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On March 27th, the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, led by Telfer Masters of Health Administration alumna, Sarah Downey, made a public appeal for sewists in east Toronto to make 1,000 masks a week. The hospital is facing a personal protective equipment shortage and needed to reach out to the community for support. This Toronto-wide appeal has turned into a national campaign with the hashtag #MGH1000MASKS on social media, and Canadians are answering the call!  

Since then, hundreds of Canadians from near and far have threaded their needle and sewed masks for the Michael Garron Hospital. Toronto clothing designer, Diana Coatsworth organized a Facebook group with nearly 2,000 sewists across Canada to share resources on how to sew the much-needed masks. 

The donated masks will be given to hospital visitors, discharged patients, and eventually to residents of Toronto. 

The Michael Garron Hospital has a number of Telfer Masters of Health Administration alumni on its leadership team: Sarah Downey (MHA '92), President and CEO, Mark Fam (MHA '00), VP of Programs, Shelley Darling (MHA '07), Director of Corporate Communications and Maternal Newborn & Child Program, and Max Volin (MHA '13), Manager of Diagnostic Imaging Business Development. On behalf of Telfer Nation, we thank you and your teams for your tireless work.


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