August 21, 2018
Welcome to E-Connect
Hello E-Connecters!

Today's edition of E-Connect is the last publication of summer vacation and although we are sad to see summer go, we are excited for the stories we will be able to share as a result of our busy fall season.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, we still have some great stories to share with you all. Continue reading to hear about a life changing initiative from our Regional Children's Centre, the stories of happiness from a few of Our People, and how you can keep the Spirit of Grace alive with us at HDGH.

Until next time,
Maciah
Our Patients
Food and Nutrition Services team at HDGH donated dozens of schools supplies and $300 cash to the School Supply Campaign organized by our Regional Children's Centre.
Filling backpacks with the tools for success
In two short weeks, local children who are supported by Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Regional Children’s Centre will embark on the first day of school of the new year feeling confident, stress-free, and prepared.

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the staff, visitors, and community of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, more than 25 children will receive a brand new backpack overflowing with school supplies.

An initiative started by our Regional Children’s Centre’s Working Wellness Group – comprised of inter-professional staff members – we challenged our organization and the surrounding community to donate school supplies for these children in need.

A few teams at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare went above and beyond, including Child and Youth Worker Student, Cynthia, who donated a large bag of school supplies and a $125 gift card to Staples, and our Food and Nutrition Services teams (pictured above) who got together to purchased boxes filled with school supplies, along with $300 in cash that was collect from their “Pay it Forward” collection (tips jars) from both cafeterias.

“This is fantastic!” writes Sonja Grbevski, Vice President of Mental Health and Addictions at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. “It is amazing how much people value and support RCC, internally and within the community!”

Thanks to this incredible giving spirit, every student receiving Intensive Treatment Services within our Glengarda Building, along with a number of those in our Outpatient programs, will receive a backpack filled with the tools needed for a happy, successful school year.
Celebrating the role of recovery
Once again this year, a number of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare's Addictions and Mental Health programs are eager to share their knowledge and connect those in our community battling addictions to the resources they need as part of Recovery Day Windsor 2018.

Recovery Days are held across Canada throughout the month of September, aiming to celebrate the success of those who have found recovery, while supporting those who are still battling their addictions. The interactive day brings together healthcare and addictions professionals, community supports, recovering addicts, and many more.

At this year's event, held on Saturday, September 15th, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare will have four tables with professionals from our Problem Gambling, Withdrawal Management, Transitional Stability Centre, and Addiction Assessment and Referral programs.

We hope to see you there!
Our People
Happiness is Happening at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
After going back to school at the age of 40 to pursue a nursing career, our next Happiness Happens spotlight knew that in order to achieve happiness, she had to take risks that would eventually feed her soul.
 
That risk paid off as Patti Littell now works as a Registered Practical Nurse for our Residential Rehab and Treatment Program on Dougall Ave. The facility, a regular house that blends into the surrounding neighbourhood, teaches independence through life skills and group living for clients with serious and persistent mental illness.
 
Patti also works in the acute mental health setting at Windsor Regional Hospital’s Ouellette Campus where she helps treat patients at the beginning of their mental health care journey.
 
“Working at both WRH and HDGH, I see clients at their sickest, but I also get to see them after they’ve received care and are getting better. Nothing makes me happier than witnessing a client’s positive transformation and work towards restoring their independence,” Patti explains.
 
Living by the motto, “work hard, play harder” Patti has found a balance between her work and home life where she gathers happiness from her husband and their four cats, her siblings, and adorable nieces and nephews.

“I’ve learned that putting forth happiness in every task you do feeds positivity into the world around you.”
For Harold Ouellette, Crisis Worker for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s Community Crisis Centre, happiness comes from the methods we use to recharge our lives.

The thing that gives Harold the most ‘charge’ and brings him the most happiness is his family: his ‘dynamic’ wife and son who love to laugh. He describes this great sense of humour and his love for the outdoors, golfing, fishing, and hunting, as the resiliency factors that allow him to take care of himself despite the tough reality of his job.

“The only way to care for our families, for our friends, and for our clients, is to first care for ourselves so that we are able to put ourselves in their shoes and approach their care with the most positive attitude.”

Throughout his career, Harold has walked in the shoes of many as a former Pediatric Crisis Worker at our Regional Children’s Centre, owner of a Concurrent Disorders Clinic, and Marriage and Family Counsellor in Michigan. 

“I am grateful in continuing to work with people in recovery that have taught me that change, although difficult, is possible and has helped shape the person I am today.”
Our Identity
Local youth share wisdom for staying mentally healthy
A few months ago, local youth were tasked with sharing their vision of mental health through their own creativity.
 
Youth in Partnership (YiP), a group comprised of youth and adults and supported by partnering agencies Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Children First, Family Respite Services, and Maryvale, work to engage other youth mental health services.

In early 2018, YiP held an art contest asking their peers to visually share how they keep themselves mentally healthy by designing an art poster.
 
More than 40 entries were submitted, with the winning design (left) created by a grade 10 student at Walkerville Collegiate Institute.
 
The winning poster will now be distributed to schools and doctor's offices around Windsor-Essex.
Grace us with your stories
The year 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the former Salvation Army Grace Hospital and we want to hear your stories!

We are asking former Grace staff and alumni to help commemorate the upcoming momentous occasion with their stories, photographs and/or mementos. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is dedicated to keeping the Spirit of Grace alive!

Willing to share your experiences or know someone who used to work at Grace? Email Nicole Hutchinson in Communications.
Postcard of the former Salvation Army Grace Hospital - circa 1950. Source: Mike Skreptak Collection, SWODA.