“Family is who we are,” said Stuart Hunt, Vice-President of Bailey Metal Products, while seated around a striking antique boardroom table. During the holidays, clients and customers are invited to share a meal around this very table. The room is warm, intimate and feels like home.
In May, Bailey Metal Products celebrated its 65th anniversary with a party and a generous gift to Mackenzie Health Foundation.
The company, the largest manufacturer of steel framing products in Canada, was founded by Stuart’s grandfather, Sam Bailey. Emigrating from England to Cambridge, Ont., he partnered with longtime associates and broke new ground working out of the family home through the use of independent delivery and warehousing contractors. In 1989, Bailey Metals relocated to Concord. Today, the company has eight locations across Canada and employs more than 400 people.
Sam Bailey is remembered for his commitment to customer satisfaction, integrity and the value he placed on family. “We believe in integrity, we are predictable in the eyes of our customer,” said Angelo Sarracini, President of Bailey Metal Products. “We believe it and we wear it on our sleeve.”
“There is an expression, but don’t quote me,” Cathy Acs, Director of Bailey Metal Products and Stuart’s sister, said with a smile. “If people like you, they’ll listen to you, but if they trust you, they’ll do business with you. That was Poppa; trust, honesty and integrity.”
Four generations of the Bailey clan continue to work at Bailey Metal. Stuart and Cathy’s father and Bailey Metal Chairman, David Hunt, 85, still comes to work every day, as does Cathy’s daughter and Angelo’s son. However, the Hunts have a wider concept of family that includes employees, clients, customers and associates.
Angelo, married to Stuart and Cathy’s sister Pam, cites a recent Bailey Metal video featuring staff speaking fondly about their employer, David Hunt. More than 80 per cent of employees commented that what they enjoyed most about work was the feeling they belong to a family.
“We consider employees, customers, as part of our family, we’re honest with them,” Stuart said when sharing the reasons for the company’s success. “What makes a successful climate is being involved in the community, leadership, entrepreneurship and luck. We support those who take care of our family.”
Giving to Mackenzie Health was an easy choice: their customer base resides in the Vaughan area and it is the community hospital for many of their employees and clients. As a supporter of Mackenzie Health for 10 years, David has always had soft spot for hospitals. There is a socio-economic benefit to supporting healthy communities and ensuring his extended family has the care they need.
“The new hospital and new location is good for (sic) business; offering jobs and employment to the community,” Stuart said. “We’re in the construction business, so this is beneficial to many of our clients. This community has allowed us to be successful; there is a natural fit in giving back.”
“We’re morally obligated because we have been fortunate,” added Cathy. “Health is a gift.”
Mackenzie Health is grateful for the support received from our corporate partners. To learn more about making a gift, sponsoring or hosting an event, or creating an employee giving program, please contact Mackenzie Health Foundation at 905-883-1212 extension 7808.
Young and single, registered nurse Gloria Crotin was looking for a new adventure. Young and single, registered nurse Gloria Crotin was looking for a new adventure. After two years in Iroquois Falls, Ontario the Montreal-born nurse was looking for a role where she could really give back. In 1961, she joined what was then known as York Central Hospital, as Director of Nursing. The hospital was not yet built. Her interview with the hospital board took place in an office at Richmond Heights Plaza. She was determined and ambitious and although the Board thought she was too young, she was offered the job.
Gloria spent the next 30 years at Mackenzie Health and literally helped build the hospital from the ground up. As one of the few staff members hired before the hospital opened, she fondly remembers assembling furniture – chairs, bedside tables and beds – with colleagues from physiotherapy and food services. “We had to bring wrenches from home,” Gloria recalls. “We had so much fun.”
She chose Richmond Hill’s community hospital over a larger teaching hospital such as Toronto General because she wanted to make a meaningful impact, and work closely with the hospital’s board of directors and medical staff. “I enjoyed knuckling down with the doctors, it was never a problem for me,” she said. “I worked well with the medical staff but also had the opportunity to make my own decisions, collaboratively, of course.”
Her ability to build solid relationships, in addition to her nursing knowledge, business acumen and assertiveness eventually led her to the CEO’s chair in the 1980’s. Retiring in 1992, she left behind a growing and dynamic community hospital committed to the families and patients it served.
Gloria’s legacy gift in support of Mackenzie Health will support the programs and departments she helped build. When asked why she continues to support the hospital her answer is simple, “I grew up here and loved every minute of it.”
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Giving to Mackenzie Health is a tradition with deep roots in the Berwick family.
Mavis, and her twin daughters, Diane and Denise, made their first gift in honour of their husband and father seven years ago.
As longtime former King Township residents, when the need arose, the family had always turned to Mackenzie Health – then known as York Central Hospital – but Mrs. Berwick and her daughters were particularly grateful for the exceptional care provided to Robert Berwick before his death.
The Berwick Family Auditorium, a well-used and integral space for gatherings at Mackenzie Health, marks the family’s legacy of generosity.
Most recently, the Berwick family chose to make a gift of state-of-the-art equipment to Mackenzie Health’s laboratory, knowing it would benefit patients by reducing wait times and increasing efficiencies for lab technicians. These investments were major technology investments for Mackenzie Health’s diagnostic program.
Their generous gift honouring Diane and Denise, provided for: a Cytology Thin Prep Processor, the gold standard in cancer screening; Analyzer and Interface Software, which increases efficiencies for blood groups and screens eight-fold; and a Cell Washer, which automates the cell washing process for anti-globin tests.
Benefiting the lab was a cause close to the family’s heart.
Mrs. Berwick said they made the donation in the hope that the diagnostic processes and laboratory would speed up for everybody because we know how hard it is for a patient to have to wait for hours.
Helping to purchase equipment that would increase the efficiency of the very busy lab was one of the most impactful ways to benefit a large number of patients, including the high volume in the Nick and Roseanne Cortellucci Family Emergency Department requiring blood work, as well as support medical staff in providing world-class care, she added.
Making a gift to the hospital not only creates a meaningful legacy for your loved ones, but provides an opportunity to give back in a way that benefits many others.
“Everybody has to use the hospital at one time or another in their lives,” Mrs. Berwick said.
"If we can prevent even one family from suffering the tragedy we experienced, we will have been successful,” said Randy Peek.
After the loss of their beloved son and brother, James Patrick Peek, at the age of 17, the Peek Family was determined to raise awareness of mental health issues and help to remove the stigma often associated with suicide and depression.
Each year on June 30, James' birthday, the Peek Family, together with family and friends, celebrate James’ life by hosting a golf tournament and dinner to raise awareness in the community and fund initiatives to improve Mental Health Services York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie Health). In the last 16 years, they have raised nearly $400,000 and generously funded a Mental Health Library, an in-patient dining room, the James Peek Memorial Lectureship Series and the James Peek Mental Health Outpatient Services.