When Edward Chajkowski and his wife Nancy moved to Kemptville in 1975, they wasted no time in getting involved in the community.
Ed is a member of serveral service clubs including the Legion, the Masons and the Lions club, which he is still active in today. He volunteered with many organizations including 17 years with Home Support. In 2000, Ed was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
Nancy became a volunteer with the Auxiliary at the Hospital and started the Auxiliary gift shop. Nancy went on to serve as Chair of the Hospital Board.
“The Hospital held a very special place in her heart,” recounts Ed. “Her whole life was the hospital”.
Sadly Nancy passed away in 2006 from cancer. Her legacy lives on in the Hospital Auxiliary gift shop, which continues to successfully raise funds support of the Hospital.
As well as Ed’s volunteer commitments in the community, his financial commitments to the hospital foundation are also important to him.
“It feels so good to know that our hospital is right here when we need it.”
Ed’s daily walks take him by the hospital, where he will often stop to admire the garden on the front lawn and visit the memorial stone he placed in the garden in memory of his loved ones.
Ed feels very lucky to have had the opportunity to live and raise his children in Kemptville. Giving back to the community through volunteering and philanthropy is his way to say thank you to the community that means so much to him and his family.
Thank you Ed for all you do for the community and the hospital!