Between the two of them, Enzo and Franca Morini have supported their community hospital for 26 years, but for the Richmond Hill couple, the time has flown by. “When you know you are doing something good, you don’t count the years,” Franca says. “It becomes part of your life.” It’s a life that includes actively volunteering with Mackenzie Health Foundation and a deep passion for their community.
The couple, who met in high school, were looking for a diverse community where they could raise a family. They found it all in Richmond Hill and moved there shortly after they were married 24 years ago.
Volunteering together enables Enzo and Franca to maintain and deepen bonds – both with each other and with their community.
“Working with Mackenzie Health Foundation has enabled us to meet lots of interesting and great people in the community and at the hospital,” says Franca, a former dental hygienist. “We have developed some very close friendships.”
Currently chair of the Foundation board of directors, Enzo began volunteering for the Foundation 15 years ago when invited by an acquaintance to join the planning committee for the Proud Partners Golf Classic tournament. “The event went well and I was asked to join the board,” recalls Enzo, who is a tax partner with Williams & Partners Chartered Professional Accountants LLP, based in Markham.
A few years later, Franca began volunteering as a member of the inaugural Strides for Stroke run/walkathon planning committee.
Over the years, the Morinis have enjoyed watching the Foundation’s signature events grow with the community.
“We are raising the bar, year after year. We are setting higher fundraising goals and also seeing increased participation because of the exciting events we are providing,” Enzo says. “People look forward to our events.”
Franca echoes these sentiments. “For us, there is nothing like seeing the changes and improvements at the hospital, and knowing that we contributed to it.”
As Mackenzie Health begins its $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, Enzo is confident.
The community, he says, is ready to make a commitment to supporting the hospital. “We have such a talented team, but the hospital is already operating undersized and feeling the pressures of our growing community. The Vaughan site is so needed to meet the need for care of the community today and into the future.”
— Christine Morrison