At Providence, we believe society’s definition of strength is incomplete.
We believe that strength is ageless, limitless, genderless and both physical and mental. Strength isn’t just who can lift the most weight or win the most championships. Strength is in our ability to be vulnerable, to bounce back from adversity and have the courage to rely on others in times of weakness. Strength is taking a first step after an accident, cooking dinner for family after a stroke, and having the power to overcome our internal saboteurs that tell us we can’t keep going.
Strength is in all of us – we just don’t know it yet.
That’s why we do what we do at Providence. We push you, motivate you and believe in you – even when you don’t – challenging you to see how much strength is really within you.
We are Providence and we exist to inspire your strongest self.
At 32, Rob had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. When Rob arrived at Providence, he could barely stand, but with the right care, Rob regained his strength and resilience.
“I would attribute 95% of my recovery to Providence. When you’re rebuilding from the ground up, you have to feel safe to put a broken foot forward.”
At Providence, we are re-defining what the word strength means to people like Rob.
Mary is a resident at the Houses at Providence and can truly light up any room that she enters. Her life story is one of strength, courage and resilience. Mary was a single mother who was born blind and later developed Parkinson’s. She has a loving family, an affection for animals and an enviable zest for life. Mary is a true embodiment of what strength means to us at Providence.
Patients were asked to write an anonymous thank you note to a Providence caregiver. Caregivers don't know what they're about to read in the note. Watch the video to find out what happens!
Olympic hopeful Sarah Douglas, understands the importance of strength. After wearing an aging suit—used to mimic the effects of aging—Sarah developed a deep appreciation for the strength our patients demonstrate everyday.
“I almost can’t imagine the amount of strength Providence patients would need on a daily basis.”
At Providence, our goal is to build empathy and redefine what strength means to our staff, patients and their families.
Adrian's father, Aston Frederick Barned, was a patient in Providence’s Palliative Care program.
Adrian was able to celebrate his dad’s ‘life well lived’ at Providence.
“We chose Providence for my dad’s palliative journey, and it’s an incredible place. The people are amazing, the care is second-to-none, and we had a lot of people who did everything they could to make dad’s final week comfortable,” Adrian recalls.
“For me, strength is … being able to find joy in remembering my dad.”
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to have the use of only one arm? For many of our patients, this is a daily reality.
During this year’s Cuisine & Cuvée on May 31st, guests took the Strength Is Challenge! They stopped by the Strength Is booth just inside the main event space and got your hands on our gorgeous new ties, necklaces and bracelets AND attempt to put them on with just one hand!
In honour of our patients at Providence, we invite you to participate in the Strength Is Challenge at home. Try putting on a necklace or tie with one hand, record yourself doing this and then post on social using the #StrengthIsChallenge hashtag! Watch the Global News team take the challenge on live TV.
Join the conversation on social media with the #StrengthIsChallenge hashtag and mention @MyProvidenceTO.