Honour someone special…and support care close to home this holiday season


In keeping with a 28-year tradition, the Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation will launch the holiday season with its Tree of Lights celebration in downtown Renfrew on Friday, November 30.

The event is a wonderful demonstration of the spirit of the season with the opportunity to honour a loved one while supporting the quality care we are so fortunate to have access to in our community.

Irene Nicolas has been donating to the Tree of Lights since 2000. “I just think we are so blessed to have a hospital when we need it, and it’s a really good hospital. We’re so lucky to have it.”

Nicholas attends the event each year and says, “I love to see the tree.”

Over the years, she has donated in memory of her parents and grandparents, a friend’s nephew, and this year in honour of a young man recently killed in an excavator accident in Quebec.

“It was just something that really touched my heart,” she shares. “I look at the tree and say, ‘oh, that blue one is for my dad. Or hey mom, that red one is you.’ I pick a certain light for that person.”

You can help create the bright and beautiful holiday tree in Low Square by purchasing a light in tribute or in memory of someone special and your gift will help patients who receive care at Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

“This event truly brings the community together and the funds raised go towards buying life-saving equipment that is vital for providing care close to home,” says Sarah Robinson, Executive Director of the RVH Foundation. “Every dollar counts and we are incredibly grateful to Tree of Lights donors for their support each year during this season of giving.”

The glow of the holiday season is filled with magical moments and precious memories carried in our hearts. Let the spirit of Christmas shine by giving a gift of light.

In light of current mail disruptions, we have a number of ways for you to let the spirit of Christmas shine:

1. Make a secure donation online.
2. Your return ToL envelopes can be dropped off at Scotiabank, BMO Bank of Montreal, TD or RBC;
3. You are welcome to visit us at the RVH Foundation office in the main corridor at RVH next to the Gift Shop; or
4. Call Sarah Robinson at 613-432-4851 ext. 263 to arrange for one of our team members to pick up your donation.

About the artist:

Natalie Stevens (right) received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and teaching degree from the University of Ottawa and has been a visual arts teacher at the secondary level for the last 12 years. For the last seven years Natalie has been teaching the art program in Renfrew at Renfrew Collegiate Institute. Natalie also maintains her own art practice working primarily in acrylic paint exploring a variety of subject matter. She also enjoys pencil sketching, particularly portrait drawing. Natalie lives with her husband and three year old daughter in Foresters Falls.


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