Get to know why long-time donor, Vera Stewart, supports the Woodstock Hospital Foundation. We did a Q&A with Vera to learn a little more about why she gives and the impact she believes she makes to healthcare in Oxford County. 

Q.     What are three words that best describe you?

A. Loyal, Compassionate, Caring 

Q. You’ve been supporting the Foundation since we were founded in 1988, what continues to inspire you to support us each year?

A. I enjoy helping the hospital as it supported me for 36 years.   It is very important for the area to have a new and up to date hospital close to home.  

Q. Is there a specific reason you started to support the Foundation 30 years ago?

A. I was working at the hospital in payroll at that time and wanted to support their fundraising initiative at the time.

Q. What would you say to someone who is thinking of supporting the Hospital Foundation?

A.  If you live in the area, you want a good hospital and medical facility in case you ever need the medical care. We need to support the hospital to make that possible.

Q.  How do you feel when you make a gift?

A. I feel like I am making a difference by helping to support the hospital to keep it up to date to help those who need to go there. 

Q. What impact do you believe you’ve been able to make through giving?

A. My small contributions and other’s contributions add up quickly to fund the purchase of new equipment. Small things working together can achieve great success.

Q. You used to work at the Woodstock Hospital, what was your favourite thing about working here?

A. Paying the employees and trying to keep them happy and paid right. Also all the people that worked at the hospital. 

Q. Every year you do an amazing job collecting pledges for the Dairy Capital Run. Any advice to Dairy Capital Run participants on how to collect pledges?

A.  You have to approach family and friends and contribute yourself. Each small amount adds up. 

We are beyond grateful for Vera’s enthusiastic support of the Foundation every year, whether it’s participating in the Dairy Capital Run and taking photos, or making an annual donation, she is a wonderful supporter of the Woodstock Hospital Foundation.


Pictured is Vera Stewart (right) with Hospital CEO, Natasa Veljovic at the 2016 Dairy Capital Run.