SASKATOON — Hundreds of children from surrounding elementary schools gathered for the annual Community Day at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon.
The day for fun and friendship is an annual tradition at St. Paul’s, a faith-based Catholic hospital with a mission to deliver compassionate and holistic medical care in an atmosphere welcoming to community and family.
“This is a wonderful celebration of our neighbourhood and its children,” says Jean Morrison, president and CEO of St. Paul’s. “We follow the example of our hospital’s founders, the Grey Nuns, in welcoming community and family as part of our healing mission as we work toward our vision for a community of health, hope and compassion for all.”
St. Paul’s Hospital Community Day happens with the support of local entertainers, neighbouring businesses and service agencies who come together to entertain, sponsor activities, and provide goodie bags, lunch and entertainment for the children.
Performers this year included Kenni the Clown, Parob Poet, and The Super Ron Show. Activities featured basketball and bean bag toss, face painting by SCYAP (Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming), the Remai Modern Art Caravan, as well as popular tours of emergency response vehicles from Saskatoon Police Services, MD Ambulance and Saskatoon Fire and Protective Services.
Some 100 volunteers from St. Paul’s Hospital and other sites within the Saskatoon Health Region, as well as high school students from Tommy Douglas Collegiate, the SPH Board and community sponsors come together to make Community Day happen.
A total of 2,500 hot dogs, buns and popsicles were ordered in preparation for the event, with all the food donated by sponsors. Twenty-one local organizations and businesses support the event.