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Gift in Memory of Lindsay Watkins supports staff in Mental Health & Addictions Unit

Brian and Laurie Watkins, personally and through Algoma Office Equipment, generously donated to the hospital's Mental Health and Addictions unit in memory of their beloved daughter Lindsay, who received outstanding care at Sault Area Hospital before passing away in 2020. Their gift has had a significant impact on both staff wellbeing and patient care.

Four people gathered around a table in the newly renovated staff room.
Brian and Laurie Watkins (centre) celebrate their gift to Mental Health and Addictions in the really renovated staff room with Christina George (left) and Olivia Mitchell (right). A photograph of Lindsay is placed on the table.

"It takes a special kind of person to work in Mental Health and Addictions," note Brian and Laurie. "The staff here can look past the illness and see the person within. We wanted to give back to them and ensure that they had a space where they felt comfortable."

Brian and Laurie’s kindness has had a huge impact in the department, who remember their daughter Lindsay with fondness. "Even on her worst days, Lindsay never lost her spark and her personality, and I think that is why we all have such fond memories of her.” Notes Olivia Mitchell, Patient Care Supervisor.

The donation has transformed staff areas in Mental Health and Addictions into comfortable and relaxing spaces. This included updating the staff room with kitchen appliances and a set of table and chairs, giving Mental Health workers a place to sit and eat lunch or dinner.

"On behalf of everyone in the Mental Health and Addictions team, we want to extend our sincere gratitude to Brian and Laurie for their donation,” shares Lisa Case, Director of Mental Health and Addictions. “As our community's need for mental health services continues to grow, we are heartened to see increased cohesion and collaboration in the mental health network in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas. This includes working with local supporters, like Brian and Laurie, who are helping to make a difference for local healthcare."

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