Providence Healthcare Foundation
Providence Healthcare Foundation

Salute to the Suffragettes!

Apr 20, 2017

It was an exciting night full of tea, big announcements and bigger hats on April 6th at the annual WIPP Voting Meeting presented by RBC! The women of WIPP gathered to celebrate the trailblazing women, both past and present, who inspire us to make our voices heard and support our community.

And the Winner is…

At this highly-anticipated annual event, the women in this unique giving circle place their votes on where they would like their annual donations to be spent at Providence. They are presented with three options of staff-led proposals for projects that can vastly improve quality of life for our patients and residents. These projects are innovative ideas that support Providence’s mission and values, but would otherwise not receive funding.

Thanks to our generous WIPP donors, we are pleased to announce that they will be granting $100,000 towards renovating a unit in the Houses of Providence! The renovation will create a streetscape façade which will help residents feel comfortable, calm and content in the Houses that they call “home”. Created specifically for our most in-need residents with severe Alzheimer’s or dementia, this façade will provide positive stimulation to help residents feel independent and relaxed, allowing us to still provide the care and security that they require.


This project marks the donation of $725,000 since WIPP was created in 2009.

Tea Time with Kake Kreations

Although our priority is always to make an impact, an additional benefit of WIPP is getting to socialize with so many dynamic and like-minded women. This event was a great opportunity to mix and mingle as guests and donors enjoyed delicious High Tea treats, generously donated by Kake Kreations. With five types of tea, finger sandwiches, scones and an endless display of desserts displayed in the finest china and silver, our High Tea felt like a truly elegant celebration of our right to vote!

A Legacy of Compassion & Care

This is a significant time to pay tribute to the suffragettes because it was almost exactly 100 years ago that women won the right to vote in Ontario. Providence is also celebrating a significant anniversary this year. It has been 160 years since the Sisters of St. Joseph opened Providence’s doors - a remarkable example of how women were shaping and serving their communities long before they were legally considered to be persons.

The Sisters of St. Joseph and the suffragettes are inspirational pillars of strength, determination, and compassion for all. Much like these women who paved the way for us, the women of WIPP continue the legacy of kindness and generosity to support patients and residents within the Providence community.

What is WIPP?

Women in Philanthropy for Providence (WIPP) started in April 2009 with a goal of inspiring a small group of women donors to join an inclusive giving circle for an annual donation of $1,000. This very special giving program continues to grow as they grant their donor dollars each year towards a tangible project, making a difference in the lives of those cared for at Providence. In addition to driving positive change at Providence, WIPP has created lasting friendships and camaraderie among the women who join, regardless of age, ethnicity or circumstance. In return, they are invited to attend four creative and inspiring events each year to celebrate their role in this inclusive group. To learn more about how you can becoming an engaging woman of philanthropy, visit our website or simply click here to join today!

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