Thank you to our healthcare heroes

Our healthcare institutions are the bedrock of these uncertain times and SJC is proud to provide support by donating ad space to our community partners St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, Mackenzie Health Foundation and Humber River Hospital Foundation. Indebted to their courage, strength and sacrifice, we also reach out to individual healthcare workers with a small token of our appreciation.

We started out with our associates, asking them to nominate their healthcare hero; a family member or friend who is risking their lives on the frontlines to protect ours. They each received a voucher for a one-year subscription to one of our magazines. Their inspiring nominations were featured in our ad appearing in June issues of Toronto Life, Maclean’s, HELLO! Canada, Today’s Parent and Chatelaine. (Check it out here.)

Next we opened it up opening it up to our clients, magazine readers and SJC community. We asked, who is your healthcare hero?

The first 1,000 people to nominate received a voucher for a complimentary one-year magazine subscription to send to their hero. Heroes could choose from Toronto Life, Maclean’s, Chatelaine, Châtelaine or Today’s Parent.

We thank all those who participated, helping to extend appreciation to our incredible healthcare heroes. We share just a handful of the heartfelt submissions we received below. These days especially, it is the many small acts of gratitude and kindness that are having ripple effects in our communities and giving hope to brighter days ahead.


Healthcare Heroes, in your words

“My cousin Jenn is a nurse that works in an Emergency Department near Sarnia. During this stressful and scary time for front-line nurses, she continues to go to work and provides skilled and compassionate care to people. She works long shifts in hot and restrictive equipment without complaining, and bakes treats to bring in for the staff to keep their spirits up!!! She is amazing and I’m so glad to recognize her for her extraordinary work during this time.”

“The dental staff at Princess Margaret Hospital are all heroes. Being the most at risk profession for contracting Covid-19 they remained open throughout and saw patients prior to their radiation and cancer treatments/surgeries. They are selfless and true heroes for showing up to work and risking their health/lives everyday in order to help their patients. Not many people even know they exist. But they do and they are warriors!!!”

“My son Adam is an ER Nurse at Toronto Western Hospital. He helps COVID-19 patients and works 12 hour shifts, 4 days in a row. I am so proud of my son, who tirelessly places his life on the line day & night. I call him my Earth Angel.”

“My sister-in-law is a family physician, ER doctor and hospitalist in Ingersoll, ON. She inspires me with her unwavering commitment to her community and her patients during this time of COVID. She works long hours at the hospital without complaint, and spends hours more at home reading up on the latest recommendations and procedural guidelines to ensure her patients receive the best and safest care possible.”

“Christine has been a Registered Practical Nurse at Lee Manor Nursing Home in Owen Sound for many years. She was there helping patients during the SARS outbreak. She has had a very strenuous year as she is continues her duties as a RPN during the COVID crisis while also working on her specialized training in wound care.”

“My Mom Ingrid, is a dedicated health care hero, looking after others with kidney disease. She provides compassionate care to those who need life sustaining treatment. She has worked through the Covid crisis. Her courage inspires me. Thanks Mom.”

“My sister is a nurse in Toronto, working with families with high risk pregnancies. As family members and partners are not allowed to accompany people to their appointments, she has stepped up to provide more support than ever at a scary and vulnerable time for many families. She makes sure the pregnant people feel supported, takes more time to check in with them about how they are feeling, and advocates for them to have the follow-up they need. She goes to work in challenging circumstances without complaining, and is more committed than ever to women’s health care during this pandemic.”


Healthcare Heroes art hearts
These are some of the “art hearts” we received from our associates’ children that were  included on the vouchers for our healthcare heroes. From left to right: Noah, age 6; Keira, age 13; Michael, age 11 and Kaylee, age 7.


Our commitment in this era of COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 has brought escalating changes and restrictions in how we live, interact and conduct business. We have not experienced anything like this in our lifetime and hopefully never will again.

This is an extremely challenging time for our associates, customers and community members, who are all at the core of our business. As a provider to vital services including grocery, pharmaceutical and telecommunications, the government has mandated our continued work in creating, sharing and printing content. We remain open to serve you, and are committed to our values more than ever.

We are here to help you navigate your business needs through this crisis, and when you feel the time is right, to assist you and your teams in communicating your brand story and deepening critical relationships with your audiences, customers and communities.

Our associates remain connected and engaged in supporting our clients and audiences across Canada. We have select core teams coming into our print plants and studios under strict new guidelines to ensure their safety and well-being. And our media teams remain more dedicated than ever to delivering quality, trusted journalism that informs and inspires Canadians in these uncertain times. We are also leveraging the reach of our media brands to provide our non-profit Community Partners with advertising space to help raise awareness about their community-building, life-saving initiatives.

We continue to monitor developments of the coronavirus pandemic at the local, provincial and federal levels and to follow all directions of the Public Health Agency of Canada. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes.

With flexibility, creativity and caring for each other, we can and will emerge from this unprecedented time.

Thank you to our clients and audiences for your support. We are thinking of you, your teams and your families. Be safe, look out for each other, and we hope you are somehow enjoying some small unexpected joys in all of this, such as time with family, a good book or an inspiring opportunity to help someone in need.

Tony Gagliano, CEO,
and all your friends at SJC

Congratulations to our 2019 Chairman’s Award recipients

A Chairman’s Award recipient is an SJC associate recognized by their peers for their standout efforts in bringing our SJC values to life. These include a commitment to our clients, initiative and learning and giving back to our communities. Each year we select one recipient from each of our Content, Media and Print divisions. We celebrate them across the company and they have the opportunity to select their charity of choice to receive a full-page ad in one of our magazines. Without further ado, here are our 2019 recipients! (Our 2020 Chairman’s Award will kick off this fall.)

Rona Elliot

Project Manager, SJC Content

Rona Elliott and Tony Gagliano
Rona Elliott with Tony Gagliano, SJC Chairman & CEO


“Rona’s inherent work ethic and drive to learn has enabled her to collaborate well with colleagues, clients and third-party vendors. She also believes in knowledge-sharing so that the team members on her projects are all tapped into what is going on.” Rona’s Charity of Choice: Socks 4 Souls Canada, which collects and distributes socks, the most needed but least donated item of clothing to homeless shelters.

A few years ago, I came back from a trip and was devastated at seeing how many homeless people are fighting for their lives, only to realize that this is an issue here at home. I think if we can continue taking small steps within each of our communities, we can start working towards real solutions.”

Angie Kovacs

Marketing & Events Coordinator, SJC Media

Angie Kovacs and Tony Gagliano
Angie Kovacs with Tony Gagliano, SJC Chairman & CEO


“Despite being here only a year after a 3-month internship, Angie’s mastered our department’s business and beyond. She’s now the go-to for multiple areas including website management, creative design, marketing programs and more.” Angie‘s Charity of Choice: The Farley Foundation, which helps low-income pet owners in Ontario by subsidizing the cost of non-elective veterinary care for their sick or injured pets.

“The Farley Foundation is a charity that my sister works closely with in her capacity as a veterinary technician. We have always had numerous animals at home which were considered to be family members. Their health and importance in the family was never second guessed, but with no health coverage for animals, it’s harder to care for them. The Farley Foundation is important to me because there are animals that are loved and cared for, who need medical care and often their owners are unable to pay for this. I think we do a really good job at promoting health resources and options for us but we need more for our pets.”

Peter Mosher

Site Manager, ePRINTit Halifax, SJC Print

SJC associate Peter Mosher in Halifax


“Peter treats his employees with great respect and has a fun and highly efficient working environment. He is the first to bring in new ways of doing things and work on new methods as our business changes. He has developed an environmentally friendly recycle program in Halifax and has been very conscientious with employees to ensure we are using the best method practices…Peter always donates his time to our community when called upon for donations and sponsorships.” Peter’s Charity of Choice: The Tema Foundationwhich is dedicated to the education and support of all first responders and their families in regards to Critical Incident Stress (CIS) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SJC partners with GrandTrees to continue 30-Year tree planting commitment

At a launch event at the Evergreen Brickworks today, Toronto Mayor John Tory was on hand to announce a new fundraising walk coming to Toronto next year.
The GrandTrees Walk – launching on Mother’s Day 2020 at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto – is calling all grandparents to walk for and with their grandchildren to raise money to plant trees for the benefit of future generations.

The GrandTrees goal is to raise $1 million for local tree planting – recognized by experts around the world as one of the most efficient and effective natural climate solutions.

St. Joseph Communications (SJC) is proud to come on board as a Founding Sponsor of GrandTrees Climate Solutions and continue its long-standing commitment to planting trees through Partners in Growth – its reforestation program started with Scouts Canada in 1990 that, over the last 30 years, has helped to plant hundreds of thousands of trees across the country.

Through the new partnership, SJC will contribute to the planting of a tree by GrandTrees on behalf of every ton of paper used on a print client’s behalf.

“Trees provide so many benefits to the health of our planet, our communities and our children,” says Tony Gagliano, Executive Chairman & CEO of SJC. “The GrandTrees partnership is an incredible opportunity for us to continue our long-standing commitment to planting trees and restoring the country’s natural canopy at a time when it’s more important than ever before. We are excited to engage our print clients and our entire organization in GrandTrees’s inspiring, multi-generational approach to make a difference.”

Trees planted through GrandTrees will support new tree planting activities in and around the GTA, with a focus on private residential, industrial, and commercial lands. Recently, Toronto city councillors voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency and planting trees and recommended that our tree canopy cover be restored to 40%, from its current coverage of about 27%.

GrandTree’s intent is to share the idea across the country – and the world.

The first annual GrandTrees Walk will take place on Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 10 at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. Various route options will be offered to accommodate all ages and stages. Families can sign up online to make a team and start fundraising as of October 17.