Inspiring Stories

We have collected inspiring stories over the years from our community and are sharing them here with you. If you have an inspirational story to share with us, please contact us at 613-721-4731 or We would love to hear your story!

A Legacy Story: Sheila Rennie couldn’t have known that the gift in her Will for Queensway Carleton Hospital would be received just when it was needed most.

Ms Rennie made small donations for many years that touched the lives of thousands of patients at QCH. But she wanted to leave a legacy that would help even more. So, after including gifts in her Will for family and friends, Ms Rennie added a bequest for Queensway Carleton Hospital’s Orthopedics Department.

Sheilagh Rennie passed away in 2015 when replacing a 20-year-old surgical table and buying new tools for hip, knee, hand and foot surgeries were top priorities at QCH. Ms Rennie’s bequest helped purchase this equipment.

For years to come, QCH patients will benefit from orthopedic surgeries and a better quality of life thanks to Sheilagh Rennie’s bequest.

Tony Cote - donor“My cancer care has been delivered with knowledge, personal attention, warmth and compassion. Our western communities are so fortunate to have a healthcare treasure like Queensway Carleton Hospital in our backyard.” – Tony Côté, Patient



“There is a warm family feel at Queensway Carleton Hospital that contributes to their excellent reputation in patient care. Our family is proud to support such outstanding people.” – Nita and Nishith Goel, Volunteers and Donors


Gordon and Lois May“Our family has been deeply touched by cancer. We could think of no better way to honour the memory of our daughter than by supporting the outstanding people at Queensway Carleton Hospital.” – Gordon and Lois May, Volunteers and Donors


Anna and Dr. Ron Vexler“Over the past 25 years my late parents, Mary and Patrick Kelly were patients at QCH and my husband Dan passed away there in December 2000. I was impressed with the care and understanding given to my family (and to me) and wanted to “give back”. And so, for the past ten years I volunteer on Monday mornings on the Medicine floor. I’m also pleased to support QCH with donations.

When the fundraising letter of September 22 arrived, I put it aside for awhile before reading it. Seeing that it was from Dr. Vexler struck a chord as he was my mother’s cardiologist. Mother thought the world of him and they had a special rapport.  I was happy to be able to reply to his request with a special gift to help the hospital complete its expansion.” – Anna M. Jannigan