Name a Room in the New and Renovated Cambridge Memorial Hospital
As individuals, or by joining with your friends, buy a room*at CMH and honour your relationships with this meaningful gesture of support.
For more information, please contact the CMH Foundation at 519-740-4966 or email us at [email protected]
Stories of Giving
The Cermak Family Honouring their Daughters Legacy
Often individuals choose to name a room after a loved one. For the Cermak Family finding ways to honour their daughter Naomi has been a source of joy.
“Although Naomi’s time here on earth was short, she made an impact on her friends and in the scientific community. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of
Maastricht in the Netherlands and won the Young Investigators Award at the European College of Sports Science in 2011 for her beet root juice presentation. Naomi was to be a keynote speaker in Barcelona the following year but became ill at this time.
She had given presentations in Europe and North America and was on her way to creating her niche in research. For her legacy to live on there has been a Memorial Scholarship set up at Brock University, the University of Maastricht and at McMaster University. Now we would like to remember her by naming a room in our local hospital. She is always with us and we hope in the future others will remember her for what she accomplished and for the wonderful person she was as a daughter, sister, friend, scholar and athlete.”
It was a pleasure for us to help the Cermaks fulfill their vision in honour of Naomi.
Robert H. (Bob) McClurkin Giving Back
You could say that giving back is in Bob McClurkin’s blood. Bob has lived in Cambridge since he was six years old, went on to become an OPP officer and is now retired from the force. He started giving to Cambridge Memorial Hospital over 20 years ago and proudly reports that he has donated blood 161 times in his lifetime.
Not long ago, Bob required surgery and spent some time under the watchful eye of the nurses and doctors in our surgical unit. Bob’s gratitude for the care he received prompted him to look for yet another way to give back. When he learned of the Buy a Room Program in support of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, he didn’t hesitate to make
a donation to name a room on the Surgical floor to show his appreciation.
Rita Westbrook Supporting her Community
Rita Westbrook has spent her entire life dedicated to the service of others. Raised in a family that immigrated from Europe after the war, her family knew hardship. Rita witnessed firsthand the way her parents cared for others and welcomed them into their home to share what very little they had.
It was from these humble beginnings that service to her community evolved naturally. Rita served with the Waterloo Regional Police Service for over 35 years and retired as a Superintendent. She spent many years volunteering on boards throughout
our community, including the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Board (2011–2016) and currently on the WWLHIN Board. When asked about her years of service, Rita replies “Giving back has always felt like the right thing to do.”
Rita feels strongly that the hospital represents an important part of a thriving community. She states “our hospital is always going to be there for us; but in order for it to be there for us with the very best, we have to support it”.
Rita has been giving to CMH for many years. After the loss of her husband in 2017, Rita decided to name a room in the new wing of the hospital in his honour. When asked about why she gives, Rita points out all that she is grateful for including
a good life and a rewarding career. She believes you have to give something back when you have been given so much.