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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, more and more Canadians are gearing up to spend. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 is GivingTuesday—the day which marks the opening of the giving season. GivingTuesday encourages individuals and organizations to join together and find innovative ways to, throughout the holiday season, give back to the charities and causes they support. This #GivingTuesdayCA, consider making a donation to the Health Sciences Library at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Two very generous donors—Mr. Ken Boshcoff and an anonymous donor—have committed to contributing a total of $50,000 in matching donations to ensure that the Health Sciences Library continues to support outstanding patient care, health research, and education in the North. For every dollar you donate to NOSM’s Health Sciences Library, your dollar will be matched by our committed donors to double the impact of your investment. If you’d like to support high-quality health care, research, and education throughout the North, contact NOSM’s Advancement Office at advancement@nosm.ca or 1-800-461-8777. Together, we can build a healthier Northern Ontario.

Letter from Mr. Ken Boshcoff

November 24, 2016

As Board members, we have the great opportunity to make a positive impact on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, providing our expertise and support as friends, and our leadership as donors. 

This year, I was pleased to support a high school student to attend the Health Sciences Summer Camp. I was able to meet “my” student, Dominic Roy from Sioux Lookout, at the camp this past July. Dominic was a bright, enthusiastic participant. It was very rewarding to spend an afternoon in July with these amazing students. I was able to get some first-hand medical knowledge by joining the class in the clinical skills lab as we inserted a tracheotomy into a simulation model. What an experience and an amazing afternoon well spent.

I truly believe my $400 gift opened Dominic’s eyes to careers he had not thought to explore and that perhaps, in 10 years, we may see him as a NOSM student.

I liked the feeling of helping Dominic—but thanks to Gail Brescia, I have been made aware of an opportunity that can impact students, faculty, staff and future students—all with one donation. We can do this through the Health Sciences Library Endowment Fund.  Modern health sciences libraries with e-publications bring the virtual world of the library to each user—no matter where they are—in urban centres or the most remote communities.

Our learners and our faculty require up-to-date resources to keep current with medical advances. Our researchers benefit from drawing information from multiple resources to be better able to pursue the answers to their questions.

Patty Fink and the Health Sciences Library staff do excellent work. I am so impressed that, together with an anonymous donor, we have committed $50,000 to support a matching donation program to the Library Endowment Fund. This means that every dollar donated by you to support the Library Endowment Fund will be doubled—up to $50,000.   

I know these personally significant gifts have brought great joy to me—in addition to helping NOSM. Please consider supporting either or both of these two great projects. 


Ken Boshcoff
NOSM Board Member


PS: The Advancement staff would like to personally thank Ken for his leadership on these two important projects. We continually hear from donors who tell us how good they feel knowing they have helped others to achieve success. It is so much easier for us to raise funds for a project when we can say our School Leadership Teams, including the Board of Directors, have personally supported it.

With appreciation for the support you are able to give,

Gail Brescia, CFRE
NOSM Manager of Advancement


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