A Gift of Thanks!

The Gifts of Gratitude Program is a perfect way to say “Thank you” for the outstanding and compassionate care received your or a loved one received at LWDH. 

Make a donation in honour of a physician, nurse, staff member or volunteer and not only will you make their day with a custom crafted lanyard pin and personalized card, but you’ll be helping future patients get the same level of care — and no matter how you say it, that deserves a thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gifts of Gratitude?

“I don’t know how I can thank your Hospital enough”

At Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation (LWDHF), we are proud to hear this all the time! When words don’t feel like enough, we can help. Gifts of Gratitude is our grateful patient program, created to give patients and their families another way to give back to a nurse, doctor, caregiver, or department who went above and beyond in providing care.

How does it work?

You get great care. You give a Gift of Gratitude. Your nurse, doctor, caregiver, volunteer or healthcare staff gets recognized with a special pin and personalized card. Your donation is directed to current capital medical equipment needs at LWDH and helps us give future patients great care.

Who can make a gift through this program?

While we created this program for grateful patients and families, anyone can make a Gift of Gratitude in honour of someone who works at Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH).

Who can be recognized through this program?

You can honour anyone at Lake of the Woods District Hospital (but not limited to) nurses, doctors, caregivers, staff, volunteers, and even whole departments!

How will my donation be used?

By default, your donation supports the area of greatest need at LWDH. If you want to designate your gift to a particular Program of Care or Department, just let us know when you make your donation! We are very happy to help you give back to the area of care that is closest to you.

When I give to recognize a caregiver, will they be notified?

Absolutely! Honorees are presented with a compass lapel pin to wear proudly. Your words of thanks are shared with them in a personalized card. If you make your donation at the Foundation Office (St. Joseph’s) you will be given the option to handwrite your card. If you make your donation online or over the phone we will print your message for you.

Why a Compass lanyard pin?

Sailors had to keep the shore in sight so they could see landmarks, or they risked getting lost. Compasses made it possible for explorers to sail far out into oceans and away from land—no matter what the weather was like.

Given that we are, the Lake of the Woods, the compass is a fitting symbol of guidance and direction, similar to how healthcare professionals are critical navigators to enhanced wellbeing. The four points of

– north, south, east and west – represent the interconnectedness of all direction and similarly, the interconnectedness of our community. We are more alike than we are different.

How long does the program run?

There is no time limit to share your thanks, this is an ongoing program. Patients, families and community members can share their thanks at any time. Honourees will typically be recognized and a quarterly basis.

Is there a minimum to give to recognize my caregiver?

There is no minimum or maximum donation amount. We gladly accept any donation amounts to recognize our staff in honour of their outstanding care. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of over $20.

Where can I find photos?

We will share some of our favourite pin presentation photos on Facebook and Instagram LWDHF Pages. You may also check out the section of our Gifts of Gratitude on our website and select Honouree for Photos!