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May 14, 2024

Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation Donates $10 Million to Humber River Health Foundation

TORONTO, May 14, 2024 – Humber River Health Foundation is thrilled to announce a donation of $10 million from the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation to revitalize healthcare in one of Toronto’s most underserved communities. With this donation, the 17-acre Humber River Health Finch campus in the Jane and Finch Corridor will be re-imagined with a dedicated focus on closing the healthcare disparity gap in North West Toronto.

This investment is crucial given the area’s pressing healthcare needs. People living in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood face many socio-economic challenges. The community is home to the highest percentage of lone-parent families, racialized and marginalized populations in Toronto. Additionally, our surrounding neighbourhoods have a disproportionate number of low-income seniors aged 80 and above who live alone and need their complex healthcare needs addressed closer to home.

“My parents were long-time supporters of Humber River Health, and I am proud to build on their legacy of generosity with this gift,” said Alex Krawczyk, daughter of Honey and Dr. Barry Sherman, who established the foundation in honour of her parents. “As a nurse, I am keenly aware of the pressing healthcare inequities facing many people in North West Toronto and Humber River Health’s important role in addressing them.”

This $10 million donation is the Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation’s largest charitable gift since its inception by Ms. Krawcyzk in 2020.

“The Honey & Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation’s gift will transform people’s lives in one of our city’s most diverse communities. We are planning for the future but recognize the urgency of our community’s needs today,” said Sandra Sualim, President and CEO of Humber River Health Foundation. “We are grateful to Alex Krawczyk for establishing this new foundation and building on the relationship her parents began with us more than 30 years ago.”

The reimagined facility will be designed around specific community needs. It will identify a range of options to address any misalignment between current and future service delivery and potential solutions that will deliver the greatest short and long-term value for Ontarians. The assessment will explore various areas of care including:

  • A fully accessible urgent care clinic
  • Diagnostic imaging and lab services to enhance care and increase community access
  • Potentially, a new acute hospital on the site

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Photo Credit: Alex Krawczyk, daughter of Honey and Barry Sherman with Humber River Health staff, Finch Campus. Photo: Honey and Barry Sherman Legacy Foundation