Multi-million-dollar generosity helps build better care
As the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital reaches milestones on the path to its opening in 2020, so too does the $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign for Mackenzie Health. Mackenzie Health Foundation is spearheading the largest community hospital campaign in the country to help build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.
The building momentum of the multi-year campaign — required by the province to raise the community portion of the cost of building and equipping Mackenzie Vaughan — has been marked by several transformative gift pledges.
Largest family donation to date
Vaughan entrepreneur and community builder Vic De Zen is solidifying a legacy of exemplary success by helping to build a world-class hospital in a city for which he and his family have enduring civic pride.
Vic, his wife, Angelina, sons Sergio and James (deceased) and five grandchildren have made an extraordinary gift pledge of $10 million — the largest donation to date from a family. “We’re very proud to give back to this great city and our community by helping to build the world-class hospital that Vaughan needs and deserves,” Vic says.
One of the largest industrial developers in Vaughan, Vic is the founder of Royal Group Technologies Limited, sold in 2005, and Vision Extrusions Group, which opened its 11th manufacturing plant last month. He also owns and operates ZZen Group, a real estate development, construction and property management company.
Largest corporate donation
Magna International Inc. has pledged the largest gift from a corporation with $10 million committed to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
“We’re exceptionally proud to make this gift on behalf of the many Magna employees in York Region,” Magna International CEO Donald Walker says. “Through community programs, volunteer work and charitable gifts, Magna remains deeply committed to improving the quality of life in all of the communities in which our employees live and work.”
Magna International Inc. is a leading global automotive supplier with 312 manufacturing operations and 98 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries, with more than 8,000 employees in York Region.
The Sorbara gift is inspired by family generosity
Siblings Edward Sorbara, Marcella Tanzola and Gregory Sorbara’s transformational gift of $5 million to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital is inspired by a family tradition of generosity and community leadership.
Immigrating to Canada from Italy in the 1920s as a teenager, their father, Sam, established an insurance business in 1942 that laid the foundation for the real estate, planning, development, construction, investment and management firm that is the Vaughan-based Sorbara Group of Companies of today.
Sam became a well-established leader in the Italian-Canadian community, helping many newcomers arriving from Italy in the 1950s to settle and prosper in their new community, Marcella recalls. Sam passed away in 2002, 12 years after a debilitating stroke.
“Our gift continues a giving tradition, one that we were born into and continue to embrace and share with the third and fourth generations of Sorbara families,” says Greg, chair of the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign cabinet.
The family hopes their donation will inspire others who are as equally invested in the past and future of Vaughan to make a gift, Edward says.
To donate or learn more about the campaign, visit mackenziehealth.ca/foundation.
In the name of generosity
Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre
The main lobby at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be named the Vic De Zen Family Welcome Centre in recognition of the De Zens’ generosity. The Welcome Centre will be a warm and welcoming public space with reception, information and concierge services, and access to medical imaging, clinics and treatment areas, as well as links to a parkade, cascading gardens, retail areas and restaurants.
The emergency department at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be named Magna Emergency in recognition of Magna International’s transformational donation. The state-of-the-art emergency, with more than 35,000 square feet of space, will be equipped to handle 75,000 visits annually.
The Edward, Marcella and Gregory Sorbara York Region District Stroke Centre and Integrated Stroke Unit
In recognition of their generous gift, the provincially acclaimed York Region District Stroke Centre at Mackenzie Health and Integrated Stroke Unit at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be named in honour of Edward Sorbara, Marcella Tanzola and Gregory Sorbara. The unit will feature 30 private and three semi-private rooms, with space for family to stay overnight. One of 17 district stroke centres in Ontario, Mackenzie Health is a leader in treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of stroke.
– Debora Kelly