this was a great community building effort and promotion of civic pride
  • we accomplished something never attempted or done before in our community, and achieved increased awareness for our hospital in our community.

A number of people leaving asked if we could do it again!

(L-r) With our MP Karina Gould, JBH Foundation Board Chair Susan Busby, the city’s town crier, and MPP Eleanor McMahon at Join the J.

My Take: I am so proud of all the people who came together to make this happen, volunteers, hospital staff, the planning committee (of which I was a member), and all of you who came to the park.

The event is a great launch to the final push of the community fundraising campaign for the new hospital. $50 million had already been raised of the $60 million community contribution. It was just announced that the Paletta family will match up to $5 million any donations raised in the community to get us the last $10 million. It’s up to all of us to step up and give generously!

For more information about the hospital redevelopment, and to make a donation, visit:

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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  1. I live right opposite Spencer Smith, and while I congratulate all for turning out for this fundraiser in the pouring rain, I felt quite sad that a fundamental institution such as a community hospital cannot be funded through existing taxation and has to go cap in hand to a wealthy portion of this city for handouts, meanwhile they waste money on, (Huggy warm and fuzzy things)—and you might think I’m a grumpy old git, but I am tired of paying the freight for things younger people use, and my simple want’s are ignored.

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