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Giving Tuesday: Françoise Makanda and Selva Trebert-Sharman

Who?: Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Q: Why do you give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: I give to the Ottawa Heart Institute because I truly believe in its mission. Anyone who works within these walls is a world-class expert in their respective field. I have seen a few procedures and I am always fascinated in the ways in which the physicians and nurses carry themselves. They are never anxious (or don’t appear to be) and more importantly, they are always ready for anything.

I never worry for the patients. I know they are in good hands. If anything happens, you are in the right place.

I contribute with a monthly donation.

Q: How have you been affected by heart disease?

A: A few members of my immediate family have been affected by heart disease. I know I am at risk…unfortunately.

Q: Why should anyone give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: The Ottawa Heart Institute is so close to unlocking some of the deepest secrets the heart might hide. A single contribution, whatever it may be, can actually make a difference. There are a lot of great things happening here. Think about it, you could be part of many firsts in cardiac care and research!

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Who?: Selva Trebert-Sharman, Manager, Legacy Gifts at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Q: Why do you give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: When I first came to work at the Heart Institute, I worked at the Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre.  That was my first glimpse of the impact the Heart Institute has on our community—not just on the patients but on their families.  The need was incredible and the gratitude and heartfelt respect that the patients and their families had for the Heart Institute—for the care they received —was inspiring.  I was so proud to be working at the Heart Institute.

Q: How have you been affected by heart disease?

A: When I moved to the Heart Institute Foundation I was excited at the prospect of helping those same patients, their families, and a grateful community realizes their wish to give back: That’s how and why I became a donor myself.  Since then, heart disease has struck even closer to home. My father-in-law and my cousin both suffered massive heart attacks.  My husband and I decided to increase our support by including a gift to the Heart Institute in our will.  It was important for us that our support would outlast us and help future patients living with heart disease, possibly even our own children.

Q: Why should anyone give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: What continues to be one of the best parts of working at the Heart Institute?  Everywhere I go, just about everyone I meet, as soon as they learn where I work, has a story to share about how the Heart Institute has touched their lives.  That really never stops being amazing to me.

Share your story by answering the following question: Why do you give to the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation?

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Giving Tuesday: Mike Poliwoda

Who: Mike Poliwoda, Vice-President of Philanthropy at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation

Q: Why do you give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: It is an honour to work for The Ottawa Heart Institute. When I was recruited, I had several options before me but the decision was easy. The Institute is at the forefront of cardiac care and research not just locally or nationally but globally. At the Foundation we find tremendous inspiration in knowing that the funds we raise have a direct impact on the life-saving and life-enhancing work of our doctors and researchers. Everyone at the Institute is somehow involved in supporting this important work.

I am also a donor to the institute. I believe strongly in the Institute and donate back a percentage of my salary. Because of what it is and represents, it is my charity of choice.

Q: How have you been affected by heart disease?

A: My father had cardiomyopathy, though he died of cancer.

Q: Why should anyone give to the Ottawa Heart Institute?

A: Heart disease is the number killer of both men and women. The Ottawa Heart Institute should be the number one charity, at least in this region, for that reason alone.

Share your story by answering the following question: why do you give to the Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation?

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