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Hike for Healthcare is a fundraiser in support of urgent healthcare needs at Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). We are challenging participants to hike, walk or run 10km from now until October 31, to raise funds for our hospital’s urgent healthcare priorities including building space for additional patient beds, updating our surgical suites, and urgently needed […]

Building Space Between the Walls

With west Ottawa’s only Emergency Department in one of the fastest growing hospital catchment areas in the country, Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) has an immediate need to create more space between its walls. Most days, QCH operates at or beyond capacity. With hundreds of patients being treated every day in our Emergency Department, those that […]


Tens of thousands of patients rely on Queensway Carleton Hospital’s surgical teams each year, from simple diagnostic procedures to life-saving emergency care. With one of Ottawa’s busiest emergency departments and our regionally renowned Total Joint Assessment Clinic (TJAC), our services are in demand now, more than ever. To ensure we meet this growing need, and […]

Women In Philanthropy

Women In Philanthropy at Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation brings together like-minded women who want to help transform healthcare for Ottawa and our region. Collectively, Women In Philanthropy members will invest in advanced programs and services at Queensway Carleton Hospital that respond to our community’s most pressing healthcare challenges. Advance Healthcare Together  Women In Philanthropy members pool […]

A family affair – Hiking for Healthcare

Meet Dr. Joseph Pollard and Dr. Marie Aube, husband and wife, and Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) Emergency Physicians. As frontline workers, they have witnessed firsthand the outstanding work of their colleagues throughout the pandemic, and how the entire hospital has come together to serve our community. This has inspired them to sign up their entire family — for a second year running — for QCH Foundation’s Hike for Healthcare, to help raise urgently needed funds for the hospital. Dr. Pollard and Dr. Aube say their inspiration to raise funds stems from the positive impact they have seen from donations on their very own patients:

“QCH Foundation donors support our hospital’s particular needs by funding services, equipment and programs that would otherwise be unavailable to our community.  Hike for Healthcare is an excellent opportunity to help our community in return while exploring Ottawa and maintaining our physical and mental fitness,” they said.

Dr. Marie Aube and her children out for a hike.

Last year, the Pollard-Aube family visited the South Marsh Highlands, Stoney Swamp, Pinhey Forest, Pinhey Sand Dunes, and the Lime Kiln Ruins while completing their series of hikes. They say their kids also got great outdoor exercise while appreciating the local environment.

Dr. Pollard and Dr. Aube are encouraging everyone and anyone to join them by registering for this year’s Hike for Healthcare, and enjoy the amazing hiking trails and green spaces we have in Ottawa:

“We are grateful to everyone who supported our mission to raise money for QCH. Hike for Healthcare is a great way to serve our community…our family enjoyed their hiking experiences and continued them into the winter. Please consider donating to a hiker or join us for the Hike,” say Dr. Pollard and Dr. Aube.

Hike for Healthcare is an annual fundraiser in support of urgent healthcare needs at QCH. We are challenging participants to hike, walk or run 10km from now until October 31. Registration is FREE and online, and you can participate individually or as part of a team, anytime and anywhere you want.