Mike Babcock is one of the most respected and decorated hockey coaches of all time. He's returning to bring home the gold in the capital campaign fundraising push for Saskatchewan's new children's hospital, ahead of the opening next year.
It’s only fitting, since the Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs helped launch fundraising efforts years ago, when Saskatchewan first announced a children’s hospital. “The opportunity to build this jewel for the province of Saskatchewan, for the people of Saskatchewan, is so very important,” explains Babcock.
Babcock, who grew up in Saskatoon, steered the Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team to gold in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014. He says that building the children’s hospital is all about Saskatchewan pulling together as a team. “In Saskatchewan, we do because we can. Whether it be your family team, your business at work, the hospital – you have everybody doing their part. It’s the idea that by working together, we make each other better.”
Babcock, who still spends summers at his cottage at Emma Lake, says we all have a responsibility to care for Saskatchewan’s future generations. “As a parent, your job is to find the best care for your child. Period. When someone in your family gets sick, the whole family gets sick. When we’re talking about the children’s hospital in Saskatchewan, what we’re talking about is something that’s going to give back for years to come. It’s so simple and really important to get involved,” says Babcock, who along with his wife Maureen, is a proud parent of three. “Everyone feels better at home – that’s why they call it home.”
To ensure that Saskatchewan is no longer one of two provinces not served by a dedicated children’s hospital.
To give families the necessary purpose-built spaces, comforts, and furnishings they need to be a part of their child’s healing team.
To bring first-rate specialists and medical care givers to our province’s kids, moms, and families in need.
To deliver child-sized equipment and technology so that our kids are no longer "making do."
To provide the same level of care to Saskatchewan mothers and children, regardless of their postal code.
Saskatchewan families need and deserve world-class care, and together, we can make it happen.