About Lady Minto
Fundraising for Lady Minto Hospital has always been a vital activity in the hospital’s history.
Lady Minto herself was a prominent philanthropist who instituted a fund for the building of cottage hospitals in remote districts across the country. The Guild of Sunshine was the forerunner of the Lady Minto Hospital Auxiliary on Salt Spring Island and the first organization to begin fundraising. When the six-bed hospital opened in 1914, the Guild had already donated $600 to the building fund (a considerable sum of money in those days)
“I hope that in all the exuberance of youth and prosperity you will never forget the old folks at home, the parents of us all, possibly old-fashioned, possibly not catching on to the new ideas as quickly as you do, but full of responsibility, full of the hard-earned experiences of many generations, and thank God, as strong as ever still.”
Lord Minto, 1929
The History of Lady Minto
The Foundation is pleased to announce the publication ofLady Minto Gulf Islands Hospital, Salt Spring Island:
A History, written by Charles Kahn and Sue Mouat. This is a story of a caring, generous community that very early on recognized the need for the local provision of reliable, high-quality health care. Beginning with a group of highpowered women and a benevolent doctor who provided land and leadership to establish the first small hospital on Salt Spring Island for all of the Gulf Islands, the hospitalhas benefited from many determined, dynamic, and entrepreneurialindividuals and groups who have alternately taken leadership and supporting roles in providing a small community with a first-class facility.
This little book pays tribute to some of these people and groups as it tells the fascinating story of how much can be accomplished as a result of hard work and sheer determination. Of course, the storydoes not end here: it is ongoing, as the hospital continues to grow to serve an ever-larger population. The book is well illustrated with photos and full of anecdotes from a wide variety of islanders.
To order a copy, please contact Charles Kahn at 537-1899, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the book is $20 plus $5 for shipping and handling and $1.50 G.S.T. The total cost is $26.50.
All net proceeds are being donated to the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation.