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Baxter Canada volunteers add sparkle to ErinoakKids

November 29, 2013
Today 28 volunteers from Baxter Canada spread good cheer and holiday sparkle at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.
The “Baxter elves” spent the day putting up holiday decorations at two ErinoakKids sites as well as assembling and wrapping 80 holiday hamper boxes. As part of Baxter’s annual WISH campaign, Baxter employees, together with ErinoakKids staff and community sponsors, will fill the gift hampers for selected ErinoakKids clients and families.
“The visit from Baxter Canada volunteers is a long-standing holiday tradition at ErinoakKids,” said Bridget Fewtrell, President and CEO of ErinoakKids. “Having a child with a disability often puts a huge financial strain on families, making it difficult for them to purchase toys, gifts or food items that help make the holidays special. The generosity of the Baxter staff makes a real difference in the lives of families that are facing financial challenges.”
Baxter’s WISH campaign wraps up on December 11, at which point the gift hampers will be prepared and distributed to those families being supported this year.
“ErinoakKids continues to serve as an important resource for many families in our community and Baxter employees feel great pride in our longstanding relationship and the opportunity to help make a difference,” said Mike Oliver, General Manager of Baxter Canada. 
Baxter’s volunteer day at ErinoakKids is part of the company’s annual 75 Days of Caring employee volunteer campaign which kicked-off in September with a tree planting day at The Riverwood Conservancy. The volunteer campaign, which encouraged Baxter employees to volunteer in communities across Canada, concludes on December 11 at the end of the Baxter WISH drive for ErinoakKids. To recognize and celebrate employees’ community caring, Baxter will then announce grants totaling $25,000 to charities selected by employees who volunteered this year.

At the ErinoakKids South Millway site, Sarah Mahoney (left) and Jessica Yeh of Baxter Canada take a break from wrapping holiday hamper boxes.  The boxes will be filled with an assortment of gifts, toys and food items for ErinoakKids clients and their families facing financial hardship.

Andrea White (left) and Rod Tarajos of Baxter Canada admire the tower of wrapped family hamper boxes they and their fellow volunteers prepared at the ErinoakKids North Sheridan Way site. The boxes will be filled with an assortment of gifts, toys and food items for ErinoakKids clients and their families facing financial hardship.
About ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development is Ontario’s largest children’s treatment centre, serving more than 13,500 children and youth annually who have physical and developmental disabilities, autism, communication disorders, blindness/low vision and hearing loss. Our mission is to help our clients achieve optimal levels of independence, learning, health and well-being. We serve Halton, Peel, Dufferin — and, for some services — Waterloo and Wellington. ErinoakKids has approximately 600 staff and 10 sites from which we provide a comprehensive array of assessment, medical, therapy and support services that help children and their families. In 2011 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services approved a redevelopment project to enable ErinoakKids to consolidate its current facilities into three larger sites which will be ideally situated for easy access within our catchment area, and designed specifically for the care of children and youth with special needs.  The new facilities are expected to open in 2017. For more information about ErinoakKids please visit
About Baxter Corporation
As the Canadian subsidiary of Baxter International Inc., Baxter Corporation manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people living with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions.  As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.  For more information about Baxter in Canada please visit:
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Liz Leake
Director of Communications
ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development
P: 905.855.2690 ext. 4301 | C: 416.624.9048

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