The angels are here

Misericordia angel squads help to build rooftop garden

Rosie Jacuzzi, President and COO of the Misericordia Health Centre was joined by Réal Cloutier, Vice-President of Long-Term Care with the Winnipeg Health Region, and Arlene Wilgosh, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region at the Angel Squad rally which is raising funds for a rooftop garden for senior residents at the facility.

Winnipeg Health Region
Published Tuesday December 6, 2011

Decked out in halos and feathered wings, the Misericordia Health Centre's Angel Squad took to the streets this morning to raise money for a building project at the facility.

This year, the fund-raising squad has a new name - the Maryland Bridge of Angels - reflecting the fact they spread out along the Maryland Bridge. The squad will be on the bridge again from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Dec. 7 and 8. Drivers who make a donation will receive a Starbucks beverage, a baked treat and a copy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

The angels are raising money to build a rooftop garden and solarium for Misericordia's long-term care residents. This will be located on the Cornish Avenue building.

"We are hoping to raise $100,000 this year through the Angel Squad," said Patti Smith, Executive Director of the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation. The total needed to fund the roof-top garden is $300,000, which is hoped to be under construction in the summer of 2012.

The Misericordia is home to 150 elderly residents, who no longer have a garden or porch to enjoy. The rooftop garden and solarium will be a peaceful space with panoramic city views, perfect for enjoying sunshine during our cold winter and space to plant flowers or barbecue with family in summer.

There are four satellite Angel Squads working this year, including at Winnipeg Technical College today, at the 201 Portage building and 360 Main Street in Winnipeg Square on Dec. 7 and at University of Winnipeg's Centennial Hall on Dec. 8.

"We've had to stay ahead of the wing and gown sewing this year, with all the satellite locations and the volunteers and the schools joining in," said Smith, with a smile.

Winnipeg Jets' mascot Mick E. Moose joined the Angel Squad on Tuesday, December 6.

Winnipeg Jets' mascot Mick E. Moose joined the Angel Squad on Tuesday, December 6.

Dignitaries out with the angels this morning included Arlene Wilgosh, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority President and CEO, Réal Cloutier, WRHA Vice-President of Long-Term Care, Jim Rondeau, Minister of Healthy Living, city councillors Jenny Gerbasi and John Orlikow, and James Allum, MLA for Fort-Garry Riverview.

Students at neighbouring schools - Balmoral Hall, Mulvey School, St. Mary's Academy and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate - also donned angel costumes.

Last year, the Angel Squad raised $65,000, which is earmarked for the rooftop garden, said Smith.

If you miss the Angel Squads in action, you can make a donation by phone at 22-ANGEL or online at

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