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Letter to the Community from William Osler Health System

Letter to the Community from William Osler Health System

On January 1, we welcomed in a new year – albeit one that looks very different from what we imagined even just a few weeks earlier. The highly-transmissible Omicron variant struck relentlessly, spreading rapidly through our community and across the world, pushing us all into unchartered waters.

The emergence of Omicron, at this particular moment in time, has put our health care system under enormous pressure. Despite this, Osler remains a safe place to receive care and to work.

Our teams continue to act swiftly to navigate the evolving situation and ensure our community has access to the health care services it needs and depends on during this difficult time.

The key challenges we face are shared by hospitals across the province. We have been seeing a significant increase in need for care across our Emergency Departments and inpatient units and, at the same time, a decrease in staffing levels with growing numbers of health care workers in isolation with COVID-19 symptoms.

It’s a reality that has required us to make some very difficult decisions. Please know that every decision we make is done with the health and safety of our patients and teams in mind. That is, and will always be, our priority.

Addressing COVID-19 challenges

On January 3, we declared a Code Orange, a temporary measure to help bring resources, laser focus and attention to urgently address our capacity pressures and staffing challenges. Our teams and partners mobilized quickly and we were able to declare the Code Orange over on January 5.

Our hospitals remain under significant pressure and on January 10, after careful consideration, we decided to temporarily close our Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Peel Memorial in order to direct our dedicated staff and physicians to areas of greatest need.  We are working towards a February 1 reopening for the UCC and are committed to doing this as soon as we are safely able.

Osler’s two Emergency Departments are open 24 hours a day, every day, for anyone requiring emergency or urgent care related to a serious injury, illness or condition.

We have taken other necessary steps to ensure we can continue to provide safe, compassionate care including temporarily cancelling elective and non-urgent services, procedures and surgeries, in line with a Directive by the Ontario Government. We have also adjusted our Visitor Policy to allow Essential Care Partners 24/7 access in hospital to support patient care at the bedside.

Looking ahead

As we near year three of the pandemic, our teams will continue to work tirelessly, and we remain grateful for the support of our community, our government, health system partners and of course our Foundation. The support of William Osler Health System Foundation has been unwavering and helps make everything we do possible. Our experience of the last 22 months tells us that the situation can shift quickly and we know we have immense support surrounding us.

As Osler steers through the pandemic’s fifth wave, we commit to keeping you updated and informed of changes to our services.

Please continue to do your part by following the guidance of medical experts and public health officials on vaccination, masking, and physical and social distancing. And if you or a loved one require care in our hospitals we ask that you be patient and kind with our staff, physicians and volunteers who are working around-the-clock under difficult circumstances to care those in need.

We remain deeply committed to the delivery of high-quality care with compassion to our patients, and consider it a privilege to be your community hospital. We thank you for your ongoing support and wish you all a safe and healthy 2022.

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CALL FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP & SPONSORSHIP PROPOSALS FOR 2022 – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 31, 2022

The businesses of the Downtown Brampton BIA are excited to announce that they are currently accepting proposals from local Brampton community organizations for sponsorship and community partnership opportunities for 2022.

This is a great opportunity for Brampton community organizations to connect with the downtown Brampton business district. In 2021 the DBBIA supported a number of organizations such as B-Jazzed, Beaux Arts Brampton & Vibrant Brampton.  The deadline has now been extended to January 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. Proposals must include details on the community project and partnership opportunity and should include a thorough project and marketing plan.

Proposal can be submitted electronically to the Downtown Brampton BIA at DowntownBIA@brampton.ca and/or by mail to:

DOWNTOWN BRAMPTON BIA

Attention: Suzy Godefroy – Executive Director

7 Queen Street West

Brampton ON, L6Y 1L9

Community-Event-Work Plan 2022

Call for Sponsorship Community Partnership Proposals for 2022

Downtown Brampton BIA is hiring! Activation Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Reporting to Downtown Brampton BIA Executive Director

Specific Responsibilities:

The primary role of this contract position will be assisting with a tactical and detailed activation plan for the Downtown Brampton BIA as per the Ryerson Studio projects in 2019 & 2020 as well as the Covid-19 recovery strategies.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Working with the Downtown Brampton BIA in developing a community activation plan for 2022 to assist the BIA in the areas of vibrancy and community engagement.
  • Strategize on specific areas of the downtown that interventions can be implemented as per the work from Ryerson Planning Studio Projects (Re-Activating and Re-animating the Downtown and the Wintertime Strategy)
  • Assist in the implementation of the Activation proposal work from the winter of 2021
  • Assist with downtown activations (weekends, weekdays & weeknights)
  • Comfortable talking to people and engaging local residents with on-site event activations for the betterment of the downtown core
  • Detail and results oriented, deadline driven, extremely organized
  • Team leader and Brampton Proud

OTHER:

  • Graduate degree in Business-Marketing, Events and/or Community Planning
  • Ages 15 – 30 years of age

WORK CONDITIONS:

  • Hybrid (In office and remote) style work environment
  • Work hours shall be 21 hours a week, weekend work and evenings
  • Having a valid Driver’s License is an asset but not required at this time

Please send your resume and cover letter to the Downtown Brampton BIA via email to downtownbia@brampton.ca by January 14, 2022.