We are proud to recognize Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a community partner, and sponsor that has made a big difference in the lives of our clients over the past year. The firm has been a key supporter of Wings of Hope for many years, including acting as the title sponsor at our principal fundraising event. This year, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this important fundraising event was canceled, leaving Wings of Hope to pivot our fundraising strategies as quickly as possible to ensure our clients could continue to receive support.
When Wings of Hope reached out to Osler during this challenging time, it was without hesitation that Osler agreed to provide financial support, even without an event to sponsor. Its generosity and unwavering assistance came at a time when the volunteers at Wings of Hope were truly unsure how to best ensure clients remained supported. Osler’s response deeply moved and encouraged members of our organization to recognize just how helpful our community and supporters can be in a time of need; and we are happy to report that in 2020, thanks to supporters like Osler, no client has been turned away.
We spoke with Brian Thiessen, the Managing Partner of Osler’s Calgary office, and Osler partner Craig Spurn, about the firm’s decision to get involved and its longstanding commitment to giving back. They explained that even from the early days of the firm, Osler has been dedicated to making a difference to support and improve the quality of life in the communities in which its members live and work.
This support includes providing pro bono legal advice, volunteering, or giving financially, both at an individual and firm-level. Many of its partners, associates, and staff are personally involved in efforts that extend well beyond advisory and advocacy roles, serving on boards, actively promoting causes, contributing to fundraising efforts, and much more. Fostering a firm-wide culture of “giving back” and equal opportunity, the firm also sponsors and participates in numerous initiatives and programs to empower the diverse members of our communities and to help to create real and lasting change.
When asked what inspired Osler to become involved with Wings of Hope in the first place, Craig and Brian stated that it was the organization’s “emphasis on helping individual lives in real-time.”
“We are extremely proud to assist Wings of Hope in its mission to support cancer patients on their road to recovery and to help enable its volunteers to continue the important work they do in our community,” said Brian.
For Brian and Craig, there was nothing more powerful than the personal testimonials of clients heard at our annual luncheons — especially in hearing that “a grant from Wings of Hope literally changes a life.”
They both hope that more individuals and firms are willing to share their stories of support so that more people can understand the complexities of cancer treatment and the importance of Wings of Hope to those in need. They also hope others will consider how much of a relief financial assistance can provide to those dealing with an illness that knows no boundaries — and that we never have to turn a client away.
With supporters like Osler, we will do our best to fulfill that hope and never turn away someone in need who qualifies for our programming. We thank Osler for its generosity and unwavering commitment to its community — and for making a difference in our clients’ lives.