Donor Spotlight

December 2015

The power of philanthropy has been transformational for The Neuro. The philanthropic vision and generosity of our donors has enabled The Neuro to remain at the very forefront of health research and patient care for 8 decades.
Thank you for making a difference!

Joan Chippindale

Joan Allison Chippindale (Radcliffe-Branch) is a volunteer who is ceaselessly dedicated to The Neuro. In recognition of her incredible service, last month her friends, family, and fans gathered as she was honoured with a Neuro Lifetime Achievement Award. A consummate fundraiser and a faithful champion, the sum results of her involvement with The Neuro are best explained by Jacques Bougie, Chairman of the Neuro’s Advisory Board:

“Joan Chippindale is the kind of volunteer that you dream about. Charming, vivacious, generous and with a devotion to The Neuro that seems endless. Joan’s relationship with The Neuro began more than 25 years ago, with her late husband Warren, who co-chaired three of The Neuro’s Capital Campaigns. Together, they were The Neuro’s ‘first couple’ – ambassadors extraordinaire. The Neuro created the “Chippindale Circle”, a way to recognize planned gifts, in honour of Joan and Warren Chippindale to thank them for their leadership, involvement and personal commitment to The Neuro. At every opportunity, Joan invites others to support The Neuro – whether it be via a Planned Gift, our Capital Campaign, or The Neuro Annual Fund – and she relates how she proudly supports each of these programs. She has even organized sessions for Neuro faculty to present the benefits of making donations. Joan has personally made hundreds of thank you calls to donors and is talented at sharing vital information with donors in a way that inspires total confidence and trust. Her ‘people centered’ face-to-face approach has succeeded in confirming planned gifts totaling more than $6 million. We could not be more thankful for Joan, or imagine another volunteer who is as ceaselessly dedicated and as proud to be a Neuro ambassador.”

In addition to these incredible contributions, in memory of her husband and their collective love for The Neuro this year the Joan and Warren Chippindale Outstanding Student Award was created to recognize outstanding students in the field of neuroscience. As an endowed award, this is a legacy to Joan and Warren’s dedication, generosity, and immense contributions to The Neuro that will live on in perpetuity.

“I am truly honoured to accept this prestigious award,” expressed Joan to the Neuro community during our NeuroExcellence celebrations on October 6th, “but I must accept it on behalf of all The Neuro’s incredible surgeons, nurses, attendants, the administration staff, the researchers, the students, and, of course, all the faithful volunteers, for making The Neuro what it is today – a world-renowned hospital and research centre. Thank you all!”

A native of Schreiber, Ontario, Joan spent the first 20 or so years of her life travelling from coast to coast with her parents, an adventurous result of her father’s career with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Although she attended the University of Manitoba, Joan was granted a lifetime honorary membership to McGill’s Alumni Association in 2012 when she was given the association’s E.P. Taylor Award for her outstanding voluntary service to McGill University and The Neuro. More recently, Joan served on the MUHC’s Legacy Committee and was a vital part of the team charged with planning the opening celebrations of the Glen Site in May 2015.

A BRILLIANT NIGHT – More than $604,000 Raised for the Fight Against Brain Tumours!

On October 21st, A Brilliant Night – an inaugural gala fundraiser to benefit The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University and the MUHC, raised more than $604,000 for brain tumour research. This impressive announcement was made during the event at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in the presence of Jacynthe Côté, Event Honorary Chair, Charles Tisseyre, Master of Ceremonies, community and corporate leaders from among the event’s organizing committee, more than 50 volunteers, and close to 650 guests – all of who contributed to making this first edition of the event an overwhelming success. The total sum raised will go towards The Next Generation of Brain Cancer Treatment and TARGiT, two ground-breaking research programs at The Neuro aiming respectively at offering new therapeutic options for brain cancer patients and identifying novel molecules that can be targeted to prevent brain cancer invasion. Thank you to all our generous donors, sponsors, and guests for their invaluable support of this important work!
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Putting our Heads Together Faculty and Staff Campaign

For the past 9 years, The Neuro’s employees have joined together to give back and reinvest in the essential programs and services we all hold dear. Their generosity has been unprecedented – raising more than $940,000 since 2006! This year marks the 10th anniversary and Campaign Co-Chairs Ted Fon (Scientific Director) and Lucy Wardell (Nurse Manager of Ambulatory Nursing Services) hope to break the $1 million dollar mark. Thanks to our amazing staff, The Neuro continues to be the best place to explore the brain and develop new strategies to help the 1 in 8 Canadians affected by neurological disease or injury. We know that we can do great things by Putting our Heads together!


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