Over the past 50 years, Police Week (May 10 to 16) has traditionally been
held to celebrate policing. But during the ongoing pandemic, the 2,400 civilian and uniformed
members of York Regional Police Association (YRPA) felt it was appropriate to use the week to thank
York Region’s frontline health care workers who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe. This
week, the Association provided $60,000 of funding to the hospital foundations of Markham
Stouffville Hospital, Mackenzie Health, and Southlake Regional Health Centre to cover 4,500 meals
for hospital employees and York Region Paramedics. Any money left over from the donations will go
back to each hospital to help purchase equipment, technology and support patient care needs.
“Right now, our health care workers are our true heroes. Each day, they are on the frontlines
putting themselves in the path of danger, so we salute them for what they are doing,” said Rob
O’Quinn, President, York Regional Police Association. “Our doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, transporters, paramedics,
pharmacists, custodial staff, security and everyone else who helps support patient care deserve our
deepest gratitude for their service in caring for our communities and in the fight against COVID-19.”
Mackenzie Health employees at the Richmond Hill hospital ate for free at the hospital’s cafeteria
on May 11. On May 14, Markham Stouffville Hospital’s staff received two mass food deliveries from
local restaurants that are generous supporters of the hospital. The first delivery of daytime
meals from Fishbone Restaurant in Stouffville, and the evening shift meals from Smash Kitchen and
Bar in Unionville. Southlake Regional Health Centre ate for free on May 15 at any one of
the hospital’s four food service vendors, that include: Druxy’s Deli, Subway Sandwiches, Tim
Hortons and the hospital’s cafeteria.
“Markham Stouffville Hospital is so grateful to the York Regional Police Association for its
support. What a meaningful way to celebrate this year’s Police Week with a contribution in honour of the health
care heroes. This generous donation will help Markham Stouffville Hospital in its fight against
COVID-19 and ensures our community can continue to rely on Markham Stouffville Hospital during this
challenging time. Thank you so much to the York Regional Police Association. We are stronger
together,” said Suzette Strong, CEO, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.
Members of York Regional Police Association have received many messages
of gratitude from hospital staff through the Association’s social media accounts. “The
outpouring of thank you messages to members of our Association has been incredible but is also a
reminder of the important bond that one frontline worker has to another,” said Rob O’Quinn,
President, York Regional Police Association. “Thank you for keeping us healthy and safe, the YRPA
and the community has your back.”
Photo: Members of YRP celebrate Police Week by recognizing and supporting frontline health workers.